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Anniversary Cupcake Surprises

1 Aug

As I headed downtown for some lunch today, my husband unexpectedly turned down a road and brought the car to a stop proclaiming, “We’re here.” Let’s just say I was more than a little confused, that is until I saw a sign reading “The Cupcake Collection” in front of a small purple brick home.

(Please excuse the photo quality, as it was a surprise I didn’t have my camera! Settled for the phone.)

Already impressed with the husband, I had no idea the cupcake heaven that awaited me. Only open from 11-3 on Sundays, there was a decent sized line wrapping around the small porch. Lucky for us the line moved quickly, which is good because the smell wafting from the kitchen every time the door opened was teasing my taste buds.

This small, family-run bakery was even named the number one bakery in this year’s Toast of Music City. The Cupcake Collection features cakes that are delicately fluffy and frosting that has just the perfect amount of sweetness.

We had to try a good handful of flavors and decided on (from left to right) top row: sweet lemonade, strawberry, red velvet, bottom row: wedding cake, strawberry lemonade, chocolate.

Left absolutely speechless over the strawberry lemonade cupcake it’s needless to say we will be getting more than one cupcake of this flavor next time. The ratio of strawberry to lemon and frosting was absolute perfection. Plus, at only $1.50 per cupcake at least your wallet won’t feel bad for ordering one or two extra, your diet may not feel the same way though.

On top of all this, the youngster running the register on a busy day acted like the long line was no sweat. It definitely wasn’t his first time, and we wonder if owner Mignon Francois taught him everything she knows. Get to know her and her “testament” about the creation of The Cupcake Collection in the clip below, it’s certainly worth a listen.

If you haven’t made the trip to Historic Germantown to visit this family affair of a bakery you are missing out! Learn more about the bakery and daily flavors:

Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

9 Jul
I’m on a strawberry kick since 4th of July, so I’ve been looking for another excuse to make something with the yummy berry. I found a recipe for a strawberry frosting and thought it would be perfect with a chocolate cupcake. I mean who doesn’t love chocolate strawberries, right? Here’s how it’s done:
Beat together:
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs (add one at a time)

Sift:

  • 1 3/4 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup cocoa powder

Measure out 1 cup of milk and 2 tsps vanilla

Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients followed by 1/2 of the milk and so on and so on. Also, be sure you scrape the sides and bottom of your bowl, you don’t want flour stuck to the sides when you think you’re finished. Pour batter into cupcake paper-lined muffin tins filling them 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

My first batch looked amazing. I moved them to cool and filled in the second tin. After setting the timer and giving them a minute to cook, I returned to check on my chocolate cupcakes. What I found in the oven was barely baking batter. Crap! I had turned the oven off. After a quick laugh at myself, I turned the oven back on and reset the timer.

I had to watch this batch a little closer because of my little slip up, but they still turned out just right.

The recipe for strawberry frosting sounded good, but I have a thing for creamcheese frosting so I changed it up a little. Rather than adding two sticks of butter, I added one stick of butter and one package 8 oz. cream cheese both at room temperature and beat until creamy.

Then sift in 3-4 cups of powdered sugar and beat. Add 1/3 cup of strawberry puree and beat until combined. After adding the puree my frosting was a little runny. Next time I’ll probably just try chopped strawberries.

Although I’m not completely pleased with the frosting, this cupcake was delicious!


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