Itsy Bitsy Foodies turned two and we celebrated with these almond poppy seed cupcakes, inspired by the Swedish princess torte. My take on the cake incorporates the rich almond flavor into the cake and the frosting, combining almond poppy seed cake, almond buttercream frosting, raspberry filling, chocolate ganache and marzipan.
Despite its name, German chocolate cake does not come from Germany. It was invented in the US back in the mid-1800's by Sam German who developed a type of dark baking chocolate used in the cake. It is typically served as a three-layer cake but they make adorable little cupcakes.
The trick to these treats is using a mini doughnut stacked on top of each cupcake to complete the pumpkin shape. Use candies or icing to turn some of them into jack-o-lanterns.
Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of the year. We have to wait a bit longer here in the Pacific Northwest but I am so ready, as the arrival of the strawberry marks the beginning of summer in my book. I decided to jump-start summer with these strawberry shortcake cupcakes.
Our baby boy surprised us a month early, arriving just a few days before Easter this year. We have been fortunate to have a steady stream of family and visitors helping us. Our nieces were a huge help, especially by entertaining our older son. And they made these adorable Easter cupcakes to boot! Though Easter has already come and gone I thought that these cupcakes were too cute not to share.
These red and white muffins are perfect for Valentine's Day and a great alternative to all of the chocolate and ultra-sweet treats for which Valentine's Day is known.
For my son's 2nd birthday I made a tower of Sesame Street cupcakes topped with an Elmo cake. Decorated with frosting in bright primary colors the characters were easily identifiable and the kids loved being able to pick out their favorite character.
I recently had the opportunity to create a cupcake display for the 20th Annual Festival of Trees gala event in Port Angeles, Washington, a fundraiser benefiting Olympic Medical Center. The theme of the event was Let it Snow! Decorating over 400 cupcakes (both minis and regular-sized cupcakes) to match the theme was the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.
These cupcakes were the star dessert on my Tapas For a Cure menu, made in miniature, iced with cream cheese frosting and decorated with a teal icing cancer ribbon for Ovarian Cancer awareness.
This chocolate cake is my "go-to" recipe for chocolate cupcakes and birthday cakes. In fact, I've pretty much stopped trying other chocolate cake recipes because this one is so good and everyone loves it!