Tomorrow Is The Final Day To Enter The A Lot On Your Plate Online Bake-off!

Tomorrow is the last day to enter A Lot on Your Plate’s Use What You’ve Got Bake-off !

To Enter Your Recipe: check out ALotOnYourPlate.com for details!  The bake-off ends: January 22,2013.

You can check out A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

Good luck! – Jessica

Just 2 More Days To Enter The A Lot On Your Plate Online Bake-off!

Tuesday is the last day to enter A Lot on Your Plate’s Use What You’ve Got Bake-off !

To Enter Your Recipe: check out ALotOnYourPlate.com for details!  The bake-off ends: January 22,2013.

You can check out A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

Good luck! – Jessica

Only Two More Days To Enter The A Lot On Your Plate Online Bake-off!

Only two more days to enter the A Lot on Your Plate’s Use What You’ve Got Bake-off !

To Enter Your Recipe: check out ALotOnYourPlate.com for details!  The bake-off ends: January 22,2013.

You can check out A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

Good luck! – Jessica

Have You Entered A Lot on Your Plate’s Online Bake-off Yet?!

Mini Neapolitan Cakes

This month’s category: ALL BAKED DESSERT ITEMS!

For those of you joining the bake-off for the first time, welcome!  For my returning A Lot on Your Plater’s, thanks so much for returning and welcome back! 

Okay, so the A Lot on Your Plate “Use What You’ve Got Bake-off”  is back and I am doing something a little differently this time around.  In the past there were specific categories for each bake-off, but to honor the new year, I am doing something new myself.  The category this month is ANY BAKED DESSERT ITEM. This can range anywhere from cakes and cookies to pies and other baked dessert goodies!

There are TONS of extremely talented bakers, chef’s and cooks (beginners & pros), all over the world and you all deserve to be recognized!

If you are not familiar with my previous bake-offs, check out the details below! 

Here’s how it works:  Simply, leave a comment on the A Lot on Your Plate Bake-off post (click here to be directed to the entry page!) with a link to one of your new or old recipe posts that you have chosen to enter into the bake-off.  The recipes entered will be judged on simplicity (prep time, active time, ingredients, etc…) and the photo of the finished product, itself. The recipe will NOT be based on the quality of the photo.  (1) winner will be chosen, but all will be recognized.  The winning recipe will be posted on ALotonYourPlate.com in its entirety, photos, text, links and all.  The baker will be notified via post and email and will receive a prize hand-picked by your’s truly.  All bloggers that submit a recipe will be acknowledged in the winner’s post with a link to their recipe entered, minus the photos and the prize.

The beauty of this bake-off is that it’s ”use what you’ve got”.  I realize that people live busy lives and might not have the time to bake a new recipe from scratch for a bake-off, so you are more than welcomed to use one of your previous recipe posts to enter (or whip up a brand new one if you feel up to it and have the time).

Again, to enter: Leave a comment on ALotOnYourPlate.com with a link to one of your recipe posts past or present.  The recipe MUST be your own and not a re-blog.

The contest will run for 3 weeks (January 22. 2013).  Again, the recipes will be judged on the simplicity of the recipe and the photo of the finished product supplied, NOT the quality of the photo, itself.

Be sure to have fun with this, you have nothing to lose, just acknowledgment to gain!

Click here to be directed to the entry pageTo see previous winners and entries, check out:

A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

 Good luck and happy baking!

A Lot on Your Plate’s “Use What You’ve Got” Bake-off Should Be Called The “I Honestly Can’t Decide” Bake-off!!

A Lot on Your Plate’s Use What You’ve Got Bake-off is back and I have received a record-breaking amount of entries and they are all fabulous!

To Enter Your Recipe: check out ALotOnYourPlate.com for details!  The bake-off ends: January 22,2013.

Be sure to check out A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

Good luck! – Jessica

Enter A Lot on Your Plate’s Online Bake-off!

