Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cupcake Veggie Love!

This is such an sweet video. Enjoy!

Donut Cupcakes

While these aren't quite on my list of things to make, they do look lovely. Enjoy!

Previous Post: The Turducen of Cupcakes.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Enough with the Cupcakes you say?! How about Pumpkin Pudding Toothpaste?

And now for something completely different. Those crazy Japanese people and their weird inventions... here's one for the books!


My relatives in Japan sent me a delightful care package, full of goodies like Cola, and Chocolate, and Pumpkin Pudding, in tubes? While my imagination runs wild with thoughts of Willy Wonka and a complete thanksgiving dinner in a gumball, I'm brought back to reality when I read that these are all indeed toothpastes.

As I constantly do with weird Japanese inventions, I ask myself why? Why would you want to brush your teeth with Curry flavored toothpaste? Then again, being the forever experimentalist that I am, the why part of the question is simple, why not? This is how greatness is born...


So far, I've only tried the Pumpkin Pie. This perhaps might not be the next craze to hit the States, but interesting at the very least. 1 down 5 to go.

Cola, Bitter Chocolate, Kishu Ume, Indo Curry and Eggplant on the cue.

Something to try: The Dudecake. Meatloaf Cupcakes

Savory, not sweet, these certainly are a trick to the eye. Before you barf at the idea of a meat cupcake, I'll save you the grief. As opposed to the Bacon Cupcake which combines sweet and savory, these little devils are pure man.


Bite sized meatloaf covered in colorfully whipped mashed potatoes sounds like a Sunday night dinner to me!

The Meatloaf Cupcake

Margarita Cupcakes

Very similar to my Lemon Drop Cupcakes, these little delights turned out a little st. patty's day. At least I won't get pinched while eating these!


The Margarita Cupcake
1 Box Duncan Hines White Cake Mix (Yep, still lazy)
2 shots of Tequila
3 tablespoons of Lime Juice
Dash of Salt

Follow the directions for the Cake Mix, substituting 1/3 of a cup of water for the tequila and lime juice. Add in a dash of salt for flavor, and a few green sprinkles for a mini burst of color.

Bake as directed. I found it's about 20 minutes for my mini-cupcakes.

Frosting
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 box of powdered sugar
1 shot of Tequila
2 tablespoons Lime Juice

To make a simple buttercream, whip the butter until fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, half a cup at a time. Add the tequila and lime juice and water as needed until the frosting forms stiff peaks.

Garnish
I rimmed the outside of the cupcakes with sugar :-)

The Lemon Drop Cupcake

As a present to myself and my new baking creative outlet, I invested in an adorable mini cupcake pan from Target! Because really, as great as cupcakes are, who can resist a mini? Especially when they come with a shot of vodka.


But seriously these were my first mini cupcake experiments, and there will be more to follow. If you are finding yourself asking WHY? Why Niki do you keep putting weird things in baked goods, the answer is simple. Why create something that's already been done before? I know I can make great chocolate cupcakes with a buttercream frosting, but where's the fun in that?

As I said. These are experiments. Some may turn out well, some might fail. I'll let you decide.

The Lemon Drop Cupcake
1 Box Duncan Hines White Cake Mix (Yes I got lazy)
1 mini bottle of Lemoncello
1 shot of Vodka
1 Lemon

Follow the directions for the Cake Mix, substituting 1/3 of a cup of water for half the bottle of Lemoncello and a shot of vodka. Cut the Lemon in half. Save half for the garnish. Squeeze out the juice of the other half into the mix, and zest the peel into the mix.

Bake as directed. I found it's about 20 minutes for my mini-cupcakes.

Frosting
1 stick of butter (softened)
1 box of powdered sugar
1 shot of Vodka
Rest of the Lemoncello

To make a simple buttercream, whip the butter until fluffy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, half a cup at a time. Add the shot of vodka, the rest of the lemoncello and water as needed until the frosting forms stiff peaks. (if you're wondering why mine look so watery, I added too much water and ran out of powdered sugar)

Garnish
Cut the other half of the Lemon into wedges. You can also garnish with dusting sugar.


Enjoy!

The Baconcyclopedia

As you all know about my continued love affair with Bacon... Bacon Cinnamon Rolls, Bacon Vodka and soon to be pictured, Bacon Cupcakes, I thought I'd share this lovely site with you.

The Baconcyclopedia

A guide to all things Bacon!

*and yes, it appears that they taped a piece of bacon to a cat.*

Friday, May 15, 2009

Poached: The Turducken of Desserts

These were too amazing to not steal and repost from an awesome website Cupcakes Take The Cake.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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