Sunday, February 20, 2011

Baking Bonanza

I've been reading way too many food blogs lately. My new favorites are Joy the Baker and Slow Like Honey. I especially like looking at their step-by-step photo process and how the final product is styled with various food props. I was inspired by their methods (and my nagging sweet tooth) to whip up a batch of cupcakes that I first spotted while on the treadmill. Ironic, right? The good news is these are really figure-friendly and definitely satisfied my craving for something sweet.

It all started with this recipe in Shape magazine:

I dusted off my KitchenAid mixer and put together the batter in no time.

Naked chocolate cupcakes!

Beating together all the ingredients for marshmallow frosting (aka fluff).

The final product.


I forgot how much fun baking can be, especially when you make some healthy substitutions. The final verdict? The cake was light, flavorful, and could have passed for a regular cupcake at any local shop. The frosting wasn't my favorite, but that's probably because I'm not a huge marshmallow lover. I might substitute a flavored cool whip next time. Honestly, is there really such thing as a bad cupcake?

Do you have any favorite cooking or baking blogs that I should be following?


Melina said...

I went into a baking frenzy this weekend as well, except mine was in no way healthy. If you're looking for baking blogs, I highly recommend Honey & Jam (! Hannah is amazing and she gives great reviews and tips on how to better the recipes.

tiane said...

these look amazing!!! i am drooling. you know marshmallow anything is my favorite?! (that is me dropping hints at you making this for when i visit).

some baking blogs that i like are: (this one is an overall cooking blog but she bakes some pretty awesome things)