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 that I actually under-folded and didn’t knock enough air out of the batter. Hopefully I’ll finally nail it in my next try 😊
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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 children, the combination of chocolate, nuts, and marshmallows was just simply unbeatable.
Well, I’m feeling kind of nostalgic lately… So I thought, why not try to recreate my old childhood favorite in cupcake form? 😋
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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 frosting recipe which I adapted from Wicked Good Kitchen. Next week, I’ll be baking a strawberry mini-cupcake version for her birthday party with her friends at the daycare 🍓😊🍰
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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 natural purple colored juice of blueberries would make the cupcakes also purple.
So, yesterday I baked a batch of blueberry-flavored purple velvet mini-cupcakes with blueberry cream cheese frosting.
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