Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

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Ginger and Ale Cupcakes : Guest Post

Today I have a bit of a treat for you – CoffeeMuffin’s first guest post! This guest post is from Simone Gribble author of Grrr. Cupcake. (cupcakes for men). As you may know I hate the craze for cupcakes with huge amounts of frosting. Thankfully now Simone has people like me covered with her latest ebook.

The cupcake craze has been raging since the 1990s and hit Edinburgh a few years ago with the opening of a few specialist cupcake bakeries in the city centre. I’ve been baking my own cakes ever since I was a little girl and resisted additive and preservative rich store bought cakes. My icing skills weren’t as good though so when these speciality shops opened, professing to sell handmade cupcakes, I thought I should give them a try, for research purposes, you know.

I bought two. One was a banana caramel cupcake with two inches of icing and a dried banana chip on top. It sure looked pretty. Imagine my disgust when I bit into the cake only to find that the banana and caramel flavour existed only in the icing – the cupcake itself was pretty bland. The second cupcake, whose flavours I don’t even remember, fared no better.

Coconut Cupcakes

This blog post is part 2 in a possibly never ending series where I try to find a cupcake frosting I like. I have already tried buttercream filling in my Butterfly Cakes so due to Amanda’s of Amanda’s Cookin’ suggestion my next attempt is to try a cream cheese filling.


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Butterfly Cakes

So this whole cupcake thing? I’m not really sure I get it. I love the cake part but the buttercream filling/topping? I’d rather not bother – all that sugar, yuck!

Anyway since I am the only person on the planet that has this view, I went ahead and made butterfly cakes for my friends. Hoping that when I made them myself that something would click, and I’d love them and fit in with the rest of the world.

Butterfly cakes

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