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Fancy Gourmet Treats
Thanks for stopping by my Cupcakes page
There are some delicious and outrageously inventive cupcakes which have me wanting to explore for recipes and décor ideas. Some are such works of art that it almost seems a shame to eat them, but how can one resist?
I personally make very ordinary cupcakes, but the explosion of creativity in the baking community when it comes to these individually sized delights has provoked me to go searching the Columbus Ohio vicinity for the new and delicious cupcake concoctions available.
I started in my locale- the Northwest side of Columbus and work my way from there.
The search is on for the best tasting, the most original, the wildly delightful: Fancy Cupcakes, in other words. Perhaps I may learn to let my inner cupcake express itself in my own kitchen, who knows?
Spring Green Matcha
Have you ever tasted ice cream flavored with Matcha Green Tea? You know how it adds a refreshing flavor that is just the slightest bit unusual. Try your next batch of cupcakes with the same unique taste for something truly special. It is a divinely subtle flavor, and creates a delicate and beautiful green cupcake with icing. Just the perfect thing to decorate for spring, a wedding, or for Mother's Day.
I've purchased cakes in this flavor from Asian Bakeries, this particular recipe comes from the Matcha tea site.
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24 cupcake papers for 24 servings
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
- room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons matcha tea
- For Cupcakes:
- * Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
- * Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- * Add eggs/egg yolks one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each.
- * Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Add to batter and mix to combine.
- * Mix matcha in with the milk. Add to the batter and mix until combine.
- * Scoop batter into prepared into cupcake papers.
- * Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.
- Matcha Buttercream Icing:
- * 1 stick butter, room temperature
- * 2 tablespoons half and half or light cream
- * 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- * 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1. Mix matcha in with the light cream to make a paste.
- 2. Beat butter briefly, scrape bowl.
- 3. Add the sifted powdered sugar and matcha paste. Beat until smooth.
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Assemble a Layered "Bomb" with Ice-Cream
1. Cut rounds of cake to fit in a cupcake paper. Put a round in each cupcake paper.
2. Place a scoop of (insert favorite flavor here)ice cream on top of each round and smooth with the back of a spoon.
3. Place cupcakes in the freezer and chill for 1 hour.
4. Place a second scoop of (another favorite flavor) ice cream on top of each round and smooth with an offset spatula dipped in hot water.
5. Place cupcakes in the freezer and chill for 1 hour.
6. Smooth a thin layer of matcha buttercream over
For the fancy, unusual and unique cupcakes
Try a cupcake stand
Display those perfect cupcakes you bought for your special event, or for your home baked ones that rival the best professionally baked ones. Who can tell the difference when they are displayed with such panache?
Oreo 'Cookies And Cream' Flavor
Prep Time: 40 minutes + bake 17-20 minutes
Total Time: about an hour
Serves: 15 cupcakes
Oreo Cookie Cupcakes - Cookies 'n cream are a teen favorite
My kids always go for cookies and cream flavored anything. The super easy way to impress teens is with these beautiful and delectable cookie and cream cupcakes. You don't have to be supermom to make a batch of these cupcakes that will wow everyone and be gone fast.
- 3 ounces bittersweet finely chopped chocolate
- 1/3 cup Dutch-processed cocoa
- 3/4 cup hot
- strong-brewed coffee
- 3/4 cup bread flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 6 finely crushed Oreo cookies
- 15 Oreos for the top of each cupcake
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
- 2. Place chocolate and cocoa in a medium bowl and pour the hot coffee over the mixture. Whisk until smooth and transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely, 20-30 minutes.
- 3. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk oil, eggs, vanilla, and vinegar into the cooled chocolate mixture until smooth. Add flour mixture and whisk until batter is smooth.
- 4. Divide batter evenly among muffin pan cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until cupcakes are set and firm to the touch, 17-20 minutes. Allow to cool in pans before frosting.
- 5. For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until the whipped cream holds stiff peaks. Crush 6 oreo cookies in a food processor. Gently fold in the cookie crumbs with a spatula.
- 6. Using the decorating piping tip, take the round end and press into the middle of the cupcake to scoop out part of the middle section of each cupcake. Pipe some frosting to fill the middle of each cupcake and then frosting the top of the cupcakes. Garnish with Oreo cookies.
- *** Try the variation with an Oreo half buried in the bottom of each cupcake instead of step #6:
- "Twist 15 additional Oreos in half and set aside the extra cookies for later. Place the side with cream filling in the bottom of each cupcake liner, cream-side facing up."
- recipe source: Cook's Illustrated, May/June 2010 | variation by Kirbie's Cravings,Bakergirl
Simple Core Tip
Want to fill your cupcakes fast with something delicious? Get a cupcake corer, based on the same idea as the old time apple corer. Make quick simple work of this chore.
Favorite Kitchen Gadget - Pastry Decorating Kit for Something Fancy
If you want all the fancy effects for your own icing flourishes, this is an ideal kitchen gadget for your baking utensil collection.
