Once I decided what to make, I was excited to get started in the kitchen. It wasn't hard to build on the drinks as inspiration to come up with a cupcake version. But first, let's learn a bit more about these Starbucks inspired holiday flavors...
Cranberry Bliss Cupcakes
Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar: A blondie cake base, topped with sweet cream cheese icing, tart dried cranberries and white orange drizzle.I made these cupcakes using a traditional vanilla cupcake studded with a little candied ginger, mini white chocolate chips and dried cranberries. To finish them off, I made a cream cheese frosting kissed with a bit of orange juice and orange zest, decorated with more dried cranberries and a piece of white chocolate bar.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte: Espresso, pumpkin-flavored syrup and steamed milk. Topped with sweetened whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices.For this wildly popular flavor, I made a pumpkin spice cake with a touch of espresso. These were then frosted with a sweet buttercream frosting and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice. When presented for the holiday bake off, I added a small piece of iconic green plastic straw.
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha: Espresso, steamed milk, mocha sauce and peppermint-flavored syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.I knew I had to incorporate chocolate into my cupcake offering so it was easy to include these Peppermint Mocha cupcakes. The base is a chocolate mocha cake spiked with peppermint extract and bits of peppermint chocolate bits then crowned with fluffy peppermint mocha buttercream, more peppermint chocolate bits and a dark chocolate drizzle.
Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice: Steamed, freshly pressed apple juice and cinnamon syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream ad caramel drizzle.Last but not least, for those that didn't care for coffee drinks, I wanted to highlight a favorite drink Joel enjoys. This cupcake is made with a butter pecan spice cake that has minced fresh Granny Smith apples tossed in cinnamon sugar and a touch of applesauce stirred in. For a finishing touch, I frosted them with a cream cheese frosting, a buttery caramel drizzle and a toasted whole pecan.
With a busy holiday week coming up, please stay tuned to the recipes for these cupcakes all next week. Enjoy the weekend friends and happy eating!