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Cheesecake brownies?

I was thinking of baking a pan of brownies but I really love cheesecake and I try to incorporate it in any possible desserts, and I know there are cheesecake brownies out there but they all seem so...thin! I like my brownies thicker than that, like maybe an inch or so? With added chopped walnuts. And I was looking at Joy Of Baking's recipe for cheesecake brownies but I would like a more crumby, cake-like brownie, not dense, fudgy ones. Anyone have any ideas or recipes to help me out? Thanks so much xo

Apr 26, 2013
justangelinaxo in Home Cooking

Cupcake flavors for spring/summer?

I have no ideas on what cupcakes to do for my class! They've had lemon cupcakes and cakes so many times so I would prefer not using lemon as a core ingredient. I want a flavor light and refreshing, and it would be even better if you had a recipe to go along with it! I was thinking mango, but I heard that you can't really get the mango flavor unless you use mango extract which is seriously hard to find so I vetoed it. Any other spring/summer flavors which aren't too sweet?

Apr 25, 2013
justangelinaxo in Home Cooking

How can I bake flat cupcakes?

I always bake either too short or too domed cupcakes! (And the domed cupcakes don't rise on the edges) My baking powder and soda's just fine, I did the water experiment and it fizzled so its usable. I want cupcakes that will rise evenly on the surface without being undercooked or burnt. I don't mind a few cracks, I can easily cover that up. I heard that with cake, rap the pan a few times before sending it into the oven but I'm not sure if that will work with cupcakes, too! I'm so frustrated, I see Laura Vitale and Stephanie from Joy Of Baking take their pans out with perfect flat and rised cupcakes and they don't do anything before sending their pans into the oven. Any tips? Thanks a ton xo

Apr 23, 2013
justangelinaxo in Home Cooking

Favorite cupcake and frosting flavors/recipes?

I love baking cupcakes and my favorite part is to pipe those gorgeous swirls of frosting on those cupcakes! But so far, I haven't really done that yet because all the frosting (buttercream) I've made is just not really edible. I just eat a cupcake without frosting because it's not really edible. It's always too sweet (even when I cut down the sugar amount called for in the recipe over than 50%!) or too grainy or just not good at all. All the frostings I've made were all wasted..butter is expensive! But I don't really want to go with whipped cream every time I bake some cupcakes as frosting. Maybe it's because I haven't had bakery buttercream before? I don't really know what buttercream tastes like, and my tries are kind of useless cause I can't compare and so I don't know where to improve! (I live in Taiwan, it's in Asia and there isn't really any buttercream here) So I'm looking for a maybe fool-proof recipe for frosting and cupcakes because I'm fresh out of ideas, thanks so much! xo

Apr 23, 2013
justangelinaxo in Home Cooking