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Day 286 – Nectarine Cupcakes

13 May

Sometimes I like to put two cupcakes on days next to each other that are SO different, it’s hard to believe they’re in the same competition.  Yesterday we had Chocolate White Chocolate Cupcakes.  Rich.  Indulgent.  A little sinful.  Today, I picked Nectarine Cupcakes (recipe below from Martha Stewart).  Light.  Fluffy.  Fruity.  Yep, I love a good switch!

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are soft and squishy and moist. They are very sweet, in both taste and smell. When they came out of the oven they smelled exactly like sugar cookies, actually. Very sweet, vanilla flavor.

Whipped-Sour-Cream

The frosting is light and fluffy. Somewhere between whipped cream and marshmallow fluff (without the stickiness). It has a slightly-soured whipped cream flavor. Not a bad thing. Just literally tastes like whipped cream with a little sour cream mixed in. Ya know…cause that’s what it is.

Nectarine-Cupcake     Mini-Nectarine-Cupcake

The sour cream flavor adds to the creaminess of the cupcake when eaten together. It’s a soft, sweet, slightly tart cupcake. The fruit isn’t overpowering or overstated. It really takes a backseat to the other flavors.

Nectarine-Cupcake-halved2

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 17

Nectarine-Cupcake-halved

RECIPE

Nectarine Cupcakes (recipe from Martha Stewart)

Nectarine Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium nectarines, peeled, halved, pitted, and finely chopped (1 1/4 cups)

Sour Cream Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 medium nectarine, halved, pitted, and very thinly sliced, for garnish

For directions visit Martha Stewart.

*Tomorrow: Pink Lemonade Cupcakes*

Day 153 – Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes

31 Dec

To get ready for ringing in the New Year, something a little lighter was in order…Or, so I thought at least.  Cause, as it turns out, these Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes (recipe below from Gimme Some Oven) may not be as “light” as I predicted.  Oh well, that’s what New Years Day is for, right?

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve!  And may 2014 be even tastier than 2013!!

Flourless-chocolate-cake     mini-Flourless-Chocolate-ca

The cupcakes are extremely thick and dense. Somewhere between and brownie and a cookie.  They have an extremely strong chocolate flavor.

Whipped-cream

The whipped cream is…well…it’s just whipped cream.  And it’s tastes like whipped cream. Cause it is…whipped…cream.

Flourless-cake-frosted-side     Mini-frosted-flourless-side

This is as good a flourless chocolate cake as I’ve had. Nothing complex. Very dark. Feel free to pile on the whipped cream – or ice cream…or both – cause you’ll need it to cut through the cake a little.

Flourless-cake-frosted      Mini-frosted-flourless-cake

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Mini Flourless Chocolate Cakes (recipe from Gimme Some Oven)

  • 4 large eggs, cold
  • 8 oz. chocolate (semisweet or bittersweet), coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 16 pieces
  • 3 cups whipped cream
  • sprinkles for topping (optional)

For directions visit Gimme Some Oven.

*Tomorrow: French Toast & Bacon Cupcakes*

Day 71 – Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes

10 Oct

Who else needs a little push to make it to Friday?  And, what better to help than a little caramel and coffee concoction?  Exactly!!  Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes (recipe below from My Buttery Fingers).

Enjoy this tip and then dig into those cupcakes!!

Coffee-Cupcake     Mini-Coffee-Cupcake

The full-size cake is nicely moist on the inside, good density.  The minis are little muffins for sure, very hard and dense.  Both taste like coffee, not overly strong, but very much like black coffee, not like coffee with cream.

Whipped-Topping

The frosting is exactly like whipped cream.  It’s super tasty!! A little coffee, a little sweet and very creamy.

Caramel-Macchiato-Cupcake     Mini-Macchiato-Cupcake

The balance is very nice together. The hint of caramel is nice, but the balance of sweet and coffee is the winner.   Notes: the mini is actually very tasty once it’s all together, nice ratio of cake to topping. You really do need a squeeze bottle or something similar for the caramel. It was too thick to just pipe on. Just as an FYI.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 2.5
  • Frosting Taste: 5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 5 (to call on the look of the classic drink is a great idea!)
  • Ease of Making: 2 (3 parts plus that’s one of the strangest ways to make caramel I’ve ever used)
  • TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

Caramel Macchiato Cupcakes (recipe from My Buttery Fingers)

Coffee Cupcakes
2 1/2 (313g) cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 (180ml) cup strongly brewed coffee, cooled to warm
1/4 (60ml) cup milk
1 tbsp Kahlua
12 tbsp (170g) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (200g) sugar
3 eggs
1 rounded tsp instant espresso
Cacao nibs, for sprinkling

Whipped Cream Topping
200g (around 1 cup) whipping cream
3 tbsp (40g) sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tsp Kahlua (Optional. Don’t put too much, or the cream will be too soft for piping)

Caramel Sauce
(this makes more than needed, use remaining as an ice-cream topper or a mix-in for coffee)
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
3 tbsp (43g) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 tbsp (60g) heavy cream

For directions visit My Buttery Fingers.

*Tomorrow: Flaked Coconut Cupcakes*

Day 25 – Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes

25 Aug

I mean, yeah!  Cherry Coke Floats are yummy.  But in cupcake form?  I gotta try it!!  And I found just the Cherry Coke Float Cupcake recipe (below from Moogieland).  And who doesn’t need a little fun to finish off the weekend?

Cherry Coke Cupcake          Mini Cherry Coke

This cake is dense and moist.  Like Devil’s Food cake, but a little lighter in color.  It’s very smooth.  You don’t really get the ‘cherry’ unless you get part of the center.

frosting

Ok, so not really frosting.  Just whipped cream really.  But, what else would you expect from a Coke Float?  Make sure not to oversweeten it, cause you won’t need it once you add chocolate syrup and cherry.

Cherry Coke Float Cupcake          Cherry Coke Float Cupcake

This works.  I don’t quite know why, but I feel like it works in it’s simplicity.  The cake is light and tasty, the whipped cream is easy.  No frills.  Simple, fun dessert.  Only thing I can say is that it doesn’t taste like Cherry Coke.  It’s more like a Cherry Chocolate cupcake.  Which works too!

(Note: This is abundantly easy to make!  No mixer required for the cupcake.  And whipped cream is the easiest topping — you can even buy it in the can if you need to!)

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 4

– Frosting Taste: 3 (only docked points cause it’s not really a frosting)

– Overall Taste: 4

– Appearance: 4

– Ease of Making: 5

– TOTAL: 20

RECIPE

Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes (recipe from Moogieland)

Cupcakes
1 1/2 Cups flour
3/4 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 Cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 Tbs cocoa powder
3/4 Cup Coca-Cola
1/4 cup marachino cherry syrup
24 marachino cherries
whipped cream frosting ice-cream chocolate shell

For directions visit Moogieland.

*Tomorrow: Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Crispy Magic Frosting*

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