Photo: whitneyinchicago, Flickr
Beyond trends, a cupcake is much more than a mini version of grander, more showy cousins -- we're talking to you, Lady Baltimore cake. It's sweet and self-contained and invites you to experiment with what sits on a cloud of buttercream or cream cheese frosting -- a raspberry, a curl of chocolate, a sculpture in marzipan. Cupcakes ask only that you use your imagination.
For recipes for the cupcake and frosting above, blogger Whitney in Chicago was inspired by fellow bloggers Bella Eats and Love and Olive Oil to up the ante, taking their recipes one step further, one step fruitier, one step more pink, one step closer to her perfect bite.
Get inspired yourself by other recipes for chocolate cupcakes and buttercream frosting.
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