Pistachio Cardamom Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Ganache

      To wrap up this week, I’m sharing with you a fragrant and creative recipe from NYC bakery Ovenly.  This is the first recipe I bake from the Ovenly cookbook and it definitely veers off path from the typically sweet and buttery cupcake.  The cookbook cover boasts a bold statement declaring “sweet and…

Pina Colada Mini Cupcakes

Goodbye Australian winter, hello spring! Today is Labour Day back home in Canada, which marks the unofficial seasonal shift from summer to autumn. For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere celebrating the last days of summer, I thought I’d share with you this festive treat inspired by the tropical cocktail. These boozy bite-sized cupcakes…

Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Earlier this summer, I took a break from binge-watching the new season of Orange Is the New Black (How great is that show! Such a talented, refreshing and strong female cast. And love the writing as well.) to bake a batch of these dulce de leche cupcakes for my sister’s friend’s birthday. The birthday girl…

Red Velvet Cupcakes

To celebrate her birthday, my friend Steph is travelling to Charleston, South Carolina for a long weekend. To go along with her trip, I baked her a Southern-inspired dessert: red velvet cupcakes. The New York Times recently published a piece about red velvet. Red velvet’s resurgence brought on a wave of nostalgia and obsession, making…

Coconut Cupcakes

My family and I recently celebrated my older sister’s birthday. Instead of blowing out candles on a traditional birthday cake, she requested some coconut cupcakes. These coconut cupcakes are bright, fresh beauties. The cupcake batter is sprinkled with shredded coconut. A coconut pastry cream is used both as a filling and in the frosting, so…

Gingerbread Cupcakes

Last week, my mother moved back to Montreal after completing a year-long Masters degree in Ottawa. She and I went on a roadtrip to the capital city to clear out her apartment. I brought along an overnight bag and Ann Patchett’s novel Bel Canto, which I bought at a school book fair years ago and…

Earl Grey Tea Cupcakes

Last week a friend treated me to a London Fog, which is an Earl Grey tea latte. I’ve never been a coffee drinker, always opting for hot chocolate instead (no surprise there), but this was a nice change. The drink was so good that I stepped into a coffee shop a few days later to…

Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

I have some unusual flavour pairings among the recipes I’ve posted thus far, and I thought I’d add a classic to my repertoire. This recipe is for a basic yellow cupcake. The batter comes together so swiftly. Fewer egg whites means richer flavour, and the sour cream gives a tangy richness. The cupcakes are topped…

Banana Cupcakes

Back to baking For the past month I’ve been busy with my courses and application deadlines, which left me no time for testing out recipes. It’s been a stressful time, but the outcome is turning out pretty positive. Now that classes are over (only one exam to go and the semester is officially done!), I’m…

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This recipe is Dahlia Bakery’s most popular cupcake. Although this is not my favourite carrot batter (I prefer The Hummingbird Bakery’s carrot cake. I’ll post that recipe when I get around to baking it again.), my taste-testers liked these cupcakes a lot. While some raved about the brown butter cream cheese frosting that is salty…