Mini Neapolitan Cakes

This month’s category: ALL BAKED DESSERT ITEMS!

For those of you joining the bake-off for the first time, welcome!  For my returning A Lot on Your Plater’s, thanks so much for returning and welcome back! 

Okay, so the A Lot on Your Plate “Use What You’ve Got Bake-off”  is back and I am doing something a little differently this time around.  In the past there were specific categories for each bake-off, but to honor the new year, I am doing something new myself.  The category this month is ANY BAKED DESSERT ITEM. This can range anywhere from cakes and cookies to pies and other baked dessert goodies!

There are TONS of extremely talented bakers, chef’s and cooks (beginners & pros), all over the world and you all deserve to be recognized!

If you are not familiar with my previous bake-offs, check out the details below! 

Here’s how it works:  Simply, leave a comment on the A Lot on Your Plate Bake-off post (click here to be directed to the entry page!) with a link to one of your new or old recipe posts that you have chosen to enter into the bake-off.  The recipes entered will be judged on simplicity (prep time, active time, ingredients, etc…) and the photo of the finished product, itself. The recipe will NOT be based on the quality of the photo.  (1) winner will be chosen, but all will be recognized.  The winning recipe will be posted on ALotonYourPlate.com in its entirety, photos, text, links and all.  The baker will be notified via post and email and will receive a prize hand-picked by your’s truly.  All bloggers that submit a recipe will be acknowledged in the winner’s post with a link to their recipe entered, minus the photos and the prize.

The beauty of this bake-off is that it’s ”use what you’ve got”.  I realize that people live busy lives and might not have the time to bake a new recipe from scratch for a bake-off, so you are more than welcomed to use one of your previous recipe posts to enter (or whip up a brand new one if you feel up to it and have the time).

Again, to enter: Leave a comment on ALotOnYourPlate.com with a link to one of your recipe posts past or present.  The recipe MUST be your own and not a re-blog.

The contest will run for 3 weeks (January 22. 2013).  Again, the recipes will be judged on the simplicity of the recipe and the photo of the finished product supplied, NOT the quality of the photo, itself.

Be sure to have fun with this, you have nothing to lose, just acknowledgment to gain!

Click here to be directed to the entry pageTo see previous winners and entries, check out:

A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

 Good luck and happy baking!

Announcement: A Lot on Your Plate’s Bake-off Category Is Here!

Mini Neapolitan Cakes

This month’s category: ALL BAKED DESSERT ITEMS!

For those of you joining the bake-off for the first time, welcome!  For my returning A Lot on Your Plater’s, thanks so much for returning and welcome back! 

Okay, so the A Lot on Your Plate “Use What You’ve Got Bake-off”  is back and I am doing something a little differently this time around.  In the past there were specific categories for each bake-off, but to honor the new year, I am doing something new myself.  The category this month is ANY BAKED DESSERT ITEM. This can range anywhere from cakes and cookies to pies and other baked dessert goodies!

There are TONS of extremely talented bakers, chef’s and cooks (beginners & pros), all over the world and you all deserve to be recognized!

If you are not familiar with my previous bake-offs, check out the details below! 

Here’s how it works:  Simply, leave a comment on the A Lot on Your Plate Bake-off post (click here to be directed to the entry page!) with a link to one of your new or old recipe posts that you have chosen to enter into the bake-off.  The recipes entered will be judged on simplicity (prep time, active time, ingredients, etc…) and the photo of the finished product, itself. The recipe will NOT be based on the quality of the photo.  (1) winner will be chosen, but all will be recognized.  The winning recipe will be posted on ALotonYourPlate.com in its entirety, photos, text, links and all.  The baker will be notified via post and email and will receive a prize hand-picked by your’s truly.  All bloggers that submit a recipe will be acknowledged in the winner’s post with a link to their recipe entered, minus the photos and the prize.

