July 16, 2018

 

Bacon Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes

Bacon Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes 

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Every July my dad's side of the family has a family reunion.  It's held at the same park every year.  The big covered area full of picnic tables with a grill near by is reserved.  There's a horse shoe pit right next to the covered area where my dad and his male cousins play a few games and  Eagle creek runs through the park where all the kids like to go down and cool off in it. 

There's always SO much food brought that I never know what to bring. I thought about bringing cupcakes.  If you've been following Fizzy Party for any length of time you know I love to bake cupcakes. Plus I had family who was going to the reunion tell  me I should bring cupcakes.  Only reason I hesitated was because it was going to be  hot that day and the park is an hours drive from our house. All the frosting would be melted down the sides of the cupcakes by the time we arrived.  

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The morning of the reunion I still had no idea what I was going to bring.  Yes, you'd think being the party person I am I would have had that figured out the day I received the reminder email about the reunion.  I'm not kidding though when I say there is SO. Much. Food. So my mind goes blank on what to bring.  I hit the grocery store first thing in the morning and decided what the heck, I love making cupcakes, I'm known for my cupcakes, so I'm bringing cupcakes.  I took care of the frosting issue by putting it in a container and than inside the cooler on ice.  I would just frost the cupcakes once I arrived at the park.  Problem solved! 

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I had a hard time picking which cupcakes I wanted to make but I finally decided on Georgetown Cupcakes   Bacon Blueberry Pancake cupcakes from their book The Cupcake Diaries.  They sounded delicious.  I mean, bacon is in the title of the recipe.  

Bacon-Blueberry-Cupcakes

Blueberries and bacon are mixed into the batter along with some maple syrup.  Sounds pancakey already doesn't it ;)  The cupcakes are than topped with maple cream cheese frosting.  Mmmmm
I added fresh blueberries on top.  As always I added more blueberries than the recipe called for.  People don't eat enough fruit so I'm just helping people out ;) hee hee

My mom said they are more of a savory cupcake and she's right.  Even though there is sweetness from the maple syrup and cream cheese, the bacon and blueberries cuts the sweetness.  I didn't get a chance to ask any of the other family members there what they thought but all 12 were gone. Woo Hoo!! 

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July 9, 2018

 

Red White and Blueberry Cupcakes

Red White and Blueberry Cupcakes 

Red White and Blueberry cupcakes

Baking cupcakes is something I enjoy doing.  I have no formal training, unless you count that Home Ec class I took in high-school, or was it Jr. High?   I can't walk into the kitchen and whip up cupcakes without a recipe.  As much as my man thinks I should be on Cupcake Wars , I couldn't do it.  I can and I do tweak cupcake recipes and when I find a cupcake that sounds delicious at a bakery I can't get to, I can combine recipes to recreate it. But I can't bake from scratch with no recipe. 

This is just what I did with The White Rabbit Bakery July seasonal flavor, Red, White and Blueberry. Their cupcake is a vanilla cake with blueberries baked into the batter. Topped with vanilla buttercream and strawberry compote. 

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I tweaked their seasonal flavor a little.  I made vanilla cake mix and loaded it with blueberries.  I like A LOT of berries in my cake batter, I always add more than what the recipes call for.  I like people to get berries in every bite and it makes the cupcakes healthy right ;) 

While the cupcakes cooled I made the strawberry compote.  White Rabbit Bakery 's description sounds like the strawberry compote is mixed into the buttercream frosting. I used the compote as a filling.  So each bite of the cupcake you got blueberries and strawberries.  I then topped the cupcakes with vanilla buttercream.  

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Besides enjoying baking and eating the cupcakes, I love the reaction I get from my friends when I tell them about the cupcakes I baked.  They always ask me to bring them into work.  The day I had made these red, white and blueberry cupcakes my friend came by the house for a visit.  I described the cupcakes and asked her if she wanted one and she immediately said, YES please! 

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Every time I bring cupcakes to work that I baked my co-workers tell me I need to sell them.  I even had a friend ask me out of the blue one day, "Do you think you would enjoy baking every day?" When I asked her why she wouldn't elaborate but I could tell from the look on her face there was more to her question than she was letting on. 

I don't think I'd enjoy baking every thing, but I would enjoy baking cupcakes.  Maybe when I'm done with my day job I'll open Fizzy Party's Cupcakes.  I'd be a home baker. I wouldn't want a brick and mortar shop. I'd offer weekly or maybe monthly flavors.  Probably weekly because there's so many flavors I want to bake.  I'd only offer cupcakes, no cakes. 

Yep, I've kind of put some thought into it.  The idea is in the back of my brain, just in case I ever decide to pursue it. 

If these cupcakes sounded good to you, check out last month's seasonal flavor from White Rabbit Bakery that I recreated.  Raspberry Lemonade. 

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June 25, 2018

 

Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes


Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes 

Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes on FizzyParty.com

A few months ago we visited the White Rabbit Bakery in Aurora, Oregon.  I had tried their seasonal flavor which at that time was the Apple Irish Cream.   It was so good and I'm not an apple fan, that I had to look up what the seasonal flavors were for the other months.  For June the seasonal flavor was The Marion County- vanilla cake, with marionberries baked in the batter, filled with lemon curd and frosted with vanilla buttercream.  It sounded delicious and I wanted to go try it.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to get down to the bakery to try it. Sooo, I decided to try and make my own. 

Raspberry Lemon cupcakes

I cheated a little and picked up a vanilla cake mix instead of making it from scratch.  I didn't have any marionberries so I substituted raspberries.  I mixed up the box cake mix, sifting it so it would be smooth when I mixed in the water, eggs and oil.  Once the cake mix was all mixed up I added the raspberries. I was very generous with the raspberries. 


Summer cupcakes- Raspberry Lemon

Once the cupcakes cooled after baking I made the vanilla buttercream.  I used a few tips I found from a professional baker and it made a big difference in how the buttercream came out. I used the whisk attachment in my mixer, sifted all the confectioners sugar and added the confectioners sugar in a spoonful at a time instead of dumping it in. 

Before frosting the cupcakes I scooped out the middle, filled the cupcakes with lemon curd and than frosted them.  I used the Wilton 2D tip to frost the cupcakes, grated some lemon rind over the cupcakes and topped with a fresh raspberry. 


Raspberry Lemon homemade Cupcakes

These cupcakes turned out pretty darn good.  I thought I had put a little too much lemon curd in the middle, I tend to be generous when I fill my cupcakes, but my husband said they were really good.  He didn't think I put too much lemon curd in.  In fact, he had two! Woo hoo! I love when I have a cupcake success. 

If you make these cupcakes leave a comment and let me know. 

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