Round Up and Winner: Master Baker March

April 28, 2008 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Round Ups, Uncategorized, Winners | 20 Comments

This month has officially whooped my butt, but after a long wait I bring you some fabulous easter candy delights! You girls (we need some guys) are awesome and truly stretched your creative minds to make this month yet another fantastic month. There were a few people other than our winner that needed to be highlighted so they’re at the bottom as a prequel to our fantastic winner!

Cadbury Egg Bites – Beantown Baker – Jen

My poor fellow Bostonian was missed in this months round up.  I remembered her entry, looked through all my emails and couldn’t for the life of me find it.  Luckily, Jen helped me find her :)  I love that Jen was yet another experimenter that needed more than one try before perfecting these delicious little bites.  Great job Jen and I am so sorry!

Easter-y Red Velvet Cake Balls – Fun Foods – Stephanie

Red velvet cake balls are so good, but when you add some mini robins eggs to the mix it can only get better. Stephanie’s take on the cake balls that are sweeping the nation err blogosphere are fabulous!

ma tante minnie’s chocolate peanut butter blossomsJennyfers Culinary Creations – Jennyfer

Peanut butter blossoms are one of my favorite cookies ever. They’re just so perfect chewy and peanut buttery. And as reece’s eggs on top only makes them better!

Cadbury Cupcakes – Something Sweet – Kristen

Oooey gooey cadbury goodness in the middle of cupcakes. They look like eggs just cracked and ready to eat, but they’re the kind of eggs that go best with chocolate … cake that is.

Hidden Egg Easter Egg Cookies – Cooking is Medicine – Claire

Claire easter egg cookies complete with hidden Reeces’s egg centers are just too cute. I’m a suck for all things pastel expecially in the spring and yummy Recee’s goodness in the center of these sugar cookies only adds to my giddy delight.

Coconut Creme Cakes En Miniature topped with Coconut Creme Kiss MousseCrafty Precious – Kristina

Despite being a little worried about the wackiness of this months ingredient Kristina rose to the challenge and rocked my socks off with her mini cakes. She also used one of the newer additions to the Hershey’s easter candy line, coconut kisses, which are delish!

Cadbury Creme Eggs – Made with Love – Robin

Robin took a different approach to the challenge and instead of using easter candy she made her own. Now all of you Cadbury Creme Egg lovers can make them for yourself all year long!

Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies with Macadamia Nuts – Dawn’s Recipes – Dawn

Cookies and Cadbury eggs! SCORE. Two of my favorite things. How could this combo not be great?

Cheesecake Topped Turtle Brownies – The Baking Beauties – Jeanine

I love brownies, I love cheesecake. Add toffee, nuts and a caramel topping to the mix and really folk what’s not to love?

Easter Candy cake – Made By Melissa – Melissa

How cute is this cake? The peep family on top and the cadbury mini eggs really make this the most adorable easter cake ever. And the fact that she used the Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Chocolate cake for the cake layers is even better because it is one delicious cake!

Gluten Free Chocolate (eggs) Cookies – Live to Eat – Anty

Gluten free baking is one of the areas I am severely lacking. It’s something I have never tried eekk I know I need to branch out, but that’s why I love hosting this event because you girls push me outside my boundaries and make me learn out the deliciousness I have never experienced before.

Whopper Brownies – Because You Have to Eat … – Delia

Mmmm a non nutty crunch in brownies is just my kind of thing. Of course my love of whoppers doesn’t hurt the brownies cause.

Easter Chocolate Cupcakes – Passionate about Baking – Vindee

Vindee made some yummy devil’s food chocolate cupcakes with jelly beans that look amazing, but the real treat that’s in her post are her candied flowers. They are beyond adorable you definitely need to check them out because they are adorable!

Easter Basket Cupcakes – Not Quite Nigella – Lorraine

Lorraine’s cupcakes always make me giddy because they are just too cute and her flavors are always interesting and totally drool worthy. She certainly didn’t disappoint this month with her double chocolate raspberry cupcakes and do I even need to comment on the adorableness of the cupcakes with the little chicks?

Swiss Roll – Ruth’s Kitchen Experiments – Ruth

Ruth used the ever popular Cadbury mini eggs to create this delightful little roll that is pure deliciousness in a roll.

Coco-Peanut Trufflekins – What Smells … So Good? -Sarah

Sarah’s trufflekins not only have the most adorable name ever, and if the name doesn’t make you want to eat them, the recipe will.

Tutti-Fruitti Chocolate Nest Cookies – Big Black Dog – Michelle

The name of these cupcakes makes me want to sing that tutti-frutti song I used to bounce around to back in the day. Chocolate cookies with vanilla filling and a nest on top also make me want to bounce around with delight!

Chocolate Wontons – Fifi la Cupcakes Blog – Fiona

Fiona’s wantons are the most fun idea ever! How adorable are these little dessert treats? What I really love about them is that not only are they delish, but they’re also super easy to make. It’s always have something that’s not only cute, but nice and easy too!

Cadbury Egg Cupcakes – Vin de la Table – Kristen

Look at this filling. Kristen’s cupcakes scream “Eat Me.” Pure egg-y goodness. As always she combined her yummy cupcakes with an equally delicious wine. Have I mentioned I love wine and cupcakes? MMmmm mmm good!

Easter Rocky Road – Wee Treats by Tammy – Tammy

Marshmallow easter eggs and chocolate easter eggs combined with some nuts and Baileys <- I love baileys totally rock my road.

Reese’s Peanut Butter frosting on Chocolate Cupcakes- Do Better – Karen

Karen’s Reece’s Peanut Butter frosting is screaming at me. It’s telling me to come on over and just lick the screen until I get to the frosting. Chocolate and Peanut butter are really the greatest combo ever invented.

Malted Milk Chocolate Cake – Barbara Bakes – Barbara

I can’t believe Barbara cut this recipe out 9 years ago and never got around to making it. Makes me happy I decided to choose a crazy ingredient because after all this time this cake needed to be made. And I totally missed out on using robin’s eggs for lipstick when I was a kid. i totally missed out.

G’s Wacky Cups – My Baking Heart – Jessica

These coffee and cocoa cupcakes with the pretty green coconut “grass” on top should really be called adorable cups because they are so cute I want to pinch their little cheeks. Of course the cake part isn’t a disappointment either, recipes don’t make it three generations without being damn good!

M&M Cookies – Judy’s Gross Eats – Judy

I love M&M cookies. They’re just good, wholesome classic quality great cookies.

Jelly Bean Cupcakes – Iheartcuppycakes – CB

Kissy kissy little bunnsketeers. I bet CB wishes her real bunnies would kiss like that so she could have a houseful of bunny babies. Oh ya the cupcakes. They’re an ode to my favorite funfetti cuppys but with Jelly Beans. CB is such a suck up :P

Cake Filled Easter Eggs – CamCupCakes – afoneleri

Another ridiculously fun and creative entry (you girls really amaze me sometimes). Afoneleri made chocolate cake balls inside of chocolate easter eggs and covered them which chocolate. They’re cute and full on chocolaty perfection!

Easter Blondie Bites – Canela and Comino – Gretchen Noelle

Gretchen’s pictures always make me drool, then I read the recipe and I need to towel down my computer because drool goes from being a wet mouth to being a full on waterfall of “I want.” Here little blondie bites certainly didn’t disappoint because I want to gobble them all up like it’s my job. Oh, if only eaten Gretchen’s baked good could be my job I would be a happy woman.

Malted Milk Chocolate Cheesecake – Adventures in the Kitchen – Cheri

Chocolate cheesecake is just the greatest invention ever. Cheri did an amazing job on her pretty little cheesecake and the malted milk eggs on top are the perfect little topping!

Chewy Cocoa Brownies – Suppalicious – Beth

The oozing chocolate coming out of the top is what gets me with this one. The chocolates also look like (.)(.)’s which keeps me coming back wanting more :P

Easter Biscotti – Suppalicious – Beth

How cute are these? Beth, my constant latecomer :P I still love her though. I love the color the Jelly beans add to the biscotti. They make them so fun and lively!

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Now we have this months rock star of the month.

Adventures with a Red KitchenAid Mixer & a Beagle named Hershey – Elizabeth

This is the story of one woman, and her torrid affair with a disturbing amount of Reese’s eggs. She’ll put them in just about anything (we have photographic evidence and it’s haaaawt), and my only question after looking these over is, “Will you adopt me? Like, right now?”

Reese’s Egg Banana Bars
Soft chewy squares of delight, won’t you dally with me under the banana yellow moon?
You can slip into something more comfortable if you like, granola perhaps? You look so fetching in oats my darling…

Easter Rice Krispy Treats

These are cheating. There ain’t a soul alive that can resist krispy treats, and to make them with Peeps and pb eggs is asking for trouble. Tasty, sticky trouble.

Mini Reese’s Egg Cheesecake

There’s cheesecake, and then there’s zomg there’s peanut butter and chocolate eggs at the bottom of my cheesecake and I think I just tinkled myself like a tiny dog who’s been overcome with joy cheesecake. Guess which one this is!

