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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 04:02 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

Love is in the air, red and pink hues are saturating color palettes everywhere and the sweet smell of cupcakes is wafting through my apartment—February 14th must be approaching.

While roses and gifts are certainly appreciated during this time of year, the way to my heart is most simply through my sweet tooth. To me, no Valentine’s Day is complete without the necessary abundance of sinfully sugar-filled treats. So, when I came across these darling cupcakes from Hello Naomi, I just couldn’t resist baking up my own version of the heart-topped confections. Could they be any cuter?

Hello Naomi’s Vanilla Cupcake Recipe (makes a dozen)

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup castor (superfine) sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

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    Nutmeg & Cinnamon Iced Red Velvet Cupcakes

    Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 04:12 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

    The popularity of red velvet cake has skyrocketed in recent years, but this crimson confection has actually been satisfying sweets lovers for decades. With a vibrant scarlet color and subtle chocolatey-vanilla flavor, red velvet cake has been a Southern soul food staple for more than a century, was the signature dessert at NY’s Waldorf-Astoria in the 1920’s, and even made its big screen debut in one of my favorite flicks, Steel Magnolias (the groom’s cake in the film was an armadillo-shaped red velvet).

    Now one of the hottest cake flavors around, red velvet desserts are flying out of bakeries from coast to coast (it’s the most popular flavor at NYC’s Magnolia) and has recently gone international—Parisian bakery, Cupcakes & Co., began offering a red velvet cupcake on their menu. Ooh la la!

    For a friend’s recent holiday party, I baked these mini cupcakes and sprinkled some spice into cream cheese icing for a fun and festive twist—a swirl of nutmeg and cinnamon created a very merry topper.

    Red Velvet Mini Cupcake Recipe (makes about 48 miniature cupcakes)

  • 2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup red food coloring (approx. 2 1-oz. bottles)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking soda

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    Martha’s Country Bakery

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 04:05 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

    As a serious cupcake fanatic, I’ve been on the hunt to find a good bakery that makes a mean red velvet (often my flavor of choice) in my new Astoria neighborhood. While Magnolia and Buttercup are certainly worth a MetroCard swipe and traveling a few subway stops to get to, I hoped to find a place closer to home to satisfy my oh-too-often cupcake cravings.

    To my delight, I stumbled upon Martha’s Country Bakery. In 1972, the original Martha’s opened in Hell’s Kitchen (ironically, not too far from my old apartment) and has since relocated to the Ditmars area of Astoria, with two additional locations in Forest Hills and Bayside. What I thought would be a typical bakery was so much more—at 10pm on a weeknight, this bustling bakeshop was packed with people enjoying sweet treats and cappuccinos in a host-serviced outdoor seating area. The adorable interior had a warm, inviting atmosphere and an open kitchen, gelato case, full-service coffee bar and enormous display of freshly made cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pastries, pies, tarts, breads and more.

    Martha’s extensive display case of baked goods

    Martha’s offers eight varieties of their famous pound cakes

    Martha’s delicious peanut butter & red velvet cupcakes

    I was tentative to try Martha’s at first, since I’ve had my fair share of serious cupcake disappointments—luckily for me, the baked goods and cupcakes that I’ve polished off from Martha’s have all been scrumptious and I love the atmosphere too. I finally found my new favorite bakery in Astoria!

    Martha’s Country Bakery is at 36-21 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105


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