Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Wednesday, December 29th: Martha Stewart's Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes

Well, the second attempt at Oreo cupcakes was much more successful than the first. For the recipe I chose a safe option, Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes from Martha Stewart. My cupcakes didn't turn out as neat as her pictures but they were tasty so I've deemed them a success. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas From CCW

Merry Christmas everyone! Hope your holidays are filled with love, laughter and sweets!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Next Week's Cupcakes: No New Poll

Hey guys! So, because this weeks cupcakes were such a failure, I am going to attempt them again next Wednesday tweaking and changing things, in hopes that they will be delicious. Because of this, there will not be a new poll for a next week's cupcake flavour this week.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Flop: Wednesday, December 22nd: Tres Leches (Three Milk) Cupcakes in a Oreo Crust

What a disaster! I tried to get ambitious with this weeks cupcakes and they turned out terrible. I started by making an Oreo crust and lining the muffin tins with it. I then poured the cupcake batter into the Oreo crust and baked the cupcakes. This worked, or so I thought. I continued following the directions for the tres leches cupcakes, which translates to three milk cupcakes. The recipe required a milk glaze poured into the cupcakes, and this is where the cupcake turned into a disaster. The glaze soaked right through the cupcake to the crust making the crust soggy. Eventually it soaked up a bit, but after tasting the cupcake it was clear that the Oreo crust that I thought was somewhat successful was much too thick, and the cupcake really had no hope of succeeding. I should have predicted that the milk glaze would not work well with an Oreo crust, but I guess that's part of the trial and error experience. Lesson learned.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wednesday's Winner: Milk and Oreo Cupcakes!

So looks like the big guy is going have some Milk and Oreo Cupcakes sitting out for him on Friday night. Check back tomorrow to see how they turned out! Thanks again for voting guys! New poll will be up on Thursday.

Oreo: 17
Chocolate Chip: 14

Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Poll!

So Santa will be coming next week and instead of the typical milk and cookies, we are going to leave him milk and cookie cupcakes! The poll this week is between the type of cookie you leave out for Santa: Chocolate Chip or Oreo?

Voting will close Tuesday at 5:00 pm.

Thanks to Natalie for your suggestion in the Christmas Flavours section. Only one week left after this of Christmas flavours so if there is something you'd like to see suggest it now!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wednesday December 15th: Pistachio Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

This Wednesday's cupcake was Pistachio. I couldn't wait to bake some really pretty green cupcakes. I decided upon doing a recipe which called for pistachio pudding mix and chocolate chips on top of chopped pistachios. The only alternation I would make to the recipe is I would cut down on the chocolate chips. I found they could almost over power the pistachio flavour. I did a raspberry buttercream frosting with it and topped them with chopped pistachios and a raspberry. I loved the colours.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wednesday's Winner: Pistachio Cupcakes!

And the winner is.... Pistachio! Can't wait to show you what I make, pistachio has so many options for interesting pairings. Check back tomorrow to see the results. Thanks for the votes! Another Christmas flavours poll will be up on Thursday, we need to get some cupcakes ready for Santa! 

Pistachio: 18
Almond: 13

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Poll!

Continuing on our Christmas theme, we are going to be exploring some of the nutty flavours that the holiday season brings. This week you can vote between Pistachio cupcakes or Almond cupcakes. Let the voting begin!

Poll closes on Tuesday at 5:00pm.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 8th: Eggnog Cupcakes with Eggnog and Rum Frosting

This Wednesday's cupcake was eggnog. I made 24 mini cupcakes and then some regular sized cupcakes with the remaining batter. The cupcake itself was very moist; almost too moist. Although the cupcake had been baked all the way through, there was still a very mushy consistency to these cupcakes that was a little unappealing. The taste however was great! I had the same problem with the eggnog frosting, it did not want to thicken up. This made the frosting fairly difficult to work with. Overall these were not my favourite cupcakes to make, or taste. However, it was extremely surprising the amount of people who were not eggnog fans and really enjoyed them.

Mini Cupcake

Wednesday's Winner: Eggnog Cupcakes!


I really thought at the beginning of the week that Apple Cider would be this Wednesday's victor, and while it started off strong, Eggnog fans didn't give up. So Eggnog cupcakes it is! I can't wait to see how they turn out, hope you will check back tomorrow to see for yourself! Thanks for voting this week... New Christmas Flavour Poll will be up on Thursday!

