TWD: Limoncello Cupcakes

I made these limoncello cupcakes for Easter and they could not have been more appropriate for a dessert on a spring evening! Even better- the leftovers were just as tasty the next day! I enjoy limoncello and was happy to have a good excuse to buy it and store it in our freezer for upcoming warm evenings 🙂

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I’m generally not a huge cupcake fan but would happily add these to a regular baking rotation. They were light and full of flavor and my friend Roxanne (aka The Cake Engineer) , gave me tip to use a fork to poke tiny holes into the cupcake before soaking it with syrup. Good idea! I’ll definitely do that the next time which will probably keep the cupcake liners from getting sticky from the syrup running down the sides. Either way, what a yummy cupcake!

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I piped out the frosting and Dorie was correct, next time I’ll double the frosting so each cupcake gets some love. 🙂

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Black Bottom Cupcakes

Black Bottom Cupcakes

Just like everything else that has chocolate, these were delicious! (or so I heard!)

For my attempt at the black bottom cupcakes I omitted goat cheese in favor of cream cheese (hey, I already had it in the fridge) 🙂 I wasn’t sure how the cream cheese topping would be after spending some time in the oven (I was afraid that it was just going to be a gooey mess) so I also made a few cupcakes plain. The verdict? My husband favored the cream cheese cupcakes hands down- loved the flavor!

I’m looking forward to making these cupcakes again so that I can really enjoy them! This time I ended up squeezing them in during my dairy-vacation before my doctor visit this week. Doh!

Thanks for the pick!!

Kneady Chefs: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

 

Red Velvet Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcake

The inaugural selection of the Kneady Chefs baking club this month was red velvet cake. Finding a recipe in all of my cookbooks turned out to be more difficult than I thought! Given that it is a traditional southern dessert I had success with Paula Deen! I ended up nixing both of the Paula Deen recipes (16 serving cakes are just too much for the two of us) and opted for cupcakes instead (easier to eat and easier to share!)! 

 

The recipe that I ended up selecting was red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski. After starting the recipe I found one glaring error. No mention in the recipe directions of when to use that single room temperature egg that was included in the list of ingredients. Proof-reader missed that one!

Yummy!

Yummy!

These cupcakes turned out beautifully! The texture of the cake was perfect and the icing had such a guilty taste! They were so good that Joe was taking 2 a day to work 🙂 I’ll definitely make these again, so glad the first choice of the group was red velvet because I might never have tried them otherwise!