The 3rd flavor was strawberry cupcakes. I made 1 dozen of my go-to strawberry cupcake recipe - the ones my sisters always insist that I make when I go home and fight over - and 1 dozen of the Sprinkles strawberry cupcakes. I am sticking with my go-to strawberry recipe. The Sprinkles cupcakes rose a lot but instead of nice domes, it was flat and spread over the top of the cupcake pan - not cool. Seems this happens to me with one batch every time I make a bunch of cupcakes. So might not be the recipe, but what was the recipe was the use of pureed strawberries instead of chopped - and that makes a big difference. Tracey of the awesome blog Tracey's Culinary Adventures recently tried the Sprinkles strawberry cupcakes so you can check out her experience and adaptation.
I did, however, prefer the sprinkles frosting recipe as it was much thicker, tasted great and piped well. So, from now on, I will be combining my favorite strawberry cupcake recipe with Sprinkles strawberry frosting recipe. Click here for a Printable Recipe.
And, I must take a moment to thank the lovely Bunny of Bunny's Warm Oven for teaching me how to provide you with clean printable recipes. Thanks so much Bunny. You should check out her site, her photos make me drool, and she is on the top of my list for my Blog Love project.
Finally, the fourth cupcake flavor was Mocha Chip with Chocolate Buttercream frosting. I actually don't have much to say about these, as most of the feedback I received that night - after a few - ok, probably like a few to many - adult beverages was about the #1 Cupcakes that I posted about. But, these went fast and furious too, and the recipe is from one of my FAVORITE cupcake books - 125 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson. Seriously, this is the one book that I go to all the time. There are great simple basics and clever flavor combinations - all of them easy to make and they provide a great basis for playing around. And these mocha chip cupcakes have both ground coffee and instant coffee granules for a nice strong coffee flavor. Click here for a Printable Recipe.