I hope you all had a great weekend! We are moving next weekend so life is going to get a bit harried but I hope/plan to not eat out for too many meals and still be able to enjoy homecooked meals sitting on the floor and having an indoor picnic. If you’re a guest coming over this week, maybe you should plan to expect that ;)
Last week was a really fun week in my kitchen. I typically only make cookies, bars, muffins, and scones in our kitchen on any given week but I had several occasions to make something a little more time and mind-intensive. First on that list were two dozen cupcakes I made for a friend’s friend’s baby shower. The colors were adorable (light pink and pale green) and I kept with the color theme by choosing strawberry frosting and pale green vanilla buttercream frosting for the cupcakes.
I really love using real fruit in desserts and was appalled to find that most of the strawberry cupcakes I looked at online were made with strawberry jam or no strawberry at all! I finally found one that I loved because of the fact that it had real strawberries in it and even more because it was a recipe for 6 cupcakes. Of course, I doubled it, but it would be a nice recipe to go back to for a small dinner party. One of the reasons I don’t make cupcakes is because I have no need for 12 of them!
These chocolate cupcakes were AWESOME. I‘ve used Ina Garten’s recipe before with great success (moist, cocoa-y and just the right texture) but these were even better because of the olive oil. With almost everything I bake, I use high-quality ingredients because you CAN taste the difference. I usually use Ghiradelli cocoa (as I did this time) or something from King Arthur’s or Surfas, the local cooking supply store in
.I could definitely taste and smell that Ghiradelli in these cupcakes :) Culver
Definitely two winning recipes! I also love that the recipes didn’t make a ton of buttercream. I felt like it was just the right amount for each cupcake (I prefer 1 part frosting to 2 parts cupcake and stores usually reverse that ratio).
I’ll be back tomorrow with a delicious dessert recipe for the summer J
Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting
Chocolate Cupcakes (no eggs - just apple cider vinegar and olive oil!)