Eggnog: 18
Apple Cider: 13

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bring Yummy Cupcakes to Your Holiday Party; Order Them Now!

Want to bring some holiday inspired cupcakes to your next December gathering? Order some from Cupcake-Wednesday now! You can choose from the many flavours featured on the site. Now's your time to try the flavour you voted for but didn't get to try. You will be a hit at your next holiday party!

Check out the order page here to learn more!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Poll!

What drinks do you look forward to in the winter? A nice warm glass of apple cider? Or maybe a smooth glass of spiced eggnog? This weeks poll is between these two classic winter drinks. Which do you want to see as a cupcake? Apple Cider or Eggnog? Vote away!

Thanks Anonymous for your flavour suggestion below in Christmas Flavours!

Poll ends Tuesday at 5:00PM

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday December 1st: Candy Cane Cupcakes with White Chocolate Peppermint Frosting and Candy Cane Pieces

Well, it's December 1st and the pressure is now on to fit in all your shopping, get-togethers, baking and prepping for the holidays. The best way to remove yourself from the stresses of the season are to enjoy some of the holidays best offerings... and these candy cane cupcakes do the job. The cupcake turned out quite different from my previous experiments. The candy cane topping made a more chewy topping with the rich white chocolate peppermint frosting and a more subtle peppermint cupcake. I think you will enjoy these. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Flavours Wednesday #1: Candy Cane Cupcakes!

Well the gingerbread man got away in one piece because you guys want some candy cane cupcakes tomorrow! Check back tomorrow to see how they turned out! Thanks for the votes. New poll on Thursday.

Candy cane cupcakes: 19
Gingerbread cupcakes:9

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tastes of Christmas: Week 1 Poll!

To start off our Christmas cupcakes celebrations, you can vote for cupcakes inspired by two popular Christmas staples: Gingerbread Cookies or Candy Canes. Which of these Christmas flavours do you want to see made into a cupcake next week?

Voting Ends Tuesday at 5pm.

Christmas Flavours Month at CCW!

November Wednesdays are over, and Christmas is approaching fast. Cupcake Wednesday is preparing for Christmas by celebrating Christmas flavours all December long! Do you have a particular flavour that reminds you of the holiday season? Let me know below and we will try to put it up in the December polls! Tomorrow's first Christmas inspired poll goes up Thursday!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wednesday November 24th: Banana Pecan Cupcakes With Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

This week I decided to try a Martha Stewart Banana and Caramel recipe. The cupcakes themselves were easy to make and turned out really nice, however the caramel frosting tested my patience. It took three attempts before I decided to move onto another type of frosting for this particular cupcake. Basically I don't have a candy thermometer and kept burning the caramel in the first recipes. This was not fun to try to clean up!! I replaced the Martha Stewart caramel frosting with a caramel cream cheese frosting that was a lot easier and actually super tasty!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Wednesday's Winner: Go Banana, Go Go Banana!

This Wednesday's winner is.... BANANA! So many options as to what do with these cupcakes... check back tomorrow to see how they turned out. Thanks again for voting. Thursday will have a whole new poll!

Banana: 17
Apple: 13

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Poll!

This weeks poll you can choose between Apples or Banana. Simple fruits that are used in some of the most delicious desserts. Interested to see what you guys vote for!

Poll ends Tuesday at 5:00 PM

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday November 17th: Lime Cupcakes with Lime Filling and Toasted Coconut Meringue Frosting Topped With Shredded Coconut and Lime Zest

photo by wvs
So this week's lime cupcakes were a nice change from the heavier cupcakes we have had in the past couple weeks. The cupcakes will be a hit with anyone who enjoys lime and are pretty simple to make as well. I did not use self rising flour, but instead tried to recreate my own with baking soda, regular flour and salt. I did not use enough baking soda so the cake part came out a lot denser than intended. Some tasters commented they enjoyed the denser cake with the fluffy meringue, others would have preferred the cupcakes to be fluffier, so I guess you can never win them all!

photo by wvs

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wednesday's Winner: Lime Cupcakes!

You guys have battled it out, but you lime supporters came out with a one vote victory! I have my music on repeat (playing this), and am ready to tackle baking some lime cupcakes. I am excited about a new purchase: I got today a kitchen blow torch and can't wait to use it. I plan to incorporate it with this weeks cupcake baking! Check back tomorrow to see how they turned out (and whether my house is still standing). Thanks for voting, a new poll will be up Thursday!

