I love going to different cupcake shops, I dream of Cupcake Crawls through cities cities far and wide, but when I get in my very own kitchen....sometimes there is something very magical that happens. So I'm being a little selfish today and sharing my very own cupcake concoctions. Enjoy!
These little beauties grace my Thanksgiving Day spread. They look like basic Vanilla Cupcakes (which is my favorite kind of cupcake) but that is just a rouse, this are caramel-apple cupcakes with a sweet butter cream icing! Since it's Fall I thought it was only right to toss in a Fall flavor to tie together my pumpkin and sweet potato pies!
My wife volunteered me to bake for a friend's baby shower and it was a perfect opportunity to play around in the kitchen, so I came up with Double Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes! These little pieces of heaven have a rich dark chocolate cake, a caramel center and just a dollop of milk chocolate frosting. The chocolate taste was powerful, so the dollop was just enough to give it that finish cupcake touch, but tie-in all of the flavors! And then I got super creative and thought the best way to tie-in the caramel would be to add caramel popcorn!
I wanted to eat red velvet cake, I wanted whoopee pies and I wanted both in a mini adorable presentation. Ta-da! But do not let the picture fool you, when I first started on this mission I wasn't sure how to accomplish this. I only have a large whoopee pie pan and I couldn't eat an entire cake! (Well, I can, but I shouldn't....) So, I had to get a little creative with me pans and tins in the kitchen. For these little treats I sprayed a little bit of cooking oil inside the cupcake tins, as I didn't want to use cupcake liners, and filled the space only 1/4 of the way. I cooked the mini pie parts for only 9-11 minutes, similar to mini cupcakes, and when I took them out of the oven I removed them immediately, but carefully. Hot cake seems to shift and become a lot more flexible then settled, room temperature cake. BUT only when it's small (i.e. cupcakes, cornbread muffins, etc.). Once the pies where out, I let them cool and added some mocha frosting on one side and married the two into a whoopee pie! You can also call this a cake sandwich! Either way, they were delicious!
Last but not least where my Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches! These little pieces of heaven came out of no where. I simply wanted some cookies to snack on and my energetic 1 year old loves to munch with me, so I thought these would make a great treat. What I didn't expect was the sandwich part and how delicious they would be! Plus I made a bunch and I swear they didn't last more than a few minutes! These bite size pieces of awesomeness will have to make a come back very soon!
Fall was so good to me! But I must admit...I can't wait to delve into Winter flavors! Peppermint anyone? :-)