Thursday, August 28, 2008

Baking Up A Fuego!

I don't know what came over me this weekend, but I was baking like crazy! I started off by wanting to make just plain chocolate cupcakes(a special request by my little one) but then all these new cupcake flavor ideas started popping into my head and I thought to myself, who am I to deny them their exsistence. So the baking began!

This cupcake was inspired by the Choco Taco dessert bar

Choco Taco

This is a chocolate cupcake dipped in a chocolate ganache that has been infused with salted peanuts, then I crushed sugar cones and sprinkled them on top of the ganache to mimic the taco shell, a swirl of vanilla buttercream then a fudge drizzle . My oldest loved it, and said it tasted just like the ice cream bar, without the brain freeze....brrrr!

Latin Elvis
This cupcake is inspired by "The King's" favorite sandiwich but with a Latin twist. A rich banana cake filled with a creamy dulce de leche filling, topped with a smooth peanut butter butter cream, topped with a dulce de leche swirl, a fresh banana chip and a sprinkle of salted peanuts.

This cupcake was pure delicioso! It covered so many yummy bases, sweet, salty, creamy, crunchy!mmmm.....

As the ideas came, I kept my pretty pink Kitcheaid spinning and my cupcake pans full.

I wanted to make a banana split cupcake but I wanted to add a different touch, so I came up with a Nuevo Banana Split

this is a banana cake topped with strawberry buttercream that is infused with real chunks of strawberries, over the buttercream is a sprinkle of sweet coconut and walnuts, then the cupcake is drizzled with warm dulce de leche and a rich chocolate drizzle and a plump maraschino cherry.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Guavapeno Love

vanilla cake filled with a jalapeno- guava mousse filling than topped with a jalapeno-guava infused buttercream. Two flavors that you may have thought wouldn't find love but Did!! The guava gives a sweet richness while the chopped jalapenos give a spicy kick at the end which can't be denied.
These two flavors together were surprisingly soooo delicious I could hardly keep my fingers out of the bowl!! Yum!

You Got Chiles In My Cookie Dough!

mexican chocolate cupcake filled with ancho chile infused chocolate chip cookie dough, dipped in dark chocolate ganache with another ancho chile infused chocolate chip cookie topped with a spicy and sweet mexican chocolate buttercream a sprinkle of ancho chile powder and a chocolate dipped red jalapeno chile pepper!! mmm... Spicy, Chocolatey, Yummy!

Iron Cupcake Earth

These are my two entries for the Iron Cupcake Earth Challenge, I have to admit that this blog was initially set up because I came upon Mke Cupcake Queen's blog and saw the cool Iron Cupcake challenges, I thought to myself I would love to be a part of that challenge because it gives you a chance to be creative with ingredients that you may have never thought to use before in a cupcake, like Chili Peppers!! Once I set up the blog and committed myself to this challenge my cupcake juices began to flow and so many ideas started to come to mind. But before I went too far I decided to stop at just two, and here are the one's I came up with. I hope you enjoy!

Don't forget to vote for this challenge starting Aug 31

Thursday, August 7, 2008

For the Love of Cake!!

I have loved cake every since I was talll enough to reach my nana's shiny silver cake plate, I would lift the top just enough so that I was able to steal the fallen crumbs from her family famous pineapple-coconut cake. As a young girl I remember sitting at her table and watching her mix and pour in various ingredients to form her yummy cake batter. I would eagerly await not just the beaters but also the Bowl!! that she would give to me after she had completely filled her cake pans. This cake ritual was seen during Thanksgiving, Christmas and many other family holidays. Unbeknownst to me these special moments spent in the kitchen with Nana would one day spark an urge to bake that would become unstoppable.

Baking became one of my weekend hobbies as a teenager and has now developed into a passion, a passion that I share with only one other thing, my love of all things related to Latin America, the language, the countries (especially Mexico), the spices and the food! When the mood strikes I may incorporate some of the flavors and spices of Latin America in my baking, especially in cupcakes because they are what I like to bake the most. I fell that they are so little and personal and they give the most room to be creative over and over again.

Well this is me and this is my blog and I hope that when you get a chance you stop by often and again and remember that I do this For the Love of Cake!!
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