Cupcakes are EVERYWHERE!
Those delightful individual portions of awesome have taken the world by storm and they are being welcomed with open arms.
Where there was once a cake, tier upon tier, is a gorgeous array of delicately decorated domes. Every flavour, colour and theme you can think of have invaded the party scene. Hell, if you’re me, they’ve even invaded our everyday lives. Lately, I can’t seem to get through the day without thinking about how I wish I was eating, or even MAKING, a batch of those moist, amazing cakes.
As if my mind was bad enough, a delightful little shop has opened less than five minutes from my office. I still remember when my co-workers and I discovered it was there. There was much excitement. We glued our faces to the amazing display cakes that adorned the windows. A cake with cartoon penguins sliding down four lop-sided tiers. A light blue cake with a garland of snow-flakes coiled in a gentle spiral. There was even a cake with shoes, that’s right shoes, pain-stakingly recreated in fondant.
Already blown away, we then noticed the cupcakes. They were nestled on white trays staggered vertically and horizontally. And I SWEAR to you, they actually winked at me.
So naturally we went in and bought up a bunch thinking, “Wow, nothing like devouring a good sweet treat.” What we didn’t realize what that we were about to have a live changing experience. The name “For The Love of Cake” is so appropriate, cause hell yes I do. The owner/head baker of the store has made a great spin on the cupcake.
Not only are they moist delicious cake and sweet but not too sweet frosting, there is an added touch of something placed on top, and a surprise center.
The first one I ate was called, Grasshopper. Chocolate cupcake. Green Mint Frosting. A chuck of a chocolate-peppermint patty on top and chocolate ganache center. I was losing it. Whatever “it” is… I lost that.
Then it was Peanut Butter and Chocolate, and if you need a reason to love that, then we have nothing else to discuss.
So since that fist fateful day, the owner now knows me by name and I have a container that I take back to refill… Oh and did I mention I am trying to lose weight? DID I??
So all of this babbling brings us to tonight… and I am going to make some cupcakes. Oh and I am going to make some Swiss Buttercream Frosting.
The recipe for the cupcakes is coming from my Better Homes and Gardens: New Baking Book
And the Swiss Buttercream Frosting from the Martha Stewart Cupcakes book
One of my best friends in the world, Sarah, got me the Martha book for Christmas. I will make sure she gets to partake in some cupcake love. As I have never made frosting before, tonight should be interesting. So I am going to take some pics and post them!
Wish me luck!
My cupcake obsession is only just beginning…