i have been on a roll with the Martha cupcakes book, at this rate i might actually whiz through the whole thing in record time :-). The book has already seen better days but the way i see it it only means it is well loves :-). it has multicolored sticky tabs, which let me know MUST TRY now recipes, and those that can probably wait a bit...today i actually chose 6 more, that are going to be my next victims. I cannot recommend this book enough...i have even found cupcakes that will be cute favors for my daughters first proper birthday bash!!!!. Thought i would take a second to list what i have tried so far, and by try i mean baked and given to others or my taste testers (who are quickly approaching burnout lol) i cannot stomach my own baking, probably a very very good thing these days.
1) mocha cupcakes
supposedly the are very yummy...but after 7 tries and 7 flops at the 7 minute frosting that should go on them i have lost that battle for now...stiff frosting my butt, it's always a gloppy mess...a delicious mess (i have tried it) even for the coffee hater that i am..hence no piccies...but i have a lovely stock of mocha cupcakes keeping the freezer nice and full.
2)chocolate chip cupcakes:
just in time for some st paddy's day fun...the where edible (well no one ranted and raved about them lol) albeit a bit too firm for my liking
3)Boston cream pie cupcakes :
can you belive i didn't have enough stuff in to make the full amount of ganache :(. According to my taste testers, they made them think of a cakier eclair. Since i have never had boston cream pie i don't know if that's a compliment or not lol
4) peanut butter filled chocolate cupcakes:
these are a keeper, even the not a fan of peanut butter liked them.
5)cookies n cream cheesecakes:
these were sooooo easy to make, and quick to, the longest part was the "setting" time. but since you can bung them in the fridge tin and all and kinda forget about them, job's a goodin' :-)
6) one bowl chocolate cupcakes:
this one i am particuarly fond off as it has NO dairy. since i am trying to get back on the no dairy train, this is my go to recipe when i need a choclate fix, sub some of the oil for applesauce and it's even more moist.yummy!!
these i have to say are for the time being the all time favorite, they make my kitchen smell so so lovely and summery :-)). and they look so pretty to.
8) orange vanilla bean cupcakes:
cupcake really yummy...but not to self...must master the art of candying oranges, bitter tasting candied orange "almost" spoiled the cupcake.
9)roasted banana cupcakes:
i have never in my life roasted a banana before to pop into a cupcake, but these also went down really well, even though i found them "stiff/hard" looking
10) triple-citrus cupcakes:
these where really fun to make, and for the best of reasons two. they were my first drop off to a dear friend as the cupcake fairy.
with the 7 minute icing another "no i can't" moment here..i compltely botched the pineaple flowers that should have gone on top, and they were in the oven for ages!, but these cupcakes really didn't last long even withut them :-p
phew i feel slightly more sane now, as i am only up to 11...that not excessive at all is it? i probably shouldn't mention that some of these have been repeats :-p
the next upcoming victims??
coconut cupcakes stout cupcakes chocolate salted-caramel mini cupcakes mint chocolate cupcakes
now where will the cupcake fairy deliver to next? Trust me my family are loving the idea of the fairy at the moment...
What more can i say i am a baking addict. I love anything baking related and with my "i think i can" attitude there is no challenge too big for me to convince myself that i should at least try. In my spare time i am also the very blessed mom of 3 under 4 :-p