A couple weeks ago I signed up to participate in my friend Jessica (aka Jesstagirl), of Jessica Lynn Writes, Bake-N-Blog. Idea was to get a bunch of blogger to bake a cupcake from Ming Makes Cupcakes and all blog about it on the same day.
I signed up to make Cupcake No. 1…
And, I planned on baking it this past Sunday. The same weekend I also volunteered to make my sister’s birthday cake, a post for another day. Needless to say, there was a LOT of baking going down in my kitchen this weekend.
I signed up for the Bake-N-Blog because A) it sounded fun and B) I promised my CAD class I’d bring cupcakes on the first day of class. “A” keep me honest for “B” and vice versa.
Confession: I didn’t take pictures of my cupcake baking process, a la Pioneer Woman, as instructed by Jessica. Honestly, I forgot. Even more honestly, I had a cake baking disaster the day before with my sister’s birthday cake and I was afraid of any distractions.
If you read my blog regularly, you’ve probably noticed I can never follow a recipe exactly. I always need to switch it up somehow. So, here is a picture of my cupcakes right before I added my own twist…
Here’s the thing, the cake I baked the day before for my sister called for Mascarpone icing. WAY more mascarpone icing than I ended up needing. I felt badly wasting all that mascarpone cheese and sugar AND using cream cheese and more sugar to make Ming’s icing. You see where this is going, huh? Yes, I used the icing from the other cake. It was equally tasty AND kinda “green” of me. Also, instead of adding cocoa powder I grated dark chocolate into the icing and mixed it in. It gave the icing a bit of texture and added flavor.
On top of each cupcake as placed 3 Espresso Pillows from Trader Joe's.
Are you interested in the cupcakes the other bloggers baked? Check out Jessica’s blog for links to their posts.
Thank you Jessica for hosting this Bake-N-Blog!
P.S. These cupcake were a BIG hit with my class. They are super moist (may have helped that I used heavy cream instead of milk) and not too chocolatey.