One of the beneficial things of the past year has been my new found baking obsession. It is a coping mechanism, a creative outlet, and a happy place for me to be when things aren't going my way. I've found I love making cupcakes! Cupcakes bring a smile to my face as well as to the faces of those who eat them. My husband and I were recently visiting my family is Washington state and because we don't live close to them, I wanted to make a few cupcakes for them to enjoy while I was home. So I made cupcakes to end 2010 and to begin 2011.
First was a new red velvet cupcake recipe. It turned out to be a great recipe. And because of that, I have to keep the recipe to myself. Sorry friends, a baker has to keep some secrets to herself sometimes! I made 28 of these cupcakes and my brother at 15 of them himself, all in about 30 hours. I guess that meant he liked them!
|Red velvet cupcakes with cinnamon frosting|
Next, for New Years Eve, my good friend and I made chocolate cupcakes, half with peanut butter frosting and half with espresso frosting. The peanut butter frosting recipe is already posted here: Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes and sadly, the espresso frosting wasn't as good as I had hoped. So the search is on for a good coffee/espresso frosting recipe!
|Chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting|
|Chocolate cupcake with espresso frosting|