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Weekly Winner #48

30 Jul

So, yes.  There are 52 weeks in a year.  But only 48 weeks in My Year of Cupcakes.  That’s because I fit 4 weeks into every month.  No overlap.  Nonetheless, there are 365 amazing cupcakes that filled this year…or there will be tomorrow.  So, here are this final week’s competitive cupcakes.

Snickers Cupcakes

Snickers-Cupcake-halved

Ginger Ale Cupcakes

Ginger Ale Cupcake

Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Chocolate-Caramel-Cupcake

Banana Cream Cupcakes

Banana-Cream-Cupcake

Funnel Cake Cupcakes

Funnel-Cake-Cupcake

Mudslide Cupcakes

Mudslide-Cupcake

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry-Lemon-Cupcake

And, with 19.5 points, the winner is…

Banana-Cream-Cupcake

The Banana Cream Cupcakes from Every Day Desserts Blog.  Check out that adorable day here.  And check back tomorrow for the final Monthly Competition, featuring these yummies:

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Root-Beer-Float-Cupcake

French Toast Cupcakes

French-Toast-Cupcake

Reese’s Cupcakes

Reeses-Cupcake

Banana Cream Cupcakes

Banana-Cream-Cupcake

Day 364 – Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

30 Jul

Today is the last competitive cupcake.  Wow.  That’s a lot of cupcakes.  It called for something sweet.  Maybe tart.  And, cause it’s still summer, something refreshing.  Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes (recipe below from The Cake Blog).

Lemonade-Cupcake     Mini-Lemonade-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense. A very solid cupcake. Nicely moist, but not wet. They are extremely tart. Like, sour lemon candy tart. Wow! Literally pursed my lips with the first bite.

Strawberry-Frosting

The frosting is smooth and creamy and soft. It has a nice pink color with pretty flecks of red. It has a strong buttercream flavor (as in butter and sugar) with a really light strawberry flavor. I want more strawberry to shine through in the end, but it’s nice and light and sweet.

Strawberry-Lemon-Cupcake     Mini-Strawberry-Lemonade

The cupcake is still very, very tart. A lot stronger than the frosting. The frosting does add a little creaminess, but you’d have to pile it on to cut through the tart lemon flavor of the cupcake!

Strawberry-Lemon-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18

Mini-Strawberry-Lemon-top

RECIPE

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes (recipe from The Cake Blog)

Lemonade Cupcakes:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup lemonade powder mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Strawberry Buttercream:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 3 tbsp strawberry puree
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • lemonheads

For directions visit The Cake Blog.

*Tomorrow: Stuffed BBQ Cupcakes*

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