The beauty of this bake-off is that it’s ”use what you’ve got”.  I realize that people live busy lives and might not have the time to bake a new recipe from scratch for a bake-off, so you are more than welcomed to use one of your previous recipe posts to enter (or whip up a brand new one if you feel up to it and have the time).

Again, to enter: Leave a comment on ALotOnYourPlate.com with a link to one of your recipe posts past or present.  The recipe MUST be your own and not a re-blog.

The contest will run for 3 weeks (January 22. 2013).  Again, the recipes will be judged on the simplicity of the recipe and the photo of the finished product supplied, NOT the quality of the photo, itself.

Be sure to have fun with this, you have nothing to lose, just acknowledgment to gain!

Click here to be directed to the entry pageTo see previous winners and entries, check out:

A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

 Good luck, happy baking, and Happy New Year!

Announcement: A Lot on Your Plate’s Bake-off Category Is Here!

Mini Neapolitan Cakes

This month’s category: ALL BAKED DESSERT ITEMS!

For those of you joining the bake-off for the first time, welcome!  For my returning A Lot on Your Plater’s, thanks so much for returning and welcome back! 

Okay, so the A Lot on Your Plate “Use What You’ve Got Bake-off”  is back and I am doing something a little differently this time around.  In the past there were specific categories for each bake-off, but to honor the new year, I am doing something new myself.  The category this month is ANY BAKED DESSERT ITEM. This can range anywhere from cakes and cookies to pies and other baked dessert goodies!

There are TONS of extremely talented bakers, chef’s and cooks (beginners & pros), all over the world and you all deserve to be recognized!

If you are not familiar with my previous bake-offs, check out the details below! 

Here’s how it works:  Simply, leave a comment on the A Lot on Your Plate Bake-off post (click here to be directed to the entry page!) with a link to one of your new or old recipe posts that you have chosen to enter into the bake-off.  The recipes entered will be judged on simplicity (prep time, active time, ingredients, etc…) and the photo of the finished product, itself. The recipe will NOT be based on the quality of the photo.  (1) winner will be chosen, but all will be recognized.  The winning recipe will be posted on ALotonYourPlate.com in its entirety, photos, text, links and all.  The baker will be notified via post and email and will receive a prize hand-picked by your’s truly.  All bloggers that submit a recipe will be acknowledged in the winner’s post with a link to their recipe entered, minus the photos and the prize.

The beauty of this bake-off is that it’s ”use what you’ve got”.  I realize that people live busy lives and might not have the time to bake a new recipe from scratch for a bake-off, so you are more than welcomed to use one of your previous recipe posts to enter (or whip up a brand new one if you feel up to it and have the time).

Again, to enter: Leave a comment on ALotOnYourPlate.com with a link to one of your recipe posts past or present.  The recipe MUST be your own and not a re-blog.

The contest will run for 3 weeks (January 22. 2013).  Again, the recipes will be judged on the simplicity of the recipe and the photo of the finished product supplied, NOT the quality of the photo, itself.

Be sure to have fun with this, you have nothing to lose, just acknowledgment to gain!

Click here to be directed to the entry pageTo see previous winners and entries, check out:

A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

 Good luck, happy baking, and Happy New Year!

Announcement: A Lot on Your Plate’s Bake-off Category Is Here!

Mini Neapolitan Cakes

This month’s category: ALL BAKED DESSERT ITEMS!

For those of you joining the bake-off for the first time, welcome!  For my returning A Lot on Your Plater’s, thanks so much for returning and welcome back! 

Okay, so the A Lot on Your Plate “Use What You’ve Got Bake-off”  is back and I am doing something a little differently this time around.  In the past there were specific categories for each bake-off, but to honor the new year, I am doing something new myself.  The category this month is ANY BAKED DESSERT ITEM. This can range anywhere from cakes and cookies to pies and other baked dessert goodies!

There are TONS of extremely talented bakers, chef’s and cooks (beginners & pros), all over the world and you all deserve to be recognized!

If you are not familiar with my previous bake-offs, check out the details below! 

