Sunday, November 9, 2008

it keeps getting better

so i've been a bit mia for the past week or so...mostly super busy with school! from now until thanksgiving, i have more presentations/papers/exams then i know what to do with..it's a bit overwhelming, but once thanksgiving break gets here, I'll pretty much be carefree. can't wait :)

I did have time to bake last week though, so that was fun. On Thursday my sorority had a bake off..and yes, i'm the only vegan in the sorority, so not much for me to taste-test..other than my own. Butttt other people got to try what I made so that was exciting for me. :) I wanted to try again from VCTOTW, since the icing on the cookies n cream one didn't work out too well for me. I chose the Peanut Butter Heavencakes since who doesn't love a good pb and choc combo??
It was the same basic chocolate cupcake recipe as the cookies n cream one, but instead you fill the middle with the peanut butter cream frosting and then you're supposed to make a chocolate ganache for the top..
welll... leave it to me to have to change the plans.

I was excited once I put them in the oven because the frosting for the middle tasted awesome and I was just hopeing they'd come out right. After baking when I checked on them, the peanut butter cream was just ooooooooooozing everywhere! All over the pan bursting out of the cupcakes. hmph. :(
I didn't use that much in each cupcake, I'm thinking maybe I just had them too full in general? I thought they were a nice 2/3's full...hmm. maybe next time only 1/2?
Well anyway, so I scraped the frosting away off the pan and there was still a nice amount still in the cupcakes. But the tops were sunken in and they didn't exactly look that pretty. So I knew that just having ganache on top wouldn't make them look any better. So I whipped up some more of the butter cream frosting and just frosted them all with that, adding a few chocolate chips to the tops instead of the ganache.
Needless to say, they tasted awesome, and isn't that what matters? ;)




So even though I couldn't try anyone else's delicious looking treats at the bakeoff, I had more than enough of my own, so I'm glad they were so delicious! :)

On Friday I finallyyyy got to try this vegetarian restaurant in Germantown that noone has ever heard of..and it was amazing. So once I get the pictures off of the roomie's camera I'll give a review of it...it was quite an interesting place!

14 comments:

shelby said...

Yum! I always say it's the taste that counts, who cares what it looks like? And PB and chocolate? You can't go wrong there.


I can't wait to see the restaurant review.

VeggieGirl said...

WELCOME BACK!! :-)

Love those cupcakes - the taste IS what matters the most, so no worries!!

Sounds like a great restaurant!! Looking forward to reading more about it.

flower said...

Yum I want 1

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I'm especially excited to know what restaurant it was (haha I found all sorts of obscure veggie places when I lived up thee-- true hole-in-the-wall places that turned out to be really yummy :o)

happyherbivore.com said...

hi - you should get a copy (PDF) via email within 1 business day of purchase -- if u didnt get it, let me know.

happyherbivore at gmail dot com

Miss Marie said...

Are these the ones you supposedly messed up? They look yummy!

Conquerbysmiling said...

ooo the cupcakes looks scrumptiously yummy! * mouth waters* They look incredibly creamy:D

Joanna said...

my goodness. those cupcakes look great. who cares if they oozed everywhere anyway. that only makes them more delicious haha and messy.

Bianca said...

I've never tried those but I'll remember not to fill them too much if I do...they sound wonderful...

Theresa said...

Those cupcakes look great! Did you win? I reckon you should have.

tofufreak said...

mmm.. pb and chocolate is the best combo ever!!! they sound great!!!! can't wait for the review :D

flower said...

Cakes look yum, good luck with all your studying, I really dont miss it.
Ps youve been tagged

vegalicious said...

Vegetarian restaurant in Germantown..isn't that the oxymoron of the century? ;)

You've been tagged by me! The details are in my latest post!

River said...

Lauren those cupcakes look fantastic! Perfectly gooey and creamy! Peanut butter and chocolate are always a winner combo!