Baking the perfect Cupcake


Baking a cupcake is easy, but baking the best cupcake is slightly difficult.perfect cupcake
Why is it so?

Here are some mistakes made while baking cupcakes. Some of the noted mistakes can lead to disasters while others can still be a turnoff. So, read and understand them so that you don’t make any of them.

Ingredients

Sub-standard ingredients or a poor mix, either way you are spoiling your cupcake. High-quality ingredients are important. At the same time, it is important to know what is required and in what quantity. For example, if the cookbook or expert tells you that you need one cup cocoa powder, you need cocoa powder only. Also, if it is noted that you need just one cup of cocoa powder, don’t assume
that experimenting with an additional cup or half will not affect your cupcake. It definitely will!

Warning: Before using your ingredients, it is important to bring them to room temperature. Using them
straight out of the fridge will not be a good idea because it will not bring in the smoothness. So, bring
them to room temperature before using it, especially egg and milk.

Mixing the batter

Mixing is important, but people often over-mix the batter. Over-mixing crushes some of the air bubbles
that can lead to hollow tunnels inside of your cake. Look at your cupcake. If you do not like it, it is
probably because of those tunnels that make your cupcake look average.

Pre-heating

We often make this mistake. We do not pre-heat the oven. Placing your cupcake tray in the over before
it is ready; you are messing up with the baking process. So, be careful and pre-heat the oven before
placing the tray in your oven.

Peeking

We love to know whether our efforts have paid off or not. So, we keep peeking by opening and closing
the oven door quite often. Opening and closing the oven door regularly, you are disrupting the structure
of the cupcake. So, resist the urge of peeking, and the result will be better than expected.

Cupcake liners

How do you fill it?
Well, if you are not using a scoop for filling the cupcake liner, you will be disappointed on pulling out
your tray of cupcakes because they are either overcooked or still raw inside.
Placing the exact amount of batter in each liner is possible if you use a scoop.
For minis, use a small cookie scoop and for standard-sized cupcakes, use a large scoop.

Want to buy a scoop that is perfect for your need? Buy it at Overstock.com. Apart from the scoop, look
for deals and discounts too because Overstock.com is not the most economical online store. Also, look
for coupons that can help you get additional discounts on your purchases.

However, before choosing coupons, make sure that you choose unexpired and matching coupons. For
example, if you are purchasing items from Overstock.com, look for Overstock.com deals and offers only
so that you can get the best deals on your purchased items.

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April 29, 2015 – 5:33 PM - | Posted in deals | No Comments »

Oreo Nuvino Wine Nutella Cupcakes


There’s nothing closer to a girls heart than some good chocolate and a great glass of wine…..ok….maybe diamonds, but chocolate and wine are right behind those…

Check out this Oreo Nuvino Wine Nutella Cupcakes, sure to be a girls night favorite!

Oreo Nuvino Wine Nutella Cupcakes

Oreo Nuvino Wine Nutella Cupcakes

Ingredients:
For the cupcakes:
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 egg
¼ cup Nuvino’s Red Blend Wine
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup Nutella
10 Oreos

For the filling:
½ cup Nutella
5 Oreos

For the frosting:
1 cup red wine, any kind you like
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
salt, to taste

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 10 muffin cups with cupcake liners. Set aside.

The cupcakes: In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add the egg and beat to combine.

– Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla extract. Stir in Nutella and Nuvino’s Red Blend until evenly combined. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Place an Oreo cookie on the bottom of each cupcake liner. Pour batter over each Oreo cookie and fill each cupcake liner about ¾ of the way full. Bake the cupcakes for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely.

The filling: In a ziplock bag, place the Oreos and use a mallet to crush the cookies into small pieces. In a small bowl, combine Nutella with crushed Oreos. Set aside.

The frosting: In a small saucepan, combine Nuvino’s Red Blend and sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves and wine comes to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes (until the liquid is reduced to about ¼ cup or a light syrup texture). Let to cool.
– Beat the butter until until smooth and creamy. Slowly add in powdered sugar (1/2 cup at a time), vanilla, and ¼ cup of prepared wine syrup. Beat until no lumps remain. Taste the frosting and add salt to cut the sweetness, if you prefer.

Assembling the cupcakes: Cut out the center of each cupcake with a sharp knife. Fill the cupcakes with Nutella & Oreo filling. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a decorative tip. Pipe frosting into a swirl on each cupcake. Enjoy!

