The Purple Apron

A Bakery Project

book of cupcakes? how delicious!

I received a surprise gift from my sister-in-law in the mail today:

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I haven’t had time to look all the way through it yet (175 ideas?! that’s a looot!) but I am definitely excited to thumb through it with Jordan and rustle up some more cupcake baking plans!

Anyway, it’s late and my hubby is falling asleep on the couch beside me so I think it’s time to turn in for the night! 

Thanks to whoever is reading our blog! We hope you enjoy it and that you know how much we want and appreciate any feedback you give us!

cupcake<3

Ashley

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You’re my cuppycake…

Hey puddin’ tangs! Jordan, here. It’s nice to meet you. Ashley, our resident Sugar Bear, has been on a roll…or maybe I should say, on a cupcake!! Just take a gander all her experiments thus far by scrolling down! One word: YUM!

On Monday night, we had our first official baking date. All in all, a huge HUMOROUS success!

Between dropping my camera in the ¾ cup measuring scoop while trying to get an action shot and having our dark chocolate cupcakes come out in quite cute little mushroom shapes (baking cups too full!), we managed to pull it off! What a fun recipe it was!… involving coffee, of which we drank what was leftover–added benefit to being one of the kitchen party.
Last night, Wednesday night, we complete our mission with a delectable butterscotch icing! I think Ashley nailed it! I have to admit I tend to turn my nose up to butterscotch… its just one of those flavors. We don’t know each other very well, so, I guess I’m just shy? or something. I trusted Ashley with this though… I knew she wouldn’t lead me astray or bring me harm, haha, and MAN! Girl knows how to do some flavor combos! That dark chocolate cupcake with butterscotch icing….mmmmm! mmmmm! mmmmm! It’s like one of those redeemable moments in life! Hahaha. I give it two thumbs up!
Upon leaving Ashley’s house we divided our new cupcake family of which half came home with me. I live in a house that’s just the right size with four other girls. We are pretty organized girls mostly thanks to our home owner, Sarah. On our refrigerator is a small dry erase board where we are free to list leftovers that are open to the public. Haha, it sounds silly, and maybe it is, but in a house with five girls who have friends and boyfriends over frequently your food can go QUICK! haha. All of this to say, as soon as I got home I added our lovely cupcakes to the free for all leftovers (I even drew a cute little picture of a cupcake) and by this morning there were only three left (out of 8)!! Carrie E. gives it her stamp of approval, saying, “The icing was soooo good!”

Next up, baking at my place! We’ve got quite the winter treat for you… Hot Chocolate Cupcakes!!! Get excited!!! It’s almost that time of year to snuggle up by the fire in your best pj’s with a favorite book or movie and have a cup of cocoa…why not make it a cocoa cupcake?! Can’t wait to let you know how it turns out… Ashley is already in the works for her next project as well!! If you have suggestions or deep dreams for a cupcake… PLEASE let us know!! We like to give the people what they want… as long as its true, good, and sweet.

Aside, we are making progress with organization a good sign toward business! Recipe book in the works…Woohooo!
Thanks for reading! Invite your friends, and keep it coming back…

Bit of Alright!

I was finally able to invite my dad over for his birthday this past Sunday night. Of course I baked him a cake! My dad is a total anglophile and Beatle-obsessed so I decided to make a Union Jack cake (British flag). The design is pretty simple and only requires three basic colors so it worked well with my limited cake decorating skills! Here’s a peak:

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also made cupcakes with the leftover batter…

 

 

For some reason, the paper liner on the first one on the left wanted to come off… exhibitionist! 

My dad and husband enjoyed the cake! The icing was good (vanilla buttercream) but the cake turned out a bit dryer than I had intended. It was the first time I made it by this recipe though (chocolate buttermilk) and I accidentally left out 1/3 c. hot water at the end which I think is what made the difference. 

After feeding my dad with the cake, I told him about my dream of opening a bakery & cafe. He was really excited about it and actually wants to be a part of it! Apparently he loves to bake?! I wasn’t aware of this. But hey, works for me! He’s opened his own business before so he knows how to get all of that going, which is not my strong point since I don’t have experience in that. We’ll see what happens. That would be cool if he wanted to be a part of it!

That’s all for now!

cupcake<3,

Ashley

next on the list: chocolate cupcakes w/ butterscotch icing

I’m on a cupcake kick. They’re the best, though!

