Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Recent Kitchen Adventures

thanks for the pic, Sophia

1. Chocolate Pie for Letitia's birthday. Doesn't look like much, but I thought it turned out pretty well. Turns out bourbon and chocolate are a good match.

The recipe was from this new cookbook, Baked, that was on a bunch of "Best of 2008" lists. I'm in love with this book. Something like 80% of the recipes involve booze. Do check it out. I'm trying to think of an excuse to make Red Hot Velvet Cake.

2. Carrot cupcakes, for two coworkers' birthdays. Well, at the end of the day, it's still carrot cake. But I grated the carrots really, really fine (shaving most of the skin off my thumb in the process), and I think it's not bad. Cream cheese icing holla. The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, except I used butter instead of oil. Seriously, why wouldn't you?

Since I was making cupcakes, and thus had more surface area to cover, I doubled the icing recipe. But now I have a bunch of icing left over, and someone needs to get it out of my house before Papi's arteries solidify.


  1. It's only a three hour drive from Austin, if I'd known I could have helped out with that icing problem. But after more than 24 hours I'm assuming it's too late.

  2. Sadly, yes, you are too late.

  3. for next time, get out the food processor and grind those carrots into submission, graters are torture.

  4. I love any recipe with booze in it. That Red Hot Velvet Cake has got my attention ...


  5. Mamacita - bourbon and anything is a good match, but that looks particularly scrummy.