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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
I have been meaning to formally introduce my dear friend and often time 2nd shooter, Carol Le of Clicked by Carol, for a while. We met only about 2.5 years ago (May 2, 2008 to be exact) but quickly became very close friends. I learned pretty immediately that not only is she a great photographer, she’s also an amazing baker, a terrific friend and an extremely insightful, considerate, sweet young woman (did I just call her a young woman? Why yes I did!).
I got the idea of asking her for a romantic, Valentine’s themed cupcake recipe to share with my readers to celebrate Valentine’s Day. To my surprise, she agreed! Her cupcakes are extremely delicious and the recipes are, well, if-I-tell-you-I’ll-have-to-kill-you, ready to be passed down generations or sold only in cook book kind… But she shared because she’s that awesome! And, so, here it is, without further ado, her secret recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting.
Raspberry Chocolate Cupcakes
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp raspberry extract
1. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In a double boiler (or a bowl over a pot of simmering water), stir chocolate until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from heat.
3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smoothly blended and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the chocolate from step 2, and mix evenly.
4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla, raspberry extract, and sour cream.
6. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, until it is incorporated and batter looks smooth.
7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Do not be tempted to overfill, or they will sink in the middle! Bake at 350° until toothpick comes out clean (about 15-20 minutes for large cupcakes, and 10-12 minutes for mini cupcakes)
Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2-4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of raspberry extract
Red food coloring
1. Beat butter vigorously with an electric mixer.
2. Scrape the bowl and add the cream cheese and beat until combined.
3. Mix in raspberry extract and a few drops of food coloring for pink color.
4. Add the powdered sugar in parts, beating until smooth. Continue to add powdered sugar until desired consistency.
Thank you Carol for being who you are! xoxo!
On a Friday evening in late June, I went to my very first San Mateo Wine Walk.
I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long to make it to a wine walk (I’ve stumbled upon it before, when I silently cursed the traffic as I tried to get takeout before heading home), but I am glad I did! Multiple blocks of downtown San Mateo is closed down to cars and open only to pedestrians, with wines pouring in booths and in stores. You walk into a store or up to a booth… You give them a ticket, they give you a pour. Simple and tasty! And there were entertainment, performers, and lots of bits of food too (both free and for a few bucks) from the various restaurants. Of course, while originally I thought bringing a camera to this would be fun, I soon found out that my photos became more and more, shall we say, affected by the delicious tastings of wines I had as the evening continued. ^_^