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Two Little Red Hens Bakery: Grown Up Cupcakes

I decided I was finally an adult the day I realized that I could eat cupcakes for dinner. And not just any cupcakes, but the best red velvet cupcakes in New York City, or anywhere else as far as I’m concerned, from Two Little Red Hens.

Working long hours and late nights in financial services meant that meals were pushed off entirely, or relegated to a quick snack to be shoveled in mercilessly between spreadsheet updates. On one especially arduous evening, I forewent dinner, in hopes of getting home earlier. Weary, but back uptown I passed Two Little Red Hens and decided that tonight, I would sup on cupcakes.

After all, I had a job, two degrees, and I paid my rent on time. One bite into a sumptuous red velvet cupcake, and the day’s events washed away. For a brief moment, all was right with the world. I knew, in that moment, that a cupcake can indeed be therapy. A cupcake can indeed make the world a better place.

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Baker’s Recipe: Marsala Soaked Tiramisu Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting

The Sellsword of the Forsaken Field raised his gargantuan blade as he charged towards the mechanical monstrosity that rose from the desert sands. Infused with newfound power, he sprinted forward and lodged the Edge of Baneslaying Destiny into the clockwork beast’s ruby eyes. With fluid grace, the Sellsword slid under the beast and stopped behind it ready and weaponless.

Closing his eyes, he summoned his blade to his hand and watched the guardian fragment as it ripped its intricate insides apart. The dust cloud could be seen for miles and the Sellsword turned to his compatriots and simply asked:

“Anyone else hungry?”

My playgroup is actively trying to make sure we get together more often than once every few months, because frankly that isn’t frequent enough to toss some dice and fight monsters. But I think I figured out how to make it work: bribery. We all want to sit around the table and delve into a dungeon, but everyone has different schedules. So now I offer baked goods for when we do end up playing, and hopefully that will keep the schedule.

My most recent obsession has been tiramisu. That decadent blend of coffee, Marsala and mascarpone is luxurious and so I finally threw caution into the wind and wanted to make my own. But most of my friends known me for making cupcakes, so I gave it a slight twist and made tiramisu cupcakes for our game day.

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Baker’s Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes

Grok love treasure! Grok love food! Why not combine both? Om nom! Magical dish delicious for Grok! Grok go raid now.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of buying candy the day after a holiday ends. November 1st was always a fun time to run to the grocery store to see what plunders I could get and February 15th is up there too. So when Valentine’s Day ended, I did what I always do and went to see what clearanced confectioneries I could find and ended up getting some excess truffles.

But now when I buy candy, it often isn’t to just scarf down immediate. I try to find new ways to use them in my baking or other recipes. Hot chocolate made of melted Milky Ways and a touch of Bailey’s  is amazing by the way. Long ago, I made Milk Way stuffed cupcakes and they were a hit, so I figured why not do the same with truffles? And I mean chocolate truffles, don’t be weird.

These cupcakes don’t end up with a truffle center. As the cupcake bakes, the truffle melts and infuses the cupcake with additional chocolate. Then the bottom layer becomes a delicious base of chocolate.

I do have to say, I feel kind of bad posting this the day after Rachael wrote about the Slow Carb Diet.

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Baker’s Recipe: Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

In honor of my friend Bruce’s birthday, he requested a batch of spice cupcakes for his birthday cupcakes. As someone who is always willing to try something new, I tackled this quasi-gingerbread cake and gave them their own kick by topping them off with a caramel frosting.

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Baker’s Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Elves are weird, Thaxus thought after helping himself to another chalice of elven wine. Who else would find a way to combine vegetables and dessert?

Carrot Cake holds a special place in my heart, simply because of the wonder creation that is Carrot Cake Soup. Sadly, the soup isn’t that great (but if you allow some vanilla ice cream to melt over some carrot cake… mmmm delicious). Still, with the harvest coming to an end, I found myself with far too many carrots and decided I could trick people into eating them the old fashioned way: by hiding them in cake!

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Baker’s Recipe: Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

“Next time you say there is a chimera in the kitchen, can you please specify it’s the delicious kind?”

