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054These cupcakes have been in my brain for quite some time now, and I thought they would be a perfect opportunity to try out a new frosting that I’ve been wanting to try: Swiss meringue buttercream!  I’ve heard horror stories about how you can break the emulsion and that to make this frosting correctly, you need a stand mixer.  I do not have a stand mixer, and I was sure I could do it without one.  I mean, the Swiss didn’t wait around for the invention of the stand mixer – or even electricity – to develop the frosting, I bet.  In the end, the frosting was successful, and is now one of my new favorites :)

I, once again, used a past recipe for the cupcake batter.  If you’d like to see step-by-step pictures of the batter-making process, see the original post (linked below):

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170It has finally happened – the San Francisco 49ers have prevailed and will be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday!  My father has claimed that his children have always brought the 49ers luck.  A month after my brother was born, our boys won their first national championship.  Just 15 days after I was born, they won their second.  They have been undefeated since then in their five Super Bowl games.  I am just hoping with all hope that this Sunday they can make it six!

To celebrate, I have developed a deep, rich, and tangy cupcake to show my love for my team.  I am borrowing my all-time favorite chocolate cupcake recipe (developed for a Super Bowl party three years ago), filling it with tangy and boozey cherries, with a topping of red and gold pride in the form of a rich cream cheese frosting.  Start the cherry filling a few days ahead so the cherries can reach full re-hydration and flavor.

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The cupcakes are so pretty.

I may or may not have a sinus infection.  However, I appear to be getting better (that is, don’t constantly feel like I’m going to fall over and/or vomit).  Hooray!  I have joined the legions complaining about minor (mine is) illness on the internet.  Anyways: cupcakes.

After a fascinating glimpse in the grinding and ill-oiled bureaucratic machinery of a college, a friend of mine has officially graduated.  She likes rum.  She likes coconut.  She likes coffee.  All of these things?  All of them?  They go together REALLY well.

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Gluten-free and tasty

They sound kind of ridiculous, I know, I know.  I reported my progress on them, and was then a little embarrassed.

I was honestly not expecting much from these cupcakes; how does one have a cupcake without gluten forming the spongy backbone of it?

And the answer is, apparently, that you make do with a variety of other flours, all of which are readily available due to the existence of Bob’s Red Mill, a local milling company that is pretty much every kind of cool you can imagine.

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Ain't it pretty?

Two things of note: I had a job interview, and I have recently discovered the wonder and joy of Coconut in it’s myriad forms.

Previously, coconut had been almost entirely experienced as dried chewy chunks from the baking aisle that had been sprinkled onto sugar cookies, and I didn’t know that coconut could be AMAZING. (more…)

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cupcake oh cupcake

I had such plans for the cupcakes this weekend, such plans.  But I didn’t actually go to the grocery store, so I had to make do with the materials on hand.

Oh, oh, the hardship.

These cupcakes are actually inspired by my friend Jos; when I first met Jos, he was liberally sprinkling cinnamon over his cup of coffee and I was both confused and horrified, until I relaxed and realized it didn’t matter what other people put in their coffee, because I didn’t have to drink it. (more…)

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A.K.A. Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Rich Chocolate Mousse Frosting

I have many vices in life; I tend to overindulge in extensive napping, wine, bad historical romance novels, the pursuit of the perfect microbrew, cigars, port, and baking sweets.

It was the idea of finding the perfect treat to accompany a good cigar and delicious port that lead to the creation of this cupcake.  My family, friends, and I would be breaking open a bottle of Cloud 9 Rapport, a ruby-style port.  This particular port was richer, and smoother, and less fruity than your traditional ruby.  Pairing this port with a cigar was going to be heaven.  Now, if only we had the perfect little bite of chocolate to complement the edge and smokeyness of the cigar without overpowering the port!

And Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes were born…

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