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Shamrock Shake Cupcakes

Shamrock Shake Cupcake

Shamrock shakes are the bright green, vanilla and mint flavored milkshakes that McDonald’s rolls out for St Patrick’s Day every year. The shakes have something of a cult following, even among people who aren’t usually getting milkshakes at McD’s. These Shamrock Shake Cupcakes are inspired by the seasonal shakes and are a fun dessert to serve up around St Patrick’s Day. The cupcakes are buttermilk ... Read More »

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oreo Cupcakes

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oreo Cupcakes

I recently picked up a package of the Valentine’s Day-themed Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Oreos to try and found that the cookies exceeded my expectations. One of the things that made the cookies work so well is that the combination of chocolate and strawberry is a winner in any format you find it and the filling had a pronounced berry that contrasted nicely with the bittersweet chocolate ... Read More »

Double Ginger Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

Lemon Ginger Cupcakes

Warm, spicy ginger is often associated with dark, sweet molasses and classified as a flavor meant to be used during the holiday baking season. As delicious as gingerbread is, however, ginger itself is a very versatile spice that can be enjoyed all year round in a wide variety of baked goods. There are two primary types of ginger that I work with on a regular ... Read More »

Pumpkin Butter-Swirled Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream

Pumpkin Butter Swirled Cupcakes with Pumpkin Buttercream

I love cupcakes with a bit of a surprise inside, whether that surprise comes in the form of a filling or a mix in of some other kind. A good mix-in is going to add both flavor and visual appeal to a cupcake, even if you can’t see it until you take a bite. For a fall twist on a relatively plain cupcake, I turned ... Read More »

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes

A slice of warm apple pie is hard to resist, so it’s no surprise that they are one of my top comfort foods. Apple pies do have a few drawbacks, however. They need to be served with a plate and fork, and they’re not always easy to slice up for a big crowd. Since I do a lot of entertaining in the fall, I tend ... Read More »

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

Cinnamon is one of the most frequently used spices in my kitchen, but it isn’t often the star of a dessert. Cinnamon is frequently used to accent other flavors, drawing attention to the floral sweetness of vanilla, highlighting the nuttiness of oatmeal or blending with nutmeg and other warm spices. But cinnamon can certainly stand on its own and it does so very well in ... Read More »

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella is one of my favorite gelato flavors. This milk-based ice cream is packed with lots of fine chocolate shavings just waiting to melt in your mouth. It is similar to chocolate chip ice cream, but the pieces of chocolate are much finer, so you get a more even distribution and a more subtle chocolate flavor. The name stracciatella comes from the Italian word “stracciare” ... Read More »

Elderflower and Almond Tea Cakes

Elderflower and Almond Tea Cakes

St Germain is an elderflower liqueur that is a delicious cocktail ingredient. You might not be familiar with the liqueur, but you’ve probably seen its art deco-styled bottle featured prominently behind the bar at local restaurants and tasted it in cocktails, as it can be both a star ingredient and a more subtle component of some excellent beverages. Like many liqueurs, St Germain can also ... Read More »

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