12.28.2010

HH Saves Christmas

Goodness, the Twelve Days of Cupcakes took a lot out of me, but the cooking at the Diner didn’t stop!

There was cookie baking for six hours on the 12th with friends - Gingerbread, Daddy’s Special Oatmeal Coconut, Peanut Butter Kisses and Brownie Gems. Then a full day of prepping for Christmas with Art’s Special Sauce, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Chip w/Walnut Cookies, homemade Macaroni and Cheese, homemade Lasagna all in one day; followed by Spice Cookies the next day.

The rain set in, we hunkered down, the relatives arrived and then…HH saved the day.


Christmas Eve, before things really set in - lasagna and chicken fried chicken for those who didn't eat cheese or red sauce (can you imagine!)

The Diner kept cooking over Christmas, but only because HH stepped in. I was sick in bed so HH served as host, chief cook, head bottle washer and nurse maid. Hip, Hip, Hurray for HH! Fortunately enough food was prepped, so with a little help everything was fine. Had it not been for HH, things could have gone in a different direction.


The garlic bread on Chirstmas Eve, HH's first "save" of the holiday!

The Diner may be running a little slow right now, but things will be back up to speed in the New Year.

Happy Holidays everyone!

12.15.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Twelfth Day...

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcake


What better way to finish up the Twelve Days of Cupcakes than with Grandma Baker’s Chocolate Mayonnaise (cup)Cake. I’ve make it as written, and it was delicious. I changed it by replacing the water with buttermilk – even more moist and scrumptious with the buttermilk and the mayo. Next time, maybe an Abuelita Mexican Chocolate disk instead of cocoa powder, although I can’t get too off track or HH will wonder what has happened to his beloved grandmother’s cake. Maybe it becomes the Holly’s Diner version at that point!

Anyway, here’s the recipe, enjoy and Merry Christmas.

Grandma’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

3 cups unsifted flour
1 ½ cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2 ¼ tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp (baking) soda
1 ½ cups Best Food mayonnaise (so this is why HH will only eat Best Foods!)
1 ½ cups water
1 ½ tsp vanilla

Sift together dry ingredients. Stir in mayonnaise. Gradually stir in water and vanilla until smooth and blended. Bake at 350º, about 30 minutes or until cake sponges back.
Love Grandma

Happy Holly-days!

PS – Loyal Diner Followers, thank you for your enthusiasm about the Twelve Days of Cupcakes. (By the way, sorry about the technical difficulties yesterday that did not allow for the Twelfth Day to be consecutive.) Those of you who have indicated interest in a particular recipe, by have not wanted to do the research, I am happy to share the recipes if you stop by the Diner. I made a decision long ago that if I had a recipe that was not original (mine or someone else’s that is shared) I would refer to it but would not print it just in case there are copyright issues. So thanks for hanging in there and enjoy the cupcakes!

12.13.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Eleventh Day...


Peppermint Cupcakes

This cupcake just screams Christmas! It’s a Paula Deen favorite with butter, heavy whipping cream, sour cream and lots of peppermint. Paula suggests a white chocolate frosting (not my favorite), so I did a vanilla cream turned RED.

This cupcake looks, tastes and smells like a happy holiday in a perfect little package. If you can’t get into the spirit after baking this, well, I don’t know what to tell you. Maybe a visit to Holly’s Diner is the only cure!

HH was a bit skeptical at first (no chocolate), but after one bit he was a believer.

This recipe can be found in Paula Deen Magazine or at www.cookingwithpauladeen.com in the November/December 2008 issue, page 61.

Happy Holly-days!

12.12.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Tenth Day...

Gingerbread Cupcakes

What cupcake could be more Christmas-y than Gingerbread. And what a treat, I got to make these with Miss Audrey. We had fun mixing, licking be beater, and taste-testing. That is, until the first bit. I think the black-strap molasses was too much for Miss Audrey. SS and I thought they tasted great, but if you have a lot of young ones to share with, perhaps the light molasses would be a better choice.

This recipe is from Hello, Cupcake by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, page 219.










Happy Holly-days!

12.11.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Ninth Day...

Red Velvet cupcakes – a Southern favorite, and one of my new favorites as well. So yummy, so decadently red, so moist and cocoa-y. This recipe is from Paula Deen, as it should be. So, enjoy, the Paula Deen way.

