Tropical Strawberry Muffins (with recipe)

I put this recipe together yesterday when I had leftover pineapple juice in the fridge and a fresh carton of strawberries. These are light and fruity and a bit on the sweet side, so I don’t know if that makes them more cupcake-y than muffin-y, but they don’t need icing so I’m calling them muffins.

Cupcakes/Muffins #12, 13, 14, 15

So I’ve decided to cheat with my 52 Cupcakes goal by letting muffins qualify. They’re pretty much the same thing except less sugary. I’ve been trying to eat breakfast everyday but the only way that happens is if I can grab something on the way out the door and eat it while waiting for the […]

Cupcake #11: Raspberry Lemonaide

A couple of weeks ago I decided to celebrate the last of summer by making a drinks inspired cupcake recipe from the Better Homes and Gardens Cupcake magazine,. The magazine has been resting on my coffee table since the middle of June, taunting me with its glossy photos of cupcakes covered with swirly coloured icing and fancy long-stemmed cherry garnishes. From the […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract: Part 1

A few months back, a friend of mine became very excited about vanilla beans and sent me a link with instructions for making vanilla extract. I decided immediately that I would have to make it. If you’re a fellow baker, then you already know how often vanilla extract is called for in recipes and how expensive […]

Cupcake # 7: Coffee with creme filling

If you are anything like me, you need your coffee in the morning. Maybe you brew it at home, or maybe you like to pick it up at the Tim Horton’s drive-through, or perhaps you’re lucky enough to have good quality coffee available for free at your workplace. Whatever your method of aquiring it, you […]

Cupcake #6: Rainbow

I don’t know about my fellow Ontarians, but I am sick to death of these endless grey skies and rainy days. I keep hoping to see a rainbow outside (haven’t seen one yet) and then finally I thought to myself, you know what, I am going to just make a rainbow in my kitchen. And what […]

Cupcake #5: Berry Vanilla

Spring is here with its warm breezes, blue skies and shoots of green poking through the earth. The emergence of sunlight and shedding of winter coats has a certain abandon to it, like breathing fresh air for the first time in months. It puts me in the mood for a cupcake that is cheerful and […]

Cupcake #4: Chocolate Raspberry

I was inspired to bake these cupcakes when I first started reading about food science in this awesome huge book which explains the basics of food chemistry. When I found the chart outlining basic ingredients necessary for cupcake baking, I immediately thought about Veganomicon’s chewy chocolate raspberry cookies recipe that I am in love with. I was curious to see how that flavour […]