These whimsical cupcakes have it all! Chopped white chocolate and tart dried cranberries baked right in the luscious cupcake base, swirled lemon cream cheese frosting, and sparkling cranberries glistening on the top. It’s my favorite Starbucks holiday treat in a cupcake!
So something very strange happened to me while I was doing my last minute grocery shop for Christmas day…
Santa Clause hit on me.
Ok, so not Santa Clause, but a fat (and a little too jolly) 65 year old man with a white beard. Let’s just say I was very uncomfortable and wanted to duck my head into the neck of my sweater and never return. Even the check out girl asked “Did that just happen?” I replied with “Yes, it did. Do you happen to sell rape whistles next to the gum?” So now I have proof that at 32 with 2 kids and 10 years of marriage under my belt, I still “got it”. At least to perverted old men. Find another chimney Santa!
I think I have become obsessed with lemon. I’ve never baked with it until I made these beauties and I’m pretty sure it was the lemon butter cream frosting that did me in. I kind of avoided lemons because…I’m lazy and didn’t want to zest 10 million lemons to make a quarter cup of frosting. I don’t know what little voice told me that zesting 10 million lemons is a reality in the baking world, but I mistakenly listened to it and missed out on so many cookies, cakes, and desserts I could have made! So lately I’ve been pondering what other delights I can make with lemon. Madeleines have always been one of my favorite cookies, so combining them with my latest obsession was really fun! The fresh lemon make these Pink Lemonade Madeleine Cookie Sandwiches so vibrant and zesty.
Oh, and they’re pretty and dainty! Who doesn’t want to eat something pretty and dainty?
I’m a southern California girl. I was born in Mission Viejo near Laguna Beach. I left when I was about 12 and headed to the melting pot known as Florida. I loved my little hometown. From what I remember, it was fabulous. I was barely a tween, but I had good memories. In my profession I meet people from all over the world. So whenever I come across a southern Californian, I’m excited and tell them I’m from little Mission Viejo. Quite often, I get a little smirk or chuckle. A little confused, I finally asked what was so funny. Let’s just say Mission Viejo is New Jersey and Laguna Beach is New York.
So although I was born in the west, my allegiance is to the east. Specifically the south. I love all things southern. Sweet tea, corn bread, pies, fried chicken…I could go on and on. And yes, I’m in Florida. A state where so many argue that it’s not part of the bible belt, so it’s not really “southern”. I say whatever to those people! If the state serves sweet tea in their restaurants, its in the bible belt! So here are some Blueberry Cornbread Cupcakes to commemorate my love for the south.