I love cupcakes and once you get in a cupcake groove, it's hard to get out. They're just so cute, so versatile, and so easy to whip together! The only way to deal with this addiction is to feed it. Usually bad advice to offer to addicts, except in the case of cupcakes.
I love trying out new flavor combinations and recently started “Cupcake of the month”. It gives me the opportunity to use different themes and ingredients to bring out the true feeling of that month.
January right away makes me think of winter. I live in California, where winter is mostly sunny and warm but I know somewhere out there, it must be cold and snowy. When I think of winter, the first thing that comes to mind is the crisp fresh air.
For my first cupcake, I chose a
drizzled with melted chocolate and pieces of peppermint candy. The cupcakes have a dark chocolate flavor and are super moist. Piled high on top is the peppermint buttercream. You can add crushed peppermint to any of your favorite vanilla buttercream recipes. By using actual crushed peppermint instead of a peppermint extract, you get that slight crunch in the cream that screams that cool & crisp wintery fresh taste. You might want to use a round tip to frost the cupcakes; otherwise, the pieces of candy will get stuck inside a typical swirl tip. The optional melted chocolate drizzled on top helps bring together the flavors of chocolate and mint together. For an extra crunch and a pretty finish, sprinkle on the remaining pieces of candy.
For the second cupcake I made Vanilla Chai Latte Cupcakes. When it is cold outside I will most likely not leave the house without a hot drink in my hand. I’m not much of a tea drinker, but I absolutely love chai lattes. They are so comforting; the aroma itself warms you up. Every sip gives you a beautiful blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and cardamon that, when combined all together, make one incredible drink.
The vanilla cupcakes came out light with a fluffy texture and not overly sweet, which is perfect because it will be covered with just a simple yet rich buttercream. The buttercream is made with the chai spice mix that you make before hand using cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and cardamon. Once iced, the cupcakes were lightly sprinkled with white sugar sprinkles and small white snowflakes giving off that snowy look as well. When you bite into this cupcake, the full flavor of a vanilla chai latte stirs all of your senses.
Enjoy my cupcake recipes!