Copycat :: Starbucks Iced Lemon Cake

DSC_1538The fact that this is my second Starbucks copycat post is a total accident! I was in the mood to bake a cake, but realized I don’t actually have a cake pan! What the?! Instead, I thought about what I already had in the kitchen and an image of the Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake popped into my head. I started searching for some copycat recipes and found that the secret seems to be lemon extract. I really didn’t want to make another trip to the store to find it and figured I would just make due without it. BUT then I dug around in my baking cabinet and remembered that I DO have some. Turns out I had to go to the store to get eggs anyway. Womp, womp, womp. I used this recipe and it tastes really great! I actually haven’t had the loaf from Starbucks in a really long time, but it does seem to taste the way I remember it! Now I need to think of some ways to use the orange and lime oils that I have too!

DSC_1542Somehow I turned this really simple project into a huge mess

DSC_1549Mine sunk a bit. Whatev!

DSC_1550Oh yeah, one handed shot of me pouring the glue, er I mean glaze on.

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[EOTW] Treats of the Week

20130120-223925.jpgStill no kitchen this week = more take out! I don’t mind, but I am looking forward to some kind of kitchen project soon. This week’s pictures are all about sweets and treats. The most special treat was the Magnolia cupcake that my sister brought back from a trip to NYC! Hmm I have a feeling my kitchen project will involve sugar! 20130120-223931.jpg

A pre-movie bear claw at Panera. We saw Zero Dark Thirty and I thought it was really good! 20130120-223943.jpg

Used a Starbucks gift card the next night! I ❤ cheesecake + brownies 20130120-223959.jpg

What I ate almost every morning while the kitchen was inaccesible. I call it sunshine bagel. : -p20130120-224004.jpgSnacked on truffle fries and nachos while watching the Patriots tonight. Luckily I’m not a dedicated fan!

CopyCat :: Caramel Apple Spice

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It’s the last day of November and I wanted to squeeze this post in because even though I could drink this year round, it feels a little more November than December. I’m not the biggest coffee fan and I don’t do so well with caffeine, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like staying cozy with some Starbucks! Sometimes I branch out because the seasonal drinks sound sooo good, but I love the Caramel Apple Spice the best. I always thought it was only around for fall, but it seems like it’s moved to the permanent menu…Is this true??

Anyway, I had an almost empty bottle of Trader Joe’s Apple Cider and an almost empty box of Trader Joe’s salted caramel squares, so I put two and two together and made a little batch of Caramel Apple spice! I looked for some tips online and found that you can buy the syrup that they use here – who knew? Then I found some more tips for making it yourself. I mixed about a quarter cup of water, a quarter cup of brown sugar, a few dashes of cinnamon (add a little more if you’re using plain apple juice) then heated it on the stove for 5 minutes or so. Then I poured in the apple cider to let it heat and mix in with the syrup. Now, I think the syrup is what’s supposed to give it the caramely taste, but I had some squares so I threw them in to melt. The caramel taste is what makes the drink so special, I think. Add some whipped cream on top and more cinnamon to make it pretty. It was delicious and tasted just like the real deal!

DSC_0501_2:: Whipping up some topping! ::

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