Friday, May 4, 2012

A busy night

Yesterday was a very busy day.  After work for 10 hours, I escaped to the hot outdoors for my scheduled run with my buddy.

2mi @ easy, 2x{4mi @ MP +1mi @ T), 1 mi @ easy

The temperature was into the 70s by 6pm and so it was a hot run.  Usually for these after work long runs, I don't bring any water or nutrition.  I discussed with my running buddy and we agreed since it was going to be so warm out we would bring water and some food to keep us going.

I carried my handheld and actually wasn't bothered by it too much.  I ate GU chomps every ~2 miles after mile 5.  The workout was far from easy but I really think having the water and nutrition helped.  I honestly prefer to do any run under 13 miles without nutrition but with the heat, it actually worked out for the best.

Once we were finished, I headed straight home because I had to bake cupcakes for a cupcake bake-off challenge today.  3 hours and 100+ mini cupcakes later plus lots of buttercream icing and I was ready to finally get to bed.

In the morning at work, I quickly prepared the cupcakes.  I was filling them with a raspberry filling and then icing them before the competition.  It turned out to be a lot of work but they came out pretty nice.

I ended up taking 3rd place to some very good cupcakes.  It was a lot of work but a lot of fun and it was interesting to see what the other participants had come up with.  My work did this as a fundraiser for United Way - you paid a dollar and got to try every cupcake.  I tried all seven different types of cupcakes and now I feel like I am in a sugar coma!!

These cupcakes were actually not that hard to make.  Here is the recipe for the Perfect Cake Mix Cupcakes!!  And for the Raspberry Filling and Raspberry Buttercream!!

Raspberry Filled Vanilla Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream

Cupcake ingredients: 
1 Betty Crocker Yellow cake mix
½ cup butter
1 cup water
3 eggs
Raspberry Filling ingredients:
½ cup Raspberry jam
½ container Cool whip
Raspberry Buttercream Ingredients:
½ cup Crisco
½ cup Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tbsp Skim milk
½ cup Raspberry jam
4 cups Confectioners’ sugar

Mix together cake mix with butter, water and eggs and beat with electric mixer for about 2 minutes.  Start filling cupcake tins and then bake at 325F for 20 minutes.  Once all cupcake batter is used, mix buttercream ingredients into bowl and beat with electric mixer until smooth.  In another bowl, mix cool whip with raspberry jam.  Remove cupcakes from oven when finished baking and allow to cool.  When ready to fill cupcakes, use a knife or coring tool to remove a bit of the center of the cupcake.  Using a bag, pipe filling into cupcakes and then pipe frosting on top. 

Cupcake recipe from Tidy Mom
Buttercream recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff


Lauren @ Sassy Molassy said...

So impressed that you knocked out all those cupcakes between last night and this morning! Way to go! I Like your handheld - I've been wanting to get a new Nathans for a while now.

Jamie said...

Great job on the run and with the cupcakes!! Yours looked amazing!

Marlene said...

That is one HUGE day! I don't know how you had the energy to bake all those cupcakes after that workout... without eating half of them in the process. Ha!

I don't know how you run up to 13 miles without water. I can go without fuel, but not water. I get sooo thirsty. It's funny because Mark won't drink at all for that distance, and meanwhile I polish off a bottle or more.

Nice workout & awesome job on the cupcakes!!

Amber said...

Wow that is an awesome fundraiser idea! I'm storing that away in my brain. I bet people loved it!

Your cupcakes turned out AWESOME! I can't believe you baked over 100! Wow! That is a busy night, indeed!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That is an awesome fundraiser! Your cupcakes looked delicious and beautiful!!

Allison said...

I'm impressed that you had the energy to make all those cupcakes after a hard workout like that. I definitely would have ended up falling asleep!

Being Robinson said...

you are a machine, doing that workout after work then baking all those cupcakes? nice! those look like they were delicious!

Molly said...

yum, seven cupcakes!! Love the little fluted liners too.

That's interesting about the TV in your grandfather's house! Our microwave used to turn on for no reason, so we thought it was the ghost.

Anonymous said...

How many hours does your day have? You worked 10 hours, then ran a half marathon and then baked 100+ cupcakes. How do you do that? You are super woman!!! :)