Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sprinkles Cupcakes for Father's Day

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Is it just me or is anyone else starting to feel like they're on dessert overload? Lately I've been feeling a little sick of sweets, but not the baking part so that makes it really difficult to make something new when the desserts are piling up. That's why I love getting together with family because it gives me an excuse to bake, and a full recipe too (no annoying egg splitting or creaming 3 tbsps of butter!). Oh.. and catching up is fun too. Since it's the summer and strawberries are everywhere, I finally decided to give Sprinkle's strawberry cupcakes a try. It seemed like the perfect summer dessert for Father's Day. My family seems to be on a health kick nowadays with everyone splitting a cookie or taking out knives to cut a cupcake in half. I thought I would make it easier on them by making mini cupcakes and test out my new mini silicone baking cups. I never thought I would use silicone just because I have this weird belief that whatever is baking in them will not cook. I don't know why.. maybe it's because the cups don't feel hot like metal does. The batter was delicious and tasted like strawberry icecream! I'm not usually a batter licker because the raw flour grosses me out, but I couldn't help dipping my fingers one too many times. Too bad I didn't love it when they were baked. They weren't horrible, but I didn't love the texture. I even made regular sized cupcakes in a metal pan because I didn't want to judge a recipe I've never tried before baked at 1/4th of its original size. I think I'm going to try adding strawberry puree to a butter cake recipe next time, but I have the feeling it's not as easy as replacing some of the milk with strawberry. Fruits do weird things to batter.

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28 comments:

  1. MMMMMMMM amazing frosting work btw! Beautiful! These sound delicious, and I totally agree I love the excuse to bake when you have a big get together!

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  2. Sorry you weren't crazy about these! That last photo looks like a rose!!!

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  3. The cupcakes are very pretty! I have had a hard time finding a good strawberry cake recipe. I modified a butter cake recipe this past June for my daughter's 13th birthday. She wanted an octopus cake, so I baked it in an octopus cake pan! The strawberry cake turned out to be delicious! I will have to do a blog post about it....
    Peace, Stephanie

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  4. i'm glad you reviewed the sprinkles recipe so thoroughly. too bad it was disappointing. if i'm not mistaken annie's eats has a strawberry cupcake that looks nice.

    i feel the same about silicone! lol... did using the silicone effect the texture of the cupcakes at all?

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  5. These look so sweet and delicious. You can't go wrong with strawberries.

    I've been on dessert overload lately. In the summer I bake on a weekly basis because I have the time to do so. Somehow I never grow tired of dessert though. :-D

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  6. Very well-piped :) What is it about the texture you don't like? Could they have been overbaked because of their size? Hmm...
    Whenever I feel over-desserted, I just have salads/veg dishes and exercise twice as much :)

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  7. these look adorable. Pity you didn t like the recipe

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  8. I've had a hard time making cakes with fruit in them myself. Too bad you weren't too keen on them, they look lovely.

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  9. Sorry these didn't work out, but they certainly are cute :)
    And I go through the same thing, with constant dessert overload at home!

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  10. not a raw batter licker??? OMG..I could live on raw batter!! LOL

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  11. Steph your frosting looks beautiful. I totally did the baking overload thing for FD. three family favorites then had to magically get them out of the house before I ate all of them. Do you have anymore CCC's left? Could surely use a nibble. A little sugar lift.
    Great post
    AmyRuth

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  12. it's such a shame you didn't love them because they look so wonderful...and I just love the 'rose' you made with your rosy frosting. I need to learn/practice my cake decorating and cupcake piping!

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  13. What did you think about the frosting? Too sweet?

    Either way, they sure look pretty enough to eat! :D

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  14. These could not be more adorable!

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  15. WOW! Such delicate shade of rose... almost victorian like! Hummmm... worthy of lifting your pinky at every bite!

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  16. Wonderful...I just can't wait to have such tempting desserts

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  17. It's too bad you were disappointed in these. They're really pretty!

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  18. I've made this recipe before and thought they were pretty good but have since made better strawberry cake recipes.

    That last photo is awesome! Great job on the frosting!
    ~ingrid

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  19. These look adorable! And sound insanely delicious as well. I know what I'm doing with my next package of strawberries.

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  20. I am without any words they are beautifull! nice work! congrat!

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  21. Sorry to hear you weren't thrilled with these! They look cute though, and I love the icing in the second picture. I made strawberry cupcakes once (with strawberry puree in them I think) and I thought they were just okay too. Well not that that means anything really haha. I have a silicone muffin tray but don't love baking in it because it seems to give the outside of the muffins a bit different of a texture.

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  22. Oh and I had no idea they were discontinuing Chicago Metallic. That's too bad. Though the pans I've bought recently haven't been from them, and from CM I have all nonstick ones and the coating is coming off on some of them so..

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  23. Half the time I bake because I crave the batter. By the time it goes into the oven, I'm sick of it.

    Is that the 1M tip too? Any technique tips? Looks so beautiful.

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  24. Steph you had asked about what other recipes I've made for strawberry cupcakes. I know I've made two others besides Sprinkles. The first was Paula Deen's and the other I don't recall. There's one that I've wanted to make but haven't gotten around to it that was on Joy the Baker. (I've got the cookbook it comes from) Let me know if you're interested in the recipes.
    ~ingrid

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  25. yeah I didn't love the sprinkles recipe either. They look cute though.

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