Category Archives: Dessert Flags

St. Patty’s Day

Before I could appreciate alcohol, St. Patrick’s Day was just another day for me. But since I usually like to get into the spirit of things, in high school I would always wear at least a hint of green (just in case any of the boys went on a pinching spree). I never went out for this holiday, even when I could finally appreciate alcohol (before I transitioned from sweet mixed cocktails to beer and whiskey). Eventually, I felt how to grasp the enjoyment of drinking beer on my Dublin trip in 2010.  I started with cider then gradually transitioned to beer.  On my Dublin trip, we went on a tour of the Guinness brewery and I’m sorry to say that I am not a fan of dark beer.  HOWEVER, if you added dark beer to chocolate… now we’re talking. I came across this Irish Car Bomb cupcakes recipe, and despite not having ever tried a real Irish Car Bomb (Guinness, Jameson, & Baileys), I decided to prep myself for the 17th, and get into the Irish spirit.

The recipe is very simple and delicious.  In my opinion, the most difficult part of this process was finding a 40 of Guinness.  I thought it’d be a waste to spend 8 bucks on a 6 pack when I only needed a cup, especially since I don’t really enjoy drinking Guinness by itself. I went to two gas stations and one supermarket before finding the 40 at a liquor store (who knows why I didn’t go there first). The cake turned out moist and delicious, although most friends could have done without the Bailey’s Irish Cream frosting. I would definitely make these again, especially when I’m craving chocolate.  Maybe on the 17th, I’ll pregame with these cupcakes before heading out to my beloved pub for some whiskey on the rocks.

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NYE 2012 cupcakery

With NYE just around the corner, I hope everyone has already secured their plans. It might be too late to get tickets to just about anything in LA, but it’s never too late to throw something together last minute.  My friends and I are excited to be counting down the new year in Hollywood, but I know some of us had opted to throw something small for our little circle. (We were overruled.)

Bling bling seems to come out most during the end of the year so in honor of this glimmering holiday, I blinged out dessert flags to go on top of mini cupcakes.  This will work in any shape or size as long as the toothpick can hold it.

I picked up these prize winning cupcakes at My Delight Cup Cakery, a little shop in Upland.  Every time I  went to a new bakery, I used to order a few different flavors tosample and red velvet would always come out on top.  In recent times, I decided to save myself from consuming calories from mediocre flavors and instead I just stick to red velvet.  When I walked into My Delight, all I could see were the two signs that said ‘First place: Red Velvet and First place: Breakfast Cupcake’.  I rarely crave a sweet breakfast of pancakes, waffles, or french toast (despite my love of maple syrup), but this breakfast cupcake sounded interesting, mainly the bacon bits sprinkled on top. It was pretty delightful, but I’d still rather have it without the bacon.  The bacon added an odd texture to the experience. The buttermilk cupcake was soft and moist and the buttery maple frosting was the perfect amount of sweet.  It tasted like I had a perfect pancake.  I guess I should stop drooling now.

I have a few red velvet cupcakes left.  After my family gets through with it, if I have any leftovers, I might have to make a few BFF office deliveries tomorrow.