Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

The festive season brings a good excuse for all manner of baking. This December, I revisited some old favourites – chocolate chip cookies, and the decadent Queen of Sheba Chocolate Torte. At the same time, the month was also a first for me in chocolate making, with Earl Grey Ganache Bonbons for gifts. I also baked madeleines for the first time, a traditional shell shaped French cookie. Finally, for Christmas Day, I made a batch of two dozen cupcakes. Cupcakes are my childhood baking favourite, so I’ve likely whipped up more of these than any other baked good. Yet, I am proud to say I also incorporated some experimentation in flavour and texture.

Meet my Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes!

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes

They are all cupcake in appearance, but inside, they have some pie genes. Lemon shortbread lines the bottom for some lemony crunch. The centre of the cupcake holds a surprise of strawberry puree, surrounded by lemon cake. With the best of both worlds, the beautiful aesthetics of a cupcake is present with strawberry buttercream ruffles piped on top with a large rose tip, and finished with a sprinkle of yellow and pink sanding sugar.

Cupcake anatomy
Strawberry lemonade cupcakes – inside and out

I have to say, the cupcakes got some great reviews. A funny story – earlier, after hearing there was still one left in my fridge, my dad hurried over (while worrying that my sister might beat us, and therefore gobble it up before him).

As the year comes to an end, many wishes for more cupcake-pie hybrids in 2017!

Cascade of Balloon Hearts – Wedding Anniversary Cake

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The cascade of balloon hearts cake
The cascade of balloon hearts cake
Hearts on the front and side of the cake
Hearts on the front and side of the cake
More colourful little fondant balloon hearts
More colourful little fondant balloon hearts
A bit of a side view
A bit of a side view

Chrysanthemum Cupcakes

These purple chrysanthemum cupcakes were made just for fun! They are a chocolate chip cake, topped with white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream. The icing is piped to look like a chrysanthemum flower. Here are some pictures:

A chrysanthemum cupcake
A chrysanthemum cupcake
Decorated with piped leaves and petals
Yum!
Yum!
A few of the cupcakes
A few of the cupcakes
Icing details
Icing details