Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I'm a "joy of cooking" kind of girl. I can pretty much whip up a killer quiche, make a mean meatloaf, or serve up a soup to feed the soul. But I can't bake. I don't bake. Don't ask me to bake. Not unless it comes out of a box. So when I was invited by Staci Edwards of Staci Edwards Design to join her Blog-n-Bake challenge, my first reaction was: Bake cupcakes from scratch? Not in this lifetime. The Challenge: pick a cupcake to make from a list of heavenly treats from Ming Makes Cupcakes. Now Ming obviously knows her thing and her thing is amazing mouth watering confections that delight the senses. How could I dare even dream of doing this. But I did. OK Staci, you're on!

Picking from Ming's list of eye candy I went with
Cupcake #6
Banana Cupcakes with Maple Brown Butter Frosting

Assembled my arsenal of ingredients.

Rounded up my Michigan maple syrup & found these eco-friendly baking cups.

Since I've heard baking is a science I measured out everything precisely.

Was happy to discover a little cooking was involved.

Put the little lovelies in their place.

Behold...we have Cupcakes! Now time to pretty them up.

Isn't it pretty? I'm so proud I may just have it bronzed!

I was pleasantly suprised to find baking from scratch is an absolutely joy! Now I get it and I'm a believer. There may be no stopping me now! The best part: they were luscious. A big bouquet of thanks to Staci and Ming for bringing out the baker in me!


spearmint baby said...

wow! those are so pretty. this was so much fun. feel free to add your name to the MckLinky on shari

HoosierHomemade said...

Oh MY!! Those look fantastic!
I host Cupcake Tuesday every week and would LOVE for you to join in the fun!
I also have a Cupcake Challenge going on during the month of August, with some great prizes!
Thanks for sharing!

DesignTies said...

Fantastic!! Both your yummy looking cupcakes AND that you've been brought over to the baking side :-) Really, baking isn't any different than cooking -- all you need to do is what the recipe says to do :-)

Bronzing that gorgeous cupcake is a good idea -- but eating it would be better!! ;-)

Kelly (cupcake #32)

Staci Edwards Design said...

Yay Debbie! I knew you could do it!
I am so happy you enjoyed the Bake-n-Blog!
Tweet ya soon!

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

Mmmmm bananas! They look so great! You may have a new calling - cupcake baker extraodinaire!

Elen Grey said...

So many cupcakes today; so little time. That looks absolutely gobble-worthy. Cheers!

Christine @ The Glam Blog via decorbychristine said...

From one hip lady to another....those cupcakes look scrumptious!!! Great job!!

Christine aka @GlamaMama on twitter
Cupcake #24

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

They look great topped with fresh bananas! So fun.

(cupcake #8 - chocolate w mint marshmallow frosting)

Anne @ Flour Box Bakery said...

Those are so sweet! Great job. What a fun idea! I just checked out Staci's blog and love it! Thanks for sharing!!


Molly said...

Those sound amazing! Banana cake is one of my all time favorites.

Brava! Your cupcakes turned out beautifully.

Angela said...

Looks fabulous to me! (I love your pretty nesting bowls, too!)

Angela (cupcake #7)

Tricia said...

Oh my. I think that yours look even better than Ming's. My baking "to do list" keeps getting longer.

XO*Tricia (#14)

Joy Moxley said...

I'm sure they taste as amazing as they look!

Jacqueline and Andy said...

The flavor combination of bananas and maple brown butter sounds yummy--maybe like banana pancakes? They look beautiful!

the coyote family said...

Fantastic!! These are gorgeous!! I must make on my list...Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Sara - Cupcake #32

Natalie said...

they look beautiful! i'm glad your little baking experiment worked out. :)

Love the Decor! said...

I am drooling!! Have a great weeekend!
Off for a weekend away with the hubby

Creategirl said...

So awesome! Isn't it just the best when you enter into something dragging your feet only to find it is super enjoyable?! The cupcakes look delicious and I would just love to have one with my tea...right now!!

Shannon Fricke said...

Lovely blog.

Jess @ Reclaimed Marketplace said...

You did a fabulous job! I agree. Doesn't it seem like we are all either BAKERS or "ENTREE'ERS" :)

I think it all depends what our mom were. Anyone else agree with this theory?

Kate said...

That looks delicious! I am so proud of you :-)

Morgan said...

YUM! They look amazing!

The Zhush said...

Wow! And I thought I couldn't possibly love cupcakes anymore already....move over red velvet...I need to try one of these!