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pb&j cupcakes!

procrastinating: making my valentine.

prep time: 20 minutes

cook time: ~20 minutes

decorating time: ~30 minutes

cleanup time: 10 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: about 90 minutes

salutations, procrastibakers. i spent the better part of yesterday crafting a totally unique and special valentine for my sweetie. it’s actually a lot harder than it sounds because i had scripted out everything i wanted to write, and then, naturally,  it got wiped from my computer. so i’m working on valentine 2.0, and while i think it’ll end up better than the original, the first edition took me several days to compose to perfection, and i’m just getting cracking on this version. yeesh!

without giving too much away, because he’s a supporter of the procrastibake movement and reads this blog (thanks, luke! <3), i may or may not have purchased over 600 stickers, various pink construction papers, and enough tape to make a prom dress. i’m trying not to make this kindergarten-esque, so i thought maybe i should bake before i break out the glitter glue.

pb&j is one of those quintessential treats that we all know and love. plus, i’m in the mood for one, but i’m out of bread, so why not fashion some representative cupcakes to take the place of the sandwich?

peanutbuttery goodness blends with sweet jelly to make a perfectly delightful afternoon snack. if i had children, i would send them to school with one of these in their lunchbox. well, maybe that’s not responsible parenting– but i can sure give my boyfriend one when he gets home, if only to soften the blow when he gets my “special” valentine next week. 🙂 let’s go!

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white raspberry layer cake

procrastinating: procrastibaking something new.

total time spent procrastibaking: 90 minutes.

hey there procrastibakers! last week i tried to make a cake for my friend lauren and it just turned into disaster. my layers weren’t really even, my fondant wasn’t as pretty as i’d hoped, the cake was a little lopsided. it wasn’t in any condition to give, but it was a-ok for eating. actually, it’s better than a-ok. this cake might not have been a looker, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a keeper.

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fondant!

procrastinating: cleaning up yesterday’s mess.

prep time: 20 minutes

cleanup time: 5 minutes

total procrastibaking time: 25 minutes

greetings and salutations, procrastibakers. yesterday i had all these great aspirations of making a wedding-esque cake for my dear friend lauren who’s getting married today (!!!!) but i had the baking day from hell. i collapsed two cakes, got raspberry filling everywhere, ruined a batch of white frosting (which is so easy to make, it’s almost HARDER to ruin it), and ended up cutting my hand when my pilsner-glass-turned-rolling-pin exploded in my apparent death grip. you know how you have to crack a few eggs to make some cookie dough? yesterday was more an egg day than a cookie dough day for me.

but i was successful in one of my endeavors– homemade marshmallow fondant. fondant is often used on wedding cakes, but you’ll find it on chic cupcakes or even cookies as decoration– it’s satiny smooth, could be colored or white, and often, it tastes chalky and gross. but of all my misfortune yesterday, the fondant was a smashing success. easy to work with, easy to make, and best of all– tastes delicious. if i had managed to produce a baked good worth serving, i imagine the fondant would have been the icing on the cake– both literally and figuratively.

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esme’s cupcakes

i know this blog is usually dedicated to me putting off something in favor of baking, but today’s recipe was specially requested by my friend brittany for her soon-to-be six year old’s birthday this week. and while i have no problem putting off my own things (paperwork, dishes, etc), i try to follow up more promptly on baked goods for my friends. esme is adorable and like other girls her age, she’s all about cupcakes, fruit, and the color pink. i’ve got some good ingredients and cute tools to use, so let’s make her something pretty!

prep time: 30 mins

bake time: 20-25 mins

cleanup time: 10 mins

total time procrastibaking: 1 hour

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kitchen sink cake #1

procrastinating: grocery shopping

prep time: 20 minutes

bake time: 55 minutes

cleanup time: 5 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: just under 90 minutes

i’m visiting home again this week, and as everybody knows, there are pros and cons to staying at your parents’ house. here are some of mine.  pro: two adorable puppies to play with!, con: sneeze-inducing puppy hair. pro: seeing everybody you love and missed, con: less private space/time. pro: an electric mixer to procrastibake with, con: no real procrastibaking ingredients.

it’s been a couple days since i’ve procrastibaked, and the delay has been because i just don’t know what to bake. at my apartment in boston, my cupboards are stocked with flours and sugars and spices for creating all sorts of delicious treats– but my family, like most normal families, doesn’t grocery shop with confections in mind. sure, i could make myself a bologna sandwich, but somehow i just can’t decide how to turn that into a baked good.

so this is the first in a series i’ll call: the kitchen sink. i’ve scoured my parents’ kitchen for ingredients i think might turn into something yummy, and we’ll mix em up and see how things go.

today’s adventure: pumpkin spice cake.

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pineapple carrot cake!

procrastinating: cleaning my apartment.

prep time: 45 mins

bake time: 35 mins

cleanup time:10 mins

time spent procrastibaking:90 minutes

aloha, procrastibakers! sometimes, it’s nice not having class or work: i spend my days napping, or reading, or watching movies… it’s lazy and fantastic, considering how crazy things normally are. sadly though, my apartment pays the price. i could mop the kitchen floor, or i could go inside and watch “when harry met sally” for the zillionth time. come on now, procrastibakers. what would you choose?!

i admit– i haven’t put off cleaning my apartment completely. i just washed every dish i own, all in anticipation of today’s delicious recipe: pineapple carrot cupcakes! this recipe is awesome for summer; fresh pineapple and carrot give a burst of juice and color to already-moist, flavorful cupcakes.

not only that, but today we’re going to make a ridiculously simple frosting that also happens to be one of the yummiest frostings you’ll ever come across– a great compliment to the strength of the pineapple carrot cake. and if you happen to have access to pineapple flowers, well– could things get any prettier? or more delicious?

let’s bake!

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pirouettes!

procrastinating: packing a suitcase.

prep time: 30 minutes

bake time: 5-7 minutes each batch (roughly10 batches?)

filling time: 20 minutes

cleanup time: 15 minutes

time spent procrastibaking: 2 hours

this weekend, i’m leaving home to visit home. like so many other twenty-somethings, it’s sort of hard for me to define where, exactly, home is– i currently live in (and love, besides its sports teams) boston, massachusetts; my entire family is from and in the metro new york area.  as thrilled as i always am to “go home,” the four hour chasm that separates one home from another can feel a little daunting. especially when staring at an empty suitcase.

so. let’s bake instead!

yesterday, we prepared one of my favorite frostings– the LLCC, or lemon lime cream cheese frosting. it’s light, summery, and perfect for piping into delicate lemon pirouette cookies. thin, flavorful, and super easy to bake, think of these as the cannoli’s summertime cousin.  mmm.

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