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June Monthly Competition

30 Jun

Another month – done!  That’s  11 so far.  Crazy.  And 334 cupcakes down.  Only 31 to go.  Even crazier!  Let’s see which cupcakes are competing this month:

Cannoli Cupcakes

Cannoli-Cupcake

Cannoli-halved

Cracker Jack Cupcakes

Cracker-Jack-Cupcake

Cracker-Jack-halved2

Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

CMCN-Cupcake

C-M-C-N-Cupcake-halved2

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

Chocolate-Coconut-Cupcake

Chocolate-Coconut-halved

Let’s see which one “takes the cake”.  (yeah.  cheesy.  I know.)

Thanks again to our Cupcake Panel: Cam, Jon and Eric.  And a huge thanks to my hubby, Ken, for all filming and original music.  Check back tomorrow when I start in on our final month!!

Day 334 – Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes

30 Jun

It’s the last day of the month!  Wow.  I can’t believe there’s only 1 month left for My Year of Cupcakes!  That’s insane.  Don’t worry though.  The blog will continue.  Just not with a cupcake a day…

But, for today, we have a special aka different kind of cupcake.  Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes (recipe below from Feed Your Awesome Machine).  Anything that can manage to sound healthy but still have “Triple Chocolate” in the name sounds good to me!

Chocolate-Avocado-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Avocado-cupc

The cupcakes are super moist! They thick, but in a gooey, fudgy way, not a dry way. They have a somewhat bitter chocolate flavor. No avocado flavor, which I was wondering about. But not very sweet either.

Chocolate-Frosting

The frosting is thick and creamy. It is very, very strong! It tastes so strongly of bittersweet chocolate, I’m a little surprised. I was hoping that a bit of the coconut milk flavor would come out, but not at all! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Chocolate-Avocado-Vegan     Mini-Choc-Avocado-Vegan

Together the cupcake does balance out a little bit of the frosting, but it’s still the strongest part for sure. The cupcake almost fades away completely against the frosting, which is a shame because the cupcake is quite good too. I’d say frost lightly. Both parts are pretty yummy, but not equal in strength. For a vegan cupcake, I am really impressed! This could easily stand up to other “regular” cupcakes I’ve tasted!

Chocolate-Avocado-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 17.5

Mini-Choc-Avocado-top

RECIPE

Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes (recipe from Feed Your Awesome Machine)

Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes:

  • 190g (1.5 cups) whole grain wheat or spelt flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 60g (1/4 cup) coconut oil or butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • 240g (¾ cup) pure maple syrup (not imitation syrup)
  • 60g ripe avocado flesh (equivalent to about ½ medium avocado)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or plain white vinegar
  • 60g chopped dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)

Whipped Chocolate Ganache:

  • 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • 226g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

For directions visit Feed Your Awesome Machine.

*Tomorrow: Cotton Candy Cupcakes*

Weekly Winner #44

29 Jun

This was another variety-filled week!  Rounding out a variety-filled month.  It was also a really fun week.

Banana Cupcakes

Banana-Chocolate-Cupcake

Ice Cream Cupcakes

Ice-Cream-Cupcake-unwrap

Cherry Coke Cupcakes

Cherry-Coke-Cupcake

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice-Cream-Cone-trio

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes

Cinnamon-Sugar-unwrap

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Orange-Creamsicle-Cupcake

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

Chocolate-Coconut-Cupcake

And, with 20 points, the winner is…

Chocolate-Coconut-halved

The Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes from Baker by Nature.  Check out that tasty day here.  And, check back tomorrow to see how it does in the Monthly Competition against these cupcakes:

Cannoli Cupcakes

Cannoli-halved

Cracker Jack Cupcakes

Cracker-Jack-halved2

Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

C-M-C-N-Cupcake-halved

 

 

Day 333 – Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

29 Jun

I was definitely feeling a lack of chocolate this week.  So these Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes (recipe below from Baker by Nature) were kind of a last minute addition, but I’m hoping they were a good one!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are extremely soft and moist. They have a sweet chocolate flavor. Almost dark, but not bitter. Just a rich chocolate.

Coconut-Cream-filling

The filling is thick and gooey. It has a sweet cream flavor with lots of coconut thrown into the mix. Simple and sweet.

Coconut-Frosting

The frosting is extremely sweet! Very sugary. With a nice, light coconut flavor.

Note: It says to mix in the flaked coconut, then pipe onto the cupcakes. It makes for some messy piping, but it works…technically.

Chocolate-Coconut-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Coconut

The cupcake and filling balance the sweetness in the frosting nicely. It’s still sweet, don’t get me wrong. Quite sweet. This cupcake is very soft and smooth overall. Pretty ooey gooey too. It’s rich, but not heavy, which is hard to do in a cupcake.

