I had a stressful day at work. PLUS we got the syllabus for our online masters program today and I was feeling beyond overwhelmed. The cure? BAKING CUPCAKES! It did help and the results were delicious. We also knocked our introductory class out of the park- so I’m feeling relieved.
I was going to make carrot cupcakes, but I didn’t feel right not making something fruity (since it is still summer after all). A friend suggested something with strawberry…. The result? Whipped lemon buttercream frosting on top of a moist lemon cake. Hiding inside? Strawberry filling .
As promised, I have posted a sequence of pictures of what it looks like once you have taken the little chunk out of your cupcake… The cone method.
Cut a hole (slanting your knife in- like you were cutting a cone)
Scoop out the little chunk.
Spoon in your filling
I was all chocolated out after 2 weeks of chocolate cupcake testing! When asking the boyfriend what I should try next, he said Key Lime…. Okay! I was pleasantly surprised after making these cupcakes. Their texture was fantastic: fluffy, moist, but not cakey. The cupcake itself has a very light lime flavor, but the filling is like an explosion of lime. I balanced it off with vanilla buttercream frosting. I’m bringing a few to school tomorrow (after all, most of us are back setting up our classrooms and could use a little treat) and I’m sending a few with the boyfriend (I’m all out of boxes, so I’m sending them in a little Sterilite container. He’s embarrassed that you can see through to the cupcakes. Silly.).
A friend had been talking about coconut and raspberries the other day. Sounds delicious, right? It was her birthday today, so I thought I’d make a cupcake that would incorporate her two favorites. The result: An absolutely delicious cupcake that tasted almost like a twinkie (which I have craved since going GF). It is the boyfriend‘s new favorite (and mine too)!
Oh yeah, the friend’s response: YOUR CUPCAKES WERE SPECTACULAR! Her words. Not mine! 🙂