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The Cupcake Finale

7 Feb

The moment has finally arrived.  365 cupcakes.  Today, we decide which one reigns supreme.

(A little dramatic for cupcakes?  Perhaps…but I’m okay with it.)

The 3 winning Semifinalists are:

Day 93 – Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcake

Recipe from Craftstorming

CBPB-CD-Cupcake

Day 223 – Churro Cupcake

Recipe from The Novice Chef

Churro-cupcake

Chocolate Cherry Cordial Cupcake

Recipe from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Choc-Cherry-Cordial-half

Let’s see how they stack up:

Well, there you have it!  A surprising, but tasty, ending to My Year of Cupcakes.  Thanks again to our Cupcake Panel – George, Anastasia and Dara!  And a huge thanks to my hubby, Ken, for filming and original music (not to mention thanks for tasting all those cupcakes with me!!)!

The top cupcake is chosen, but it’s not over.  Check back soon for more fun and more recipes!!

The 3rd Semifinal Competition

4 Feb

Okay.  The 3rd (and final) Semifinal Competition.  Almost down to the moment of truth.  After today, we’ll know which 3 cupcakes will compete in the Finale for the title of “Best Cupcake on Pinterest”.

So excited!

Our Semifinal Competitors are:

April Monthly ChampChocolate Cherry Cordial Cupcake

Recipe from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Choc-Cherry-Cordial-half

May Monthly ChampTres Leches Cupcake

Recipe from A Few Shortcuts

Tres-Leches-Cupcake

June Monthly Champ –  Ballpark Caramel Cracker Jack Cupcake

Recipe from Suitcases & Sweets

Cracker-Jack-halved2

July Monthly ChampFrench Toast Cupcake

Recipe from The Smart Cookie Cook

French-Toast-Cupcake

Let’s see how they do:

Thanks again to our Cupcake Panel – Nadine, Erin & Robbie – and to my hubby, Ken, for all filming and original music!  Check back very, very soon for our Finale to see which cupcake is crowned “the Best Cupcake on Pinterest”!!

The 2nd Semifinal Competition

2 Feb

As promised, the 2nd Semifinal Competition.  Yes.  One step closer to discovering the best cupcake on Pinterest!

(My mouth is watering already…)

This time the competitors are:

December Monthly ChampChocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcake

Recipe from Half Baked Harvest

CB-PP-Cupcake-halved

January Monthly ChampS’more Cupcake

Recipe from The Soul of the Matter

Smores-halved-top

February Monthly ChampSamoas Cupcake

Recipe from Bakers Royale

Samoa-Cupcake

March Monthly ChampChurro Cupcake

Recipe from The Novice Chef

Churro-cupcake

And, now for the competition!

Thank you to our Cupcake Panel – Jesse, Maddy, Alex & Shelby – and to my hubby, Ken, for the original music!  Check back soon for the 3rd Semifinal, when we find out which cupcakes will compete in the Finale!

The 1st Semifinal Competition

31 Jan

Well, wow!  I can’t believe how long it’s been.  Sorry for the delay, everyone.  As some of you know, I was quite pregnant when we finished the last cupcake.  Needless to say, we quickly filmed ALL the semifinals and the finale… and then had the baby…before I could post them.

K4

My son, Kenneth (named after his Daddy), was born on November 4th.

Yes.  He’s almost 3 months old now.  And those of you that know anything about babies know why I am JUST NOW getting around to these videos.

So, without further ado, I give you our 1st Semifinal Competitors:

August Monthly ChampToffee Crunch Cupcake

Recipe from Bakers Royale

Toffee Crunch Cupcake

September Monthly ChampS’mores Cupcake

Recipe from Your Cup of Cake

Smores-Cupcake

October Monthly ChampBlackout Cupcake

Recipe from Cookies and Cups

Blackout-Cupcake

November Monthly ChampChocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcake

Recipe from Craftstorming

CBPB-CD-Cupcake

Alright.  Here we go!

Thank you to our Cupcake Panel – Bailey, Megan and Sarah – and thanks to my hubby, Ken, for all filming and original music!  Check back soon for Semifinal #2!!

