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Birthday Cupcakes Update

(Shirley Temple Cupcakes)

I first talked about this AMAZING cupcake here.  I read all the reviews and read over the recipe a few times just to see if I really felt this was for sure THE cupcake.

It TOTALLY was!  OH! MY! GOSH! It was SOOOOO good!

The cupcake itself is a yummy pomegranate flavor and was SO good just by itself.  The topping is where the Shirley Temple flavor comes in.  It is a sweet yet tart lemon/pomegranate flavor.  YUM!

While making the cupcakes I discovered a few things.  The batter is TOTALLY weird!  Seriously.  I have never seen anything like it in my life.  Well, ok, maybe once when I was making my AWESOME Strawberry Buttercream and something went wrong, very wrong and everything separated.  It looked just like that.  Everything separated.  It was very soupy.  If you make this just know, there is nothing wrong, it should look like that.

I did go ahead and make the homemade grenadine, also talked about here.  It was VERY good!  It is worth making, it is not hard and it doesn't take much time.

The icing is like a glaze rather than a fluffy frosting.  It is very sticky and will run if you put too much on.

The other thing I did........


Chocolate Cupcakes kissed with Coffee and topped with an Italian Coffee Buttercream.

I could have seriously eaten the frosting with a spoon right out of the bowl.  

I won't lie, I did do just that.  YUM!

These were SO good!  As soon as that coffee extract appears on the market I will for sure be stocking up!

I just took a regular chocolate cake mix, made it according to the directions on the box and added about 5 tablespoons coffee extract.  Bake according to directions on box.

For the frosting I made my regular buttercream and added about 4 tsp's coffee extract and 3 tablespoons Coffee-Mate Italian Sweet Cream creamer.  OH! MY! GOSH!  I can not even explain to you how good this was!

YUM!

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