Chocolate Cupcakes and a First Blogiversary Giveaway

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Closed! 

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I’ve been thinking about today a lot, but I can’t believe it actually came. It was one year ago that I published my first ever recipe.

I know that most bloggers follow up on that statement with “I am so embarrassed of that post” or “I can’t believe how far I have come since then!” or “it was totally on a whim that I started my blog!” But I am not going to say any of that. Sure, I think I have come pretty far since I wrote and photographed that recipe, but I am proud of that post, just as I am proud of every post I have up on this blog. This blog wasn’t started on a whim, it was the result of weeks of planning that followed months of deliberating. I am not spontaneous, and I don’t like to jump into things without knowing what I am getting into.

Before my first post, I spent an hour getting a one-on-one photography lesson with one of the professional photographers at work. I read a ton about food photography, about recipe writing, about recipe attribution. Then I spent days deliberating over a name for the blog. Next, I read all about the various hosting options and debated endlessly with myself about spending the few dollars to get my own domain.

And then I finally pressed publish. And through it all, I dreamed of “making it” in the food blogging world, but being the super realistic and practical person that I am, I didn’t expect many, if any, readers. And yet, you came.

I remember the first day that I broke a hundred hits. Then the first day that I broke a thousand. And the day I reached 100 thousand hits. I remember the first time someone blogged one of my recipes, the first time someone invited me to guest post, even the first time a stranger commented on my blog. Each one is a special little memory in a sea of amazingness that’s been the last year of blogging. So many extraordinary things happened this year. I had my work featured in a magazine. I started writing a baking column in another magazine. I bought a “fancy” camera and learned (somewhat) how to use it. I was interviewed, I was recognized. But most of all, I met some of you, some of the most amazing, friendly, sweet and talented people in the world.

Fellow bloggers will get this, but for the non-bloggers reading this, you can’t begin to imagine it, but some of the sweetest moments of this entire year have been letters from regular people like yourselves, who invited me and my recipes into their kitchen, then took the time to write me a letter and tell me about it. Every minute of work that has gone, and will go into this blog is validated completely when I get an email like that.

Honestly, I wish I could throw you all a giant cookie party to thank you for coming, for reading, for commenting, for baking and for cooking. But that isn’t very realistic. So instead, I decided to celebrate in the second best way. I decided to giveaway one of my favorite cookbooks to one lucky reader. No marketing gimmick, no sponsored giveaway, no paid ads. Just me, thanking you with a cookbook.

And hoping you’ll be joining me for the next year. And all the years that follow…

Okay, enough sappiness. Let’s get onto the cookbook giveaway. I chose to giveaway Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours. It’s a classic cookbook that every avid baker needs on their bookshelf. If you already own a copy, enter to win it for a friend. It’s a book to be treasured.

Here’s how to win:

Required entry: Leave a comment telling me how you found my blog, or what your favorite recipe(s) is/are. Or both. I love hearing from you!

For additional entries: leave a separate comment for each entry!

1) Follow @OvertimeCook on Twitter and tweet the following: “I want to win a cookbook in honor of @overtimecook’s first blogiversary! http://bit.ly/NfXCy7 ends 8/15″

2) Like Overtime Cook on facebook.

3) Follow Overtime Cook on Pinterest and pin one of the images in this post.

Rules:

Giveaway is sponsored by me. It ends at 11:59 PM on 8/15. Winner will be selected via random.org. Prize can only be shipped within the continental US. Winner will be notified via email or twitter.

And now, what would a birthday post be without some birthday cupcakes?

Chocolate Glazed Chocolate Cupcakes:

Adapted slightly from Baking From My Heart To Yours

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk or sour milk (for non-dairy use soured soy milk)

2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

For the Glaze:

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled

1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons cold butter or margarine, cut into 6 cubes

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 12-section muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer, beat the butter or margarine until smooth. Add the sugar and beat for about two minutes, until they are completely combined and creamy. Add the egg, then the egg yolk and vanilla, beating for about a minute after each addition to fully incorporate.

Turn the mixer to slow, and beat in half of the dry mixture. Add the buttermilk, then the remaining dry ingredients. Beat to combine. With a rubber spatula, stir in the melted chocolate.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cups. Bake at 350 for 22-24 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, prepare the glaze: Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over boiling water (double boiler style). Set aside to cool for 2-3 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the confectioners sugar. Stir in the butter, one piece at a time, until smooth. Dip the cupcake in the glaze, and swirl slightly, then lift up. Decorate with sprinkles of your choice.

Enjoy!

