Friday, December 30, 2011

Substitute Ingredients List

When I started in the baking world everything was sooo new to me and I couldnt get many of the ingredients in various recipes and Oh God I ended leaving them to the side because I had no one to explain; I didn't have anyone else close who already baked so I was lost. One day I came across a magazine, a very old one, that had a list of substitutes for many ingredients. When I didn't find something in the market I could easily substitute it for another ingredient and finish the recipe that my heart longed for....soooo here I simplified it a little and posted it for you.  I assure you that it will be helpful at some moment ;))

Ingredient  =  Substitute

  • Fresh whole milk  1 cup  =   1/2 cup evaporated milk and 1/2cup water
  • Mustard 1 Tbsp  =   1 tsp powder mustard
  • Tomato Juice  1 cup  =   1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1cup water     
  • Sugar 1 cup  =   1 cup honey
  • Honey 1 cup  =   1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water
  • Baking Powder 1 Tsp  =  1/2 tsp cream of tartar and 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • Buttermilk 1 cup  =    1 cup of milk and 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • Semisweet chocolate 1onz  =   1onz unsweeted chocolate mixed 1tbsp sugar
  • Corn syrup 1 cup   =   1 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup water
  • Egg 1  =   2 eggwhites  or 2 yokes or 1/4cup egg subt.
  • Molasses  1 cup  =  1 cup honey
  • Granulated Sugar 1 cup  =  1cup brown sugar or 2 cups powdered sugar 
  • Cake flour 1 cup  =  1 cup minus 2 tbsp of All Purpose flour
  • Sour Cream 1 cup  =  1 cup evaporated milk plus 1 tbsp vinegar 
  • Pumpkin Spice 1 tsp  =  1/2tsp cinnamon 1/4tsp nutmeg and 1/8tsp ginger
  • Mascapone cheese 8onz  =  8onz regular cream cheese                                               
Hope you find it useful as much as I did! Happy Substituting!!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Like I promised Eggnog/Coquito cupcakes

I have been the entire week crazy with these cupcakes because they taste just like Christmas! And here they are:
Aren't they cute and they not only look good but they taste awesome. So try them out!
For these I just used a regular vanilla cupcake recipe and added my homemade eggnog; you my use your receipe for eggnog or a store bought one.
 For this recipe:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large egg and 1 large egg white
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup eggnog
Eggnog buttercream /frosting
Nonpareils and/or sprinkles (for decoration)

Preheat oven 350 F. Line a standard 12cupcake pan with liners.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy, 2-3 min. Add egg and whites one at a time, beating well on low speed after each addition then beat in vanilla.  Add the flour mixture in 3 additions alternating with the eggnog in 2 additions, beating on low until just combined.  Scrap down the sides of the bowl as needed. Do not overbeat.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cupcake, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake until lightly golden or toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool while your prepare your buttercream or frosting.

Well for these cupcakes I made a Eggnog cream cheese frosting, but you may make a vanilla buttercream and add some eggnog or ginger, or you may even make a frosting using Crisco and some spice rum. You pick your favorite!

Eggnog Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 12onz of Cream cheese 
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp of eggnog
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger
  • 1 cup of confectioners sugar, sifted
In a bowl using a mixer beat the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add the eggnog and ginger. With the mixer on low speed add the sugar slowly and beat for a couple of minutes. Refrigerate until ready to use. 

For decorating these I just used big circle tip to frost them and just added some golden sugar sprinkles. Well I hope you enjoy these as much as my twins and I did eating them up, because they are to die for!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Royal Icing Recipe for Decorating Cookies

Hi  I dont know how this happened but I realized I didnt post my royal Icing recipe for decorating cookies. Sorry about that gals but here it is:
You will need:

  1. Confectioners sugar about 1lb
  2. 3 eggwhites (large eggs)
  3. 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  4. 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
All you do is in a beaters bowl you put eggwhites and start to beat using your paddle attachment until you see it starts to become foamy (at the first few bubbles) then add sugar cup by cup til you have a fluffy and pretty stiff peak form at the tip of your paddle when it is removed from your beater.  Now you add your lemon juice and vanilla extract and beat just to incorporate. You may use at the moment or store in an airtight container. If you have any questions just comment at the bottom or email me at or just visit me at facebook. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Getting into the Christmas Spirit with the wonderful gingerbread smell!!

Like I said before whats not to Love about Christmas? Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I just love the gatherings and the homemade gift giving! All year I'm wondering what I may come up with for gifts because I'm a homemade gift making freak. Its good to receive store bought gifts but to me its Extra special to receive something that's homemade. Soooo I started out with gingerbread cookies and the smell drives me crazy. And to begin with here is my recipe:
Gingerbread Cookies 

  • 1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 -3 cups of All Purpose Flour ( decide when adding depending if it looks dry)
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp ginger spice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1/2 tsp ground clove 
  • 1/8 ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey 
Beat together butter and sugar until well mixed then add egg and honey. In a separate bowl mix all other ingredients and slowly add to the butter and sugar mixture. Once the mixture forms a ball remove from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
When the dough is cool I roll it out into a 1/4"to1/2'and using my cookie cutter I make the desire shape and place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10mins at 350F.

 Once the cookies are baked and cooled you may decorate them with royal icing recipe in my earlier posts.
Well hope you be having lots of fun making and eating these great tasting and smelling cookies! Oh and sorry about not adding finished photo, blog is not letting me post the rest, but will be adding them to facebook, soooo visit me there!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Gingerbread cookies and Eggnog cuppies!

Preparing for Christmas!! My favorite time of year! Love the weather, the food, the goodies, the decorations and the people become more loveable. Hey whats not to Loooove about Christmas!!  And since we are getting ready for Christmas we are going to share some gingerbread cookie recipe and decoration; And will be making a wonderful Eggnog cupcake recipe. Oh soooo good specially for us dieters, yeah right!  All this, this weekend soooo stay tuned!