Sweetened condensed milk cupcakes: lessons learned

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When Sam asked me to bake something for dessert last night, I begged off. Alex chimed in, they really wanted something sweet, but I spent a long time preparing lunch (two sets -- vegetarian and non-vegetarian), and I was exhausted physically and mentally. I told them that I only had enough reserve energy to prepare dinner.Their response surprised me. They said we … [Read more...]

Chocolate cupcakes with crème brûlée frosting


Chocolate AND custard. Plus a little crunch from the caramelized sugar on top. Can you imagine? It's not a new idea. If you Google "crème brûlée cupcakes", you'll get quite a number of pages in the result. Most, however, use yellow or vanilla batter for the cupcakes. Why did I go chocolate? I was inspired by a photo on Bakers Royale. I won't prolong the suspense as too … [Read more...]

Jam-filled cupcakes

Jam-filled cupcakes

My girls love cupcakes so I bake when they're home on weekends. Seems to be the only practical time to do it anyway. A cupcake recipe usually yields eight to 12 cupcakes which are too much for Speedy and myself. But when everyone's home, eight to 12 cupcakes are rarely too much.Last night, I was baking butter cupcakes with vanilla streusel topping when I realized that … [Read more...]

Banana walnut cupcakes


There is a banana walnut cake recipe in the archive but this is not the cupcake version of that recipe. This is an entirely new recipe and I like this better because the cake is softer and more moist. The walnuts were not stirred into the cupcake batter but sprinkled on top before baking. That's because my daughters aren't fans of walnuts so they had the option of just … [Read more...]

Mid-afternoon snack


The day my brother found out I was getting married, the first thing he told our mother was to hire a cook. That was how much he was going to miss me. After that, whenever we get together, I make sure that I feed him well. He and his family were in the house yesterday and these were what we had for our mid-afternoon snack -- self-frosting cupcakes. … [Read more...]