Archive | March, 2012

Mint Macarons for St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

18 Mar

March 18th, 2012

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! I was debating on what to make for this occasion, and finally decided to go with green macarons filled with mint chocolate ganache. Previously, I have made macarons using the Italian meringue method, which required heating up sugar and water to a ‘soft-ball’ stage and adding it to whipping egg whites and whisking until a stiff meringue was obtained. This method takes a bit longer time and requires more precision, but often yields good results. This time around, I whipped egg whites and powdered sugar until it was dry and stiff, which was then folded into the dry ingredients. The macarons still turned out with the little ‘feet’ around the edges, but I think I’m a fan of using the Italian meringue method.

I love the vibrant green color, and to add an extra touch I used green shimmer before putting the macarons in the oven. Aren’t these fitting for St. Patrick’s Day?

Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes

4 Mar

March 4th, 2012

Carrot cake is one of my all time favorites. It’s something about the combination of carrots, raisins and cream cheese frosting that makes this my preferred flavor. Not to mention, the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves give off an aromatic scent. A lot of recipes use only cinnamon, but I prefer to use all four spices.

These were made for Chloe’s birthday bash this past Saturday. Baby Chloe had her 1st birthday party and her mom asked me to make some carrot cupcakes. To play up the cupcakes I made edible carrots out of gum paste…don’t they look so real?

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