Earl Grey Mini-Cupcakes with Lemon Frosting (aka Happy Start to Kat’s Cupcake Week!)

Hello readers!

It’s the start to my own personal cupcake week! (or mini-cupcake week)

A colleague of mine is having a brunch coming up and hired me to make some mini-cupcakes for the event, so starting today I get to have a few different mini cupcake posts!

I ran into this woman when I was getting my hair cut, and what she requested for the cupcakes was something that was not “pedestrian” – something unique and delicious.  So I came up with a bunch of suggestions, and she selected four that she and her sister liked best.  One is a recipe I’ve made and absolutely love, one is a recipe that I’ve made before and am improving on, one is a cake recipe I’ve made and I’m turning into cupcakes, and one is brand spankin’ new!

My brand new recipe is something that sounded interesting and very different – Earl Grey cupcakes with a lemon frosting.  Personally, I’m  not a tea fan – I like peppermint, mint, and then I switch to coffee.  But the idea of a tea cupcake just sounded so appropriate for a brunch, I couldn’t not include it in my list of recommendations.

This cupcake ended up oddly delicious – it almost tasted like a light lemon poppyseed cake.  The tea flavor doesn’t come out until the very end, as a subtle lemony-floral aftertaste.   Continue reading

In Honor of Kate & Wills: Scones, Clotted Cream, and Lemon Curd

Happy Royal Wedding Day! 🙂 🙂

I was one of those suckers who got up today at 4.30 to make sure that I got to watch as much coverage of the royal wedding as possible (after going to bed around midnight last night after school).  But honestly, it was SO well worth it.  Although now I’m hyped up on coffee and probably will not calm down for about 2 days. **sigh** 

(I also did not take very many pictures, given that I was running back forth from the kitchen to the living room while making the dough… but oh well!)

Last night before bed, I decided to make lemon curd and Devonshire cream (or a makeshift clotted cream), along with some scones to celebrate.  I’m really not entirely crazy – but all of these recipes are incredibly simple, so I figured that I would have no problem getting all of this done (and I didn’t!).  The clotted cream was ridiculously easy to make (basically dump it all in a mixer and whip until done), but the lemon curd was a little trickier.  I was supposed to make it in a double boiler, but alas, I gave mine back to my mom after never using it, so I had to make it similarly to an anglaise, directly over the heat. Continue reading

Cakes From the Past

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Even though these aren’t cakes that I’ve baked recently, I thought it would be fun to include them here – these are all the cakes I’ve made in the past couple quarters at school. Strawberry Bavarian Cream Dobos Torte Tiramisu – … Continue reading