Monday, April 4, 2011

Nana's Kitchen

Have I ever shared my big, dark secret with you?

I am a terrible baker.  Not that I haven't tried to improve, believe me I have.  Oh, I can make a mean box cake, I am talking about baking from scratch.  Baking like my Grandmother,and Great Aunt, who baked from scratch using fresh ingredients, no preservatives, they did not take the easy way out and they added love into each item they made.

My mother did not bake. She was the house cleaner, while Grandma and Auntie were the Bakers.
Unfortunately, they did not pass down their skills to me. Let's just say I did not get the Baking Gene.

When I became a Nana, I wanted to make wonderful memories with the Kids, including cooking, playing games, crafting and going on fun excursions. I hoped to be the kind of  Nana that made wonderful homemade desserts that they would always remember.  I even bought this sign to hang over my oven!

Yes, we have made so many wonderful memories over the years,  but the one that has eluded us is Baking the Perfect Cupcake

For the last year we have been trying to make cupcakes! At one time, my dream was to open a shop that sells delicious cupcakes like we had in New York., but after a few rounds in the kitchen, I knew that was not happening.

So, like I said, we have been making cupcakes for the last year. I bought a Cupcake cookbook, we picked out different recipes to try, then each time the girls spent the night we would try to make the best cupcake ever!!

And each time we failed. We followed the directions, tried our hardest and each time they turned out like Hockey Pucks. Sometimes the frosting would turn out but the cakes were always horrible to non edible. I will say, we have enjoyed some good laughs over our baking mishaps.

Our Motto "Cupcakes Will Not Defeat Us!"

My daughter's suggested we use a box mix and forget trying to make the cakes from scratch. Now, what fun would that be? We were not going to be defeated! I told the girls this morning; " We are Women,we can do anything we set our minds to "

We researched online, found a recipe, made altitude changes, bought the ingredients and began another attempt at making the perfect cupcake! The Perfect Red Velvet Cupcake!

Here We GO!

Creaming the sugar and butter
We said a prayer before we put them into the oven!

Yummy Batter

Getting the last bit!

Can you believe how beautiful!

Wonderful cream cheese frosting.
Next, it was time for the taste test,
The Best..


  1. I love it when that happens!! I'm not the greatest baker either so I know how it feels to go to all of the work and then have it be a success! Keep it up!

  2. Hooray for persistence! Red velvet was my daughter's favorite cake.

  3. WOW! It sure looks like they turned out great, I can almost smell them!!!

  4. Success stories are even better when granddaughters are involved, yes?!

  5. OH congratulations! And red velvet is simply the best. cupcake. ever.

  6. WOOHOO!! They look so good! I'm actually the opposite, I can bake up a mean dessert but can't do a decent meal:( Oh, well, win some, lose some:) The girls look like they had a blast making them with you, memories made!

  7. Congratulations! My youngest always asks for red velvet for her birthday-these look delicious!

  8. Thanks for all the nice comments.
    Kendra, I bet you are a great baker!
    Beverly, what a wonderful memory.
    Brian, the smell was amazing!
    Pam, I am so proud of my girls, they are the best.
    Leah, the Red Velvet was very good and I will be making them again soon for Hubby!
    Wendy, So, you got the baking gene..I am happy to hear someone did! I wish Grandma and Auntie would have lived to meet you. They would have loved you.
    Joyce, I was so surprised these turned out. Because of our triumph over the cupcakes, this is my new favorite flavor.

  9. I can tell you - the memories of making AWFUL cupcakes will be some of the most special, and lasting, your grandchildren will have. Great cupcakes are just a bonus!

  10. Oh Shawn, I couldn't be more happy for you and the girls! Congratulations! Ya know, I was wondering if the altitude thing had anything to do with the Mandarin Orange Cake?? I've been meaning to get an email out to you, but with this bronchitis and everything else going on, I just haven't been on the computer. I'll be in touch soon. I promise!

    Big Hugs!

    ~Mrs B