Tropical Strawberry Muffins (with recipe)

Tropical Strawberry Muffins

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.

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Cupcakes/Muffins #12, 13, 14, 15

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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 elevator (or perhaps while running […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract: UPDATE (part 2 of 2)

DIY Flavourings, Fermented Food, and Other Fun Stuff

Some of you may remember my first post about homemade vanilla extract from June in which I split 2 vanilla beans down the middle, added them to 3/4 cup of vodka, and set the mixture aside. It has been a little over two months since then, which means it is time for a check in. Comparing my experiment to pure vanilla extract from the store seems the […]

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Cupcake #11: Raspberry Lemonaide

Raspberry Lemonaide Cupcakes

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 moment I picked the magazine […]

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Cupcakes # 8, 9, 10: Almond-Apricot, Coconut-Lychee, Pineapple-Rightside-Up

Almond-Apricot Cupcake Filling

So I haven’t been baking as much as usual lately, probably due to the heat of summer, being busy with work and maybe just a bit of general laziness. When I do manage to open the bottom drawer of the stove to take out my dull and rusting cupcake pan, I find myself drawn towards fruit. I love fruit, yet I haven’t tried […]

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Homemade Vanilla Extract: Part 1

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 it is to buy the […]

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Cupcake # 7: Coffee with creme filling

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 need it. No matter what. […]

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Cupcake #5: Berry Vanilla

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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 refreshing. The berry vanilla cupcake […]

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