September 29, 2011 § 4 Comments
Now let’s celebrate the talent and ingenuity of some other bakers in an area that I have always struggled with: cupcakes! The cupcake is no longer just a “cookie-cutter” (pardon my pun) dessert with only one way to make it. People are getting crazy and creative with the recipes they are coming up with. Although I am partial to my grandmother’s cupcakes (a personalized version of Jiffy devil’s food cake and homemade chocolate frosting), I have been blown away by what others have concocted.
After spending over a year in Nashville, I finally made the trip to Gigi’s Cupcakes this past Saturday. I had heard about it numerous times and decided it was time to go. I am a chocolate lover through and through, so I was determined to get a traditional chocolate-on-chocolate cupcake. No exceptions. I underestimated Gigi’s; the only thing I love as much as chocolate is bacon. So what do I see in the middle of the cupcake display? A Canadian Maple cupcake with bacon baked into the cake and bacon bits sprinkled on top of the maple frosting. Heaven. It was honestly one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted. Some of the other inventive flavors were Hot Chocolate, Birthday Surprise and Champagne.
A large portion of my baking inspirations come from Pinterest, a website for anyone to post or “re-pin” recipes and creations. I urge any of you adventurous or curious bakers to check out the Food & Drink page for some awesome ideas. I’ve come across an Ande’s Mint Cupcake originally from Your Cup of Cake, a Mocha Cupcake with espresso icing from Brown Eyed Baker and a S’more Cupcake from Simply Pix. There are tons of other recipes I can’t wait to try!
What cupcake inventions have you tried or come up with yourself?