Mini Churro Cupcakes

Mini Churro Cupcakes

Great things come in many sizes.  The Great Wall of China, for example, is super-duper large, while the key to a penthouse suite is a speck in comparison.

Not all great things are alike, of course, but the fact that we perceive something as great is what’s important.  Don’t you think?  I can’t compare food to the Great Wall of China, but then again, you can’t eat the Great Wall of China.

Really, what I’m trying to say is that these teeny little cupcakes, after a few trial-and-errors, have finally come to be something totally great in my world!  They’re just SO fluffy and cinnamon-y.

When I was developing the recipe for these, I was inspired by a friend of mine at this fantastic little sandwich cafe called Latin it Up (here in Tucson,) to try to make a Latin-ish dessert.  I’m not Latina, and I’ve never made flan, but I love churros!  Anything cinnamon is just the best.

Since churros are typically fried, I wanted to create something a little more in line with my healthy cooking tendencies.  Hence, baked churro cupcakes!

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Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

Need more cheesecake and cake in your life?  Check out my: Pumpkin CheesecakeLemon-Raspberry Cheesecake, Port Reduction Cheesecake Squares, & Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake!

Chances are, you haven’t tried sweet potatoes and blackberries together.  So chances are, you just haven’t lived.

Sure, that could be a slight overstatement, but with everything going on in this one little dessert I feel it’s totally acceptable if I err on the dramatic side.

For one thing, this combination of flavors is a wonderous, yet unnecessarily rare occurrence.  By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all but forgotten about sweet potatoes altogether, as healthy and tasty as they are.  They never so much as share a crisper drawer with a fresh blackberry.  Conversely, in late fall, there isn’t a fresh berry in sight, so we decide it must, therefore, be impossible to eat one. 

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Kona Cupcakes & Kahlua Buttercream

Kona Cupcakes & Kahlua Buttercream

If the warming weather and fast approaching summer are inspiring visions of beaches and little umbrella-topped-drinks, I’m with you.  Probably since our first really warm day this year (in, like, February) I’ve been fantasizing about going on a trip somewhere to soak it all up.  Say, Hawaii?  California?

Ahh, the beach.  Of course, while I’m dreaming here, I may as well wish for a pony.  And maybe some calorie-free chocolate cakes.  

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Phantom Fitcakes - With Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting!

Phantom Fitcakes - With Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting!

I started channeling Broadway while thinking up good songs to sing in the shower the other day, and ended up with a Phantom of the Opera-inspired cupcake and singing along with The Lion King.

Of course, for me, it was only a short matter of time before the music got into my baking.

As soon as these black and white pastries popped out of the oven looking like a fundamentalist’s version of the Phantom’s mask on a black… chocolate… cape, and tasting completely of flavor harmony – I almost sang about it right then and there, but my mouth was full – I knew what kind of cupcakes they were. 

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