I was browsing through the site for a small but amazing cupcake bakery in charleston called, well, cupcake a few days ago, admiring all of the many different cupcake flavors they offer. I certainly don’t want to copycat anyone’s flavors, but rather spin my own ideas off of what others creative minds come up with! But I’m starting off simple but just a little beyond the “norm” (chocolate and/or vanilla). I thought… mmm… chocolate cupcakes with butterscotch icing. I found a Food Network recipe for them and I’m going to use it as a base and tweak it to make it “purple apron-eqsue”. Recipe below:

  • 1/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 whole large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

In a small bowl whisk together the cocoa powder and the water until the cocoa powder is dissolved and let the mixture cool to room temperature. In a bowl whisk together the flour, the baking soda, and a pinch of salt. In another bowl with an electric mixer cream together the butter and the sugar and beat in the whole egg and the egg yolk, beating until the mixture is combined well. Beat in the cocoa mixture alternately with the flour mixture, beating well after each addition, divide the batter among 12 paper-lined 1/2-cup muffin tins, and bake the cupcakes in the middle of a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Turn the cupcakes out onto a rack and let them cool completely.

In another bowl combine the butterscotch chips and the cream, scalded, let the chips soften, and whisk the mixture until it is smooth. Let the icing cool completely, whisk it until it is fluffy, and spread it on the cupcakes. As an alternative, substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips for the butterscotch chips.

This is one recipe, at least. First one I’ve found. It looks yummy, though! I bought the butterscotch chips today (mmm). I’m excited. I know you’re super busy, Jordan! I want us to make these together, though. Let me know a time that works for you and let’s get bakin’!

cupcake<3

Ashley

 

Cupcake Monster!?!

cupcake menace

Just for laughs!

Let the baking begin!

I baked these cupcakes Sunday afternoon at my grandmother’s house. They were crowd pleasers, and the perfect finishing touch on a meal of leftover poppyseed chicken casserole and green beans! Thanks to my sweet husband for taking the pictures. They haven’t been edited yet, but I thought I’d at least post this one for now because I was so excited about them!

I have a lot of cake decorating tips to learn, but I thought this was a good first try 🙂
Pumpkin Cupcakes

cupcake<3,
Ashley

Aprons = <3

I’ve failed to mention how “The Purple Apron” got it’s title. Well, you see, I love all things vintage and a retro American homemaker staple is the apron, a lost art in our day. Jordan and I started talking about opening a bakery/cafe several months back, while sitting outside one of the few local cafes in our city. As time went on, we talked about it a little more here and there and we really started bouncing ideas off of each other! I mentioned that I wanted another apron because I do a lot of cooking and I feel more authentic when I wear one. I already had one that I loved – a green half apron that my grandmother passed on to me, but I was suddenly desiring more of these gems from the past.

As it was getting close to my birthday, I got a text message from Jordan asking me to pick a color out of about 5 different ones. Purple is not my favorite color, though I like it a lot, but that is the color I chose. On my birthday, I was presented with a beautiful vintage half apron made of a sheer ivory material with gorgeous purple flowers along the edges and on the front pocket from my lovely friend! 

Not long after that, I began to ponder names for this bakery/cafe and it didn’t take long before “The Purple Apron” began to stick in my head. Jordan and I loved the idea because of its significance. That purple apron was the beginning of the pursuit of our sweet dream! The apron also signifies our desire to reconnect with a past that was before our time, to bring back the basics of baking, reinvent recipes that have survived since someone figured out that flour + eggs + milk + sugar created something delicious! 

So that is the story of our bakery/cafe’s name-to-be.

Continuing on the apron theme, we also thought it would be awesome to make and sell handmade aprons! The problem is, neither one of us are too handy with a needle and thread so that will take some work. I’ve started getting some ideas, though. While at my grandmother’s house last night, I was searching for an envelope per her request when I ran into a drawer full of beautiful vintage linens in marvelous condition! Tucked in the back of the drawer was an apron – a Christmas apron! Better yet, a Christmas apron made of terry cloth. What a great idea?! An apron should be fun and colorful but also useful, right? The idea of making it like a towel made so much sense to me – absorbs spills, can be used to wipe your hands, and can be thrown in the wash to be used all over again! My grandmother doesn’t do anymore cooking so she was eager for me to take it home with me if I would use it. It is now hanging with the purple apron and my first apron, also given to me by my grandmother. What great inspirations 🙂

I am now looking into sewing machines and apron patterns because I have this will to learn how to make these gorgeous blasts from the past for today’s world. I’ve searched amazon to find some books on sewing, specifically aprons and ended up finding possibly the cutest book ever that I definitely would love to have.

Here’s some books on aprons and sewing that look fun:
The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort

Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects

Until next time…

cupcake<3

Ashley