Jackfruit, Banana, and Peanut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have heard of Jackfruit. After all, I do live in San Francisco and get exposed to a variety of “exotic” ingredients. This was, however, my first time tasting it and to be honest, I am not sure how to describe it. I am told that I need to try the real (fresh) jackfruit as […]

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cupcake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting

I was simply in the mood for something simple. I figured it was a good time to start working on what I hope to become my favorite old-fashioned chocolate cupcake recipe. I already have a rich chocolate cupcake recipe I love that I have used a lot this past year, but sometimes I want something […]

Lemongrass Cupcakes with Lemongrass-Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Having worked with lemongrass before, in Thai curries and soups, I knew I would have to coax the flavor out of these tough, little stalks. The key, I found, was to search out the freshest specimens possible and peel away the tough outer skin. The next step was to chop a whole stalk and steep […]

Samoas® Cupcake

This here is the original recipe referred to in the Chronicle article. The only difference being that the caramel filling was not published for a number of reasons, one to keep the length of the recipe down and two because they tested just as well without the caramel center. I will add that making the […]

Papaya-Coconut Cupcakes with Ginger-Lime Cream Cheese Frosting

I made these cupcakes for a dinner party I will be going to tonight. I wanted to make something to compliment the Asian-inspired menu. It was also a good time to try out some vintage molds I bought at a flea market last weekend. I figured something dense and moist, like this recipe, would be […]

Coconut Rice Pudding Stuffed Cupcakes with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting & Fruit

It’s been downright balmy in San Francisco this week, sunny and in the seventies. It got me thinking about beaches, coconuts, papayas, and other things tropical. I had been planning on making Vietnamese coffee cupcakes and stumbled upon a recipe for baked coconut rice pudding. I settled quickly on using the rice pudding as a […]

German Chocolate Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Glaze

I make my husband German Chocolate Cake every year for his birthday. It was his favorite growing up and his grandmother still bakes him a German Chocolate Cake whenever we go to visit. This year I made a cupcake version. Researching for the recipe, I looked closely at the Better Homes & Garden version and […]

Coconut Lime Cupcakes

My first try at these Thai-inspired cupcakes involved: – taking a standard buttercream recipe and swapping the milk for fresh lime juice and adding some lime zest – taking a standard vanilla cake recipe and removing the vanilla and swapping 1/4 cup of milk for 1/4 cup of lime juice and adding some zest I […]