Monday, September 22, 2008

Cupcake train

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For this year's celebration, R wanted a Thomas the Train birthday cake. I made use of this occasion to test a new chocolate cupcake recipe. I am always on the look-out for the perfect chocolate cake recipe, and I think I have finally found it with this last one. It is moist and chocolate-y, without being overly sweet. I have tried a lot of recipes which includes a vegan one from Divvies, and the one I made for J's birthday party was a Martha Stewart recipe. (While Martha's cupcakes were wonderful to look at, with beautiful domes, they lacked flavor and moisture.) For the frosting, I relied on my trusty Swiss Meringue Buttercream for its flavor and stability to hold up at room temp in spite of Manila's sweltering heat.

Here we are, taking a break after frosting all the cupcakes. R loves to help whenever I am in the kitchen. He was tasked to put the sprinkles on all those cupcakes.

This is taken at his school party, where all his classmates went crazy over the cupcake train. I got great compliments from the parents, too.

Here is a closer view of the cupcake train.

And here is the birthday boy, loving those cupcakes!



mich said...

E would have loved those cupcakes too! really good job on those, i wish i had your baking skills hehe.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tina, great job with those cupcakes! NICE!!! any leftovers for me? -Queenjane :)

jen laceda said...

Hi Tins,

Those cupcakes look decadent! I might have gained a few pounds just by looking at them! Hooray for mommy! You should send me the recipe. (I always throw some avocados or spinach in G's cupcakes, for good measure!).

Anonymous said...

Where did u get the trains for this idea?

The Phenomenal Woman said...

Thanks for visiting!

The trains are part of my son's collection of Thomas trains. You can buy them at any toy store.

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