Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Cupcakes

Spring is without a doubt my favorite season.  I love the warmth of the sun, the blooming flowers, and the budding trees.  I also love the fresh fruit.  So obviously I had to make spring cupcakes with, what else, but strawberries.

I found a fabulous recipe for strawberry crepe cupcakes on foodgawker, and I had to try it.  I am always a little hesitant to try standard chocolate/vanilla cupcakes, since there are so many other fun options to make, but theses were the perfect combination of classic and exciting.  The vanilla cake is perfect- moist, fluffy and just dense enough, and the nutella frosting is addictive. 

These really taste like a strawberry nutella crepe- and they may be my new favorite cupcakes!  I will definitely be making these again.

Happy Spring,

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chai Tea Cupcakes

It's been a little while since I tried out a new cupcake recipe, so last week I decided I wanted to use an unexpectedly quiet evening to experiment a bit.  I came across this recipe from Bakingdom, and decided that Chai Tea Cupcakes sounded perfect.

The first time I made them, I halved the recipe and used pastry flour instead of cake flour (that's all I could find) but otherwise followed it exactly.  The batter was very soupy but I went along with it anyways.  The cupcake were very moist and delicious, but they didn't rise very well.  So this time when I made them (a half recipe again) I added an extra 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and an extra 1/4 teaspoon baking powder to the dry ingredients.  This definitely did the trick- they came out with beautiful peaks and still had the delicious flavor and moistness of the other batch!

Bon App├ętit,