Hostess Cupcakes

Five months ago, I baked a batch of celebratory hostess cupcakes to bring to the hospital for the birth of my nephew. It was a morning visit, but it’s never too early for chocolate, right? Since then, he’s been an adorable addition to our sister dates throughout the city, from a night at the Botanical…

Maple Walnut Cupcakes

We Québécois take our love of maple syrup seriously. When I was living in Switzerland last semester, many of the other exchange students were also from Québec. A couple of them actually got some maple syrup deliveries while overseas. In the past year, the province’s treasured product made international headlines. Last March, an escaped convict…

Tomato Soup Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

This kitschy recipe has the fragrant ingredients to heat you up as the autumn chill sets in. The cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice blend well with the tomato soup. Some might be skeptical, but no need to worry, the tomato taste is not prominent. Using rich, decadent mascarpone instead of the traditional cream cheese for the…

Almond Cupcakes with Matcha Green Tea Frosting

“Good friends make good food even better.” – fortune cookie I recently got a request from a friend for an afternoon of baking. Her younger sister was participating in her first triathlon and my friend wanted to greet her at the finish line with some congratulatory cupcakes. We decided on these delicate almond cupcakes with…

Toasted Sesame Cupcakes with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

On my last night in Switzerland, I boarded a train from Lausanne to see Leonard Cohen live at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was a total splurge, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the Montreal legend on stage (he is 78 after all). His 3 hour set (!) was an incredible way…

Chocolate Mayo Cupcakes

The boys at Baked have a new book out titled Baked Elements, and it’s been on my wish list ever since I saw Valerie’s post about pumpkin rolls. I called up my favourite culinary bookstore, Appetite for Books, to ask if they had it in stock (gotta support the indies). Sadly they didn’t, but they…

Butternut Squash Cupcakes with Sea Salt Caramel Frosting

I can’t believe how quickly this semester is flying by. Suddenly I’ve got midterms coming up this week. So what do I do? I bake. Seems logical, right? No matter how busy my schedule gets with a full-time course load and a part-time job (and life in general) I somehow always find myself in the…

Zucchini Chocolate Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing

To all the skeptics, I completely understand your reticence. My initial reaction upon hearing about the idea of sneaking vegetables into desserts was to pull a face. Back then, zucchini, eggplants, and beets were nowhere near my list of top ingredients to eat, let alone bake with. Big mistake. After hearing a friend rave about…