Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. It is a winter wonderland over here. We got hit by the big Nor’easter storm yesterday. Some were calling it a bomb cyclone, which seems like a bit of an exaggeration to me, but it was definitely blizzard conditions for most of the day. Really high winds, lots of snow accumulating very fast, and very cold temperatures. Unfortunately, that can be very dangerous to some who lose power, have flooding problems by the shore, or of course, the homeless. We are lucky enough to not face any of those issues and so we have a blast, but I definitely feel for those who are not so lucky.
You know how I said I was planning on diving with seals? Well, that was cancelled. It was too windy. So, I decided to bake my disappointment away with these cupcakes. I actually kind of made up this recipe myself. I knew I wanted to make cupcakes, but I wanted to make something exciting. I went on Pinterest and wasn’t having any luck, so I decided to use marscapone in the frosting, because I love marscapone, and strawberries on vanilla cupcakes. Then, you get strawberry cream cupcakes!
The recipe for these cupcakes originally had raspberry frosting on top instead of strawberry frosting. I personally thought strawberries goes so much better with chocolate though, so I used strawberries in my frosting. Then I thought, it’s like recreating a chocolate-dipped strawberry in a cupcake form, hence the name. Plus they have a little Nutella on the inside, because a little Nutella never hurts.
I know, right? Cheeseburger cupcakes… say what? Well, there is no meat, cheese, ketchup, or lettuce in these cupcakes, but it sure looks like there is. What better cupcakes to pair with your Sunday barbecue than ones that look like cheeseburgers? Plus, they’re so much fun to make! All the components are recipes already on my blog, but I’ll go through exactly how I made them.
These cupcakes were so delicious! I really had to strain myself to not eat the rest of the cupcake I took a forkful out of for my photo. If you read this blog regularly, you should know that I LOVE the peanut butter and chocolate together. So naturally, these cupcakes seemed right up my alley. I’ve made chocolate cupcakes plenty of times before, but this time I frosted them with peanut butter frosting and they were delectable.
I feel like I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve covered all the basics on my blog, so it’s time to start thinking outside of the box. This isn’t crazy outside of the box, I’ll give you that. But I thought cookies and cream cupcakes sounded cool. It reminds me of the ice cream. Plus, the frosting looks just like the ice cream. With the half cookie on top, it kind of reminds me of an ice cream sundae.
Whoops, I’m a little late on the St. Patty’s Day fad, but that’s alright. You can make these mint chocolate cupcakes any day of the year and they’ll be equally as delicious. I did make them on St. Patty’s Day though. What can I say, I love making food related to holidays. Pi(e) day, St. Patty’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc. I missed out on pi day this year. I was in Washington D.C., so I didn’t make a pie, sadly.
Do you like my name for these cupcakes? I thought the alliteration was cute. It’s true though, these cupcakes are very vanilla. A sweet and simple vanilla cupcake with flecks of vanilla bean throughout topped with a delicious vanilla buttercream frosting. It doesn’t get much better than that. What I like about vanilla cupcakes too is that you can use them for practically any event. In my case, I used them for New Years.
Happy November! You know what comes with November… Thanksgiving. Which means lots of pies, pumpkin spice, and hot chocolate. Speaking of pumpkin spice, it bothers me. Pumpkin spice has no pumpkin in it, so why do we call it pumpkin spice? It goes well with apple pie, too. Or in zucchini bread. Or in lots of things, but we call it pumpkin spice for no apparent reason. It’s truly just a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice. Yummy, but notice how there’s no pumpkin…
I haven’t made cupcakes in a while. Or at least it feels that way to me, it’s probably only been about a month though. Cupcakes are one of my favorite things to make because they are relatively quick (compared to a whole cake) and you get to have fun decorating them! Plus there are so many flavor combinations for cupcakes, you will never have made every cupcake.