cupcakes sold.

remember when i told you i was making cupcakes for a student group on campus for a fundraiser? well, i did it!

my students were excited when m and i delivered the cupcakes to the event. they said they were really cute, which was what i was going for.

four cupcakes were already sold before the start of the event, and there i was with my big goofy smile so happy that people would buy something i made.

i baked my standby cupcake recipes: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. i tried a new recipe this time: strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

the strawberry cupcakes weren’t as strawberry-flavored as i was hoping, so i’m going to try that recipe again before i share it with you all.

the proceeds of the cupcakes went to hope2o international. i was thrilled to have this opportunity to help raise money for such a great cause. if you haven’t checked out this organization, make sure you do!

red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies.

it’s valentine’s day week. i can already hear people around me dreading it.

the commercialized day of love.
another hallmark holiday.
because i’m single and everyone is in a relationship.
love sucks.

read on…

a cake sold.

i know it has been a while since i’ve updated. these last few weeks have been really busy. between navigating unpleasant student issues, going through a selection process for a new student leader group for next academic year, and balancing me time, i haven’t had too much time to do anything noteworthy in the kitchen.

but, i did want to share the cake i made for one of my colleagues for her dad’s belated birthday dinner.

it was a 9” double layer vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. he wanted something classic and simple. so, that’s exactly what i produced. her and her dad were such a fan of it, and i’m so happy he enjoyed it.

my next project? i got asked to make cupcakes for a valentine’s day themed fundraiser for a student group on campus. i’ll have a recipe for this cake and the cupcakes coming soon. i’ll definitely be making a batch of these red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, per their request.

keep an eye out for more updates to come soon!

happy valentine’s day.

i used to hate valentine’s day.

rather than being bitter, i decided in high school that i would just give love to everyone i love. i didn’t need a significant other to like valentine’s day. i had a lot of loved ones that deserved to be given love.

here i am, years later, still doing the same thing. i may be boo’d up now, but i still try my best to give love to those around me. this year’s gift to my student staff: olive oil chocolate chip cookies. i didn’t get to take photos, so i’ll have to make them again to share with you.

if you’re still looking for a dessert to make tonight special, i’ve got four recommendations for you. i’m a big fan of everything i’ve made so far on nomsandnotes, but i thought it would be most helpful to give you my selections.

from the top left clockwise:
cranberry and chocolate chip blondies
brown sugar cookies
chocolate mayo cupcakes with blackberry buttercream
red velvet chocolate chip cookies

sending some love from my boston kitchen to yours today and everyday!

red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting.

it is february. i can’t believe it.
it was a busy end of january and the to-do list will continue to grow as i head into february.

i needed some serious kitchen time. time to relax.
whenever i’m in the kitchen, the movements just come naturally. i don’t need to think too much. the recipe guides my way into baking bliss.

read on…