This recipe can be found in Paula Deen Magazine or at www.cookingwithpauladeen.com, the January/February 2010 issue, page 53.


Happy Holly-days!

12.10.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Eighth Day...


Julia's Queen of Sheba Cupcakes

I had to do one of Julia’s recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking, plus I had yet to bake one of her desserts. So it’s the Queen of Sheba – cupcakes. Doesn’t sound very Julia-esque, but as a cupcake they were great.

Try this, as a cake or cupcakes, either way. Delish!

This recipe can be found in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Happy Holly-days!

12.09.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Seventh Day...

Egg Nog Cupcakes

These were going to be so good! I love egg nog during the holidays. This was originally a pound cake recipe, I think it may be better this way. The pound cake recipe will allow the moisture to shine through. (I think these got over baked, too. One has to be so careful with overbaking.)

Remember, you have to like Egg Nog to like this, don’t try it if you don’t! I love Baskin-Robbins Egg Nog ice cream, so I’m good. (By the way, Baskin-Robbins starts carrying Egg Nog ice cream on November 15 each year. Each store in my area gets one big tub, when it’s gone, it’s gone so don’t delay!)

This recipe can be found in Southern Living, December 2009 issue, page 176.

Happy Holly-days!

12.08.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Sixth Day...

Sugar Cupcake with Sugar Frosting. You’ve got to like sweet to like this one!

This cupcake had great flavor, was moist, but has a story. This one is a Paula Deen, so you know it has butter and sugar – well, and it’s Sugar Cupcakes!

These cupcakes had a great flavor, but I messed up the frosting texture and my blender at the same time. If I had the right ingredients, I would not have had this problem!

These cupcakes were moist and yummy and worth making again – the right way! Be sure to have confectioners’ sugar for the frosting, don’t try to put three cups of granulated sugar in the blender all at once – it burns out the blender! Believe me, I know!!

This recipe can be found in Paula Deen Magazine or at www.cookingwithpauladeen.com, the March/April 2009 issue, page 31.

Happy Holly-days!

12.07.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Fifth Day...


Ginger Cupcakes

How about Ginger Cupcakes with Lemon Curd frosting?!

The flavor of this was okay, but it definitely needed more ginger. If you want something a little different, this is a good choice. It reminds me of East meets the South.

This recipe can be found in Paula Deen Magazine or at www.cookingwithpauladeen.com in the November/December 2009 issue, page 63.

Happy Holly-days!

12.06.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Fourth Day...

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

I love mint. Chocolate Mocha, York Peppermint Patties, Peppermint Mocha coffee, mmmmm!

The recipe calls for Andes Crème de Menthe Thins, and I had York Peppermint Patties on hand (of course). The flavor and moistness was great in this cupcake, but the Andes Thins would have been a better call.

This recipe is from Hello, Cupcake by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, page 219.

Happy Holly-days!

12.05.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes - on the Third Day...

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

I was so excited about this Vanilla Bean cupcake, but I over cooked it! Bummer. The flavor was good with a chocolate frosting. It should be made with Chocolate Ganache. Try it with a bit more vanilla extract, I think you’ll enjoy.

This recipe can be found in Paula Deen Magazine or at www.cookingwithpauladeen.com, the January/February 2010 issue, page 53.

Happy Holly-days!

12.04.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes, on the Second Day...

Orange Spice Cupcake

This recipe I decided to bake for my Step-Mom, the problem was that it called for pumpkin pie spices which included cloves and nutmeg – and she does not like those! So the cupcakes were baked, shared, enjoyed – but not by Anna. The guys, and DiAnne, at Pelly’s loved them!

One friend I shared the cupcakes with loved the pumpkin spice, someone else enjoyed the orange flavor. These are a light, warm alternative to perhaps heavier flavors during the holidays.

This recipe is from Hello, Cupcake by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson, page 219.

Happy Holly-days!

12.03.2010

Twelve Days of Cupcakes, on the First Day...

Mexican Chocolate Pound (Cup)Cake

Last year cookies, this year cupcakes! I hope you are ready!

I have been baking all year, turning cake recipes into cupcake recipes, with a few challenges along the way.

This Twelve Days starts with something very Southern – Southern California, that is. Mexican Chocolate Pound Cupcakes. These are a little spicy, deliciously chocolately and plenty moist. Definitely something different and worth trying!

This recipe can be found in Southern Living, November 2010 issue, page 102.

Happy Holly-days!