Thank you all so much for stopping by! Please remember to enter the giveaway and spread the word! And come back often, next year is gonna be even better!! -Miriam

Comments

  1. says

    Miriam, I am so happy you started blogging so I could get to know you. It’s been a pleasure reading your blog and being welcomed into your world. You are a joy to know and read. Your attitude and your recipes are both stellar. Big hugs and huge congratulations on your first of many blogiversaries.

    No need to enter me my dear, I’m a Canuck. Just wanted to wish you well. xx

  2. dkny says

    I can’t even remember how I found your blog. I was vegging out at my computer, skipping from one Kosher food blog to another and I came across yours. The recipes look nice and I am thinking of trying the strawberry lemonade but substituting blueberries for the strawberries because I just brought home a huge container of beautiful blueberries from Costco. I’d love to win the cookbook. Happy Blogiversary to you and best wishes for many more good things.

  3. faigy says

    My friend sent me a link to one of your recipe posts a few months ago when I was making my son’s bar mitzva. I love baking (because of the end result…) and am always looking for new recipes and party ideas. I started looking through your posts, loved the one from your sister’s vort & now I check in all the time!

  4. Kesha says

    I do not remember how I found your blog, but I am sure glad I did! I love all of your recipes and post! Thank you for the giveaway! Happy 1′st year blogging! :-)

  5. says

    These look divine! I have only just stumbled across your blog (and live in the UK) so I guess I am not eligible for the giveaway but I wanted to say how much I love it already!! I have just started blogging but have been reading blogs for years!! Yours is well and truely bookmarked!!

  6. says

    I think I first found out about your blog on facebook. Someone must have shared a link with an amazing picture of something chocolatey. Became an immediate fan! Happy 1st blogiversary!

  7. Lauren says

    I don’t remember where I first saw your blog, but I keep checking it because the recipes look delicious and I love your stories. Great work, and happy anniversary!

  8. Maureen says

    I do not remember how I found your blog but I am glad I did. the Recipe that we have made before and liked is the Chocolate Chip Pancake Cookies

  9. says

    It’s hard to believe you’ve only been blogging a year! Judging by your posts, I’d say way longer. You have more patience than I did. I just started a blog without any planning. In fact, it wasn’t until this past January that I cared about quality of my blog, the photos, getting my domain, building my readership. I don’t remember many of my milestones bc I didn’t care at the time. Glad we are friends and maybe someday we’ll meet for real!

    I see you got a good candle pic!! Yay :)

  10. Allison says

    kol ha’covod on one year of blogging! I enjoy reading your recipes and your pictures. My favorite recipe was the black bean burgers (they still fell apart despite the “mushroom mortar” but were very tasty!)

  11. says

    Our blogs started within a day of each other (I feel like we have kids the same age!), and I think I found yours through a comment you left on mine. I probably haven’t missed a post since!

  12. SR says

    I looooove ur blog!!! my married sis introduced me 2 this in the beggining of the summer and i check it everyday since!! im totally hooked!! love that diet muffin recipie btw!! thx sooo much!! keep up the gr8 work:)

  13. says

    Oh my, I couldn’t have written your recap of starting a blog any better – you said it all, and perfectly! I found your blog through foodgawker. Happy Anniversary!!

  14. ButterYum says

    Oh my, I couldn’t have written a recap of starting a blog any better myself. You said everything I felt, and you said it perfectly! I found your blog through foodgawker – this is my first visit. Happy Anniversary!

  15. Deb Harris says

    Congratulations! I have enjoyed discovering your site & recipes. I found your site when I first discovered twitter by following a link. My favorite recipe is usually the most recent one I’ve read! Right now I’m thinking how great those chocolate cupcakes sound, how long it’s been since I made cupcakes, how I probably have everything except the chocolte to make them & how easy it would be to get that. Looking forward to whatever comes next & hoping to win such a great cookbook. Thanks for the chance

  16. deb says

    I don’t remember how I found your blog. I think it was a recipe quoted on another blog. But, since I found you (which wasn’t so long ago) , I have really enjoyed your blog. It’s so creative yet down-to-earth and practical. Thanks!!!

  17. BE says

    found u through ur sister in law :) she works with me!
    and i absolutely LOVE your blog, i shared it with all my friends, and we have all tried stuff out!
    keep it up!

  18. Liza says

    Love your blog! Especially the pictures! Everything always looks so good. I found out about your blog through Ami Magazine. Happy Anniversary!

  19. Bruchi says

    One of my friends liked you on facebook and when I see any pages with recipes of food I like it too so hence I liked you page too :)

  20. says

    Found your blog through foodgawker. I have always loved your features and recipes…Congratulations! Keep posting…
    I would like to invite you to Yumgoggle. Your phenomenal photos have caught our attention, we have been on the lookout for unique and interesting bloggers since we launched our food photo submission site which is http://www.yumgoggle.com/gallery/ This will allow you to showcase all your great work and share it with our visitors. We’d be proud to have your work as part of our growing collection to continue to have a larger reach and further inspire all fellow food lovers out there! Sorry for the shameless plug to our site =)

  21. kreindy says

    Congrats on a year of blogging amazing recipes! I love the professional pictures, and I’m so glad you started writing about photography, something I always had an interest in. Good luck in the future!

