Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cupcakes Are All The Rage!

My cupcakes on my lovely platter that got broken!

I love watching the cooking channels because,  you can gather ideas and tweak recipes to make them your own. I added a little pure vanilla extract to Ina's Ganache recipe and dipped cupcakes made from Pillsbury's yellow cake mix, okay, I cheat sometimes. These cupcakes look like grown up cupcakes. I like to use Folger's Instant Coffee Granules or Nescafe Taster's Choice instant coffee. Here is Ina's link: 
Thanks to the Food Network for allowing us to find great recipes.

Cupcakes have become so popular that there is a show on the food channel entitled. "Cupcake Wars." I think we love then so much because they in a paper lined wrapper and it is "just for you; no knife needed!"

They can be decorated with fresh non-toxic flowers, flowers made of candy, fruit, shimmering sugar, the ideas are limitless. Also,  check out these beautiful cupcake liners Also, people are putting the cupcakes on tiered serving pieces to really make a grand statement.

Williams & Sonoma

I think that if you have an outdoor party and serve grilled burgers and pair them with red wine; the deep chocolate flavor of the cupcakes will be the perfect end to a casual meal.

Well, burgers have become a little dressy these days, with all the new cheeses and sauces, etc. that can enhance a burger to "gourmet status." Try this Merlot from Rutherford Ranch with the above burger and cupcake pairing and let me know what you think. Note: This wine was a sample provided by Rutherford Ranch Winery  SRP $18.00

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