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 […]

Pistachio Cupcakes with Rose Petal Buttercream

I made an impromptu decision on a Thursday afternoon to make cupcakes for a party on Friday afternoon. I knew I wanted to make pistachio cupcakes, my homage to Indian sweets. I didn’t have a lot of time or options, so I ran out at lunch to the Ferry Building, conveniently located across the street […]

Basil Cream and Mint Cream Filled Cupcakes with Raspberry Mousse Frosting

I have been very tempted to try a basil flavored cupcake. I made basil simple syrup a couple of weekends ago and picked up a selection of fruits to taste it with. My favorite match was most definitely basil and raspberry. I finally got around to the cupcakes this weekend. I made a basic vanilla […]

Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes with Fennel Meringue Frosting

I wasn’t planning on baking this weekend. I was planning on “taking the weekend off”. But all it took was my friend asking, “What about cupcakes for Sunday night?”, and I was all over it. Any excuse to bake, I guess. I was pressed for time, so I went with the cherry chocolate cupcakes again. […]

Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes with Fennel Cream Cheese Frosting

I am finding that the recipe development process starts with some ingredient or combination of ingredients entering my subconscious and sitting with me for some time. Eventually the full recipe will evolve after batting around ideas that may or may not translate into something tasty. I had cherries and chocolate on the brain for a […]

Chocolate Tarragon Cupcakes with Tarragon Cream Cheese Frosting

Tarragon tastes sort of like anise and pairs well with chocolate. I was eager to try the two together in a cupcake. I decided to use a basic chocolate cupcake base (I used the Magnolia devil’s food recipe because I wanted to try it) and added fresh tarragon to that. I guessed at a tablespoon […]

Recipe: Lavender Cream Filled Cupcake with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting

I forget what got me thinking of lavender, but regardless I really liked the way these cupcakes turned out. They are perfect for any summertime party, like a wedding shower. I served these at a dinner party along side a serving of strawberries and blueberries that I macerated with a touch of apricot brandy and […]