Here’s how it works:  Simply, leave a comment on the A Lot on Your Plate Bake-off post (click here to be directed to the entry page!) with a link to one of your new or old recipe posts that you have chosen to enter into the bake-off.  The recipes entered will be judged on simplicity (prep time, active time, ingredients, etc…) and the photo of the finished product, itself. The recipe will NOT be based on the quality of the photo.  (1) winner will be chosen, but all will be recognized.  The winning recipe will be posted on ALotonYourPlate.com in its entirety, photos, text, links and all.  The baker will be notified via post and email and will receive a prize hand-picked by your’s truly.  All bloggers that submit a recipe will be acknowledged in the winner’s post with a link to their recipe entered, minus the photos and the prize.

The beauty of this bake-off is that it’s ”use what you’ve got”.  I realize that people live busy lives and might not have the time to bake a new recipe from scratch for a bake-off, so you are more than welcomed to use one of your previous recipe posts to enter (or whip up a brand new one if you feel up to it and have the time).

Again, to enter: Leave a comment on ALotOnYourPlate.com with a link to one of your recipe posts past or present.  The recipe MUST be your own and not a re-blog.

The contest will run for 3 weeks (January 22. 2013).  Again, the recipes will be judged on the simplicity of the recipe and the photo of the finished product supplied, NOT the quality of the photo, itself.

Be sure to have fun with this, you have nothing to lose, just acknowledgment to gain!

Click here to be directed to the entry pageTo see previous winners and entries, check out:

A Lot on Your Plate’s Past Winners & Entries:

Brownies

Cake

Cookies

Cupcakes

 Good luck, happy baking, and Happy New Year!

… and the winner of the “A Lot On Your Plate Use What You’ve Got Cupcake Bake-off Is … (Guest Post)

Congrats to: Alison @ Love Bake Chocolate for her Petite Lavender-Chocolate Cupcakes 

Again, you all did such an amazing job and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to participate in the bake-off.

I will be hosting another bake-off next month, so if you didn’t win this time around, there’s always next time!  Please don’t be offended if you didn’t win this category.  It was extremely hard to choose a winner and you all should be very proud of yourselves.  You’re all tremendously talented.

Now for the winning recipe & the post that went with it:

Petite Lavender-Chocolate Cupcakes

Where I found it:  Adapted from a recipe I found at  thecupcakerecipes.com

Yield:  About 30 petite cupcakes (or 12 standard sized cupcakes)

So, if you remember, a few weeks ago I visited a lavender farm and in the same week bought some dried lavender at my local health food store.  Well, after trying my hand at lavender lemonade, which unfortunately didn’t turn pink for me (need to try that one again!), my little baggie of dried lavender has been resting comfortably in my fruit basket ever since.  I’ve been wanting to bake a lavender treat for a while now…I was just waiting for the right time…

Well, tonight I’m going to our neighborhood’s “National Night Out” picnic at our local park, and we have been invited to bring desserts to share!

Plus, Jess over at A Lot on Your Plate is again hosting her monthly “Use what you’ve got” bake-off contest, and this month it is all about cupcakes!   And I just so happen to be thinking a lot about cake these days because my family has a lot of summer birthdays :)

Mmmm, I’m thinkin’…lavender cupcakes…

With chocolate chips.  Of course ♥

I have mini chocolate chips, dried lavender, and purple mini cupcake liners.  Perfect!

This recipe is so easy!  I slightly adapted this recipe I found at thecupcakerecipes.com:

  1. It calls for self-rising flour, which I don’t have.  Easy peasy fix:  for 1 cup self-rising flour, remove 2 tsp. flour; then add 1 ½ tsp. baking powder and ½ tsp. salt.  Mix well.
  2. It calls for ¼ tsp. dried lavender flowers.  That didn’t sound like enough, so I used a full teaspoon.
  3. It does not call for chocolate chips.  I added ¼ cup mini chocolate chips (they work better for mini cupcakes).
  4. It includes a frosting recipe, but i just dusted these little cuties with powdered sugar, and they were oh so sweet in my mouth:)

The lavender flavor is subtle enough to not be overpowering, but just there enough to be intriguing.  Together with the chocolate and powdered sugar, they make for a very light and lovely treat.  Without frosting, they are a perfect take-along (i.e. picnic-sharing) dessert!

