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CUPCAKES!!!

Y’all. I love cupcakes! They’ll never go out of style for me. A few months back I made some simple vanilla cakes and several different kinds of icing/topping. Take a look!

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Pretty straight-forward: Vanilla with choco-chunks on the left, vanilla with strawberry jam on the right.

 

 

I guess I just thought it would be an interesting way to think about how toppings can really transform a baked good, especially a cupcake.

 

 

Buzzworthy! Coffee, two ways: Vanilla coffee on the left, chocolate coffee on the right. Both topped with my own chocolate-dipped coffee beans.
Buzzworthy! Coffee, two ways: Vanilla coffee on the left, chocolate coffee on the right. Both topped with my own chocolate-dipped coffee beans

 

 

 

I also wanted to play a lot with chocolate vs. vanilla. I’ve never understood how vanilla has come to mean “plain” or “generic”…

 

 

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Just for show: Marzipan flowers on the left, purple sprinkles on the right.

 

 

Of course, I also wanted to think about presentation. How much of what we enjoy about food is the way it looks? I love trying to make my baked things pretty, but I have a looong way to go!

 

 

Unexpected twists: Mint on the left, orange swirl on the right.
Unexpected twists: Mint on the left, orange swirl on the right.

 

 

I’m really a lover of citrus or mint sneaking into a baked good. It’s somewhat unexpected, but still classic.

 

 

 

Going global? Toasted coconut on the left, cinnamon and ginger on the right.
Going global? Toasted coconut on the left, cinnamon and ginger on the right.

 

It wasn’t until I was a vegan that I really started being open-minded and experimental with flavors. Seriously, Asia has A LOT figured out, namely that coconut and cinnamon belong in almost everything.

 

Trust what you know: Classic vanilla bean and chocolate with marshmallows and choco-ribbons.
Trust what you know: Classic vanilla bean and chocolate with marshmallows and choco-ribbons.

 

 

 

 

In the end, sometimes you can’t go wrong with what you loved as a kid. Whether simple or dramatic, a tasty cupcake is a tasty cupcake.

 

 

 

So, I think I learned a lot from my little experiment. Plus, it was fun and rewarding. What’s your favorite kind of cupcake? If you had a blank canvas, what kind of cupcake story (to borrow a very Korean turn of phrase) would you paint?

 

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