Lime Cupcakes: 16
Lemon Cupcakes: 15

Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Poll! Lemon Vs Lime

Sour vs Tangy. You decide. This can go either way again. Lemon was suggested in my "Suggest a Flavour" section, and I think a fair competition would be lime. Is it bad that I want lime to win just so I can play that "put the lime in the coconut" song as I bake next Wednesday? Either way, both cupcakes are going to be a refreshing change from the heavy cupcakes you guys have been voting for. I think my tummy needs a break from heavy, and a sour or tangy aftertaste is just the change we've needed!

Voting closes Tuesday at 5:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday November 10th: Coffee Butter Walnut Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting

photo by wvs

This week's coffee cupcakes turned out pretty good. The only thing I would change was the icing. I ran out of icing sugar and so the frosting was too runny to make 'attractive' cupcakes. Other than that they came out good and were a hit among everyone (even the non-coffee drinkers in the group). It was a extremely easy recipe as I cheated with a box mix, but who doesn't like cutting a few corners sometimes?

photo by wvs

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wednesday's Winner: Coffee Cupcakes!

Looks like we're making coffee cupcakes this Wednesday! It was a close competition but coffee beat out iced tea cupcakes by just a few votes. Thanks again to everyone who voted! Check back tomorrow for the cupcakes and the recipe. New poll will be announced Thursday!

Coffee Cupcakes: 17
Iced Tea Cupcakes: 14

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Poll!

Well my friends, it's Thursday and that means that a new voting poll is up! This week we will see how many of you are coffee drinkers and how many are tea drinkers. Coffee cupcakes were suggested this week in my "Suggest a Flavour" section. These coffee cupcakes aren't going up against just any tea flavoured cupcakes, oh no, they are getting pinned against the best tea there is: Iced tea. So what will it be? Coffee cupcakes or Iced Tea cupcakes?

Poll closes on Tuesday at 5:00pm.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wednesday November 3rd: Chocolate Cupcakes Filled With Mint-Chocolate Ganache and Topped with Mint Buttercream Frosting

photo by wvs

This Wednesday's recipe comes from The cupcakes looked and sounded amazing, and the recipe seemed simple enough. The website is by one woman who creates all these cupcakes herself. The chocolate batter turned out extremely thick which I was not prepared for, and I'm not sure I filled the cupcake trays full enough because they rose and then fell when I took them out of the oven. The majority of my cupcakes turned out like brownies. Regardless, they were still very edible. The ganache was easy to make but the recipe called for me to add chopped mint as one of the last steps, and while I thought it was weird I did it. I ended up picking through it while I filled the cupcakes because some of the pieces were too large. I assumed people didnt want to discover a piece of grassy mint in their cupcake while eating it. The butter cream icing was easy and delicious. I added some green food colouring so that I didn't need anything more to garnish the cupcake with to make it look chocolate/minty. Overall I would say that these "two-bite brownie chocolate mint cupcakes" came out somewhat successfully.

photo by wvs

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

And Wednesday's Winner is.... Peppermint Chocolate!

Well, it seems that the Pineapple Coconut cupcakes wasn't much competition for the Peppermint Chocolate cupcakes because they were dominated in votes from the very beginning. Let's hope next weeks voting provides more of a debate. Thanks to everyone who voted! A new poll will be put up on Thursday. Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see how the Peppermint Chocolate cupcakes turned out and for the recipe!

Peppermint Chocolate: 23
Pineapple Coconut: 6

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Taster's Review: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Baked into a Vanilla Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Taster of the Week: Jessica Nourse of It's My Blog of Nourse

 "They took Reese's peanut butter cups to a new level. If I could eat them at every meal for the rest of my life I would."

Taster's Rating: 9.5/10

Cupcake Wednesday's Rating: 8.2/10

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Inaugural Wednesday: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Baked into a Vanilla Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Today marks the very first "Cupcake Wednesday", and I must say it's been the most successful Cupcake Wednesday ever! I have been glued to the website 'Bake it in a Cake' for a couple weeks and wanting to take the leap of baking something unexpected into a cupcake. The obvious choice was Reese's Peanut Butter cups because they are delicious and seemed to be an easy product to work with for my first attempt. While the site had examples of baking the cups in a banana or chocolate cake, I chose a basic white (box) cake, and I'm glad I did. Paired with peanut butter frosting and chocolate shavings, the cupcakes were extremely sweet but oh so tasty. A word of advice: don't make them too big.