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April 19, 2015 – 3:14 PM - | Posted in recipes | 1 Comment »

Advice Times With Grandpa Theo


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Grandpas and their theories! DreamWorksTV’s new animated series ‘Advice Times With Grandpa Theo’ takes you through the living room, onto the rocking chair and into the mind of Grandpa Theo’s mysterious theories about life – which he “confirms” with his phone’s Siri. Little does he know his grandson is turning him into an internet sensation by video blogging all of his hilarious lectures.

Written and voiced by animator Willis Bulliner, new episodes will post every Friday, check out YouTube for more of Grandpa Theo’s advice!

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April 19, 2015 – 2:20 PM - | Posted in Entertainment | No Comments »

Join WWE and NBCUniversal For The Hero In All Of Us Campaign


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As we all know, WWE is more than just wrestling. In fact, it’s more than just entertainment. WWE is very into getting involved with their fans, and the community and helping out where they can be it bringing to light breast exams with Susan G. Komen, visiting the troops overseas, or helping out with an anti-bullying campaign with Be A STAR. WWE and their superstars are all about what more they can do besides entertaining us.

WWE and NBCUniversal have come together to air “For The Hero In All Of Us” which will be shown across NBCUniversal’s two different broadcast networks, 17 cable channels and more than 50 other digital properties, that’s in addition to the platforms WWE uses as well.

By using the #MyHerois hastag the WWE Universe can tell WWE and NBCUniversal as well as other fans, who their favorite WWE Superstar is as well as share stories heroism either that they have personally encountered or that they know of. Advertisers are also encouraged to work with NBCUniversal and WWE in a way to reach new audiences and platforms. There are larger ways advertisers can combine with NBCUniversal, WWE and their audience as well as having access to many of the WWE Superstars and Diva’s for campaigns.

Who is your hero?  Is it a WWE Superstar?  I can tell you, although I’m personally not a huge John Cena fan, if I had to pick a hero, it would be him.  Why?  Because he’s helped me to better my health, he’s helped me to see how to get healthier in my life, with his Changetime program, John Cena is my hero.  Check out the #MyHeroIs hashtag on twitter, and check out who other fans heroes are, as well as who some of the WWE Superstars have as a hero.

If you are not currently a WWE fan, you may not know how valued the company is within the community, with the help of NBCUniversal it can now be knows how family friendly and how involved WWE is to families, communities and more.

There’s already been an advantage for different advertisers that you may not have thought would be working with WWE, take the “Champions of Fatherhood” series and the “Heroes of Tomorrow” campaign, things you may have not thought WWE was involved in.

I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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April 17, 2015 – 1:27 PM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »

FREE WWE Network, Extreme Rules, Tough Enough and more from WWE this April!


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April is a busy month for WWE and WWE fans! First off, WWE is offering WWE Network to new subscribers for FREE this month! That’s right, if you have not yet checked out WWE Network now is your chance to do so. Not only do you get original WWE programming and tons of matches to watch all month, but you also get this month’s PPV event Extreme Rules!

Normally WWE Network is just $9.99 (in the USA) but if you have not yet subscribed this month you can get for FREE, and the great thing, there’s no commitment, so you can cancel at any time!

Speaking of Extreme Rules, this is one PPV event I’m excited for, not only because it’s going to be amazing but because thanks to WWE I’ll be there LIVE in Chicago at All State Arena representing the WWEMoms! If you don’t have the network, now’s your time to get it so you can at least spot me in the crowd!

Tough Enough 2015

This month WWE also announced the return of Tough Enough June 23rd. If your not familiar with Tough Enough, this is another WWE reality show where participants go through training and competitions to win a contract with the WWE. This will be the 5th season of Tough Enough and will be revived on the USA network and paired with WWE Raw. Think you have what it takes to be a WWE Superstar? You can apply for Tough Enough 2015 on the USA Network’s website here. You can also catch up on the past seasons of Tough Enough on WWE Network, where you will see some familiar Superstars.

WWE has also announced this month that in 2016 Smackdown will be moving to the USA Network! That means both Raw and Smackdown will be hosted on the same network. I told you, it’s been a busy month for WWE and fans….

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Now I’m getting my mind going, and thinking about just what sign I’ll be bringing to Extreme Rules! Any suggestions? Watch for the sign on April 26th at Extreme Rules on WWE Network.

I have been compensated for this post as I participate in the WWEmoms campaign – all opinions expressed here are my own.
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April 17, 2015 – 7:29 AM - | Posted in #WWEMoms, WWE | No Comments »

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