Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog knows that I love to cook! When I’m in the kitchen, I’m totally in my element. I feel happy, relaxed and alive whenever I’m creating a meal. It’s a little bit of this and a dash of that. I like to be adventurous, and I’m not afraid to trying out new dishes or cooking techniques.
But when it comes to baking, I’m a total FAIL!
Cakes I bake either collapse or break apart into tiny crumbs. It’s a well-known fact, well – a joke really, in my family that whatever I bake in a loaf pan will come out looking and weighing like a cement brick. Cookies though are the worst. No matter what I do, they’re always burnt!
And I’m not even making these from scratch; I’m using those premade mixes you can buy at the grocery store.
Sad, I know…
So when THE SPRINKLES BAKING BOOK: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen arrived on my doorstep I thought it was my husband playing a cruel kitchen practical joke on me, but he wasn’t. The kind folks at Grand Central Life & Style Publishing apparently had faith in me, so I decided to take another shot at making baking something yummy. This time, though, to bolster my chances, I enlisted my seven-year-old daughter to be the lead baker, and I would serve as her sous chef.
See, my daughter considers herself a cupcake connoisseur – she’s eaten hundreds of cupcakes and knows what she likes and doesn’t like in one! She also is a big fan of Candace Nelson, watching her as a judge on the baking competition series “Cupcake Wars.” Candace herself has as a great pedigree; she is creator and chef of the famous bakery, Sprinkles Cupcakes.
Her new baking book is already a best-seller. It’s filled with recipes for scrumptious cupcakes, cakes, pies, quick breads, cookies, and bars that will get your oven fired up and your whisk twirling.
After taking a look through the book, my daughter settled on making the famous Sprinkles Red Velvet Cupcakes. FYI – she also offers vegan and gluten-free versions of this recipe in the book!
As sous chef, my duties were to deal with anything concerning the stove, measure out all the ingredients and read each recipe step aloud for my daughter to follow.
Candace’s recipes are pretty straightforward, and steps are easy to understand. She explains various baking techniques that make it even possible for a seven-year-old to follow. There is even a chapter that talks solely about baking basics from equipment to what to stock in your pantry. What your final product is supposed to look like once baked is presented with vibrant color photos that make you drool.
My daughter followed the recipe meticulously. She added the ingredients, did the mixing and scraping down of the mixing bowl and then helped to pour the batter into a lined cupcake pan. I placed the pan in the oven and set the timer.
Once the timer went off, we checked on the cupcakes, testing to see if they were done and….
My daughter was kind enough to let me frost the cupcakes, and she helped me decorate with some colorful sprinkles for our Sprinkles recipe cupcakes.
So THE SPRINKLES BAKING BOOK: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen is a winner in our house, as long as I let my daughter do the baking!
My daughter has already figured out her next recipe to try out – Chocolate Marshmallow Cupcake – it’s a stuffed one, so maybe this time she’ll let me make the filling!
You can find THE SPRINKLES BAKING BOOK: 100 Secret Recipes from Candace’s Kitchen at bookstores and on Amazon. It would make a great gift for any baker on your holiday list this season!
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite type of cupcake?
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