New Post: Bubbly (Champagne Firework Cupcakes)

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What do you think of when your hear “Independence Day” or “July 4th?” Most people I know probably think “America,” “Patriotism,” “Red, White, & Blue,” and a whole host of people related to the day of July 4, 1776 (John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, etc.). Then we’ve got the barbecues and the cook-outs; what’s a Fourth of July without them?

Oh, but please, don’t forget what rounds out the end of the day: fireworks.

I made these cupcakes about a week ago, but the name for these cupcakes hit me today–a great coincidence. I wanted to try something different with my cupcakes, and I instantly remembered the champagne cupcakes my friend used to make for special occasions.

Champagne cupcakes? Yeah, that’s different, that’s special. However, I wanted something more…

Champagne cupcakes with Pop Rocks? Now we’ve got something to talk about.

Originally used to replicate the bubbly sensation of the champagne that is lost after baking the alcohol off, the pop rocks atop the delicate, barely sweet, fluffy cake and the sweet and smooth champagne buttercream create a sensation of which you’ve never had in a cupcake.

I like to be modest, but boy, was this a good idea :P.

So while you’re settling down from you BBQ today and watching the night sky, have one of these refreshing and fun cupcakes–the fireworks in your mouth will be a perfect complement to the fireworks above!

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Late (Coconut Cupcakes)

I made my mom’s favorite cupcakes for mother’s day: Coconut cupcakes!

Oh wait, did you just say that it’s May 16th? No, I’m even anywhere close to the actual date of Mother’s Day? This post has no relevance anymore?

Great. Just wonderful. Thanks a lot man, you just put a damper on my whole blog post. Well, here’s some frickin’ cupcakes, I guess.

WAIT. That will NOT bring me down. You know why? Because it was officially my last day of high school today, and what a day it was. Sunrise Period Choir: Crepes and pancakes. A Period AP Math: Preparation for a lesson on cooking and chemistry for B Period AP Chemistry which included freshly baked chocolate chip cookies (my latest iteration in my search for the perfect recipe!) from the school kitchen. C Period Free: Pokemon battles (sorry, I’m a nerd). Lunch: Senior waterfight. F Period AP English: Cake. G Period AP Government: Video game trailers. H Period Workout: Intense weight lifting session for the above reasons.

This is how I teach Chemistry. With style, obviously.

Alright, now it’s time to talk about these awesome cupcakes. Surprisingly, it was my first attempt at making cupcakes and frosting from scratch! Odd, I know, you and I both would have thought I had done this before. The cake is amazingly moist and fluffy without being dense while the frosting perfectly compliments the cake with its equally decadent and creamy texture and flavor. The coconut is not an overbearing presence but in perfect harmony with the vanilla in the mixture. All in all, a great first try at cupcakes!

If you baked or cooked something for you mom this mother’s day, tell me in the comments section!

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