If you like that, you might also like ... Display Stands
Cupcakes are so much more than I remember from the days when it was what your mother sent to your school class for your birthday. Today, cupcakes can be fancy enough to take the place of wedding cakes, or dressed up for any occasion from a holiday to "just because". There are all sorts of carrying cases, display stands and decorating doodads. Have fun exploring the world of cupcakes (and ...HINT... they are easy!)
Easy Hand Mixer - Whipping up a quick batch? This is the mixer you need
No need for heavy duty equipment, just whip out the hand mixer by Cuisinart , which is a top brand in cooking equipment.
Everyone lists the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer... and I do have one that I use a lot, but there are times when a hand mixer is easier and does the job just as well. Less hassle for getting the tool out and cleanup, too.
Cake batters and icings do not need lots of power, they are more conveniently mixed with a smaller hand-held mixer. For cupcakes and most of the lightweight mixing jobs, why not have a smaller mixer on hand?
Readers Choice for Recipes - The cookbook for serious cupcake baking
Do you love cupcakes? If you do, you are in the majority because cupcakes are cute, easy, and have everything we love in a cake, but in just the right size for a single serving.
Because cupcakes are so cute, and perfect for creative decorating, they can adorn everything from real cupcakes on a dessert table to their representations on fabrics, scrapbooking elements, and ...well, you name it you can probably put a cupcake icon on it.
Now that cupcakes have exploded in popularity there are many books just bursting with fabulous ideas for making all sorts of delicious variations. I like the cookbook pictured here. It has illustrations galore, complete step by step directions, and everything for you to produce foolproof results.
'Cupcakes in Columbus'
I went out and took my first photo for this article at Starbucks. They had cute little bitesize cupcakes. One was a carrot cake variation.
Then I went out again to get some photos and to really start to get the topic going.
My plan was to go to Whole Foods, where I love to shop, because they have some really gorgeous baked goods... then pop by a bakery and see if they offer anything in the way of exceptional cupcakes in their display windows.
You Will Love Frosting and Decorating - If you don't already
Watching this illustration on decorating will inspire and help you to make the best cupcakes ever...
Find out how experts make frosting creations and give final touches to the icing. You can do it, too.
Learn How To Frost Your Cupcakes
Devils Food Cupcakes
Food shouldn't be sinful, but sometimes it is tempting. No other flavor is as All-American as the Devil's Food. Don't ask me why.
Martha Stewart's Cupcakes are the best of the best.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 32 cupcakes
- 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup hot water
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 and 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
- 2 and 1/4 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup sour cream room temperature
- For the frosting:
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
- 1 and 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
- Pinch of salt
- 1 pound semi-sweet chocolate melted and cooled
- Silver dragees
- for garnish
- For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.
- Whisk together the cocoa and hot water until smooth.
- In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- Melt butter with sugar in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring to combine.
- Remove from heat, and pour into a mixing bowl.
- With an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat until mixture is cooled, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add vanilla, then cocoa mixture, and beat until combined.
- Reduce mixer speed to low.
- Add flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the sour cream, and beating until just combined after each.
- Divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each three-quarters full.
- Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
- Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 15 minutes; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely.
- For the frosting: Combine cocoa and the boiling water, stirring until cocoa has dissolved.
- With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt until pale and fluffy.
- Reduce speed to low.
- Add melted and cooled chocolate, beating until combined and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Beat in the cocoa mixture.
- Let sit at room temperature while the cupcakes cool.
- Pipe as desired onto cupcakes. (I used Wilton tip #1).
- 22. Decorate with silver dragees.
Is It A Boy Cupcake Or A Girl Cupcake?
Bite into a frosting filled cupcake- with the filling either pink or blue!
This is one of the sweetest ways to reveal whether the new baby is a boy or girl! Use a hidden filling inside the delicious cake that is tinted the right color. So, which is it? Boy or girl?
That is just one idea of how to use these versatile desserts in celebrations and events, there are many more.
Recipes, Decorating, And Serving
Ingenious tips from all over the place: try this idea for Baby showers!
Use fancy cupcakes filled with blueberry for boy or strawberry for girl- there are gazillion creative ways to bring cupcakes into a shower or party theme, and cupcakes lend themselves especially well to this cute idea.
Just hide the color under that swirl of frosting, only a bite will give away the truth.
Besides, there is nothing that pretties up a dessert table like a lineup of individual portions of cake all gussied up with special toppers or liners.
Cuteness Galore - Cutest Zazzle Stuff
- Cupcake Heaven:Over 100 cupcake ideas
Holiday Cupcakes, Event Cupcakes and Flavored Cupcakes make up Cupcake Heaven! Over 100 different cupcake ideas!
Your Favorite Flavors - Which ones do you reach for?
It is time to poll the readers of Squidoo for their top flavor choice in these recipes. When you go to a bake shop or decide you just have to bake cupcakes today, which flavor is the one you really crave?
Follow the crumb trail.... - I'd love to hear what you think
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on November 06, 2012:
Boy, I wish I could reach in and grab one of these cupcakes!
Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on February 26, 2012:
Nice lens. Just had tea, but I sure could eat one of those delicious cupcakes.
Thanks for sharing