Almond Cupcakes

Last week was my supervisor’s birthday, so I had to bake her something. She’s super awesome and I’m sad that I’ll be leaving that job in three weeks. I just made the basic cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, but used almond extract in place of the vanilla. It wasn’t an experiment or anything like that, I was just simply out of vanilla. But I would definitely do it again, because it tasted so good. I also discovered licorice extract in the back of the cupboard, although it wasn’t called licorice extract…it had some weird name, so I decided to smell it. I was pretty stoked, I love licorice. I have no idea what I will use it for, but I’m sure I’ll find something one of these days.

These cupcakes were supposed to be turquoise because that’s her favorite color, but of course I forgot until I had poured all the cupcakes into the liners. So I just put a drop of coloring in each one and swirled it a bit. It looked pretty cool, but got covered with frosting, so no one really even knew.

To try and make up for the coloring failure, I decided to make a blue/white swirled frosting. It’s really easy and people get super impressed with it. Just make your buttercream frosting, divide it into two bowls and dye one a color. I use a Wilton Dessert Decorator, it makes life ten times easier. So you just pack some white frosting in there, then blue, and keep alternating. Then when you go to frost, you have a mix of blue and white coming out, creating the swirl! Your effect looks something like this.

I’d love to get some more Wilton tips, I only have a few right now. That’s my favorite part of baking, nothing beats frosting a cake. Totally random, but if anyone knows of a bakery that needs someone to work in the Hollywood/Burbank area…you should totally let me know. I need a job.

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6 responses to “Almond Cupcakes

  1. Mmm I love almond extract! And I love the deep blue swirls on top of the cupcakes. That’s so neat!

  2. Those look really neat. I love the swirly frosting.

  3. Me too! It was a mistake, but I think one I’ll be making more often.

  4. Thank you!

  5. you are awesome. one of my favorite food bloggers around. thank you so much for the link. i am learning a lot from your cooking!

  6. aw, thanks! I’m glad you’ve been learning.

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