S’more Peep Bars

How do you improve S’mores? Pink! That improves everything!

Mini Cadbury Nest Eggs

After a mere 6 (yes really, 6) entries, we have an adorable little cadbury egg in it’s nest. Do you know what’s it’s doing? It’s taking a nap after Bakezilla over here has made us drool to the point of dehydration, that’s what! You rock Elizabeth, if you put half as much energy into your cases you’ll win every one!

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Of course the fabulous Lemon Tartlet couldn’t be out done and she is our first Disaster of the Month Yes, this month there were two experiments gone wrong, but experiments only make you better and you need to cherish those learning experiences.

Easter Candy Cupcakes looking all cute and Innocent before being baked …

Kablamo! Ya that marshmallow on the right totally blew his head off. Congrats LT, your complete disaster let me with pains in my stomach because I laughed so hard I had tears in my eye :P

LT decided to flip that idea the bird and she moved on to a safer, but much tastier Easter Egg Cookies

Our second disaster of the month goes to Alica over at The Girl Tastes! She probably could have fooled people because her picture doesn’t look quite as disastrous as LT’s, but the diagram of problems is something I would do. Embrace your inner disaster folk embrace it!

She bounced back…

Robin’s Egg Cookies – The girl tastes! – Alicia

…figured out what went wrong and ended up with delightfully perfect cookies! Great job!

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And now … can I get a drumroll please ::drum drum drum:: (what? I don’t know how to spell drum noises) our winner and champion is the wonderful, lovely, fantastic, currently out of the kitchen and into her hockey … Pens fan. You all know here and love her.

The fabulous LAURIE of the Quirky Cupcake!!

Seriously though, Laurie’s Babka was not only delicious, but it also used half the candy in the Easter Candy Aisle. To make that hodge podge of candy taste delicious is truly amazing. Congrats Laurie.

Almost done…

April 24, 2008 at 2:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I’ve picked a winner and am just finishing up the round up.  Hopefully it will be up tomorrow.  Start getting excited because you girls had a lot of fun with easter candy.

April: Vanilla

April 14, 2008 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments

I got back from vacation last weekend and ended up sick all last week so I’ve just started baking Easter Candy delights and I’m working on putting the round up together.

In the mean time, who wants to know our next ingredient?

Vanilla!  You can use either extract or the full beans (which are even better).

You have until May 10th to bake your Vanilla goodies so get your baking caps on and have fun!

February Winner!

March 12, 2008 at 4:24 am | Posted in Winners | 14 Comments

I have baked myself silly over the last week or so and let me tell you, this was a hard decision.  I honestly liked everything I baked enough to make it again.  They were all ridiculously good.  Congrats ladies, you are all truly amazing cooks and you all did a fabulous job, but there can only be one winner.

And the winner is ….

Drum roll please

The Cinnamon French Toast Blondies made by Alicia over at The Girl Tastes.  These were just fantastic on every level.  Like Alicia says in her directions leave them undercooked … then start eating them right out of the pan and you won’t be able to stop!  I finished baking these around 10pm and between my hubby and I we had eaten 2/3rds of them before we went to bed.  I’m never one to eat more than one serving of the baked goods I make right off the bat, so for me to have multiple pieces means it must have been good.  They were chewy, they were cinnamony, they were perfection!

Congrats Alicia you are truly a Master Baker!

March Ingredient

March 7, 2008 at 5:51 pm | Posted in Challenges, Ingredient Announcements | 29 Comments

There were so many great ideas for March and while I loved all of the St. Patty’s Day ideas, I decided to take it in a different direction. I’m not so sure about the rest of the world, but in the US, the easter bunny brings the best candy. Halloween is just mini candy, valentines day you get conversation hearts and read hots, but easter is the mother load of great candy. From the beloved Peeps to jelly beans and Cadbury Creme eggs, Easter just has the best candy. That being said, the March ingredient is ….

EASTER CANDY

All Easter candy is free game. The rules are the same as last time. My one request this month because I know there’s going to be temptation to do it, please don’t just stick a peep on top of something random you happen to bake :P

For those of you outside of the US, I’m not sure if you have the easter bunny and easter candy don’t worry, there are options for you too. Jelly beans I’m told are available just about anywhere. I found a recipe for homemade peeps HERE and shaped chocolates made for kids will work too.

Because I’m going away the first weekend in April and won’t be able to get started baking anyway, you have until April 6th to get your entries in.  Have fun and good luck, I have a feeling this month could be very interesting!

