Hot Cocoa Cupcakes!!

Decorated the English way... with a Flake!

Decorated the English way... with a Flake!

An aerial view!

An aerial view!

Yesterday I made my first batch of Hot Cocoa cupcakes! They came out exactly as I was hoping they would. I used more cocoa powder than flour, plenty of vanilla, and heavy cream instead of milk. This made them come out nice and moist, fluffy, with a silky texture and tasting a lot like a cup of cocoa! I topped them with a lightly sweetened whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a piece of Cadbury’s Flake. They looked super cute, and tasted great. I’m not sure I’ll need to change the recipe on this one – tasters so far say I’ve got it right the first time! I’m super excited to share these with all my tasters.

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Published in: on May 25, 2009 at 11:40 am  Comments (2)  

Ginger Lemongrass Cupcakes V. 2.0!!

Like the little ginger slice on top?

Like the little ginger slice on top?

Good morning, Cupcakes!

Good morning, Cupcakes!

Naked cupcakes... avert your eyes!!

Naked cupcakes... avert your eyes!!

The second batch of Ginger Lemongrass cupcakes were a  great improvement. Moist and lemongrassy, they were a hit with tasters.  I baked them on a slightly higher temperature and for less time, ensuring they stayed nice and moist. I also added lemongrass paste to the batter as well as the lemongrass-infused milk. The frosting stayed the same, as I think it turned out just right the first time – nice ginger flavor, not too sweet. The cupcakes needed something to decorate them, so I stuck some cute little quartered candied ginger slices on top, which really gave them that extra “something” I was looking for! The little slice of ginger also added a nice taste/texture contrast to the frosting.

I’ll be  making another batch tonight for a friend’s party! I think Ginger Lemongrass is pretty close to being  released as an official flavor. I can’t wait to start working on the next Beta flavor… “Hot Chocolate”!!

Published in: on May 23, 2009 at 10:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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First Batch of Cupcakes – Ginger Lemongrass!!!

Three little cupcakes...

Three little cupcakes...

Delicious cupcake just waiting to be eaten...

Delicious cupcake just waiting to be eaten...

Please welcome the inaugural batch of Ginger Lemongrass cupcakes! These are lightly flavored lemongrass cupcakes with a ginger white chocolate buttercream. Beta Testers (12 of them) agreed that the frosting was spot on, while the cupcake could use a touch more lemongrass and needs to be lighter. Next batch will be baked and reviewed tomorrow!

Published in: on May 20, 2009 at 10:24 pm  Comments (1)  
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Coming Soon!

Welcome to TamsinCakes! TamsinCakes are locally made, handcrafted cupcakes with unique yet sophisticated flavors. We are currently in the very early stages, developing recipes and brainstorming flavor ideas. It’s all very exciting!!

As I test and develop new flavors, I will be posting updates on this blog and on Twitter – you can follow us at @TamsinCakes.

Every new flavor will launch via a TamsinCakes Product Release Party, free and open to anyone who likes cupcakes! These will be announced via Twitter.  All Twitter followers who RSVP will be entitled to a free cupcake at every Product Release Party!

Cupcake lovers in the SF Bay Area – I’m looking for Beta Testers to try out new flavors as I’m perfecting them & give feedback. Interested? Just leave a comment here and I’ll get in touch with more details. Don’t be shy – the more Beta Testers the better! No culinary expertise necessary, just a love of  delicious sweet things!

TamsinCakes should be ready to launch by July 2009. Check back often and follow us on Twitter for updates!

Published in: on May 13, 2009 at 9:50 am  Comments (6)  
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