Calling All Bakers & Foodies #BakeOff Time! In The Kitchen Baking Original Recipes

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We’ve been planning to do some baking but, we’ve been so busy it just wasn’t happening. Finally a perfect rainy day in spring with Easter around the corner. I wanted to try to mix up a spin on a cupcake recipe I saw. I had some pineapple in the cupboard just waiting to be used. I have often seen carrot cake with pineapple tossed into the recipe. Typically I am a purist. Fresh grated carrots maybe some pecans and a yummy cream cheese frosting. My kind of carrot cake cupcakes but, Carrot Pineapple Pecan Cupcakes are the recipe results on a rainy spring day when you’d like to think you can enter the Pillsbury #BakeOff

For all you baking and foodies let me share a little about this #BakeOff  and my day baking in the kitchen. The 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Bake-Off® has just opened for entries. The details are at the end of the post but, the bake off is for a chance to win $1 million & other prizes! Does this have your head spinning and  mixing up ideas of your own?! I wish!

Feeling adventurous just thinking about the contest and having the pineapple on hand I decided to mix it up a bit after seeing a recipe from last years 46th Annual Pillsbury Bake-Off® top 100 winning recipes book.

Pillsbury Bake Off Cook Book

Usually Sammie is my helper in the kitchen but, she boldly stated ” I won’t eat carrot cupcakes.” What are you trying to fool me with half healthy and half sugar? Then she proceeded to eat from a jar of olives. Sammie I said, ” come crack the eggs for me.” Trying to coax her into the fun we usually have in the kitchen. The banter continued. “No, your not getting me to help if it’s something I know I won’t like”, Sammie declared. I stated, “But, how do you know you don’t like it if you haven’t tried them yet?”

Sigh, are the teen years are encroaching on tag team fun!? My chance to create a recipe? Off she went to talk on the cell phone, play games and Face-time friends. Every day the wind blows in a different direction. If you have raised kids you know what I mean. I promise this has a sweet ending. Are you still with me?

Cupcake  in liner ready to bake_

Baking in the kitchen helps me shake off those kinds of days. The recipe is easy. Pre-heat the oven to 350. I mixed up the dry ingredients with my Pillsbury flour. Grate the carrots. Mix the wet ingredients. Open a small can of pineapple, crack a couple of eggs. Stir well and it’s ready to pour into your cupcake liners. Cupcakes are done in no time flat! 18 min. give or take.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I brought out an old friend to help me, if I couldn’t get my daughter it was my friend the food processor. Ya! Other things I love using when baking are parchment paper, foil lined cupcake liners and tin foil. For the topping a cream cheese frosting with Watkins vanilla. Yum, yum yum! I promise to share my recipe tomorrow! Update!! In case you missed it I added the link to the recipe above this photo.

Disclosure: I did receive some products to make my cupcakes. The information I am sharing about the bake off  is from Pillsbury along with Platefull Co-op. All opinions are 100% my own.

Do you love baking? Do you love cooking? Are you getting creative in the kitchen? Do you create original recipes? Right now you may submit original recipes online at BakeOff .com through May 8, 2014. The Bake-Off® Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3, 2014. So my foodie, baking friends head on over and try your hand at entering the contest!

  • Submit Original Recipe to
  • On Social Media use the hashtag  #BakeOff  

Have you ever entered a baking contest?

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