Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thinking of you Treat

I don’t know about you, but personally I love unexpected surprises—the way they just brighten your day is so happy and fun! A few months ago It had been a while since my bestfriend and I had hungout (oh the schedules of getting older!). I decided a nice way to brighten her day (and to let her know I was thinking of her) was to put a little ‘thinking of you note’ on her door with a box of cupcakes. It was a nice little unexpected treat and a special way to let her know I cared.

Here are the cupcakes (Vanilla cupcakes with a white chocolate pudding filling and white chocolate butter cream frosting (I’ll post the recipe don’t worry 😉 )

The set up was simple really. A little note glued to a piece of scrapbook paper and some ribbon along with a few of your friends favorite treat are sure to put a bright spot on any day!

I highly recommend this as a simple way to let anyone know your thinking of them. Remember a little gesture can go a long way!

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Photography Tips | Product Photography Set Up

Theresa’s Photography Tips

I am going to try to add some of my photography tips to this blog. My first one is a quick tip on how to set up a simple at home background to improve product photography.

 

I have a kitchen with very little natural light, I also have very dull tile. Basically what I am trying to say is, it is UGLY! I wanted a cute solution for my food photography. My solution was scrapbook paper! I had two pieces laying out and decided to use them as a background and ever since my food photography has gotten a lot more lively!

 

The set up is simple.

1. Make sure you have one decent light source (natural light is best, but artificial light works too) If you are using artificial light I would suggest shooting in raw and then correcting for the warmth. Personally, since I don’t have a good source of natural light and I was taking the pictures at night, I use an overhead kitchen light and just correct for warmth.

2. Secondly I use a speedlight (very cheap one that I got on amazon). I bounce the light off the ceiling and it really gives a nice bright, well exposed photo.  Now, if you do not have a speedlight you can still get the shot, I would just try to use more natural light.

3. To set up the actual photo, just place together two pieces of scrapbook paper together. Then I place the item (in this case a cupcake) about 2 inches away from the edge (this way the background comes in nice and blurred).

ISO: 100 ; F/2.8 ; 1/200 ; Speedlight set to 5/6 (on my cheap one).

ISO: 100; F 2.8 ; 1/200 Speedlight set to 5/6. The speelight was pointed straight up, (to bounce off the ceiling).

 

 

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes

Here is your first edition of:

Theresa’s Table {Calories Need Not Apply}

For a while now I have been really, really into baking. It has really been cupcakes galore around here! So I decided to share a few of the better recipes with you…. Up first are my Reeses peanut butter cupcakes!  These are rich chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate peanut butter fudge filling topped with peanut butter frosting. Let me tell you, the frosting was AMAZING, if I didn’t have cupcakes to frost, I could have just sat and ate it all! Needless to say these cupcakes were a HUGE hit with Greg and my Mom!

The Cake

Ingredient Amount
Flower 1.5 cups
Sugar (White) 1.5 cups
Coco Powder ¾ cup
Instant Chocolate Pudding ¼  packet
Baking Soda ¼ teaspoon
Baking Powder 1 teaspoon
Butter ½ stick
Eggs 2
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
Milk (I use 2%) 1 cup

The Filling

Instant Chocolate Pudding ¾ packet
Milk (2%)  cups
Peanut butter 2 tablespoons

For the filling I mix everything together and let sit in the fridge. (follow the box for length of time)

 

The Frosting

Butter 1 stick
Reeses Peanut Butter Chips 1 bag
Confectioners Sugar 2 cups
Heavy Whipping Cream ¾ cups

For the frosting, I add the peanut butter chips to a large bowl. Personally with peanut butter chips I put them in the microwave to melt and then stir into a nice smooth mixture. I then mix in equal parts of each and blend with a hand mixer (because I am too poor to afford a kitchen-aid). I tend to add more of a specific ingredient if I feel the frosting needs it. (feel out the frosting if it is watery, add more powdered sugar, if it is too thick, add some whipping cream…ect.). Once the frosting is done I sometimes let it chill (my kitchen can be too hot and make the frosting a bit to soft to properly frost cupcakes).

 

 

I bake the cupcakes at 350 for about 12-15 minutes (best bet is to check the cupcakes to see if they are done). Once out of the oven, I take the cupcakes chill them for about 15 minutes and then fill with the pudding mixture.  Then I frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with a few mini Resses pieces candies.

{Side note… The setup, is my kitchen table and scrapbook paper!}

If you’re looking for a rich cupcake for Resses fans look no further!

If you try these, be sure to tell me how they turned out! & keep an eye out for some of my other cupcake recipes (Apple pie, butterbeer, and vanilla pudding)

{All photos were taken by me, Theresa Bridget, with a 5D mk iii, canon 100mm L, and a speedlight}

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