As I mentioned at the end of my previous post, I'm totally inspired by Shannonmarie's "world of cupcakes" - I was drawn into all those deliciously rich looking miniature cakes and decided to make some of my own. I've never cared for the traditional cooked kind with its flavourless cardboardy cake, (although I did enjoy thick homemade frosting, by itself) yet always liked the idea of a beautifully decorated, personal sized cake.
So the answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind...errr...I mean, is in real-food-raw-cupcakes! These guys have it all - moist, flavourful cake topped with delicious sweet frosting, and any garnish you want - never mind dye filled sprinkles, shredded coconut is where it's at!
This time I chose to go for the big Kahunas - full sized cupcakes! I just love these little cakes dressed in two of my favourite colours - pink and white 😀
To start, I pressed my vanilla cake recipe into regular paper muffin cups, in a muffin pan (so they would keep their shape and even have those "muffin lines" when the wrapper was removed). I then topped the cakes with coconut whipped cream, which I dyed light and dark pink using beet juice. The sprinkles are simply shredded coconut mixed with a weeee bit (a few drops) of beet juice also. So pretty! I love how food is art. On that note, today I watched a video of a Buddhist Monk making a sand mandala - it was the most beautiful piece of art work made out of coloured sand that he tapped onto a huge board to create pictures, using a pen-like device. When he was finished, he "dismantled" it (in other words destroyed it), as a symbol of non-attachment. I was thinking that it's a lot like that with desserts: make beautiful edible art, spend time and energy creating, and then eat it! At least with desserts I get to let go, while reaping the rewards of satisfying my sweet tooth and hunger. Mmmm.
I have lots of other ideas in mind, including Shannon's Rawtess cakes (actually, it's next on the list). In the meantime, I'm going to bore you with more pink n white cuppycakes 😀
As you can see, I've become cupcake obsessed already!!! Eeeeks!!!