There is a (very popular) local bakery that has a buy one, get one free offer on cupcakes on Mondays. A few friends of mine brought it to my attention a few months ago, so I had no choice but to head on over to the bakery one week to give their cupcakes a try. Of course, since my jeans are tight enough as it is, I took my hubby with me so I would not be tempted to eat two cupcakes.
I chose a chocolate bacon cupcake and he chose a strawberry lemonade cupcake (at the suggestion of the aforementioned friends). We each enjoyed a taste of each other’s cupcake and compared notes. You will never hear me critique food made for me by friends and family (geez, I’m thrilled when someone actually offers to cook or bake for me!)… But, pricey bakery cupcakes are fair game in my book. And, in the case of these particular cupcakes, I was quite underwhelmed. My hubby, who has done quite a bit of cupcake testing over the years, was also rather unimpressed by the cupcakes.
I liked the concept of the strawberry lemonade cupcake, a strawberry cupcake with lemonade flavored frosting, but it was sickeningly sweet. I was convinced that I could do better (which is something I claim a lot at bakeries, I confess… Whether or not it is really true remains to be seen). I made a mental note to give my own version a try in the near future.
Last weekend I finally had a chance to bake some cupcakes of my own (for the person who recommended the strawberry lemonade cupcake, strangely enough)… I didn’t really plan ahead, so I had to make a few flavor substitutions. I was running low on strawberries, so I made blueberry cupcakes instead. And, since I had a stockpile of limes sitting on my kitchen counter, I opted to go with a lime flavored frosting instead of lemon. I happen to like lime better anyway. So, these blueberry limeade cupcakes were born.
Personally, I was thrilled with how they turned out… I tasted the frosting quite a few times, making sure it was the right balance of tart (if you’re going to make a limeade cupcake, it needs to be tart!) and sweet. Then, I tried them out on quite a few people… My hubby, my dad, and the friends who enjoyed the cupcakes at a cookout were all happy with the recipe.
From now on, I’ll be skipping the bakery and making my own… Now I just have to tackle the bacon cupcakes! Continue Reading