Below is the recipe that I came up with:

What you need:

½ cup granulated sugar

1 tsp. dried lavender flowers

½ cup unsalted butter, softened

2 eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. milk

¼ cup mini chocolate chips

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.  Set aside.
  3. Put the sugar and the lavender flowers in a food processor and process briefly to combine.  Tip the lavender sugar into a bowl with the butter and beat together until pale and fluffy.
  4. Beat the eggs into the butter mixture, one at a time, then sift in the flour mixture and fold in.  Stir in the milk.  Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Line mini cupcake pan with mini cupcake liners.  Fill liners 2/3 full with batter.  Bake in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes*, until risen and golden and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

*Note:  If baking standard size cupcakes, bake for about 18 minutes.

Please be sure to check out ALL of the other participant’s recipes as well! 

Custard Cupcakes submitted by Lucie @ Lucie Loves Baking

Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes submitted by Quinn @ Baking, Sophistication, and Sarcasm

Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Frosting submitted by The Blonde Lawyer

Banoffee Cupcakes submitted by Tess @ Chatter Cakes

Cheesecake Cupcakes submitted by Nickie @ Nickie & Company

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes submitted by Suparna @ Who Needs A Diet

Brown Sugar Spice Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Icing submitted by Paula @ All About Baking

Marbled Butterfly Cupcakes submitted by Swonderful Smarvellous

Scottish Irn Bru Cupcakes submitted by Shoreditch Bakes

Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting submitted by Laughter In Paradise

Lemon-Raspberry Cupcakes submitted by Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

Petit Lavender-Chocolate Cupcakes submitted by Alison @ Love Bake Chocolate

Alcohol Free Pina Colada Cupcakes submitted by Chikn Fried

S’more Cupcakes submitted by Amy Sue @ Snazzy Biscuits

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with White Chocolate Wasabi Frosting submitted by Tedde @ By The Cookbook

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting submitted by Kerry, Alicia, and Devin @ The Humble Foodie 

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Maple Buttercream Frosting submitted by The Culinary Capers

Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes submitted by Linguistics & Cake

Caramel Bottom Cupcakes submitted by Playing with Flour

Mini Jalepeno Cornbread Cupcakes with Honey-Butter Frosting submitted by Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting submitted by Morgan @ Gradually Ginger

Rose Flavored Cupcakes submitted by Mummy Bear

Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes submitted by Becky Smith @ The Optimistic Baker

Lemon Coconut Cupcakes submitted by Cooking with Ghee

Gluten-Free Fresh Orange Cupcakes submitted by Gluten Free Inaz

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins submitted by Every Variety 

Lemon-Basil Cupcakes with Sugared Basil Leaves submitted by Erin @ Erin’s DC Kitchen

Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes submitted by Cynthia @ Cynethizing Foods

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting submitted by Ger @ Pretty Baking

Carrot Cupcakes submitted by More Then Oregano 

Brownie Muffins submitted by Trang Quynh

Lemon Cream Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd & Lemon Buttercream submitted by Mark @ And He Bakes

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes submitted by Jenny @ Fika & More

Homemade Lemon Cupcakes submitted by Eileen @ The Joy Of Cooking

*If there was anyone I missed, PLEASE contact me and let me know!  The last thing I want to do is leave out any of the fabulous recipes I received.

On a side note, I just wanted to thank all of you for participating in the bake-off.  It means a lot to me that you guys are enjoying the bake-offs and my other posts.  I cant wait to share next month’s category with you!

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Happy Wednesday!

- J