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The Best Cupcakes I Have Ever Made

A long time ago, I saw this picture of a cupcake:

chocolate-coffee cupcake with mocha ganache and mascarpone cream

A mocha cupcake with mocha ganache and mascarpone cream. And I decided that I must make that cupcake. But it’s quite an involved cupcake, one that I needed a worthy occasion.  Clearly, my birthday was just such an occasion. So, on Monday night I embarked on an epic journey of cupcake, ganache and mascarpone cream making. It took me most of the night – no doubt this was not helped by the fact that I was chatting online at the same time – and I had a near catastrophe when I put the first batch1 of cupcakes into the oven before the oven was preheated. Thankfully, the cupcakes baked just fine, despite their premature entry into the oven.

In the picture that I’d originally seen (above), the cupcakes were baked espresso cups – the idea being that it would look like a coffee with foam on top. Very cute.  But could I find little paper espresso cups ANYWHERE??  No, of course not. So I decided to just make mine regular cupcake style2

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Since I love to bake and I work in an office with people who love to eat, I often bring my baked goods to work, which allows me to enjoy baking without having to eat 30 cupcakes in one sitting. And generally when I bring baked goods to work, I get a lot of compliments. But the reaction to these cupcakes was above and beyond anything I’ve seen before.  You know that thing that people do when they are eating exquisitely delicious food and they instinctively close their eyes to savour it?  They were doing that. People were raving about these cupcakes for *days*. A few people told me that I should open a bakery. And several people asked for the recipe and then after I gave it to them, they said, “oh my god, these are complicated!”

For those interested, you can find the recipe for these cupcakes here. You should note that the recipe made about twice as much mascarpone cream than I needed for thirty cupcakes – which, if I’d thought about it, should have been obvious. I mean, two cups of mascarpone cheese plus two cups of whipping cream (that’s two cups *before* it’s even whipped!) was obviously going to make a hell of a lot of cream!  In fact, I still have a container full of it in my fridge! So I’d recommend only making about half of what it calls for. And given that mascarpone cream is ungodly expensive, so only having to buy half as much = win!

Image Credit: First picture of the cupcake was posted by chotda on Flickr. The other picture is by me!

  1. the recipe makes 30 cupcakes and I only have 24 cupcakes worth of space in my muffin tins, so I had to bake them in two batches []
  2. if anyone knows where I can buy little paper espresso cups in the Greater Vancouver area, let me know! These cupcakes were such a hit I will definitely be making them again. []

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#13 – ZOMG, Sarah, we HAVE to try this!

So, I was searching Flickr for a photo to go with my last posting and when I typed in “101 in 1001” under the Creative Commons-licensed photo search, this was the first hit:

dark and stormy cupcake by cuttlefish.

A friggin’ Dark & Stormy cupcake!!

Apparently Lauren, a.k.a. cuttlefish, had on her 101 in 1001 days list: invent a bitchin’ cupcake recipe.  And this was her creation and she tagged it “101 in 1001” and that is how I find it.  And now I want to eat it.

Some background: Sarah introduced me to the deliciousness that is the Dark & Stormy – a drink made of dark rum, ginger beer and, I believe, lime juice.  She and Dave first tried it on a Carribbean cruise they went on. We tried to make them in Calgary but the ginger beer we got was fierce so we dubbed those the “Dark & Burny.” Undrinkable, they were.  But Sarah and I had some at The Reef one time when she was visiting (which I totally thought I had a photo of but can’t seem to find in my Flickr. *curses self for not tagging Flickr photos properly*). So. Delish.

The recipe for these is here. Seriously, Sar, we must, must make these at the next available opportunity!

Update: So, as Sarah notes in the comments section, the reason I couldn’t find the photos of us in the my Flickr is because she took those photos on her camera!  She sent them to me, so here they are:

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Image credits:

Photos of Sarah & I enjoying our D&Ss at The Reef are courtesy of Sarah. Posted on my Flickr)

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999 for 32

Today is my birthday.  But you knew that.

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This is what a photo of a cake looks like when you take the photo upside down and then you flip it upside right. This cake was delicious.

Despite what Kalev was trying to get people to believe, I turned 32 today. Or 29 for the 4th time.  Or my double sweet 16.  I celebrated my day by playing a game of hockey1 and watching the two hour season premiere of 24.  Which was much better than the 24 movie, thank the FSM.  Also – Tod made me a delicious dinner.  And I ate cupcakes that Rachel gave me.  Mmmm, cupcakes.

Coincidentally2, this is my 999th blog posting.  That’s a lot of frickin’ blog postings.

1in which we got slaughtered. But that’s neither here nor there.
2Seriously, I didn’t arrange that on purpose. It just sort of happened that way.