Bird Cake

I’m so behind on my blogging! Things got crazy busy the past few weeks. Interviews, family visits, and finishing up work. Today was my first day back at school, which is bad because summer is way more fun. But it’s also good because I’ll probably get back to blogging more than just desserts, now that I’m back to cooking for myself.

A couple weeks ago my coworkers requested cupcakes. I’ve been wanting to try out this flavor for awhile, and I had all the major ingredients, so I decided to give it a shot. No, there are no birds in this recipe, although a few people actually did ask me if there were. Think tropical carrot cake.

Hummingbird Cupcakes
Makes one dozen.

Ingredients
for the cake
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter
1 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 large bananas, mashed
2/3 C crushed or finely chopped pineapple (I used frozen)
1/3 C applesauce
1/3 C raisins
for the frosting
8 oz light cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
~1 C powdered sugar

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Stir in vanilla and eggs.
4. Gradually add dry into wet to combine.
5. Stir in banana, pineapple, applesauce, and raisins.
6. Bake 20-25 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. The cakes should be dense.
7. Once cupcakes are cool, mix cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth. Frost cupcakes and serve.

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I’m old!!

Hooray! I’ve been super late on posting because I’ve been far too busy to bake… Seeing as I spent last weekend in Las Vegas! Twenty-one. Finally.

So normally I don’t like to bake things that are so… plain. I don’t know, maybe that’s not the right word. I guess I mean normal. Oatmeal raisin cookies? Everyone has heard of those. I like trying new things. But there’s a certain someone on my team at work who won’t eat anything else when it comes to dessert. I bring everything I bake into the office and he always turns it down. He’s a crazy person. So I decided to bake him a special batch of cookies.

I asked him if it was okay if I put chocolate chips in them. He said, “Why would you ruin them with chocolate?!” Like I said, crazy. So I only put the chocolate chips in half the batch.

I actually wanted to use golden raisins, which I thought would be good with the chocolate chips. I went to the market, bought a box of raisins that had a picture of green grapes on the front… And there were PURPLE raisins inside. What?! I was so mad. Why put green grapes on the box if there aren’t golden raisins inside?!!

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 3-4 dozen.

Ingredients
1 stick butter, softened
1 C white sugar
1/4 C brown sugar, packed
2 tsp agave
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp cinnamon
dash nutmeg
2 C rolled oats (NOT quick oats)
1 C combined raisins and chocolate chips (ratio is up to you!)

Instructions
1.
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a cookie sheet.
2. In a large bowl cream together butter and sugars. Mix in agave, eggs, and vanilla.
3. In another bowl sift together flour, soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually stir into the butter mixture to form a thin batter.
4. Fold in oats, raisins, and chocolate.
5. Drop spoonfuls on the sheet at least 2 inches apart – they spread out a lot! Bake 10 minutes until browned. Let cool before serving.