Monday, May 2, 2011

Fixing Up Cupcakes

There's nothing new about gourmet cupcakes. Cupcake shops have popped up across the country, but did you know getting that gourmet taste at home is easy? It's true.

I'm a fan of from scratch cupcakes, but mixes work fine as well. The secret is to layer the flavors. This is a caramel pumpkin cupcake. The first time I made it using Martha Stewart's pumpkin cupcake recipe and the second time just I added some pumpkin puree to a spice cake mix. The base isn't nearly as important as what you put on top! Swirl a little Smuckers caramel ice cream topping on and top with cream cheese frosting. I left the caramel peaking through and people went crazy over it!

This is a raspberry chocolate cheesecake cupcake, impressive sounding right? It is just a chocolate cupcake, frosted with a thin layer of Nutella, a little raspberry jam, and then frosted with cream cheese frosting. Heavenly.

What's your favorite kind of cupcake?

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