Chocolate-Coconut-halved

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 20

Chocolate-Coconut-top

RECIPE

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes (recipe from Baker by Nature)

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Coconut Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

Coconut Buttercream:

  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut, divided

For directions visit Baker by Nature.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Avocado Vegan Cupcakes*

Day 332 – Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

28 Jun

Some days just require something sweet.  And maybe a little tart.  Not to mention, who doesn’t love orange cream desserts?  So, these Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes (recipe below from Kara’s Party Ideas) were a must-try.

Orange-Cupcake     Mini-Orange-Cupcake

The cupcakes are moist and a little sticky. They have a sweet, slightly tart citrus flavor.

Orange-Cream-Frosting

The frosting is smooth and creamy. Almost a little on the soft side. The zest adds beautiful flecks of orange color. It has a very sweet, slightly tart flavor.

Orange-Creamsicle-Cupcake     Mini-Orange-Creamsicle

Together the orange flavor makes a really strong appearance! It’s still very sweet and sugary, but it also has a very distinct tartness to it. A little bite. The aftertaste sticks around for a bit. Like an orange tends to do.

Orange-Creamsicle-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18

Mini-Orange-Cream-top

RECIPE

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes (recipe from Kara’s Party Ideas)

Cupcakes:

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Frosting:

  • 1 (4oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 ¼ cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For directions visit Kara’s Party Ideas.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes*

Day 331 – Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes

27 Jun

So, I know that sometimes cinnamon is considered a bit of a fall flavor.  But I love it.  All the time.  Seriously.  Pepperidge Farms Cinnamon Swirl bread is pretty much a daily occurrence for me.  So, I couldn’t resist these Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes (recipe below from Life, Love & Sugar).

Cinn-Sugar-Swirl-cupcake     Mini-Cinn-Swirl-Cupcake

The cupcakes are crumbly and maybe a little dry, but the crunch of the cinnamon-sugar takes away from that. It has a nice cinnamon-sugar taste. Not too sweet, not too dull.

Cinnamon-Sugar-Frosting

The frosting is very, very thick. The frosting is sweet, but not too sugary. The shortening cuts a lot of the sweetness. It’s like a sugary, cinnamon center of an Oreo.

Cinnamon-Sugar-Swirl     Mini-Cinnamon-Sugar

This cupcakes ends up being more like a frosted muffin when it’s all together. It’s still a little on the dry side, and the frosting doesn’t add much moisture. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It has a very strong cinnamon flavor.

Cinnamon-Sugar-unwrap

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18.5

Cinnamon-Sugar-top

RECIPE

Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes (recipe from Life, Love & Sugar)

Cupcakes:
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Cinnamon Sugar Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp water or milk

 

For directions visit Life, Love & Sugar.

*Tomorrow: Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes*

Day 330 – Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

26 Jun

Today is the last day of school here in New York.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, I knew we needed something fun.  Something over the top FUN!  And just wait til you see how fun these Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (recipe below from The Cake Blog) are!

Vanilla-Cone-Cupcake

The cupcakes are springy with a good moistness. They have a sweet, vanilla cake flavor. They’re really sweet. But not in a bad way.

Note: I obviously couldn’t find a way to make mini versions of these cupcakes.  So full-sized are the only options.  Darn…

Vanilla-Buttercream

Vanilla Buttercream: The frosting is thick and smooth. It tastes a lot like the inside of an Oreo. Sugary vanilla flavor, with that shortening aftertaste.

Vanilla-Buttercream-cone

The cupcake with the basic vanilla frosting is very, very sweet. It’s got a nice, strong vanilla flavor, with a good texture. Very moist. These would be adorable for any party or summer together. And, if you follow the original blog recipe, you can set up a station with different frosting and topping options. So much fun!

Chocolate-Chip-frosting

Chocolate Chip Buttercream: This one tastes a little bit like cookie dough, thanks to the sugary sweet frosting, mixed with chocolate chips.

Chocolate-Frosting

This frosting is smooth and creamy. It tastes a lot like chocolate ice cream. This one is a lot less sweet than the others, thanks to the unsweetened cocoa.

Ice-Cream-Cone-trio

Note: The website has ways to take the Vanilla Buttercream and make it into different frostings. I made 2 of them, but they also have Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberry and Cookies & Cream.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4.5 (So. Cute.)
  • Ease of Making: 4.5 (unless you’re making multiple frostings)
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (recipe from The Cake Blog)

Cupcakes:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 30 cake cones

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 9 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • pinch salt

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 2 cups vanilla buttercream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Chocolate Chip Buttercream:

  • 1 cup vanilla buttercream
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

For directions visit The Cake Blog.

*Tomorrow: Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes*

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