Monday, 20 June 2011

Nutella Swirl Cupcakes with Nutella Whipped Cream Frosting / Кексчета с Нутела

You remember the time when I was complaining about the cold weather here in Montreal. Now i have to complain about the hot and humid one. I know, I'll say I'm never satisfied, but see what I mean. Half of the year when it's winter it's - 20/-30 º C, plus 80/ 90% of humidity, plus the winds (which adds - 10 º C to the temperature ). It is so cold that I'm afraid to go out ! And the other half of the year it's 30 º C plus 100% of humidity and no wind at all, it is difficult to breath, not mentioning the rivers of sweat. 
The last time I baked something was at the and of May, when I presented you my Chocolate Cheese Muffins. I was having the desire to make something sweet but with the temperatures it was unthinkable to turn on the oven, but the cravings for something freshly baked , chocolaty and moist won the battle with the hot weather. 
So there you go Nutella Swirl Cupcakes with Nutella Whipped Cream Frosting...mmmm if you just can feel the smell in the house! 
For these cupcakes I mixed to different recipes. For the cakes I used the Nutella cupcakes recipe and the recipe  for the frosting I took from here. I surely can say this is a really good combination.

Може би си спомняте времето, когато се оплаквах от студеното време тук в Монреал. Сега ще трябва да се оплача от горещото и влажно такова. Знам, ще кажете, че нямам угодия, но първо чуйте какво имам да кажа в своя защита. Половината от годината, когато тук е зима температурите са
 -20/-30 º C, плюс 80/90 % влажност, плюс вятъра ( който добавя още 
-10º C, към вече наличния студ). Толкова е студено, че те е страх да излезеш на вън. Другата половина от годината пък е 30º C, плюс 100% влажност и нито грам вятър, понякога е трудно да се диша, да не споменавам и реките от пот, които се изливат.
Последния път, когато пекох нещо сладко беше месец май, когато ви представих Шоколадови мъфини с пълнеж от сирене крема. Имах голямо желание да приготвя нещо сладко, но с тези температури беше немислимо да пускам фурната, глада за нещо прясно изпечено, шоколадово и сочно обаче спечели битката с горещото време. И така две дози  Кексчета с Нутела бяха създадени, въпреки невероятните жеги...ммм ако можете само да усетите аромата, който се носи !
Смесих две различни рецепти, за кексчетата използвах тази рецепта, с малка поправка, а за фростинга идеята взех от тук .

Nutella Swirl Cupcakes with Nutella Whipped Cream Frosting 
(12 medium cupcakes)
Кексчета с Нутела и Нутелено сметанов фростинг
(12 средни кексчета)

* in the original recipe there was no milk, but I've read the comments that say the cupcakes were dry, and added the suggested 1/3 cup of milk and they've turned just perfect.
* в оригиналната рецепта няма мляко, но в доста от коментарите под рецептата пишеше, че кексчетата ставали сухи и съветваха да се добави 1/3 чаша прясно мляко.


Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 12 muffin tins with cupcake or muffin liners. Sift together the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and leave aside. Cream together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl till texture is light.
Add in the eggs, one at a time till fully incorporated. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Gradually add in the dry ingredients into the wet mix till well-mixed. Fill up each liner with batter till about 3/4 full. Top up each cupcake with approximately 1 tbsp of nutella. Use a toothpick to swirl the nutella into the batter. Bake for 20 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove individual cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack before storing.
Загрейте фурната на 180°C. Поставете хартиени чашки във формата за мъфини. Разбъркайте добре всички сухи съставки и оставете на страна. Разбийте на крем маслото и захарта. Добавете яйцата едно по едно и бъркайте до пълно инкорпориране. Прибавете млякото и ваниливия екстракт. Малко, по малко изсипвайте от сухата смес в мократа до пълно смесване. Напъленете 3/4 от всяка чашка и сложете по 1 ч.л. Нутела. с помоща на клечка за зъби или шишче направете като въртележка от шоколада и тестото. 

I filled up the liners more than I had to, so they overflowed, but even so they look and taste very good ! 
     Понеже сипах малко повече от сместа в чашките, кексчетата преляха малко, но дори така изглеждат добре и са много вкусни.

The frosting turned out really great, but the second I took it out the fridge and started piping because of the high levels of humidity it couldn't keep nice shape. Even though they were delicious. Try it for yourself !

Фростинга се получи много добре, но момента в който го извадих от хладилиника и започнах да  го шприцовам , поради голямата влажност бързо изгуби формата си. Въпреки това кексчета бяха много вкусни. Опитайте и се убедете сами !

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Chalk / Pin Board - Черна / коркова дъска ( Living room beautification series )

Another piece for my living room. I wanted to have a chalk board and pin board where to pin important staff, but didn't wanted them to take big part of the wall, so I came up with this combination.

Like I wrote when I started my living room beautification project I want it to be simple and on the cheap side, so I'm keeping the line. For this project I used a framed chalk board from the Dollar store ($2), a piece of an old cork board I already had, some scrap fabric left from my Rosettes&Ruffles pillows, and fabric ( a month ago I found upholstery fabric sample book in the thrift store for $3.99) to cover the frame and the cork board, few pins, buttons and some twine. Grabbed  my glue gun and there you go - a nice and cheap chalk/pin board !

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

What is a living room beautification without some new pillows? / Какво е разкрасяване на всекидневната без нови възглавници?

In my previous posts I showed you some of the things I've made for my living room - remodeled end table with decorations, and some book pages picture frames. Now, what is a living room beautification without new pillows? I was lucky enough to find a nice deal on my neighbors weekend garage sale - 4 brand new decorative pillows for $6. All of them came in untouched packaging with price tags on it ($4,99 each). And how possibly could I pass a deal like that ?
Oh, and I forgot the most important part, my lovely husband surprised me with a brand new Singer sewing machine. I love, love, love it and him of course! (That's the moment to say that I have the most amazing husband in the world, who loves me and all my craziness unconditionally !!! Love you!!!)
So, I had pillows, the idea of what I want and some fabric and there you go - new pillows for my sofa !
I'm very happy with the result, especially knowing that these are my first steps in sewing. Take a look !

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Book wreath inspired picture frames / Рамки за снимки вдъхновени от книжни венци

Hi, Everyone!
My living room beautification is progressing. Today I want to show you three picture frames I made from book pages and basic Dollar store frames. I was inspired by the Book Wreaths you can find all over the Internet, but I decided instead of wreath to decorate picture frames using the same technique. It is easy but time consuming and mostly it is a nice project for patient people. Unfortunately I'm not one of them, that's why my frames are kind of bald, but may be one day I will add more pieces. Take a look.