February Round Up

March 6, 2008 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Round Ups | 28 Comments

Wow just wow! Who would have thought that my crazy little idea of a fun blog event would turn out this well! We had over 50 entries and every last one of them look absolutely amazing! Picking a winner is going to be hard because so far, everything I’ve made I’ve loved. My hubs thanks you all for your delicious treats. He is thoroughly enjoying is role as taste tester.

I just want to thank all of you for joining in on the fun, I’m giddy as a school girl that I got this many entries. I also want to thank you guys for putting up with the minor blips this month next month should go flawlessly. Special thanks to CB and Lemon Tartlet for their moral support (finding 30 entries at the last min requires moral support to remind you that you can get everything entered in a reasonable time frame) and their help getting the round up together. You girls rock!

Stay tuned, the March ingredient will be announced tomorrow (you’re going to love it) and the February winner will be posted early next week!

In an effort to not make this post a million miles long the entries are after the break (let me know if you think I should do it the other way … I’m indecisive and can’t decide)

Continue Reading February Round Up…

Apology

March 3, 2008 at 3:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

There are still a few hours left to go and we have over 50 entries!  I’m really floored guys this is amazing.  Now I do need to apologize.  I’ve tried to be very good about sending emails back and commenting on everyones blog because your entries truly are appreciated.  Over the last few days I noticed a few incoming links that I hadn’t got emails for and it was getting to the point where something seemed fishy.  Currently I have the Master Baker email address forwarding to my regular email and the problem with that is that I was completely unaware that my spam filter was eating a TON of entries.  When I say a ton I mean over 20 of you wonderful bakers haven’t received thank yous and I am unbelievably sorry.  I’m working on getting to everyone now so you should hear from me today or tomorrow.  I’m so sorry!

The end is near

February 28, 2008 at 5:35 am | Posted in Updates | 15 Comments

The end of this months challenge is quickly approaching (you have until Sunday) and let me tell you there are some amazingly delicious entries.  I’ve been down and out with the flu so my plans to start baking last weekend were crushed, but I will be stocking up with lots of cinnamon because my baking frenzy starts this weekend.

I’m thrilled with the number and quality of entries.  Seriously, you guys are going to need a drool towel when you look at the round up.   I’m planning on putting up the round up before I announce the winner so everyone can be tortured by the delicious treats while I finish my baking so make sure to come back early next week.  I should be announcing the winner a week from Sunday or probably Monday because I’ll be in a cinnamon coma by next Sunday night!

If you haven’t got your entry in … get to it, you have 4 days left, more than enough time to bake up a wonderful cinnamon treat!

Now, I just need to figure out what next months ingredient should be.  Any suggestions?

The First Challenge

February 5, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Challenges | 28 Comments

Our first ingredient is ….  CINNAMON

 I went with something nice and easy that everyone can enjoy.  I’m sure you will have no problems finding something amazing to make with cinnamon so get baking.

All entries are due March 2nd.

Introducing Master Baker

February 3, 2008 at 5:16 am | Posted in Welcome | 40 Comments

Lately I’ve become a bit of a foodie blog event junkie … Daring Bakers, Tuesdays with Dorie, Cupcake Hero and the list goes on. I love blog events, I think they’re fun and I like excuses to bake since baking because my hubby has an insatiable thirst for baked goods isn’t always a good enough excuse.

There are only so many events you can join up with and at this point the logical next step is to create my own event. After discussion with my VP of Events I have come up with the perfect event.

Master Baker … I pick the ingredient, you pick whatever baked goods you want to make. It’s easy, it’s basic, it’s fun. What could possibly be better? Nothing that’s what.

The rules are simple:

-I pick an ingredient each month and you bake whatever your little heart desires as long as it has that ingredient.

-Write up your blog post with a link back here.

-Send me a link to your blog post, along with your name and email address on or before the last day of the challenge. Emails should be sent to masterbakerchallenge at gmail dot com

-If you don’t have a blog, get one. In the meantime just email me (masterbakerchallenge at gmail dot com) a picture, the recipe and any thoughts or feelings you have towards your recipe.

- At the end of the month (the last day of the event) I will begin baking and choose my favorite baked good as our winner. I can’t promise I’ll make them all, but I promise to bake a bunch.

- For now the winner will pretty much get that wonderful warm fuzzy feeling in their heart and a swollen ego, but if a lot of people join in the fun I may be convinced to do something cool like having t-shirts or buttons or something fun made up for the winners. How cute would that banner (thanks Jess from Cuppycake Designs) look on just about anything?

- Nikki

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