12 Dozen Cupcakes

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Thanks to you, my friends, I raised $765 for the Katie Caples Foundation!!!  This exceeded my initial goal of $500.  Also, thanks to you, the kitchen was very busy baking yummy cupcakes!  Everyone who donated $25 or more to me, got sweet homemade cupcake treats!  This was by far the biggest baking undertaking I have ever done… 12 dozen cupcakes! (do the math- that’s 144 cupcakes!)

I wanted to share a few of my all time favorite cupcakes… Carrot, German Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Chocolate and white with strawberry buttercream!  (another favorite – Red Velvet, didn’t make it in this round).

So my baking began!  I prepared the batters and frosting a few days in advance.  I almost ran out of Tupperware!!

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Last Thursday the baking began!  The plan was to bake Thursday and then decorate and deliver Friday!

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These were all homemade cupcakes (no boxes were used in this baking adventure!).  I baked them in mini cupcakes tins.  I LOVE LOVE mini cupcakes because you can eat 3-4 of them to equal the same about in 1 regular cupcakes!  Portion control approved?  I think so!

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I discovered a new amazing tool too!  The Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus is the BEST thing since sliced bread!  It makes frosting easy and fun.  I have the standard decorating tips and the plastic bags but I never got them to work that great or easy.  With 12 dozen cupcakes to decorate, I decided this was well worth the investment.  I think it far exceeded expectations, but I’ll let you be the judge of the decorating…

Chocolate with Peanut Butter Frosting….

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German Chocolate with Coconut Pecan Frosting…

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White Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting….

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting…

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And so you have it… a yummy collection of my favorite cupcakes!  I personally like the carrot ones the best but everyone who tried them had a different favorite!

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Thanks again to everyone who donated to my ride for the Katie Ride on April 20, 2013!  Your donation helped bring organ donor awareness and education to high schoolers!  You challenged me not only in biking, but also in baking!  ❤

Bon Appetite!

First Ride was a Raining Ride!

KR dad and cassYesterday I completed my very first bike race ever.  It was incredible! incredibly wet!  It was one of the most fun, challenging events I’ve ever done.  I woke up at 4:30am to the sound of rain, a lot of rain.  We left at 5:45am to head to Fernandina Beach, FL for the Katie Ride with a light rain.  When we arrived, it was about 55 degrees and still a light rain.  There were so many people who were supporting the Katie Caples Foundation and ready to ride/walk in the rain! 

The ride started at 8am when the announcer said “anyone who was planning on doing the 62-mile or 100-mile should really consider only doing the 36-mile ride because the weather is going to get worse.”  Going to get worse?!  YIKES!

So off we road! We found a group of riders with a good pace and followed them to the turnaround/break point.  We  averaged about 20 mph and I thought the ride was going great.  Despite the little wind, the constant light rain, the spray from the riders in front of me and the chilly weather, I really really enjoyed the ride.  I must be weird, right?  Who would like that?  Well I did!! 

At the turn around for the 36 (I was glad my dad and I agreed to only be crazy for 36 miles…) we refueled and dried off a little… ok I just cleaned my sunglasses water glasses.

KR race picsThe last half of the ride was tough, really tough.  The wind was against us the whole ride and the rain got worse.  But we pedaled strong.  At 8 miles to the finish, we saw signs that said 8 miles to lunch.  A mile later 7 miles to go, 6 miles finish strong, 5 miles to … and you get the point.  These made me laugh but they were the longest miles of the ride!

We finished at 2:22 with an average speed of 15.6.  Not to shabby for the conditions!  Since I raised over $500 for the foundation, I got a cool Katie Ride jersey and water bottle!

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By the time we ended our ride, the temperature had dropped a few degrees!  Luckily I had a change of clothes in the car so off went the wet, really wet and muddy everything.  We had a great lunch from Carrabba’s, coffee to warm up and then hit the road home!

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I’m reading “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer for my book club.  I got 2 pages read and fell asleep… The book is supposed to be really good so me falling asleep is no judgement on the book, just how tired I was from the ride! 

I ended the day celebrating my ride with a little treat

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Did you ride this weekend?  What do you do in not-so-great weather?

Happy weekend everyone!

Donate + Desserts

donateHi Friends! 

1 week and counting!!  The 2013 Katie Ride for Life is next Saturday in Amelia Island.  I’m training for my 62 mile ride with a TON of cycle classes this week and next and a few road rides.

I need your help! 

I set a goal to raise $500 for the Katie Caples Foundation to increase organ donor awareness through educational programs.   I’m almost half way there with 8 days to go.   I’m doing something special for those of you who can donate $25 or more.  For every $25 you donate, you will receive a sweet treat of a variety of my favorite desserts!  Please note: The gift is limited to residents of Jacksonville, FL.

Get Involved: Would you consider partnering with me by doing one of the following?

  1.  Become an organ donor  (check your driver’s license)
  2. Participate in the Katie Ride as a rider, walker or virtual rider
  3. Give! Click here to give online.

MAKE A DONATION It is convenient and easier than ever to support the Foundation by making your tax-deductible donation online. Whatever you can give will help — it all adds up. Thank you for supporting me at the 2013 Katie Ride event and providing hope to the individuals and families in need of an organ transplant.

Did you know: More than 116,500 Americans are currently waiting for a life-saving transplant? And while 90% of Americans support organ donation ONLY 43% have registered! A single organ donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance 50 more.

Info on the Ride:  The 9th Annual Katie Ride takes place on April 20, 2013 where there will be a bike ride of 18 miles, 36 miles, 62 miles, 100 miles and off road and a walk and a fun ride.  I’m challenging myself by participating in the 62 mile ride on the Y’s team, led by our CEO, Eric Mann!!!  The furthest I’ve ever gone is 37 miles so this really is a challenge!

Katie’s Story: Although only 17 and a junior at Bishop Kenny, Katie Caples touched more people than most do in a lifetime. Her ultimate act of generosity was the decision to become an organ donor. A decision that would save lives – literally. Katie was driving home on April 18, 1998 from a March of Dimes walk in Jacksonville when she was struck on the driver side of her SUV and killed. She provided the gift of life to five recipients (age 9 to 62) and enhanced the lives of dozens more because of her decision to be an organ donor. Her parents, David and Susan Caples created the ride in 2005 to raise awareness for the need of organ donors and create an organ donor education program.  For more information about the Katie Ride and the Katie Caples Foundation, visit www.KatieRideForLife.org. 

Thank you in advance for partnering with me!