  22. Leora says

    Happy Anniversary! We never met, but between your blog posts and the friends we have in common, I feel like we’re friends! I think I originally found your blog on Cook Kosher. My favorite recipe so far is the Triple Chocolate Oreo Chunk cookies on the non dietetic side and the Spinach Cheese Spaghetti Pie on the healthy side. I hope to make these cupcakes for an upcoming sheva brachos.

  23. Leora says

    I follow you on Pinterest and pinned the first picture. (At least I think I did- I’m very new to Pinterest, which is-ahem- kinda your fault… can’t say you didn’t warn me though…very addicting!) :)

  24. says

    I’m not sure I can pick a favorite recipe. Anything I tried was great. But I can tell you which recipe I pass on the most often – the garlic and shallot topped smashed potatoes. It’s delicious and looks really nice and is easy to make.

  25. mommy says

    I am so proud to be your mother. You are an amazingly talented young woman, a great cook and a proffesional photagrapher:)

  26. blima says

    I can’t even remember how I found your blog. I was vegging out at my computer, skipping from one Kosher food blog to another and I came across yours.
    It may have been from site called Imamother.
    Does this qualify as an entry?

  27. says

    Happy Blogoversary! Having recently celebrated my own, I know how gratifying it feels to reach that milestone. It has been a pleasure watching your blog blossom over the past year. It has truly bloomed into something outstanding. I love how your photos turned out! Keep up the good work!

  28. Faigy Florans says

    Hey! I found your blog from “I dont cook but I give out recipes” group on facebook! Love the beautiful photos and now that Ive bookmarked it, I look forward to trying to trying some recipes soon:)

  29. Malka says

    I was looking for good Jewish food blogs and I found yours. Love your mix of healthy food and amazingness desserts. Keep up the good work!

  30. says

    I found your blog when there was a contest for the best Kosher food blog, which I’m pretty sure I saw on FB. I went through the list of blogs, ignored some, and bookmarked the ones I liked. Yours was one I bookmarked.
    My favorite recipe is your original zebra cake! Made it once with Rich’s Whip, the second time with soy milk – great each time and worth the effort!

  31. says

    this looks yummy!! happy 1 year blogiversary!! I would love to win this..do I have room for another cookbook idk but it looks awesome nonetheless! following you everywhere now so I can see more of your creative treats. why no google connect or bloglovin though?
    gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  32. Sara G says

    I subscribe to your blog on Google Reader and look forward to your delicious food. I have so many starred ones I want to try!! Loved your broccoli kugel muffins, smashed potatoes with shallots on top, and breaded cauliflower in particular. Mazel tov on a wonderfully delicious and amazing blog!!

  33. Leslie says

    Great blog! I found you by seeking other cooks with not enough time. I’d so love a dorrie greenspan cake cookbook!!!

  34. Sarah Pascal says

    I don’t remember how I found your blog but I am happy I did. I LOVE it. I love reading your posts and looking and the stunning pics. Thanks for having the greatest blog in the world!!!!

  35. Freidi says

    I think you know how I found your blog….. Love it and share it with anyone who will listen! Keep up the great work, Miriam! Here’s to many more happy years of blogging, and lots of great readers!

  36. Mimi says

    I heard of your blog from a cousin…tried the cheesecake with cookie dough for shavous in minis… Was a huge hit! Happy anniversary

  37. Faigy says

    I loved your mocochinno recipe! whoever i told/made it for was amazed! (i served it with a scoop of ice cream) ur blog is appetizing n nice! keep up your work!
    i found ur blog while searching twitter i think. and loved ur recipes n pics! (still do)
    Congrats n lots of luck!

  38. Susan Craig says

    Hey I found your S’mores Cheesecake recipe on Foodgawker- can’t wait to try it, I love anything S’mores! I also pinned the recipe. I’ll definitely be back for more; I’ve added your blog to my reading list :)

  39. Nancy Hess says

    I found you on fb through a friend. I baked your chocolate cheesecake for my son and daughter in law’s sheva brachot this past Shabbat using tofuti cream cheese. It came out great…I got many compliments. Thanks!

  40. Stephanie says

    I found your blog through another blogger and always check in to see whats new. LOVED LOVED LOVED your party blog. I sent it to everyone. Simple yet elegant. Such a fresh look. HAPPY 1ST ANNIVERSARY! Here is to many more years of blogging.

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