Saturday, October 1, 2011

Charm City Cupcake Camp

Last weekend I took part of a wonderful event called cupcake camp. It took place at the oh-so-stylish Blue Hill Tavern in Baltimore, Maryland. Participants brought cupcakes of all types. My favorite cupcake was a mini cupcake that had blueberry cake, maple frosting, and a piece of bacon on top (pictured below). Yes, bacon. Don't doubt it yet. It tasted like a blueberry pancake with maple syrup with a little bit of bacon in there. Fabulous. Breakfast in a cupcake. In fact, I believe it won best taste. Which leads me to the competition part of the event. Of course, I entered. The cupcakes I baked (in order from left to right, front to back, pictured above) were Chocolate Caramel Pretzel, Mexican Thanksgiving, S'mores Remix, and Apple Cider. (Descriptions of cupcakes can be found under the "creations" tab.) The categories for the competition included best taste, best use of seasonal ingredients, most unique, and best decorated. And guess what? I won!! My Mexican Thanksgiving cupcake won best use of seasonal ingredients! How amazing. I was so excited to be a part of an amazing event and win one of the categories. I am looking forward to attending again next year!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

For Adults Only

I got the inspiration for these by flipping through a drink menu at a restaurant. The combination of Baileys, chocolate and caramel intrigued me. Of course, I took this inspiration and transformed it into a cupcake. I recreated the drink by baking chocolate cake filled with chocolate caramel ganache topped with Baileys buttercream and drizzled with caramel. These were a perfect mid work day treat.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fall is almost here!

I love fall. After my birthday hits (August 17th by the way) I am so ready for fall to arrive. In anticipation of my favorite season I created wonderful apple cider cupcakes. The cake is a mulling spice cake (all of the yummy spices in apple cider) filled with apple compote (similar to baked apples) topped with cream cheese icing dusted with cinnamon. Delicious!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Take that Ferrero Rocher

Everybody love those delicious truffles we get from our loved ones during the holidays. They have the perfect combination of sweet crunchy nutty. So do these cupcakes. Ive taken chocolate cake and filled it with Nutella ganache and finished it with chocolate mousse covered in walnut pieces.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Starbucks in a cupcake

One of my favorite drinks from Starbucks is a venti soy no whip cinnamon dulce latte. Well, of course, I decided to take one of my favorite things and transform it into a cupcake. So here's the Scooter's Cupcake twist on a venti soy no whip cinnamon dulce latte. Angel food cake topped with cinnamon buttercream and a dulce de leche drizzle...expect more cupcakes with angel food, it is absolutely heavenly!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sweet summertime

When I think of summer I think of popsicles, fireworks, fishing, and the beach. Since I couldn't put fireworks, fishing, or the beach into a cupcake I picked popsicles. Dreamsicles to be precise. These little delights have orange cake filled with vanilla pastry creme and topped with homemade marshmallow fluff and a candy orange slice.
The next best thing about summer is all the perfect pastries you get to eat a the numerous picnics you'll attend. One of my favorite pastries is a Boston creme pie. So, of course, I took my favorite doughnut and turned it into a cupcake. I crafted these out of vanilla cake filled with vanilla pastry creme. Topped them all off with vanilla buttercream dipped in chocolate ganache. These were fantastic. The only thing better than a Boston creme pie is a Boston creme cupcake.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter Yinz....or Y'all if you're from the south.

Of course I made carrot cake cupcakes for Easter! Traditional carrot cake cupcakes with actual carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, and garnished with sliced almonds and a royal icing carrot. I must admit, I had some help on these cupcakes. My boyfriend Jonathan made the orange part of the carrots and I made the grass. Nonetheless, these ended up amazing. And all of my family is here to celebrate Easter. Cupcakes + family + Penguins game (even though we lost today) = great weekend.