The Baking Owl

A blog written by an aspiring 16 year old baker…..


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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Fall is finally here and in my opinion it’s one of my favorite seasons.

And it’s not because of the red and gold leaves or because it’s finally sweater weather, or even because I get a week long break from school.  It’s because I have an excuse to bake with so many flavors.

I mean there’s pumpkin and apple and so many different spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Today I have here a recipe that’s so easy you don’t even a need an electric mixer. It can be made all by hand. Not to mention that these cupcakes are absolutely delicious.

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HALLOWEEN Treats {& Video Tutorial}

Last Friday was one of my favorite holidays- It was HALLOWEEN! I have always loved Halloween since I was a toddler. I love the costumes and the candy, but most of all the Halloween baking!

There are so many things that I would’ve made this year, but I settled on a couple of very simple and tasty treats that were really fun to make.

The first treat I made were these very cute mini candy corn themed cupcakes. These were SO easy to make. I basically took some vanilla cake batter and dyed half of the batter orange and the other half yellow with food coloring. Then I put a scoop of yellow cake batter in the cupcake liner and then on top, a scoop of orange cake batter. I let the cupcakes bake like usual and then piped on some white vanilla buttercream on top to complete the candy corn effect.

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How To Make French Macarons (YouTube Tutorial)

Hey everyone! I  hope everybody is having a wonderful weekend. I myself have been having a great time with my aunt who is visiting all the way from Pakistan!

Today I have here another video on how to make a dessert. A couple weeks ago I had written a post on French Macarons and now I have a tutorial on how to make these sweet delicacies!

If you enjoyed this video, please check out all my other tutorials on YouTube at TheBakingOwl and please subscribe for more!

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Spanish Flan

Summer is finally here! =D I just got out of school yesterday and I had planned a big list of treats that I want to bake this summer.

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The only reason there aren’t more things listed is because I ran out of room.

But anyways, the real reason I wrote this post has nothing to do with summer, in fact it has to do with school.

So, last week I had a party in my Spanish class at school, and everybody had to bring some kind of Spanish dish. Here’s what I thought when I found out about this:

1.Yessssss, I get to bake! 2.I’m going to (obviously) make a dessert, and 3.I have to make something delicious (also obvious) 

Guess what I made?! I made the famous Spanish dessert, Flan!

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This dessert was actually not too hard to make if the directions are followed correctly. Which, I admit, I kind of messed up a little on the caramel base.

It took me couple of tries to get my caramel right.

On my first try, I cooked my sugar  a little too long and it end up turning into a useless pile of sugar crystals.

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On the second try, I watched the sugar more carefully and got it right. The custard part of the Flan was very easy to make. I basically just poured the ingredients into a bowl and whisked it together until smooth.

Then I baked the Flan in the oven for an hour and then when I took it out, I let it cool in the fridge overnight. The next day I flipped the flan upside down onto a serving plate.

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The Flan turned out to be very pretty with caramel dripping down the sides. The custard itself tasted creamy and delicious.

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Spanish Flan

Makes 1 9in. Sized Flan

Ingredients:

1 cup of granulated sugar

3 eggs

12 ounces of evaporated milk

14 ounces of condensed milk

1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Over medium-low heat, pour sugar into a pot and let it cook until liquefied and golden brown. Watch your caramel carefully and DON’T stir.

3. Pour the caramel into a round 9 inch glass baking dish quickly because the caramel will harden very quickly.

4. Then in a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add in evaporated milk, condensed milk, and vanilla extract. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.

5. Pour mixture into baking dish and cover with foil.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes. Let cool completely. (You can also refrigerate it overnight to become firmer) Then place the dish into a bowl of warm water to loosen the edges. Run a knife around the edges of the Flan and then invert it onto a serving plate. The plate should have a little bit of a higher edge to catch the caramel.

 


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Cookie Monster Cupcakes

Last weekend I made these adorable and fun cupcakes for a friend that looks like a character everybody loves.

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COOKIE MONSTER!!

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These cupcakes were so much fun to make and were very effective. They were so easy to make, that I decided to make a tutorial on my YouTube channel – TheBakingOwl – so all of you can make them too!

Awhile ago, I made a cookie monster cake for my brother’s birthday that is very similar to the cupcakes I made.

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To make these cupcakes, you only need 5 ingredients:

Mini chocolate chip cookies

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M&M’s

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Blue frosting

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White candy melts

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And of course, cupcakes!

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And after a few easy steps, you have beautiful cupcakes that are just so cute!

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Rice Krispy Treat Easter Eggs

This week for Easter, I made rice krispy treats. I couldn’t bake anything since I didn’t had an oven at that time (no oven situation explained in last post), so I made rice krispy treats in the shape of Easter eggs! But, this time I made these with a little help from my little brother and his friend.

I also decided to shoot a little tutorial on how to make these delicious treats as well! For a written recipe on how to make rice krispy treats, look below or in the recipes page.

These easy treats were decorated with melted chocolate and sprinkles!

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Rice Krispy Treats

Ingredients:

½ stick of unsalted butter

4 cups of mini marshmallows

5-7 cups of rice krispy cereal

Directions:

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.

2.Add marshmallows and stir until melted.

3.Remove pan from heat and stir in rice krispies, adding a little at a time.

4.Spray a glass pan with baking spray or grease with butter.

5.Press rice krispy mixture into pan making sure your hands are greased as well.

6. Let treats cool for 15 minutes before cutting into squares.

 


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Game Wheel Cake

A couple of weeks ago I made a cake for a surprise birthday party for my dad’s friend’s 40th birthday party! This cake was a really fun cake to make and the end result got many smiles at the party. I was asked to make the cake that looked like a game wheel with a spinner, so after some research, I finalized my cake design.

This cake took me awhile to make and I faced some challenges with fondant. I decided to go with a white and blue color theme with a bit of brown.

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I figured out how to get the spinner to really spin and everyone was spinning it to see what they got! The wheel and border decorations were all made with fondant.

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I also dusted the top of the cake with lots of silver dust (maybe a little too much :/)

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This cake was a 4 layer red velvet cake with a cream cheese icing for the filling. All the adults and the kids at the party really liked how the cake looked and tasted and I got lots of encouraging comments and compliments.

I also have YouTube tutorials on how to make red velvet cake and cream cheese icing up on my tutorials page!

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Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies

Hi everybody!Last weekend I made something I have wanted to make for a long time – chocolate peppermint whoopie pies! I also decided to make these whoopie pies because pi day was a couple of weeks ago as well!

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I also made a YouTube tutorial on how to make these treats, so please check that out below. And I would really appreciate it if you subscribe to my channel- TheBakingOwl

The recipe can be found on my recipes page or on this link. Also, for the mint filling in the center, all I did was add 1/4 tsp. of pure peppermint extract to a batch of plain buttercream. I got the mint green color by adding a bit of green gel paste food coloring to frosting.

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These whoopie pies were really delicious and I gave a few of them to my neighbors, and they said that they loved them! The filling was piped on with a medium sized star tip.

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I hope you guys like these whoopie pies! Please follow my blog if you enjoy reading posts like this!

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