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Weekly Winner #4

30 Aug

Alright.  Am I the only one that can’t believe I just finished the last week of August?  Is that crazy?!  30 cupcakes.  Wow!

Well, here it was.  The last week of August cupcakes:

Sour Cream Fig Cupcake

Sour Cream Fig Cupcakes

Boston Cream Cupcake

Boston Cream Cupcake

Cherry Coke Float Cupcake

Cherry Coke Float Cupcake

Double Chocolate Cupcake with Crispy Magic Frosting

DC Cupcake with Crispy Magic Frosting

Milk & Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake

full-halved

Blueberry Cupcake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Blueberry Cupcake w Brown Sugar Frosting

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcake

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcake

Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream

Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream

And our final competitor for our Monthly Champ is…

Cupcake     Mini Cupcake

Milk & Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes from raspberri cupcakes.  You can see that day here.  And, check out our 1st Monthly Competition tomorrow, August 31st, between these 4 cupcakes!

Weekly Winner #1 – Toffee Crunch Cupcake

Toffee Crunch Cupcake

Weekly Winner #2 – Lemon Cloud Cupcake

Lemon Cloud Cupcake

Weekly Winner #3 – Peanut Butter & Jelly Cupcake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake halved

Weekly Winner #4 – Milk & Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake

full-halved

And, don’t forget, that starting with next week’s Weekly Winner, I’ll be adding a “Helpful Hint”.  Just some little tricks of the trade that might help you too.  (If you have any favorites, please please please send them to me!!  yearofcupcakes@gmail.com)

Also, I’m adding more fun to all the crazy fun I’m already having. So, each Monday will be “Musical Monday” from now on.  A different video for your listening and viewing pleasure, from myself and a variety of artists!  So, get excited.  It’s gonna be amazing 😉

Day 30 – Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

30 Aug

Okay!  I wanna bring it back down to the basics for the end of the month!  We’ve had some fun ones, wild ones, odd ones.  Let’s end with simple and understandable, shall we?.  And these Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream (recipe below from Cucina Nicolina) seem like the ticket.

Vanilla Cupcake     Mini Vanilla Cupcake

The cake is almost wet, very moist.  Sticks to the fingers.  It’s a lot like a yellow box cake.  Not amazing, but not bad.  There’s a bit of a weird taste at the first bite, but it fades…

Chocolate Buttercream

The frosting is extremely smooth and silky.  It’s definitely a frosting spatula buttercream and not a piping one.  Nice, even chocolate flavor.  Semisweet is a good choice – not too milky, not too dark.

Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream     Mini Vanilla Cupcake with Chocolate Buttercream

Balance is ok.  It’s mostly about the buttercream.  The cake almost feels insubstantial – like it’s not even there.

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3

– Frosting Taste: 4

– Overall Taste: 3

– Appearance: 3

– Ease of Making: 3.5

– TOTAL: 16.5

RECIPE

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream (recipe from Cucina Nicolina)

Vanilla Cupcakes

6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups cake flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup milk

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

4 oz. unsweetened (or bittersweet) chocolate, chopped
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 stick butter or margarine
2-3 Tbs. [soy] milk, plus more, if needed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. salt

For directions visit Cucina Nicolina.

*Tomorrow: Sour Cream Vanilla Cupcakes*

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