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Weekly Winner #26

14 Feb

As long as we’re talking about love today, for Valentine’s Day, why not give some cupcake lovin’?  By choosing another weekly winner, of course!

Neapolitan Bonbon Cupcakes

Neapolitan-Bonbon-Cupcake

Double Chocolate Cupcakes

Double-Chocolate-Cupcake

Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes

Strawberry-Champange-cupcak

Raspberry Celebration Cupcakes

Raspberry-Celebration-cupca

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Gingerbread-Cupcake

Samoas Cupcakes

Samoa-Cupcake

Red Velvet Pomegranate Cupcakes

RV-Pom-Cupcake

And, with 20 points, this week’s winner is……

Samoa-Cupcake-top

The Samoas Cupcakes from Bakers Royale.  Check out that day here and check back on February 28th to see how it does in the Monthly Competition!

Day 198 – Red Velvet Pomegranate Cupcakes

14 Feb

It’s Valentine’s Day!  The day of love.

Or, if not love, then perhaps the day of food.  Maybe…..I’ve heard things.

I, myself, will probably accomplish both today.  Love and food.  So, enjoy today’s Valentine-themed cupcake, Red Velvet Pomegranate Cupcakes (recipe below from Buttercream & Chantilly Factory) and have a LOVE-ly day!  (Sorry.  I had to.  It was too easy….)

Red-Velvet-Cupcake     Mini-Red-Velvet-Cupcake

The cupcakes are decently thick and crumbly. They might be a little on the dry side, but the pomegranate arils give it a burst of moisture, so that isn’t noticeable. They have a nice cocoa flavor, which surprised me, since there’s not much cocoa in them. And the arils aren’t nearly as strong and bitey after baking as they are before baking.

Pomegranate-Buttercream

The frosting is a light, whipped Swiss Buttercream. The pomegranate juice and molasses didn’t “fold” in, like the recipe suggested. It was still pretty and pink, but it had lots of liquid at the bottom of the bowl. It has a sweet, Swiss Buttercream flavor with a little tang of pomegranate. Not overwhelming. Just a little tart.

RV-Pom-Cupcake     Mini-RV-Pom

Both the chocolate and the pomegranate make a heavy appearance. I’m surprised at how nicely the flavors go together. It’s a very delicate cupcake, with a light punch.

RV-Pom-top     Mini-RV-Pom-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 2 (making pom molasses is quite time-consuming)
  • TOTAL: 18

RECIPE

Red Velvet Pomegranate Cupcakes (recipe from Buttercream & Chantilly Factory)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 large egg
  • 130g/ 4.6 oz /1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp espresso powder
  • 110g / 3.8 oz / 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 55g / 2 oz / ½ stick of butter, room temperature
  • 60g / 2.1 oz / 1/4 cup Buttermilk
  • 60g / 2.1 oz /1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 100g / 3.5 oz / 3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 16g / 0 .6 oz / 2 Tbsp Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 2 tsp. red no-taste gel food coloring

Frosting:

  • 85g / 3 oz / 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses  (I used this recipe)
  • 180g / 6.3 oz / 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 180g / 6.3 oz /5 large egg whites
  • 300g / 10 oz /2 ½  sticks butter
  • 200g/ 4.4 oz /1 cup sugar
  • Red no-taste gel food coloring (optional)

For directions visit Buttercream & Chantilly Factory.

*Tomorrow: Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes*

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