Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Chocolate Raspberry cupcakess and a Tag

Thought I'd share with you a recipe to these amazing Chocolate Raspberry cupcakes I made for a party last month. I hope you all try these sometime and tell me how you like them =)

Chocolate Raspberry cupcakes
(recipe is for 24 cupcakes but I got more out of it than that)

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:
3 oz. semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1½ cups hot brewed coffee
3 cups sugar
2½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. baking powder
1¼ tsp. salt
3 large eggs
¾ cup vegetable oil
1½ cups buttermilk
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
For the filling:
1 (12 oz.) bag frozen raspberries, thawed
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
For the frosting:
12 oz. bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup heavy cream
1½ tbsp. sugar
1½ tbsp. corn syrup
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature


Directions
  • To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  Place the chopped chocolate in a medium bowl; add the hot coffee and let stand a minute or two, then whisk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the eggs on medium-high speed until slightly thickened and pale yellow.  Slowly add the oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture to the eggs, mixing until well blended.  Add the dry ingredients and beat on medium-low speed just until incorporated.
  • fill each cupcake liner about ¾ of the way full.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Allow to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the raspberry filling, puree the raspberries in a blender or food processor. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch, and heat, stirring frequently until the mixture boils.  Once it has thickened, remove the pan from the heat.  Chill before using.
    •   meanwhile, make the ganache.  Add the chopped chocolate to a medium heatproof bowl.  In a saucepan combine the cream, corn syrup and sugar.  Heat until just boiling.  Immediately pour the mixture over the chopped chocolate and let stand a few minutes to melt.  Whisk in small circular motions until the mixture is smooth and blended, then whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time until completely incorporated.  Let the mixture stand to thicken slightly, so it can be piped or spread.

 To assemble the cupcakes, place the raspberry filling in a pastry bag. ( actually I didn't pipe my filling. I scooped out holes in the middle of the cupcakes with a handy baking tool I have and just used a spoon to put in the filling) Spread the ganache over the tops of the cupcakes.  If desired, pipe excess ganache inside fresh raspberries and place on top of the frosted cupcakes (be sure to do this before the frosting sets.)  Allow to set completely before serving.

And Viola! You have a batch of some of the best cupcakes you have ever tasted. The chocolate cake used for this recipe is SO moist and the ganache and filling is delicious!

The raspberry chocolate cupcakes are on the left in this picture and to the right is a batch of Oreo cupcakes that I make (If you all would like me to post the recipe I'd be glad to! If you like Oreos this recipe is delicious also)

 The above picture is the first batch of cupcakes I made. The cupcakes always look cute with some fresh raspberries on top to add some prettiness along with an extra kick of flavor :)


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I also got tagged by the lovely Heidi Anne the blogger recognition award! Thank you so much Heidi.


Rules of the Award:
1. Nominate 15 other bloggers
2. Write a post about this fabulous award, tell the story of your blog, thank the wonderful person who nominated you, and in the great post link the person you got the award from.
3. Let the people you nominate know you nominated them

The story of  Daughter of the King
. I started blogging at age twelve. Although my inspiration for blogging has always stayed the same my enthusiasm has changed. When I first began blogging I wanted to reach other girls my age and encourage them in their walk with God. Unfortunately when I started I didn't know any other bloggers, and my writing slowed down greatly. I never was inspired to write and didn't post much except pictures of me and my life. After about a year of blogging I met a wide-range of other bloggers and realized how big and important having a Christian blog can be. The last two years I've gotten a much bigger blog audience and I've stepped up my writing for the Lord. The main purpose of my blog is to encourage and help fellow Daughters of the King to realize their identity as a princess and to strive to serve the Lord with their lives!
  If you're new to blogging my best advice to you is to keep your eyes focused on the message your delivering--not on how many people are following your blog. So many of my blogger friends have fizzled out over the years because they get discouraged over their lack of feedback and followers. Just keep your eyes on writing for the glory of God and you'll never loose inspiration!

I nominate:

Kara @ Saved by Grace 
SW @ a free mind 


And that's all for now =) Hope you all have a blessed week!


Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Too easily deceived

Gen 3:6- And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat


One of the most well-known stories in the Bible is the story of Adam and Eve. Just two people living in paradise that made a mistake that would affect mankind forever. Many of you have probably thought many times about how easily deceived and unwise Eve had been when she took that first bite of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but have you ever thought of what you might have done in this situation? Would you have been like Eve?
  You might say that you would never be that easily deceived by Satan but I think that many, and probably unfortunately all of us would make the same mistake. Human nature is to constantly be wanting more, it is never satisfied or fulfilled. Adam and Eve lived in paradise; they had more than you could imagine, but yet they wanted the one thing they could not have. They did not learn to find full fulfillment in God.
Satan is a great deceiver and just like he deceived Eve he is also trying to deceive us everyday with the temptations of this world. He is constantly trying to distract us from the Lord and his will. He wants to get our eyes focused on this world. Eve was easily deceived. She let her flesh take control of her actions. The biggest mistake Eve made was that she began to focus on what she wanted instead of what God wanted.
   Once we find ourselves content with what God has given us we will be less tempted by the deceit of  Satan. Once we begin wanting more we become prey to Satan's wishes. Eve wasn't content with what she had. Never let the things you want make you forget the things that God has already given you.

Eve strayed from God's word. Instead of listening to God's word--"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." She instead listened to the lies Satan told them-  "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." Once you get out of God's Word the world's pleasures will overcome you. Don't fall for Satan's deceiving ways like Eve did. Plant yourself deep in God's Word and be content in Him. 



Keep shining bright
~Brittney


Friday, January 2, 2015

Time is flying ~ A year in review


Oh goodness. I can hardly believe it is now 2015. Where has the time gone? It's so amazing to look back at the last year of my life and see how much has changed in such a short period of time! In the beginning of last year my family moved from GA to Ky and what a difference that has been. Life has been such a journey for me so far and I can't even begin to imagine what more God has in store for my life. It scares and fascinates me how much can change in a year. I want 2015 to be a year filled up with serving Christ and accomplishing more than I ever have before! I want to stop dreaming and start doing! I thought I'd share a short review of my life last year and a list of my New Year Goals for 2015!

Highlights of 2015:
January- Sold our house in GA, went Snow Tubing
February- Moved to KY, served at a Valentine's banquet.
March- Started writing a new book (The Pegasus), attended Clay's Mill Baptist church's teen conference
April- I started a diet and began to loose weight. Our church had our annual missions conference
May- Had Old- fashioned Sunday at my church
June- My first year at Circle C baptist ranch for camp! HAD A BLAST!
July- Got to work in VBS. It was awesome
August- Started working on my church's bus route, and started teaching my very own Sunday School class!
September- Went to back to school camp! It was great. Took a missions trip to Maryland. 
October- Had a fantastic 16th birthday party
November- Had a great Thanksgiving and went Black Friday shopping
December- Had one of the most amazing Decembers of my life! Full of Christmas parties, caroling, and family fun.

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God sure blessed me in 2014! Of course there were hard days but when I look back it's amazing how far God has brought me in a year. Hope this year is even better than the last!



As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good I was actually being re-directed to something better.

My goals for 2015:
1) spend more time in my personal walk with God
2) Write MUCH more- finish a book in 2015 and try to get it published =)
3) Get organized-be more clean and tidy
4) Consistency- try to live by a schedule
5) Earn more money & SAVE
6) Apply myself to school & studying
7) Memorize scripture and learn (memorize) Spanish
8) Stay fit. Eat right. Move more.
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I hope you all have some motivational New Years goals also! I know we often make these lists and forget about them as the year goes by....I know that last year I had some of the same things on there that I didn't stick to! I hope this year will be different. I have the same amount of goals as I did last year. You can read them here if you'd like! I am happy to say that I did loose weight! I lost 20 pounds last year =) But I hope to accomplish all the things on my list this year.

Hope you all have an amazing year! Stop dreaming and start doing!


Keep shining bright
~Brittney