Gingerbread Cupcakes

January 16, 2011 at 4:32 am (Chocolate, Cupcakes, gingerbread)

So I wanted to do a holiday cupcake.  But I wasn’t really home over the holidays, and then it was sort of late in the season…but I still wanted to do a holiday cupcake.  Originally I was thinking eggnog, but it was out of stores, and I’ve never actually had eggnog so that will wait until next year.  So instead I decided on a gingerbread cupcake.

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Apple Cider Cupcakes

December 15, 2010 at 4:40 am (apple, gingerbread, Uncategorized)

I was feeling very fall despite the almost-Christmas time frame we’re currently in, but I still wanted something fun and fall and nothing could be more fall than apple cider.  Granted, I don’t actually like apple cider by itself, but I was hoping for an apple-pie type taste and was not disappointed.

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Green Tea Pomegranate Cupcakes

November 20, 2010 at 4:19 am (Cupcakes, Matcha, Pomegranate)

So pomegranates are finally in season – and actually looking good and not just finally on the shelves.  So I decided to make that recipe that inspired me all the way back when I started my baking adventures.  So I returned to the Pomegranate Green Tea Cupcakes from chockylit.  I used the same green tea cupcake recipe as I did on round 1, and while I was inspired by chockylit’s frosting I ended up being a bit squicked by the uncooked egg-whites as a foam thing and made a somewhat soupy cream cheese frosting instead.

 

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Halloween Cupcakes

November 1, 2010 at 3:36 am (Cream Cheese, Cupcakes, Pumpkin)

Alright.  So once again I’ve failed at the whole keeping-up-with-the-blog thing.  However, I’m not skipping any recipes this time – so back to Halloween!
I wanted to make halloween themed cupcakes this year but I didn’t want to do them the week before since it was a Sunday – so Monday-after Halloween Cupcakes it was!  In typical fall fashion I wanted a nice pumpkin cupcake, with a decadant cream cheese frosting that could be topped with a tiny witch’s hat.
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Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

October 27, 2010 at 6:06 am (Caramel, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Dulce de Leche)

So I wanted to make something with caramel in it because after the last chocolate-chocolate extravaganza I was craving something a little different.  So I decided to do dulce de leche since a) I’d been wanting to try making it and b) caramel-y things are yummy ^^

Unfortunately I couldn’t find just one recipe that worked – so I used one for the base and one for the frosting.  I also made the dulce de leche from scratch as well as buying some from Whole Foods, just in case.

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Chocolate Chocolate Mousse Cupcakes with a Chocolate Ganache

October 4, 2010 at 4:23 am (Chocolate, Cupcakes)

I decided it was time for a nice decadent chocolate cupcake – plus I wanted to make my favorite chocolate mousse again and I thought turning it into a filled cupcake would be really delicious.  My biggest concern was whether or not the chocolate cupcake itself would be moist and delicious enough to pair with the mousse.

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Black and White Cookies

August 17, 2010 at 5:53 am (Chocolate, Cookies, Vanilla)

Ok.  So I sort of fail again at blogging.  I’ve now skipped a bunch of weeks and I might go back to them at some point, but I’m not going to worry about doing so from here on out because otherwise I’ll never blog.  So without further ado:  this week’s recipe!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

July 19, 2010 at 4:46 am (Chocolate, Cupcakes, Vanilla)

This time around I was looking for a nice balance – some chocolate but not *all* chocolate.  And since I found this recipe while looking for the spritz cookies last week I was completely set on what to make this week.  Loves to Eat picked up the recipe from Annie’s Eats, and it was absolutely fabulous.

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Hazelnut Spritz Cookies

July 19, 2010 at 3:58 am (Chocolate, Cookies, Hazelnut)

So after the matcha cupcakes I was craving a bit of chocolate and these looked like just the thing.

I’m not going to be posting the recipe since I did absolutely nothing to it, and there are no pictures from me on this one or the next two – they happened before I decided to start the blog ^^.

Sadly I didn’t have a star tip big enough to pipe these – mine was about half the size I would have needed, and there was no way the dough was fitting though the tip I had.  So I decided to make them into roughly circular balls instead of the much more attractive piped cookies from delicious days as one of the commenters did.  I feel like the original cookie would have cookies more evenly – the balls were a bit softer in the center and crisper on the edges. I might try making these again for a holiday event, but they’ll never be my favorite cookie.  There wasn’t a lot of sweetening with the chocolate and even though I chose to dip them in milk rather than dark chocolate I still felt like the overall chocolate taste was pretty dark.  Personally I prefer milk chocolates, so the dark chocolate taste just didn’t suit me.  The hazelnut really added a lot to the cookie though – I just chopped them as finely as possible and left it at that – I liked the slightly chunky effect that gave, but if you don’t think you would make sure to actually grind the hazelnuts.  If I do make it again I might try substituting hot cocoa powder/sweetened cocoa for the unsweetened.

Reviews

Reviews were generally positive but not glowing – many people commented that the cookie would go great with coffee – it was a bit dry even though it does indeed “melt in your mouth” as claimed.  They did garner two “definitely keep the recipe” reviews, but on the whole I doubt I’ll be making it often – not because it was bad at all but because of the type of cookie I prefer.  The odd texture was definitely a point people raised – it was finally decided that it’s somewhere between a truffle and a cookie and was thus coined a “trookie” or a “cuffle”.

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Matcha Cupcakes

July 17, 2010 at 4:25 am (Cupcakes, Flavors, Matcha)

So for my first foray into coworker-testing I decided to make matcha (green tea) cupcakes.  I started off really wanting to make this recipe from chockylit.  Unfortunately for me…it was June.  Pomegranate season is October-January so June was definitely not an opportune time for that recipe.  Instead I ended up pooling a number of different recipes to make Matcha Cupcakes with a Matcha Frosting and Chocolate Shavings .

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