Monday, September 21, 2009

Cupcake Heaven

This weekend, I found myself craving a little creating. I love to write, but as every writer knows, sometimes you get stuck in the folds and just need a little breathing room. Maybe I'm taking too much of a breather, but nonetheless, my breathers usually involve some sort of tastiness.

These little cupcake cuties are not an original. I used a gluten-free mix that I had been wanting to try. It's Gluten-Free Pantry's Old-Fashioned Cake and Cookie Mix and quite tasty. I like it because it doesn't have any tapioca flour in it, which most gf lovers will tell you is fine, but my body heartily disagrees. I have to be more choosy and GF Pantry stands up to the test. These little morsels were soft, sweet, and comforting with just the right crumb. They even stood up to the Day 2 test: will they become dry and brittle or taste like dirt? Nope. They stayed relatively soft and the crumb stayed mostly intact. I have made my own cupcake and cake versions which last longer and are a little more moist, however, for a package mix, these are great!

The icing on the top is Martha Stewart's Seven-Minute Frosting piped on and Let's Do...Sprinkelz Chocolatey sprinkles which I purchased at Whole Foods. I am a natural girl - as much and as often as I can be.

By the by, I used honey instead of corn syrup in Martha's recipe and it worked great. Love honey! Here's a little secret: you can use honey instead of corn syrup in a variety of things like caramels (I'll have to make some soon), frosting, homemade candies, and of course, drinks and sweet tea. I am blessed because my mother and step-father have a few honeybee hives all of their own, so they keep me well-stocked.

So, if you're in the mood for a little sweetness or something sassy with a kick, these little cupcake cuties are sure to tempt you in a delicious way.


  1. I just found a great sugar cookie icing recipe that calls for corn syrup which I'm currently out of... I'll have to try it with honey. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Hi Michelle - Thank you for your interest in Cut Short on Authors Promoting Authors website. I recently gave a talk at a Literary Festival here in the UK and was given a 'literary cake' - I'll post a photo of it on my blog tonight. It's a little cake with a rice paper book on it. I took a picture of it before it mysteriously vanished . . . yummy food seems to evaporate in my house!

  3. Good luck with your recipe, Megan. You'll have to let me know how it turned out!

  4. Hi Leigh- I'm excited to hear more about your book and now I really want to know about this literary cake. Yum! Save me a piece...