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Spring Cupcakes in Frankfurt

12 Apr

Spring has arrived in Frankfurt. The cherry blossom trees are fragrant and in full bloom, the sun is shining giving your skin an early April glow, the banks of the Main River are packed full joggers, friends BBQing and people chilling out on blankets in the grass. And alongside all of these spring joys are spring cupcakes in my kitchen of course!

So when a friend of mine asked me to bake some cupcakes, I knew that these cupcake babies had to welcome in spring in all its glory.

On these cupcakes I combined two things I have wanted to try out for ages.

1. Using crushed Oreos to mimic ground/soil.
2. The Wonderful World of Royal Icing.

There so many wonderfully talented and creative ladies out in the blogging world and after getting inspired by their spring creations, I just couldn’t resist trying out my hand with some of their designs and tricks of the trade.

Here are my Oreo-soil cupcakes with carrots and grass inspired by CocoCakes in Vancouver. Her style is one of kind and every time she accomplishes this under-stated beauty in all her creations that is executed through simplicity. So inspiring.

The next lady which finally pushed me over the edge into taking the plunge into royal icing and sugar cookies is Callye at The Sweet Adventures of Sugar Belle. As soon as laid my eyes on these super adorable bunny ear sugar cookies, I knew that I would finally be making sugar cookies. I mean how could I resist? Callye is just so purely creative and I love that. She has recently taken sugar cookies to the next level and made awesome 3-D creations like these sugar cookie nail polish jars. I mean, her creativity is amazing and she shares so many tricks of the trade which is so wonderful for beginners like me who muster up the courage only after viewing the tutorial 17 times. Her great work never ceases to amaze me and I loved that I was able to combine sugar cookies with cupcakes!

The last design was mine. Yay! I am sure I have seen grass piping all over the Internet but hey, the daisy and the ladybug TOGETHER on grass piping, yeah, that was ALL me. I bet it’s been done a hundred times, I know! But hey, maybe not yet in Germany? Oder (or) in Frankfurt? Maybe I am the first! Either way they are damn cute!! Shame about the lighting and shadows though!

Enjoy spring and there will be more spring cupcakes to come!

New in Germany-Cupcake mix in a box! A review.

30 Nov

Ok, so it’s official, cupcakes are touching the hearts of the Germans. They have expanded their reach to all corners of the world, from North American to the UK, from the UK to Australia and New Zealand and I think they are about to find a cosey place in the Germany.

Here we have Exhibit A:

Himbeer-Vanille (Raspberry-Vanilla) Cupcakes from RUF. Still need to work on that spelling. No hyphen, guys.

These guys here stood all by their lonesome next to all the Dr. Oetker instant pound cake mixes so I just had to bring one home with me. So only one lone flavour available on the shelves at the moment, but it’s a start! And at €2.49 a pop, not bad. So here is how things went down.

Unlike the packages in Canada, this package comes with everything you need for the cupcakes, ohne (without) the fresh ingredients that is. It comes with the cake mix, the flavour mix for the frosting, white chocolate shavings for garnish and even cute pink cupcake cases.

Once you add the egg and oil, you whip everything together for two minutes and then the Teig (batter) is ready for the oven. With a bake time of 25 minutes, you have time to prepare the frosting.

You mix the raspberry flavoured powder with cream cheese and again within two minutes it is ready to use. As we already know, Germans are scared of the unhealthy stuff, so the frosting is at a minimum. Just look at how little frosting there is! Maybe a cup for all the 12 cupcakes! I later in fact discovered the reason behind scant amounts of frosting on these cupcakes. Approximately 48 hours after the cupcakes were made, the few remaining ones that had the swirls of frosting got really soggy tops where as the ones with less were fine. Vielleicht (maybe) this has something to do with cream cheese frosting as a rule (I’m no expert), but it was gross and I threw the soggy topped cupcakes away.

So how was this German cupcake mix? Good. Not great. The cupcakes were nice when they first came out of the oven. Fluffy and moist, but then something happened and by the following day, they were dense (like the McDonald’s ones) and quite heavy from the moisture in them. The frosting was fine, I mean again, it tasted like stuff they put on the McDonald’s cupcakes except with the tang of cream cheese as the base. The cupcakes certainly aren’t so impressive and no I would not buy them again (ugh, I hate dense cupcakes) BUT the Germans have to start somewhere. Alongside the few cupcake shops sprinkled around Germany, this is definitely a step in the right direction. I would love for cupcakes to go mainstream here so I could introduce Germans to the wonderful world of fluffy cupcakes, Canadian style.