Lavender – Honey Cupcakes

March 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

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It’s been so exciting to already see the effects of spring –  flowers, particularly cherry blossoms, are blooming and more people are spending time outdoors as the weather becomes nicer. I’ve been enjoying sitting in the sun’s warmth, which almost feels therapeutic.

Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. 

I wanted to bake something that encapsulated the vibe of spring so I came up with these Lavender-Honey Cupcakes! Lavender was on my mind because I recently had a cup of lavender-hot chocolate, which struck a great delicate balance of flavors. These cupcakes were my first time adding lavender to food so I was a little nervous because it is such a strong flavor and using too much can cause something to taste more like soap than a delicious cupcake.

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However after taking one bite of these cupcakes, I knew these were definitely a keeper! I am so excited with how well these turned out! Even my picky 14-year old brother loved them and asked to pack one for school – that’s when you know it’s good.

I love how the honey in the cupcake batter gives the cake a slightly caramelized outside with an incredibly moist interior. The lavender-vanilla bean buttercream is luscious with a refreshing, floral accent. I also love the pretty pastel colors of the honey-yellow cake and lavender frosting on top.

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Torched S’mores Layer Cake

January 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

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I knew I would find a reason to justify the fact that I’m super late in sharing this recipe and I’ve found the best excuse there is: apparently January 27 (aka today) is National Chocolate Cake Day! Not like I really need a reason to eat chocolate cake but I will gladly accept the affirmation! It seems like every day (in America/Instagram anyway) is a celebration for some kind of delicious food and you know what, I can get down with it.

It also seems like s’mores variations have been popping up everywhere so all the more reason to make this cake! I first thought to do a s’mores layer cake when I was brainstorming ideas for my brother’s birthday cake. He turned 14 and he’s not an adventurous eater so it can be difficult being creative with his cakes but having him like it, which is obviously crucial. How horrible would it be if you didn’t like your own birthday cake?

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I was so excited with how this cake turned out! I have been experimenting with six-inch layered cakes because whenever I bake larger ones for my family, the leftovers never get finished. This s’mores layer cake is by far the best one I’ve made yet, and you don’t even need a six-inch cake pan to make it!

It’s a little whimsical yet sophisticated and so delicious. The chocolate cake is incredibly moist (I used my go-to recipe) and you can really taste all the components of a s’more: chocolate fudge is added between the cake layers, graham crackers are crushed and added to the frosting, and meringue is piped on top and torched to a perfect golden-brown finish, just like a campfire marshmallow.

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This cake may be more work than making traditional s’mores but it elevates the satisfaction you get from graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows to a whole new level. Yes, it’s a labor of love but it tastes amazing and is sure to impress so make this for a special occasion or for celebrating someone special in your life!

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Blueberry-Lemon Curd Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

June 21, 2015 § Leave a comment

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It’s the first day of summer and also Father’s Day, which is double the reason to celebrate! Luckily for you, I’m sharing an outstanding cupcake recipe that encompasses the fresh flavors of summer and can be whipped up quickly, which is convenient in case you kind of forgot today was Father’s Day (it happens to the best of us).

After brainstorming recipes that focus on in-season produce, these blueberry-lemon curd cupcakes made the top of the list. One of the great things about summer is the abundance of sweet berries. I have yet to go out into the field and pick my own but that is definitely on my bucket list! I can imagine that working hard for your fruit makes them that much sweeter and truly embodies the concept of farm-to-table.

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These cupcakes are simple to make but also look and taste absolutely amazing! I love the sweet and tart combination of blueberries and lemons, which is why I made sure they are the true stars of these treats.
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Ringing in 2015 – Boston Cream Pie

January 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Happy New Year!! Unlike most other years, by the time it was December 31, I felt ready for the coming year to begin but not because there was something wrong with the past year. 2014 was a full year- highs, lows, celebration of life, remembrance of those who passed, adventures that transformed strangers to friends and brought further personal discovery, new memories with old friends, and of course, incredible food. As a result, it felt like it was simply time to move onto 2015. To help kick off the year right, I made this delicious Boston Cream Pie!  « Read the rest of this entry »

Salted Caramel Tim Tam Cupcakes

October 7, 2014 § 4 Comments

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Welcome to the first post of Celine’s Eats!

After some urging from several friends, I finally decided to start a food blog! I am so excited to launch Celine’s Eats and share it with all of you! If you have not done so already, you should check out the “About” page to learn more about my food background and my vision for Celine’s Eats.

I am currently studying abroad in Sydney, Australia until late November so I thought it would be appropriate to launch Celine’s Eats with a recipe that highlighted the greatness of an Australian creation – Tim Tams. « Read the rest of this entry »

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