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.
I saw these cupcakes on Pinterest the other day and they immediately went on my “Recipes to Make” board. The photos looked so good and I had all the ingredients on hand (which is always the best), so I went for it. They’re rich, moist chocolate cupcakes with a caramel buttercream frosting that is to die for, and topped with chopped pecans and caramel sauce drizzle. My favorite part has to be the caramel frosting. It’s amazing.
Friends, these aren’t just chocolate cupcakes; they’re chocolate chocolate cupcakes. Fluffy and moist chocolate cupcakes topped with a rich and creamy chocolate frosting. They’re quick and easy to prepare, and so delicious. Great for birthday parties, because who doesn’t love chocolate cupcakes? No one. Everyone loves chocolate cupcakes. If you don’t I must assume there is something physically wrong with you, sorry.
A question I often get is “What is your favorite thing to make?”. That is an extremely difficult question to answer, but on most occasions I say cupcakes. I love decorating and trying out all new decorating techniques, and they’re small and cute, plus there are endless options of mixing and matching cupcake flavors, frostings, and fillings! For these I went with a decadent chocolate cupcake with white chocolate buttercream frosting, and I am glad I did so. They were amazing.
Happy early Valentine’s Day! What screams Valentine’s Day more than Red Velvet Cupcakes? Nothing. I even topped mine with cute little red and pink sprinkles I got for Christmas.
Red Velvet Cake is the best. I asked for it for my bat mitzvah, I’ve made it for my birthday, I made cupcakes for my graduation party… it’s been a staple in my life. And if you’ve ever tried red velvet cupcakes, you would clearly see why. They are soooo good. Moist, decadent, and slightly chocolatey with a rich cream cheese frosting that melts in your mouth. Need I say more?
Everyone at college always asks me, “How do you have all that time to bake?”. Now, I know what they mean when they ask me that, I do bake a lot, but I find this a really frustrating question. To me, this question insinuates that because they are so busy studying and playing sports and whatnot, they don’t have enough free time for things like that.
But, this is false. I study; I study a lot. Ask anyone in my family and they will probably say I study too much. I also figure skate, which takes up 6+ hours of my week.
So this is my answer. Some people love to read. Some people love to do yoga. Some people love to run. I love to bake. No matter how busy we are, we always find time to do whatever it is that we love, and therefore finding time to bake is not a problem for me.
Now to be fair, I know when people ask me this question they mean no harm; in fact it is merely a question, and a fair one too. But to me it is obvious. Baking is my passion, and therefore I will always, always find time for it. And I hope all of you love the fact that I do!