Monday, June 21, 2010

Green Tea Cupcakes recipe

I've always been a tea lover, whether it as a drink, ice cream flavor, in chocolate or whatever. So when I found a recipe combining 2 of my loves (tea and cupcakes), I just had to try it!
The recipe is from Cupcake Bakeshop by Chockylit

Green Tea Cupcakes
(makes 36 mini cupcakes, or 12 regular cupcakes)24 cupcake papers or 1/2 sheet pan / 350 degree oven

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 cup of sugar
1 large egg (room temperature)
1 large egg yolk (room temperature)
1-1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of milk (room temperature)
1 tablespoon matcha tea
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with cupcake liners.
    • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
    • In a separate bowl, whisk the matcha in with the milk.
    • With an electric mixer, beat the butter on high until soft.
    • Add sugar and continue to beat on medium-high until light and fluffy.
    • Add the egg and egg yolk one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
    • Add the flour mix to batter. Mix to combine.
    • Add the matcha/milk to the batter and mix until combined.
    • Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners.
    • Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. 
      ** For mini cupcakes, bake for about 15 minutes.
    • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing! 

    Matcha Buttercream

    1 stick butter, room temperature
    2 tablespoons half and half or light cream
    1 tablespoon matcha powder
    2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    •  Mix matcha in with the light cream to make a paste.
    • Beat butter until soft, scrape bowl. 
    • Add the sifted powdered sugar and matcha paste. Beat until smooth.

    Some Notes
    -For the buttercream, you can substitute the cream for milk, if you don't have any at home..
    -For the cupcakes, I would advise to mix in the flour and the matcha/milk by hand: the cupcakes will be fluffier this way.
    -The cupcake recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of matcha, but I always put a bit more: you can taste the green tea better ;)
    -If you are not frosting your cupcakes right away, store your buttercream in an air tight container and refrigerate. Before frosting, leave it out for about an hour or two or until it is at room temperature, and beat it with the mixer for a few seconds. Then you're good to go!

    Hope you'll like this recipe as much as I do!

    Bridal Shower!!!

    The bridal shower was a success!!!! I'm so glad it's over as I'm REALLY tired... hahaha

    I wore China Glaze For Audrey on my nails, to keep it cute and summery:

    My sister, cousin and I prepared food for the brunch for 2 days!!!! We were SO full by the end of the evening!!

    Part of the dessert, green tea cupcakes (with matcha buttercream on left and vanilla buttercream on right). We also had vanilla cupcakes, lemon cookies, sweet sticky rice and fruit salad. The buttercream was melting because of the hot weather

    We gave the all the attendees some party favors, homemade chocolate! Yummy! They were carefully placed in the cutest little boxes
    All in all, we all had a blast! The bride-to-be was very happy :D

    Saturday, June 19, 2010

    Misa Push Upon It

    Just a quick quick update before I run off to do more grocery shopping for tomorrow's bridal shower!! Yay! I cannot wait! Yesterday, we baked until 1 a.m, and there's more to do today AND tomorrow!

    April, I will post the green tea cupcake recipe Monday, along with some pictures!

    This is Misa Push Upon It, a raspberry creme. It's a tad darker in real life, compared to the pictures. This one is my mom's favorite! Every time she does her nails, this is the color she picks. The formula is great, too. 2 smooth and effortless coats!

    Have a great weekend!

    Monday, June 14, 2010

    Sally Hansen Pedal to the Metal

    Happy Monday!

    I made the BEST green tea cupcakes yesterday with my sister and my cousin, they were delicious!!! We've been planning my (other) cousin's bridal shower for the past few weeks, and the date is coming soon!! It's so exciting! I'll make sure to post a few pictures of the brunch.

    The bride-to-be and I went polish shopping the other day, and we finally chose her color! It's a nice translucent pink from Rimmel. She loves it, which makes me soo happy [and relieved]!

    Sally Hansen Pedal to the Metal is a metallic light gray. It's really pretty! There's a slight hint of a purple tone, which makes it that much nicer. This was 2 coats.

    Also, I've edited the SH Angel Wings post. Don't know why the pictures didn't show the first time. Sorry!!! I will make sure it won't happen again!

    Have a great week!

    Wednesday, June 9, 2010

    Sally Hansen Angel Wings

    As promised, here's the polish I've found for my cousin!

    We have yet to try it on her, so I'm still on the lookout for others. What she wanted: a translucent polish with a hint of color..... I'm thinking that if she doesn't like the shimmer of this one, I'm going to look into the french manicure colors. I saw a few that caught my attention... we'll see what she thinks!

    This is Angel Wings from Sally Hansen, an opalescent polish: milky white base color, with shimmer that turns rosey in the sun. It's totally not my style, as I prefer cremes, but I think it's pretty cute and would be great for layering! This was 2 coats. Also, I'm still not used to Sally Hansen' new brush.....

    Tuesday, June 8, 2010

    Finally, summer class is over!!!!!!!!!!

    Hey guys!
    Missed you all!! I'm finally done with my summer class! Yay me! :)

    I've been meaning to update you all on my cousin's wedding. As you may remember, we had chosen Zoya Miley for the bride's mani. Unfortunately, after trying it on her, my cousin didn't like it has much as I had hoped. She just did not like it against her skintone. :( We've decided to go for something even more subtle, so I'm back on the hunt for her perfect color! I bought a Sally Hansen yesterday, will post it here soon!

    Anyways, here's my last mani:

    Sorry for the awful pics!
    OPI - OPI on Collins Ave is from the South Beach Collection from 2009. It's a bright orange/reddish coral creme. I love this! Very summer-y!

    I've been struggling with swatching and changing manis recently. I'm always tempted to pick out greens or blues for summer, but I can't wear those colors to work!! Damn office...... I'll do my best to swatch more during the weekend!

    Tuesday, June 1, 2010

    Rescue Beauty Lounge Orbis Non Sufficit

    Hi guys!
    Today was my sister's graduating ceremony!! It was very nice, except that it was pouring rain outside and a bit long, lol. Can't wait till I graduate, though!!

    Rescue Beauty Lounge's Orbis Non Sufficit is a gorgeous dusty green creme. RBL/Ji Baek delivers such great formula!! I can't help but be impressed everytime!!