Grape!

Last week, my coworkers (who are the eaters of the cupcakes) demanded that I start bringing in treats again.  The conversation went something like this:  “Ging, I hear cupcakes are starting again on Monday.  No pressure.”

Clearly, I had no choice but to bake cupcakes for the masses!! 🙂

This week, we made grape soda cupcakes!  We found this recipe a long time ago, and when I mentioned it at the office…some eyes lit up.

They turned out great!  The grape flavor was very subtle, but it was good.  The recipe says to bake normal sized cupcakes for 22-25 minutes, but we only baked them for 20 and they were perfect.  You will want to use a great food dye (I like Duff’s color gels) to get the awesome purple color…I forgot to actually take a picture of the batter before we baked them, but it was pretty purple.

mmmm….tastes like summer

So….if you judge solely on my previous post…St. Pat’s was great!  No, my absence can just be explained by life happening and me being out of the state for a time.  But, these are some amazing cupcakes we make a few weeks ago!

We got the idea from the back of a cake mix…for real.  They have good ideas back there!  So we had this random lemon cake mix sitting around and the box suggesting putting a strawberry icing on it!  Um, no need to twist my arm there!  We made a strawberry buttercream frosting (made with fresh strawberry puree….omg).  And they were so amazing.  Basically, they tasted like strawberry lemonade.  Usually, I’ll only have one “ugly” cupcake for myself, but this time, I just kept them all at home and made poor food decisions for a while.  Totally worth it.

Also, my birthday was a few weeks ago.  I’m a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh, so my best friends made me hunny bee cupcakes!  The cake was an almond cake with a honey buttercream frosting.  And an adorable jelly bean bumble bee with almond-sliver wings.  They were super cute AND delicious!  Bonus!