I know, I know. It's another wrap-up post! And yes, I know that my last post was also a wrap-up post. But allow me to point out the ever-so-slight difference — while the last one was about holiday recipes, this one's a lookback at the year. Your favorite recipes, my favorite recipes, and most excitingly, recipes I consider a fail. Ready for it? Here goes:
Readers' Favorite Recipes of 2012:
That is, these babies are my blog's most viewed recipes in 2012. YOUR favorites. All from the Hummingbird Bakery incidentally, living up to my blog's namesake:
1. The Hummingbird Bakery's Recipe for Green Tea Cupcakes:
I must admit, I'm not a big green tea fan, but this recipe is pretty baller. The key is that the recipe actually uses cocoa powder in addition to matcha powder, so this recipe is really a chocolate and green tea flavor combination. Doesn't hurt that the presentation of cupcakes with tea labels is totes adorable — even Portland local Stash Tea gave me some lovin'! I guess I did use their tea labels. To be honest, in retrospect, the frosting itself looks a little like green slime. Maybe I'll revamp this recipe next year with a better frosting job.
One of my readers said it best when she commented, "MMM... Nutella squared, in both the cake and the frosting". You can't go wrong with Nutella! These cupcakes are not only infused with Nutella, but its chocolate frosting also contains generous portions of that stuff. Too much goodness in this cupcake, I won't disagree with you there.
This is actually one of my least favorite recipes on the blog, simply because I think the Hummingbird Bakery wrongly calls these cheesecake cupcakes. Cheesecake cupcakes implies a small portion of cheesecake baked into the cupcake or something like that, right? Instead, these babies are actually vanilla cupcakes with strawberries mixed into the batter, topped off with cream cheese frosting. I added a graham cracker base (the idea I stole from Cako, a San Francisco cupcake bakery) to make them more cheesecake-like. Good enough, but definitely still not a cheesecake. Points off for false advertising @hummingbirdbakery!