macaron, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

would you believe these are my very first macarons??? purchased from this adorable place.

[top to bottom: vanilla bean, pumpkin spice, french chocolate, hazelnut]

[nom, nom, nom, and NOM]

if you have never enjoyed a macaron before, may i suggest you change that? immediately. right now. run, don’t walk.
her first macaron

ok, off you go.



wrapping things up

limoncello cupcake, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

well, phew! i have been making cupcakes for almost 24 hours now, haha!

-red velvet cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese frosting

vanilla cream cheese frosting

– peanut butter and chocolate chip cupcakes to be topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache

cute, warm, melty, chocolatey, peanut buttery mini cupcakes

pumpkin spice cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting


– lemon cupcakes with limoncello frosting


i am finally done and about to pack everything up, get cleaned up and changed into my little black dress [if it still fits after all this taste testing!] and head on over to the house where my incredible, beautiful friend will be saying her vows to a very lucky man at midnight. what a way to ring in a new year!

i just wanted to take a quick moment to wish you all a truly happy New Year, wherever you are. I hope the coming year is so sweet for each of you.
oh, and stay tuned – first recipe of 2010 will be these delightful little limoncello cupcakes! you know i love you. 😉

pucker up




things i love VII: CUPCAKES!!!

things i love: CUPCAKES!!!, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

tonight i am making four different kinds of cupcakes for a dear, dear friend’s wedding tomorrow night!
red velvet batter
yep, it’s a new year’s eve wedding, how fun is that?!

and the wedding cake is CUPCAKES!!! how much fun is THAT???!

i say pretty fun.

first batch: red velvet cupcakes. oh my word, these are soooo good. not that…i would, uuuh, know.

*wipes crumbs off face*

i am having too much fun.
hope your night is just as sweet as mine.


things i love III

things i love III, originally uploaded by iamchanelle.

i made snickerdoodles today with my little one.


i love that she loves to help me every. single. time. i am in the kitchen. no matter what, she appears at my side with her little ikea stool, so she can see what i am making and ask to stir, or taste, or put a pinch of salt in.

i also love our cute aprons.

and i love her.

be sure to take the time to find something small and sweet to be thankful for today!  it has benefits.  😉



p.s. – here’s the recipe we used.  [i substituted more butter for the shortening, and used cornstarch instead of cream of tartar.]


i am having way too much fun on my latest project. 🙂
this is for a very lovely lady who created her own shortbread company, Silk Shortbread.
i can tell you from personal experience that those cookies are incredibly delicious, perfectly crisp and buttery with just the right amount of sweet.
man, i love my job.

stay tuned, her website will be going live very soon.


triple layer chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and bittersweet chocolate peanut butter ganache. that is all.

from this recipe.
seriously, peoples, this cake is DANGEROUSLY GOOD. like, buy a whole new wardrobe three sizes larger in preparation kind of good.

just sayin’.

here’s what i did:
i baked two of the three layers the night before, because i only have two cake pans, it was late and i was tired.  i poured the remaining batter into a small container and refrigerated it until the next morning.  it baked up just fine, how about that?  i may start making cake batters a couple days before just for kicks and giggles from now on.  just kidding.   sort of.

instead of semisweet chocolate, i used bittersweet for the glaze topping.  i also **may** have overheated the glaze a little bit much because i was still in my pajamas fifteen minutes before guests were to arrive and my bed wasn’t made either and i still had some dishes to do and salad to make and yes i was trying to do all those things at once which is why i **may** have neglected the chocolate over the double boiler and why it thickened up **quite** a bit.  soooo, it turned into ganache. which was still really good.

and i did get dressed in time, in case you were wondering.   i don’t **think** my clothes were on backwards or inside out.

also, i just chopped up some peanuts and sprinkled them over top for the final touch.

it was a big hit, let me tell you.

worth every bit of effort.  except for the hours i’m going to need to put in at the gym to work it off.  i’m trying not to think about that part, and just enjoy my second piece.  in my pajamas.