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Saddened by the cupcake not looking that pretty…but they tasted wonderful!

I’ve been dreaming about that Swiss meringue buttercream since I made the Andes Mint Cupcakes!  The texture was so silky and light, like a cloud.  I knew I had to do another cupcake with it, so I did.

In my CSA produce delivery box I received both strawberries and lemons this week.  So, that became the theme for today.  I usually use all of my CSA delivery to inspire my dinners, and I rarely use it in baking.  But this just made sense.  I mean, spring is starting, today was Easter Sunday, and a strawberry and lemon cupcake will be absolutely perfect.

Also, my parents recently purchased a stand mixer.  Having never even played with one before, and as I was making cupcakes at their house today, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out a Swiss meringue buttercream the “easy” way. (more…)

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048There’s not much of a back story to these cupcakes.  Blackberries were on sale at my local market, and I wanted to use them to top a cupcake.  I utilized an almond cupcake recipe I’ve used before, and tried out a new way to do buttercream (inspired by my foray into vegan baking) that uses shortening as well as butter.  I’m really pleased with it and I think I’ll be using that combo for all of my buttercreams from now on!  I did a simple 1-1 ratio, and it turned out well.  I will say that with just using cocoa powder, the frosting tasted very much like milk chocolate.  Next time, I’ll try using some melted bitter-sweet chocolate to give it more depth of flavor.  All in all, a very good cupcake!

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Patriotic Cupcake!

Hello, all!  Long time, no post.  It’s another holiday, which means cupcakes.  It is also my Danish family’s first time celebrating the 4th of July, so these are for them :)

My creativity went soaring with these, and I pretty much used tried and true recipes from Gibbs and I.  The cupcakes is Gibbs’s Brown Sugar Cupcake recipes (also seen in the Peanut Butter and Jelly cupcakes and perhaps a few others) and the frosting is a basic buttercream.  I did make them  festive with the stripes of strawberries and blueberries, both fortified with a little light rum :)

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These cupcakes were made for a friend’s wedding shower.  I do have to admit that I’m still having problems with the density of my cupcakes when I put alcohol in them.  These were delicious and fresh, but were a little dense and muffin-like.  The lime really shone through, and you can taste the rum in the frosting.  If you prefer a stronger rum flavor, add more rum in the frosting, but be sure to counteract it with powdered sugar so your proportions don’t get off!
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Continuing with the fall themed cupcakes, I bring you….Orange-Cranberry!  The result of these was wonderful; they were tart and sweet at the same time.  Next time, I would experiment with using fresh, seasonal cranberries instead of dried ones.

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Happy 4th of July!  These cupcakes were inspired by the simple Red, White, and Blue that we will see everywhere today!  I’ve always enjoyed angel food cake with fresh blueberries, so I decided to put them in the cupcake this time.  The frosting combined the raspberry puree I used for the Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes and the fluffiness of the whipped cream frosting from my Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes.  This time, however, I was sure to make a reduction of the raspberry puree over the stove so that it was thick enough not to mess with the texture of the frosting!

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For Easter with my family, we originally planned on having a picnic.  My brother would make fried chicken, my mom would whip up my grandma’s macaroni salad, we’d have a jello mold, the whole deal.  Well, the weather did not cooperate.  However, we still made picnic food and ate at home!

I’ve been wanting to make raspberry lemonade cupcakes for a while, and what better time than for a picnic-themed Easter celebration!  I used lovely spring-colored liners and planned to use food dye to brighten up the frosting, but it didn’t need it – the raspberries did their job.

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