Martha Stewart Makes Cookies App for Iphone and Ipad Review

14 Feb

If you are an avid baker and an Iphone or Ipad user you have probably heard of Martha Stewart’s new app designed for use on these two devices. The app is all about cookies and is designed by Ms. Stewart herself. I have had this app for about a week now and have gotten used to all its cool features. There is a shopping list section that allows you to type in any ingredients you may need for your next baking adventure, there is also a timer that you can set on the app itself (just in case your oven doesn’t have one).
The best part of the app is the over 75 cookie recipes (more are added regularly) that are available right at your fingertips (you can even favourite the recipes and come back to them later). Martha even includes a videos section that features Martha herself and food editor Sarah Carey making some of the recipes.
There are a few downsides to the app, it is a paid app which always puts a bit of a damper on things but it does have a good amount of recipes that makes up for the price tag and it is on a special sale for Valentine’s Day, $0.99 for the Iphone and $2.99 for the Ipad. The only other downside that I can foresee is that it may not be ideal to use the recipes in the kitchen. Iphone’s and Ipad’s are touch screen devices and it might be hard to scroll through the recipes when your hands are messy from the joys of baking.
Overall I would definitely recommend this app to anyone who loves to bake cookies and is always on the lookout for new recipes to try.

Traceycakes Bakery Cafe!

12 Feb

The other night I had a mini cupcake from Traceycakes in White Rock, BC. I’ve got to get down there and try some more because it was delicious!

After some detective work from their online menu (which is quite large, I must say!) I’ve decided it must have been their Hedgehog cupcake, because that was my first thought when tasting it. The hazelnut filling tasted just like a Purdy’s hedgehog. Perfect!

Changes are coming!

12 Feb

Seize the Cupcake is currently in state of transition… so the cupcake of the month is currently on hiatus for this month.

Knitters?

3 Feb

Little Cotton Rabbits has a cute cupcake decoration in her free patterns section- check it out!

Cupcake Decoration

Looking for a sweet Valentine’s Day present?

3 Feb

Check out these cupcake related etsy finds!

Looking for some adorable cupcake Valentine’s Day cards?
Sweet Valentine's Day Cards

Or maybe you’re just looking for some stickers to make your cards or presents more personal?
Valentine's Stickers
I can’t think of anything cuter to be called on Valentine’s Day than My Little Cupcake.

Does someone you love love to bake cupcakes?
Sailboat Cupcake Liners
These cupcake wrappers are completely adorable… and the seller does custom wrappers, just ask!

If you’re looking for jewelry this Valentine’s day, it can still be cupcake-themed! These cupcake earrings are subtle and gorgeous!
Cupcake Earrings

A little less subtle, but no less cute…
Baking Keychain
This whisk and baking pan necklace would be perfect for any baker- professionals and hobbyists alike!

Imagine Childhood is holding a giveaway: $75 dollar gift certificate to their store!
If you`re shopping for children or those young at heart this Valentine`s Day, this would be a great place to start, whether you win the gift certificate or not! Enter here!

Snowball Cupcakes

22 Jan

January in Vancouver has seen a nice amount of snow. So naturally, snow was our focus this month.

Snowflake Cupcakes

We tried to keep these cupcakes relatively simple in both recipe and design. Sometimes I feel with cupcakes it sometimes gets a bit crazy out there and it’s nice to have something that isn’t so overwhelmingly complex (both to make and to look at).

The cupcakes we made were just plain old vanilla, something I think is often underrated or portrayed as boring. But what I love about vanilla cupcakes is the ability to dress it up with all sorts of different flavours. It can be paired with so many things. We paired the vanilla cupcakes with fluffy vanilla frosting and dropped them immediately in coconut flakes. If your cupcakes don’t cover completely, sprinkling coconut on top should do it.

We used Martha Stewart’s recipe for our vanilla cupcakes.

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl, beat in vanilla.
Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to assure the batter is thoroughly mixed. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Here’s the recipe we used for the frosting. Thank goodness for Martha, eh?

We chose pretty blue cupcake wrappers to compliment our snow white cupcakes. There’s just something about white and blue that says wintery to me.

Which brings me to a possible twist:
To add to the white and blue theme, why not continue that into the cupcake itself? Adding some blueberries to the cupcake mix would be yum. Throw some cinnamon in there as well, it complements the blueberries nicely (experiment!)

We’ll try to get the next cupcakes of the month out a little earlier (can you guess what the theme might be?!).

Happy New Year from Seize the Cupcake!

1 Jan

Since the New Year is one of those times when people make resolutions, us folks at Seize the Cupcake have decided some resolutions are in order for this silly little blog.

1. We will not forget about this blog for weeks (and weeks!) at a time.

2. We will make more time to bake.
(Oh, how easy it is to get caught up in life. In school and work, coffee with friends, running errands, and making plans for the future. But despite this, it is so important to make time for what you love. Especially something that relaxes us as much as baking does, and brings so much yumminess to those around us, as well as ourselves.)

So, to incorporate both of these resolutions together… the uber-resolution.

Every month for the rest of this year Becca and I will highlight a special cupcake. This cupcake recipe will focus on a theme of the month and the cupcakes will be decorated appropriately. Vague as it sounds, there are lots of ideas in the air and we’re quite excited about this new project.

And as a last little tidbit: January’s theme will be WINTER.

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