Blueberry cheesecake macarons

Trial #5 of my foray into Italian meringue-based macarons: blueberry macarons filled with blueberry cream cheese buttercream. I finally got the macaron consistency that I am quite happy with. They’re not perfect yet—some still have air pockets between the feet and the cap, but that’s because I have been too cautious about over-folding during macaronage…

Rocky Road mini-cupcakes

If you ask me nowadays what my favorite ice cream flavor is, I would most likely answer Bailey’s Irish Cream, or anything with coffee, chocolate, and Bailey’s in it. There was a time, however, that I would just as readily have answered «Rocky Road!»  This was 30 or so years ago, when, just like with many…

Raspberry red velvet cupcakes II

My daughter loves—absolutely loves—the color pink… 💖 So, for her 5th birthday celebration with close family members, I baked her a batch of raspberry-flavored red velvet cupcakes (not mini-cupcakes) with raspberry cream cheese frosting. They are the same cupcakes I baked for the hubby during our anniversary, only this time around, I used my favorite cream cheese…

Blueberry velvet mini-cupcakes with blueberry cream cheese frosting

Having successfully tried out strawberry and raspberry flavored versions of red velvet cupcakes, I wondered if the same would also be true if I use blueberries instead. I was curious if: the blueberry taste would work well with the slight chocolatey taste of red velvet cupcakes; and if using a purple dye along with the…

Strawberry red velvet mini-cupcakes II

I’ve always said I am partial towards butter when it comes to baking. At the same time, I have always been curious if, indeed, there was a difference between using vegetable oil and (unsalted) butter, taste-wise. A fellow Pinterester had commented in her blog that cupcakes that used vegetable oil instead of butter had the…

PB & J mini-cupcakes

This is my second recipe post in a row involving peanut butter… What can I say? I guess I just love peanut butter, too. I never really grew out of being the kid who loved the PB & J sandwich in her lunch box at school… 😋

Chocolate “Elvis” cupcakes

Okay. Now we’re back on the usual weekend routine—which is, trying out baking recipes 😋 While we were on vacation in the Philippines, we had the opportunity to try out some of the cupcakes being sold at some nice-looking shops there… For the most part, they were a bit of a disappointment—their red velvet cupcakes, for…

Review: Duncan Hines red velvet cupcakes

I don’t usually buy ready-made mixes when I know I can make things from scratch, but there are times when one has to make some exceptions 😁 I have heard so much about the Duncan Hines cake mixes (mostly from my fellow Pinteresters), I became rally curious… Curious enough that, when I saw a lady with several boxes of…