Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Razzle Dazzle Cupcakes

This summer, I signed up for a few single cooking classes through Bon Vivant...tonight's class was the first: all about cupcakes.  Oh, swoon.

Suzanne Hunter was fantastic. Over the course of three-ish hours, we made eight different cupcakes with nine frostings/ganache/glazes.

And guess which one was the first that I was assigned?

Lemon meringue cupcakes.   With a lemon curd filling and the lightest-ever lemony meringue frosting.  Surprisingly -- lower in fat as well!

I was in heaven.

See my cupcake, sliced down the middle?  You can see the curd inside. 

I learned a great deal -- and my favorite surprise?  There's a cupcake size that I didn't know about!  I have pans for a mini, standard and jumbo cupcake.  But there's a "small" size, in between mini & standard, that's just the perfect size!  Not too big, not too tiny, but just right.  I'm on the hunt now for a "small cupcake pan".

I did win the "Wife of the Week Award" because I brought home all my cupcakes to share over breakfast with Jonathan.  The only one that didn't make it was the banana rum cupcake -- one version with banana chocolate buttercream, one version with a banana chocolate whipped cream.

The seven remaining below are (clockwise from the top):
  • lemon meringue
  • red velvet with a vanilla buttercream frosting
  • chocolate with a salted caramel filling
  • pineapple with a coconut frosting
  • vanilla & raspberry with a chocolate buttercream
  • carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting
  • (in the middle) flourless chocolate toasted hazelnut with a chocolate glaze

Classes and calzones and celebrating tomatoes.  Just in time for my tomatoes in the garden!

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