Announcing the semifinalists…

11 Aug

Ok.  The results are in.  The 12 Monthly Champs have been decided.  Starting soon, these 12 semifinalists will compete for the title of “Best Cupcake”.  Let’s review the tasty competition!

August Monthly ChampToffee Crunch Cupcake

Recipe from Bakers Royale

Toffee Crunch Cupcake

September Monthly ChampS’mores Cupcake

Recipe from Your Cup of Cake

Smores-Cupcake

October Monthly ChampBlackout Cupcake

Recipe from Cookies and Cups

Blackout-Cupcake

November Monthly ChampChocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cupcake

Recipe from Craftstorming

CBPB-CD-Cupcake

December Monthly ChampChocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcake

Recipe from Half Baked Harvest

CB-PP-Cupcake-halved

January Monthly ChampS’more Cupcake

Recipe from The Soul of the Matter

Smores-halved-top

February Monthly ChampSamoas Cupcake

Recipe from Bakers Royale

Samoa-Cupcake

March Monthly ChampChurro Cupcake

Recipe from The Novice Chef

Churro-cupcake

April Monthly ChampChocolate Cherry Cordial Cupcake

Recipe from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Choc-Cherry-Cordial-half

May Monthly ChampTres Leches Cupcake

Recipe from A Few Shortcuts

Tres-Leches-Cupcake

June Monthly Champ –  Ballpark Caramel Cracker Jack Cupcake

Recipe from Suitcases & Sweets

Cracker-Jack-halved2

July Monthly ChampFrench Toast Cupcake

Recipe from The Smart Cookie Cook

French-Toast-Cupcake

Check back soon for the semifinalist competitions!

 

 

 

 

 

July Monthly Competition

31 Jul

Ok.  Last Monthly Competition.  Here are the competitors:

Root Beer Cupcakes

Root-Beer-Float-Cupcake

French Toast Cupcakes

French-Toast-Cupcake

Reese’s Cupcakes

Reeses-Cupcake

Banana Cream Cupcakes

Banana-Cream-Cupcake

Check out the video below to see which cupcake wins.  And check back soon for the semi-finals and finale to find out which cupcake is the best cupcake on My Year of Cupcakes!

Day 365 – Stuffed BBQ Cupcakes

31 Jul

It’s the last day.  Last cupcake.  (Let’s just skim right over the fact that this means I’ve eaten about 365 cupcakes, please.)  And this momentous occasion requires a special cupcake.  Something like I’ve never tried before.  Well, after 364 cupcakes, I thought it would be hard to find something insanely unique.  Until my friend, Christy sent me these Stuffed BBQ Cupcakes (recipe below from Snappy Gourmet).  I’ve never seen (or tasted) anything like them.  Perfect for day 365!

Stuffed-Cupcake     Mini-Stuffed-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and crumbly. They look a lot like corn bread muffins. They have a slight cornbread flavor, but the meatiness from the pork filling really permeates the flavor of the cake. It’s almost smoky.

Pimento-Cheese-Frosting

The frosting is really thick. It has chunks of pimento in it, so don’t attempt to do any fancy frosting. Just simple round tip or spread it on. It has a strong cream cheese/other cheeses flavor. Very creamy. Strong spice flavors, but no one sticks out.

Stuffed-BBQ-Cupcake     Mini-Stuffed-BBQ-Cupcake

This is a cupcake for the BBQ lovers. For sure! It’s just fun. It’s meaty. It’s cheesy. The flavors work really well together. The bbq sauce, the spices, the cheese, the meat and the corn bread. I mean, they’re all involved in any good BBQ. This just puts it all in one bite. It’s surprisingly easy to eat. You look at the ingredients and think it’ll be messy. But as long as your pork doesn’t have too much sauce on it, you’re good to go. Together, it’s like a complete thought, where the pieces were just parts. It all adds up.

Stuffed-BBQ-halved

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

Stuffed-BBQ-top

RECIPE

Stuffed BBQ Cupcakes (recipe from Snappy Gourmet)

  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • ½ cup precooked BBQ pulled pork (with or without BBQ sauce)
Pimento Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • dash onion powder
  • dash garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons pimentos, drained
Garnish (optional):
  • BBQ sauce

For directions visit Snappy Gourmet.

 

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