I can’t believe that I haven’t tried Baileys Frosting before! I’ve seen it on Pinterest and on other blogs but just never got around to trying it. But today that procrastination ended and I made Baileys Frosting. Where have you been all my life? This is an amazing combination of 2 of my favourite things – Baileys and cupcakes. And what perfect timing for this experiment – St Patricks Day is just 2 days away. A wonderful Irish treat to celebrate St. Patricks Day.
I know the combination sounds a little weird but trust me on this one – Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting are amazing. The brown sugar gives that slight hint of caramel to the cupcake and the dark chocolate ensures that the frosting isn’t too sweet. One of the best things about this cupcake recipe is that you will probably have everything you need to whip up a batch in next to no time. I have been looking for a fool-proof simple white cupcake recipe and I think I’ve found it in this one. Now you could just as easily use all white sugar in the recipe but I think the bit of brown sugar just gives that depth of flavour that is sometimes missing in a cupcake.
Today my new flower piping tips arrived so cupcakes were on the horizon. I was in the mood for something lemony – so lemon cupcakes were up to bat. To add to the lemon theme I decided to top them with lemon frosting as well. This recipe for Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting is very simple and sometimes the simpler the recipe the tastier. You will have all of the ingredients in your pantry except maybe the lemons, but then if you were looking at lemon recipes chances are you are in the mood for something lemony!
It is that time of year again…autumn. The time for warm spices and pumpkins which together means Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes! At the farmers market this weekend I bought a really beautiful pie pumpkin and the farmer assured me it was a very sweet variety. Instead of peeling and cubing and boiling the pumpkin I simply cut it in half, removed the seeds and put if cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet and baked it for 90 minutes. Then after letting it cool I scooped out the flesh – cooked pumpkin ready to go! That one little pumpkin gave me 6 cups of cooked pumpkin- amazing and it was only $4.
These Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting are tasty, moist and perfect for any celebration. Every baking repertoire needs to have a good vanilla cupcake recipe in it because not everyone (including me) loves chocolate. A vanilla cupcake is the perfect base for any type of frosting. I made these for my niece’s baby shower and as she knows it is a girl I went with the pink theme. To make the frosting pink I used the sauce from my Roasted Strawberries. It made the frosting delicious and just the right shade of pink. If you don’t have any Roasted Strawberries handy a tablespoon of strawberry jam will do the trick or just mash up some fresh strawberries with a little sugar. It doesn’t take much to give that pretty pink hue and great flavour.
Well my father-in-law turns 94 this week and when I asked what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday the answer was chocolate, so chocolate it is! Can you image 94 and still in relatively good health and he has all of his wits about him. He has been retired for more years than he worked, which is a feat in itself that is definitely worth celebrating. Something we can all strive for in our retirement years…just have to get there first.
So today to celebrate Ernie’s 94th and Canada Day as well we had Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting.