And the winners are…

First for the throwdown – chocolate cupcake style. AND on National Chocolate Cupcake Day! How fitting. I made a half batch of the chocolate cake (I got 15 cupcakes) out of Confetti Cakes for Kids by Elisa Strauss. The recipe is definitely “fussier” than my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. This one has sour cream and coffee in it. Neither of which are staples in my kitchen. I paired it with the Brown Sugar frosting because I was intrigued by that idea…

The batter came together quite nicely. It does take 3 bowls and like I mentioned, has some ingredients that I had to send hubby out to grab for me… It does have some great flavor combinations going on. It’s got almond extract as well as vanilla and includes coffee. Both almond and coffee go great with chocolate. The batter was quite thick and very tasty. Hubby really enjoyed licking the beater 🙂 And this frosting is AMAZING. We both agreed, it’s one of the best I’ve ever made. Think of a caramel Swiss-meringue buttercream. It paired perfectly with the chocolate cupcake.

Now to the Throw-down results. I’m basing this on 3 categories: Overall Taste, Ease of making, Moistness

Overall Taste – hands down goes to the Confetti cupcake. It is amazing.
Ease of making – definitely goes to my go-to cupcake. So much easier and I always have everything on hand.
Moistness – this is a tie. Both of these recipes yield very moist cupcakes. It’s because of the oil in one and sour cream in the other.

So it’s a TIE!?! I’ll definitely keep my go-to chocolate cupcake for when I just want to whip something up. It’s quick and easy and the results are great. But when I want to go the extra mile, I’ll make the Confetti cupcakes. It does take more effort, but the results are worth it. I’m not going to post the recipe here, but definitely I definitely recommend checking out Confetti Cakes for Kids by Elisa Strauss.

Now on to the GIVEAWAY!! I almost forgot about it after these amazing cupcakes. Thanks to everyone who participated! Using Random.org, I chose 5 random numbers from 1-79 and the lucky winners are…

Megan – who’s email begins with mybakingadventures
Chrissy – who’s email begins with chrissyblogs
Grifam93 – who’s email begins with aseminara
Jared – who’s email begins with jared
MoonFreckle – who’s email begins with angelaj

Congratulations to the winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated. If you won, send me an email at beantownbaker[at]gmail[dot]com with your address and your book will be at your house in no time. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I already have!
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13 Responses to “Maple Syrup and Birthday Cupcakes”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Mmmmm I love one dish cupcakes!

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    Carly — March 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Those cupcakes look delish! Can you tell me more about the “dipping in ganache” technique? Does the ganache need to be a certain consistency first?

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    yumventures — March 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I have seen some maple cheesecake around the blogs, maybe that would be awesome use for the sugar? Or to top maple sugar cookies 🙂

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    Joanne — March 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I made a seriously awesome maple mousse cake to go with Christmas dinner this year and it used maple sugar. It was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. The link to the post is: http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.blogspot.com/2010/01/frozen-maple-mousse-pie-with-chocolate.html.

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    KV — March 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Go Butler!! I think I’m going to use your “go to” cupcake recipe to make some Final Four treats for the office Friday

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    Kelly — March 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Wow that maple syrup event looks really cool, I wish I had known about it- it looks like they only do it once a year!

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    Jen — March 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Carly – I dipped the cupcakes in the ganache while it was still very liquidy. I did it a few minutes after making the ganache and then let it set up on the cupcakes. Hope that helps.

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    Cara — March 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Jen, the maple syrup experience sounds like so much fun and I’ve always wanted to do it! I wonder if it’s too late this year.

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    Lila — March 31, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Those cupcakes look so pretty. Can you tell me what kind of liners you’re using? They stay so nice and bright.

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    stephchows — March 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    ooo I love sugar houses!!! The tastings are always the best 🙂

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    Jen — March 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Lila, I get the liners online. Here is the link for the colored ones, and I also get brown liners as well.

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    Memória — April 9, 2010 at 5:02 am

    The cupcakes look beautiful and festive!! I love real maple syrup!

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    Kyle — April 15, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I should have a birthday more often. So good…

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