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Weekly Winner #43

22 Jun

Ok, I shared a video on today’s cupcakes.  And I wanna share it again.  It’s just too beautiful!  It’s a World Cup-inspired video directed and shot by Dennis Rainaldi, edited by Robert Cole and composed by (none other, my hubby) Ken McQueen.  It is a beautiful and inspiring video.  Enjoy!

Well.  It’s been another crazy, flavor-filled week.  So much variety.  So many flavors!

Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Mini-Reeses-PB-Cupcake

Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

CMCN-Cupcake

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti-Cupcake

S’more Cupcakes

Smore-Cupcake-unwrapped

Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

Lemon-Raspberry-halved

Samoa Cupcakes

Samoa-Cupcake

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla-Bean-Cupcake

Beach Cupcakes

Beach-Cupcake

And, with 20 points, the winner is…

C-M-C-N-Cupcake-halved

The Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcake from Life, Love & Sugar.  Check out that tasty day here.  And check back on June 30th to see how it does in the Monthly Competition.

Day 326 – Beach Cupcakes

22 Jun

It is Sunday.  The weather is beautiful.  The sun is shining.  Why not go to the beach?  Well, in case you can’t get to a beach, why not bring the beach to you with these Beach Cupcakes (recipe below from The Imagination Tree)?

But before we get to these fun cupcakes, I wanna share a video.  It’s a World Cup-inspired video directed and shot by Dennis Rainaldi, edited by Robert Cole and composed by (none other, my hubby) Ken McQueen.  It is a beautiful and inspiring video.  Enjoy!

Now, Beach Cupcakes, as promised.

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense. Not dry, but not moist. A little like a corn muffin in both feel and taste. But without the corn flavor. Just kind of a sweet, generic flavor. Nothing strong or standout.

Blue-Glaze

The glaze is just colored powdered sugar-water. That’s about as simple as it gets. It’s a pretty shade of blue. And just very, very sugary.

Beach-Cupcake     Mini-Beach-Cupcake

The cupcakes are sweet. That’s still the only distinct flavoring I’m getting. I want more vanilla or a little almond extract or something. The graham cracker adds a bit of flavor, but not very much. Not enough to really stand out against the muffin taste/feel. This cupcake is cute and really simple though. The design could be used on a lot of different recipes. And you could really add any flavoring too it that you wanted. Vanilla, almond, coconut, lemon…anything would work.

Note: They’re supposed to have the little cocktail beach umbrellas on top. I couldn’t find any. So you’ll have to use your imagination.

Beach-Cupcake-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 17

Mini Beach-Cupcake-top

RECIPE

Beach Cupcakes (recipe from The Imagination Tree)

Beach Cupcakes:

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 oz self-raising flour
  • 6 oz butter or margarine
  • 6 oz caster sugar
  • few drops vanilla essence
  • dash of milk

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • a few drops of water
  • a few drops of blue food coloring
  • graham crackers

For directions visit The Imagination Tree.

*Tomorrow: Banana Cupcakes*

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