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As the home to over 200 cupcake recipes, Cupcake Project has become an encyclopedia of what the cupcake can become. Stef’s cupcakes range from basic and brilliant (like the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake) to downright bizarre (Cupcakewurst).
Cupcake Project features more than just cupcakes. You’ll find cupcakes, of course, but also other desserts treats and savory dishes, ingredient and..
I’m not a tidy person. I have no idea what is at the bottom of the pile on my desk. Is it a receipt for something I bought three years ago? Could be. My natural inclination is to make mounds of things and only excavate if absolutely needed.
Virginie Wiggins is back to share her pomegranate tartlets recipe. Not only did she write this post and let me try her delicious tartlets, but she let Myles play at her house with her boys while Jonathan took photos of the tartlets. She’s the best! I hope you love her tartlets as much as I do.
I am a bit of a health freak. And, here I am posting on Cupcake Project, baking blog, epicurean heaven. I don’t think the two are incompatible. To me, chocolate = magnesium. Custard = proteins. Fruit tarts = vitamin C. Yes, eating dessert can make you healthier!
Pavlova may seem like a fancy dessert, but as Niche Food Group pastry chef Sarah Osborn showed me, it is incredibly simple.
I reached out to Sarah to share one of her best Valentine’s Day dessert suggestions that people could easily make at home. When she suggested a pavlova, I got really excited. I had never made one and I wanted to learn her secrets.
When I used to think of bonbons, I imagined someone lounging around, leading a life of leisure with a French poodle, a glass of wine, and chocolate. I would have been hard-pressed to tell you exactly what a bonbon was and I certainly couldn’t have told you how bonbons were made or that it was possible to make them at home!
I spend far more time than the average human being looking at desserts on Instagram. Last year, I started to see mirror glaze cakes popping up all over the place. The glaze is poured over the cake and dries super fast into a shiny surface so mirror-like that you could use it instead of your cell phone camera to check for gunk in your teeth.
Here’s an example of one of the many mirror glaze cakes that I’ve shared on Instagram. This one is from @ksenia.penkina.
I baked this vanilla and strawberry mousse layer cake with my friend, Julia, because we wanted to use it as a canvas for a mirror glaze (more on that in my next post). What I found was that the cake looked beautiful even without the glaze, the fresh strawberry smell was intoxicating, and the taste was heavenly. This is a cake that can be finished with a mirror glaze, but certainly doesn’t demand one.
As with any layer cake, this vanilla and strawberry mousse layer cake requires more work than a basic dump cake, but unlike most layer cakes, this one is assembled upside down inside a cake pan so you don’t need to worry about the cake being crooked or lopsided. And, because the layers are all covered on the outside by the mousse, you can relax a little bit about getting them completely even.
Martine Lleonart has created the cutest little hedgehog cookies!! In this guest post, she shows you how to dress them up for Christmas. Hopefully, it inspires you to create your own versions for other occasions as well.
These adorable little shortbread hedgehogs are deceptively easy to make, but they pack a big punch. I recently took a batch of them to an end-of-year school event and I was literally stopped in my tracks as I carried them into the school by people who wanted a closer look.
I don’t always get a chance to make the recipes from my contributors, but I really wanted to make Jessie Sheehan‘s eggnog icebox cake. I had never made an icebox cake before (if you haven’t either, you should read her introductory post on icebox cakes) and Jessie’s seemed like a great cake to start with. It came together so easily, it was fun to see the cookies magically transform into cake, and the taste was phenomenal. I could go on, but I’ll let Jessie tell you more about it.
Eggnog and chocolate are a match made in icebox cake heaven.
When Jessie Sheehan approached me about contributing to this blog, I knew that I wanted her to talk about icebox cakes. I didn’t have a single icebox cake recipe here and she literally wrote the book on icebox cakes! In this post, Jessie tells you everything you need to know about icebox cakes – including the fact that they aren’t just for summertime. In the next post, she’ll share a recipe for a super easy holiday icebox cake and I’ll share my experience making it in a fun video!