Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Guiness Gingerbread Cranberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Another cupcake?! Yes. I know. But I also know that no one can resist the cuteness of the cupcake. Especially me. I've just eaten the photo shoot model and I'm very content.
On to the post!
When I saw that Quirky Cupcake had a November Cupcake Hero Challenge of Cranberry I knew I had to participate.
First I was playing it safe and was going to try a lemon cranberry combo, but that just didn't seem right for the weather even though it's 80 degrees in Austin. I then thought of gingerbread, the perfect fall flavor, and then I found a recipe that had Guiness in it! The Irish in me took over and the experiment was on.
Hubby was skeptical and stood over my shoulder and grunted while I worked on them. I just had a feeling that it would work out and it did! Then the garnish idea was only because I've been wanting to candy fruit for a long time and now was the perfect chance. I threw out the first batch because all the cranberries burst and were mush but the second batch I lowered the heat and pulled them off the stove just as they plumped up. Then I ate a few, okay a lot, while I was rolling them in sugar. One has to test the food, right?
This was so much fun and I'll make them again for sure.
UPDATE: Guess what? It won! I can't believe it. And I get to put The Cupcake Hero, coolest logo ever, on my blog! And I get a t-shirt. Is Laurie from The Quirky Cupcake a cool chick or what? Check out all the amazing entries here.