Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter

I've had this idea of decorating cupcakes with "grass" and "eggs" for easter for weeks now. I started with the vanilla cupcakes from the previous post and then piped buttercream grass and added easter colored peanut m&m's. While I was at AC Moore looking for the "grass" piping tip, I found these cute bunny/chick cupcake toppers/picks and added them to the mix as well.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Boston Cupcake Crawl

So maybe it's more of a drive than a crawl.

Recently posted an article listing cupcake bakeries around the city. There are 8 different places to get your cupcake fix. I've listed them below (in the event that the article gets removed) in no particular order. Someday Delightful Cakery will be on that list.

I've only been to one of these places, Sweet. Sweet is not a misnomer. Their frosting is definitely on the sweet side. In general, their cupcakes are dense, a bit on the dry side, and lack flavor. The frosting is an american buttercream frosting that over powers the cake. They do however make an incredible Orange Boston Cream cupcake. The cake is light and fluffy. And the custard has the perfect hint of orange flavoring. It's a definite must have.

My friend and I are planning to for a cupcake crawl sometime in the spring, on a warm sunny day. I'll update with pictures and opinions when that happens.

Petsi Pies
285 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-661-0686
31 Putnam Ave., Cambridge, 617-499-0801

49 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, 617-247-2253

South End Buttery
314 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-482-1015

Fiore's Bakery
55 South St., Jamaica Plain, 617-524-9200

Party Favors
1356 Beacon St., Brookline, 617-566-3330

Sugar Bakery1884 Centre St., West Roxbury, 617-327-8427

Kickass Cupcakes
378 Highland Ave., Somerville, 617-628-2877

Lulu's Bake Shoppe
227 Hanover St., Boston, 617-720-2200

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Cakewrecks Replica

First you have to see the inspiration for the design of this cupcake: Cakewrecks

Now for my stab at recreating it:

So the backstory:
My coworker/mentor is taking 12 weeks of leave. For his last staff meeting, our boss asked me to bake something. I then asked my coworker if he had any special requests. His reply was the picture from Cakewrecks. And in true Cel fashion, I'm delivering.

Konditermeister watch out!

Konditermeister is a local bakery well known for its cakes, especially their wedding cakes. I'm not sure how I knew about this place when I youngen' back in Oregon, but I heard of it. I seriously thought it was a myth. But its a real place! I haven't been, but I have had a few tastes of their cakes. Let me tell you, their buttercream is superb. It's light and not overly sweet. I had a taste of one of their cakes recently and made up my mind to try and recreate it.

Enter swiss buttercream. Swiss buttercream is a meringue based frosting. The buttercream you see on store bought cakes is American buttercream (sugar/shortening/milk). My first attempt turned out well. It was a super thick consistency, but then again it was cold to the touch. Perhaps if I left it out at room temp for a couple of hours, it'd thin out a bit. My only complaint is that it was still too sweet for my tastes. I reduced the amount of sugar in my second batch. I think it turned out really well.

With no further ado, I present my latest creation (kinda boring if you ask me)...

Vanilla Cupcakes:

Is it me or does the frosting on the left look whiter? I got tired after trying to flatten out the frosting and rolling the edge in sugar after I did half a dozen. I switched to the swirl and just sprinkled the sugar on top. It turned out ok.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes:
Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes:

Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes:
Triple Strawberry Cupcake:

Oreo Cupcakes:

Welcome to Delightful Cakery!


This blog will showcase my growing creations of cupcakes, cakes, cheesecakes, and other baked goods. Basically, this will be a site for cupcake porn :)

As the name suggests, my baking is on the lighter fair. I'm not a fan of dense cakes with ultra sugary frosting. I prefer light, moist, and airy cakes with flavor. I am also a huge fan of light frosting that compliments the cake, not over power it. As you will see most of my creations are topped with whipped cream. You'll also notice that filled cupcakes are my signature. I like to suprise my guests ;)

Hopefully no one steals the name 'Delightful Cakery', someday I want to see it in lights.

Stay tuned and enjoy!