It’s been ages since I’ve had time to post a recipe and since my cupcake ones tend to get the most attention, I knew I had to return to form. I occasionally bring baked goods to my local Magic playgroup and after bringing chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Oreos once, I knew I would have to go back to the well and craft something new. Plus I had recently devoured some cookies and cream frozen custard, so I definitely had cookies on the mind.

Just a warning to all bakers out there, this recipe requires an entire package of Oreo cookies. I advise you pick up regular, not double stuffed, because I have no idea what is actually in Oreo frosting. Also, the frosting on these cupcakes is cream cheese based so these must be refrigerated once finished.

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Baker’s Recipe: Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes

In a rage, the minotaur tossed aside the worn table. Thaxus was less than thrilled about his spilled milk, but he should have know by now to never go out in public with Adem at this point. Nostrils flaring the minotaur stomped his hooves before looking Adem squarely in the eye and spat, “Those are not the limes of Keys.”

I never turn down an opportunity to show off some baking, so when my friends had a summer barbecue I knew I had to make a new recipe. Originally these were intended to be keylime cupcakes, but keylimes are far too small and far too much work when it comes to juicing and zesting, so instead I went with regular limes. If you want to make use of the soon-to-be de-zested limes, I have to suggest making a pitcher of Margaritas using my simple (and bonus) recipe:

Easy Margaritas

3 limes
2 lemons
1 orange

8 ounces of tequila
4 ounces of simple syrup
2 ounces of triple sec

Juice the fruits, it should yield around 12 ounces of liquid. Combine with 8 ounces of tequila, four ounces of simple syrup and two ounces of triple sec. Either blend in a blender or shake together and serve on the rocks. Garnish your glass with a salt rim if you like, but please use something better than Morton’s.

To make your own simple syrup, combine equal parts sugar and water and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has reduced by a third to half, remove from heat and allow it to cool. Don’t ever bother buying the stuff.

Now on to the cupcakes!

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Baker’s Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes with Cinnamon Frosting

The lumbering frost giant raised the charred remains of its tree trunk club, swinging violently at the source of the last fireball. Ducking, Thaxus kept trying to think of how in the nine spheres did a frost giant manage to find its way into the Amwa swamps. Some things are just always out of season.

For all intents and purposes, this should be a fall dessert, so posting it on the first day of Spring shows that more than the clock on my stove is slightly off. After a friend requested apple crisp cupcakes, I spent a lot of time thinking of how I was going to get it to work. But upon discovering that the apples and crumb topping would sink into the cupcakes while baking, I knew I had a winner.

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Baker’s Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

“I’m going to kill Adem,” Thaxus spat over the singed corpse of the final owlbear. All he wanted was a couple of the best eggs so he could finally make his favorite childhood treat. Why wouldn’t you ask the druid about the best and freshest eggs? Then again, Adem was a terrible druid. Next time he needed cooking advice, Thaxus was just going to ask Nievah.

Thaxus swore under his breath – his pendant of teleportation was cracked. It was going to be a long walk back to the shores of Nolorth. Maybe the otter-penguins actually lay eggs.

Many seem to think that Red Velvet cake is just yellow cake dyed red or is somehow a chocolate cake, but those are sweeping generalizations and wrong. What makes Red Velvet so unique in texture is the use of baking powder and vinegar as a leveling agent in the cake. The chocolate is used to simply counter-act the flavor of the vinegar, while allowing it to still be present for the chemical reaction. And lately the trend has been to make the cake as bright red as possible. The first recipe I ever used called for an OUNCE of red dye – that’s six times as much as I use in my recipe.

One thing about this recipe as a whole is that it calls for one ingredient that most people don’t have on hand: buttermilk. In many localities, buttermilk is only sold in quarts, which means you end up with a bunch of extra buttermilk. If you’re looking for a good way to use it, try it in waffles or pancakes as a substitute for regular milk!

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Baker’s Recipe: Butterbeer Cupcakes

After reading about the Butterbeer Cupcakes crafted by the grand mage, Amy, I knew I would have to make my own batch (especially given my affinity for all things Harry Potter). So as soon as a situation occurred that called for me to whip up a dessert, I knew it was finally time to bake a batch of these diabetic coma inducing delectables. But I made a few minor changes to Amy’s recipe to bring it more in line with my butterbeer recipe.

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