All posts tagged: cupcake

Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake & Calvados Anise Weekend Muffins with a Blood-Orange Glaze

“I like the dryness of it,” Tor told me matter-of-factly, as if that should explain everything. “But the dryness is why I made a glaze for my own version!” I retorted. “Well…I like it dry,” he concluded, with a nonchalant shrug of his shoulders. I missed a couple weeks of Tuesdays with Dorie, a cookalong group baking their way through Dorie Greenspan‘s new book, Baking Chez Moi. Today I’m jumping back into the swing of things with a review of her Brown Butter and Vanilla Bean Weekend Cake. This cake was very nice, though I thought it a bit dry. However, that’s what others may find they like most about it, as evidenced by Tor’s remarks above. I did forego the optional addition of rum, so perhaps the whole thing would have been more moist if I had opted for it; however, I can’t imagine that the brown butter and vanilla flavor—which is what redeemed it, in my opinion—wouldn’t have been overpowered by the rum. I thought it was a bit fussy with the method, …

The World’s Best Cupcakes

Blue sky expands in a dome above us. Puffy white cumulous laze about as if the day will last forever—as though night will never come to take them from their audience. Dad perches the video camera on his shoulder; all attention rests on me. My bike exists as an extension of me. Pink frills bounce, ratty sneakers pump, blond hair flies, nothing limits me. I am one with the universe. All powerful. Racer. The world’s best. Enter Daniel, zooming up behind me. Irked at his attempt to steal my spotlight, I holler: “Daniel! Don’t ride behind me!” He eases back, but only to give himself room to maneuver to my side. “Don’t ride beside me!” A quiet grin steals onto his face; the smirk widens as he quietly but quickly veers in front of me. “Don’t ride behind me! Don’t ride beside me! Don’t ride in front of me!” But my last words are drowned out by Daniel’s raucous chortles. A classic Norwegian cake, Kvæfjord Kake, lovingly referred to as “The World’s Best Cake” in English, …