Phew, I'm exhausted! I have spent close to 10 hours in the kitchen today and I'm so glad I'm done. I don't know how cooks/chefs work 10 hour days on their feet, I couldn't do it.
I started out at my friend Melissa's house this morning teaching 2 groups of the sweetest Japanese ladies how to make her families homemade donuts full of money.
She gave a little demo
and then everyone got to take turns helping
She told the story of why her family celebrates this tradition every year
This is Yoko. If I could choose an honorary grandmother, I think I'd choose her!
One of the groups
It was a long morning but so much fun!
After a morning of donut making, I had lunch with the husband then headed home to start the 6 hour process of baking cupcakes for my Bible study's year end picnic tomorrow.
A little back story. While I was in America for a month, I tried and became OBSESSED with this yummy dessert from CheeseCake Factory
I'm not a fan of either cheesecake or red velvet cake, but the combination, slathered in cream cheese frosting is to die for!
Since I've been back in Japan, I cannot stop thinking about this dessert. I decided our PWOC picnic is the perfect opportunity to try making it myself. I chose to go the cupcake route instead of making a layered cake and here's how it went.
After reading hundreds of recipe reviews, I went with Annie's red velvet cake recipe and Martha Stewart's cheesecake recipe. The cupcakes are FABULOUS, the cheesecake is just so so (but like I said, I'm not a huge cheesecake fan to start with so I wouldn't take my word for it).
I cut holes in the cupcakes like I do for the car bomb cupcakes I make and scooped cheesecake into the hole with a mini ice cream scoop
then covered them in Annie's homemade cream cheese frosting.
Not quite the same at the CheeseCake Factory original (and WAY more time/effort) but they're a pretty darn good substitute!
I chose 3 recipes based on the reviews online but I'm certain any 3 would do. If you have a favorite cheesecake recipe or you like the red velvet cake from a box, go for it!