Cupcake Friday!

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GF vanilla cupcakes with vanilla bean icing. These cupcakes were for my best friend and cupcake cult founder’s housewarming, so what else would I possibly even think about bringing?

You know you’ve nailed gf baking when a cuppie appreciator didn’t know they’re gf and says it’s one of the best cupcakes she’s ever had. Then I revealed the deep dark secret, and she was very surprised.

Cupcake on!

Cupcake Friday!

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I’m taking this and 11 other cuppies just like it to share at a conference tomorrow. Nom! I have pumpkin cupcakes topped with salted caramel icing and more salted caramel drizzle. The recipe comes from: http://www.seebrookecook.com/2013/10/brown-butter-pumpkin-cupcakes-with.html and the only adaptation I made was to reduce the butter to 1/2 cup and to use a gf flour blend (but I’m not telling the cuppie-appreciating masses that they are gf – bad me!).

Cupcake on!

Cupcake Friday!

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Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream icing. These were taken to a potluck dinner. I’ve been helping a local restaurant with off-site catering over the summer, and the staff had an informal get-together this week. The cupcakes were very well-received. I ate just the icing off mine – these were not gluten-free. Cupcake on!

Cupcake Friday! In which Lizzie plays with ganache…

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Totes vegan, y’all. I’ve nailed vegan cupcakes! I really feel confident about these – I tried them out on a real live vegan (unlike me who’s a wannabe) who knew they were vegan to see what she thought, fellow cupcake cultists for their feedback, but I also tried them out on omnivores without saying a word about the veganity. All test subjects heartily approved!

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate buttercream and chocolate ganache. I froze the iced cuppies then dipped them into the ganache. When doing these again, I would indeed freeze the cuppies but pour the ganache over them instead, so as to maintain the prettiness of the ripples in the icing. I used a chocolate, cinnamon, and chipotle finishing salt in the batter, over the batter prior to baking, over the icing after piping, and mixed into the ganache. It’s a little high in sodium, but adds a bit of smoke, heat, and saltiness to the finished product. Cupcake on!

Cupcake Friday!

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Vegan chocolate cupcakes with vegan icing – tinkering with new recipes but I will post when I’ve got them where I want them if people would like.  As you can see, I tried piping a giant rose on top of the cupcake, but the icing had too much air in it which affected the esthetic appeal of the petals (next time I will use the paddle not the whisk attachment – wanted to see what would happen, and now I know), and it was maybe a touch too warm as it was very soft. I tried some sprinkles to see what would happen, too, but they’re definitely a bit too much.  Another work in progress – Cupcake on!

Cupcake Friday!

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Work in progress – Victoria Sponge cupcakes with whipped cream and jam, sprinkled with icing sugar. The recipe I used came from a British book, and flour in England and Canada is different, so these were a lot heavier than they should be. I will keep looking, as it’s a very tasty quest. Cupcake on!