25 6 / 2011

I haven’t had much time to bake or cook lately because of work, but when I do get a spare moment, I think these cannoli cupcakes with marsala chocolate whipped cream and mini cannoli may be my next endeavour.  Or at least the mini cannoli :)

I haven’t had much time to bake or cook lately because of work, but when I do get a spare moment, I think these cannoli cupcakes with marsala chocolate whipped cream and mini cannoli may be my next endeavour.  Or at least the mini cannoli :)

16 6 / 2011

S’more Cupcakes (Recipe)

Day 3 of the cupcake spree commemorates cottage weekends! (Don’t worry, Mom and Dad — I promise I’ll stop now lol.)

Apparently, my boyfriend’s cottage isn’t quite bonfire-ready, so I thought I’d make s’more cupcakes so we don’t miss out on a tasty cottage weekend tradition.  I’ve made these in huge quantities before (I think I managed to make a batch of 36 the first time around) and they’ve always been a big hit among my boyfriend and his roommates.

Confession: I copped out and bought Betty Crocker Whipped Vanilla Frosting.  To be honest, I’ve never actually made the icing detailed in the recipe — I either didn’t have an electric mixer on me or didn’t have/want to use so many eggs.  And I sure as hell don’t have a kitchen torch (not sure I trust myself with one either)!  If anyone does make the icing, let me know how it tastes!

15 6 / 2011

Spiced Apple Cupcakes with Brie Frosting (Recipe)

Day 2 of the cupcake spree! 

Grating the apples was kind of messy and I had some scruples with buying the cloves and nutmeg when the recipe called for so little of the spices, but just sniffing these cupcakes fresh out of the oven made it totally worth it.  Seriously, if only I could convey the aroma to you over the Internet (à la scratch-and-sniff stickers…man, I miss my childhood lol).

So, funny story: five days after scrutinizing the cheese labels to figure out what the difference between the red one and the blue one was (the amount, I discovered after ten minutes), I pulled the cheese out of the fridge, only to realize that I’d bought camembert instead of brie. :$  Of course, I’d already mixed half of the icing ingredients, so I used it anyway (a bit less than called for though, since camembert has a stronger taste than brie) and it turned out great!

Oh, and I used safflower oil instead of vegetable oil again.  I really ought to add vegetable oil to my grocery list.

14 6 / 2011

Churro Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Recipe)

These cupcakes mark Day 1 of my cupcake/baking spree this week.  I was bored and upon stumbling across this recipe and realizing that I had all the ingredients, I thought, “Hey, why not?” (at 10 pm, mind you — I’m a fan of late night baking)  The appeal of churros (man, do I ever miss Spain) was a plus too.

Seeing the amazing handiwork of my friend Meg, I was inspired to get my own cupcake decorating set a few days before making these and this was my first time using it!  It was also my first time making my own icing, so in my excitement to frost the cupcakes, I forgot to wait for them to cool completely, so the icing kind of just melted :(  It still tasted okay though!

For the batter, I substituted vegetable oil with safflower oil, which I find to be a little lighter…. That and I didn’t have any vegetable oil left haha.  I also didn’t have dulce de leche, so I just melted down some chocolate to drizzle on top (in the hope of reliving my experience at Chocolateria San Gines).  Overall, the cupcakes were good, but maybe next time I’ll make actual churros.