must.love.cupcakes

Sunday night’s episode of must.love.food was all about cupcakes.

Sweet little pillows of goodness.  Made by Anna and Michelle.

And let me tell you … Those ladies can bake: their cupcakes are absolutely delightful!

The show started off with Anna.  Don’t you think she’s adorable?  Honestly, she’s as nice in person as she appeared on the show (check out this bonus clip).

I first met Anna at a “drinks thing” (if you can call her third wedding anniversary celebration a “drinks thing”?); and when I heard she made the best red velvet cupcakes EVER … I kinda totally knew she had to be on the show.

Thankfully she agreed.

She was a complete natural.  And her recipe was great!  I love the fact that Anna twisted a classic.  You should definitely give her red velvet recipe a try.  It was nice and velvety … and oh so very red :0)

If you watched the episode and heard my tip about making buttermilk … I meant to say that you can make it by adding 1 tbsp to 1 cup of milk not buttermilk (which is what I said… by accident.

Then there was Michelle.

I heart Michelle.  She and I met the day we filmed the episode.  It’s true!  I’ve been a fan of her cupcakes since cupcake camp Ottawa … and through the joys of social networking, we began following one anothers blogs and tweets.

Michelle … was a natural.  Honestly … she’s the kind of person that you just want to hang out with … and if you’re lucky … she’ll bake for you and you’ll get to sample her cupcakes.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Michelle makes some of the best cupcakes I’ve ever tried.  Never too sweet, there is always a little surprise when you bite in.  You should also check out Michelle’s blog, baking in the burg … it’s great – I think it’ll leave you wanting to get into the kitchen and start baking … it certainly makes me feel that way!

If you missed the show on Sunday … no worries!  There will be reruns as per usual on Wednesday morning at 8 am and again at 4:30 pm and on Saturday at 1 pm.  All three times on RogersTV channel 22 … unfortunately only in Ottawa.

But remember to check out the website and the bonus clips … you’ll be able to tune into some of the fun!

Oh!  And don’t forget … submit your recipes!  You never know … I might just turn up at your place and put you on must.love.food.  Wouldn’t that just be the best????

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little cakes … big punch

Mother of pearl!

I have fallen in love with a cupcake.

No lies.  It’s true.

After cupcake crawls in New York City and San Francisco – I found my favourite right here, in Ottawa.

Seriously.

Thank you Little cakes cupcakes for making the best darn cupcake I’ve ever tasted.

And thank you the lemon kitchen for organizing one of the best food events I’ve ever attended.  I kid you not … it was an absolute BLAST (the Red & White fundraising event for Harmony House).

I have to admit Wednesday night was full of best food moments for me.  For example … Chef Lora Kirk from Ruby Watchco Toronto made the ABSOLUTE BEST POTATO SALAD I HAVE EVER HAD.

I loved the potato salad so much that when Lora offered to send me home with some … I shamelessly took her up on her offer.

This potato salad made me completely shameless.  Ask Chef Blackie … he laughed at me as I stood in front of him and Lora, fork in hand, ready to dig into the potato salad from the demo plate.

I have no shame.

And it didn’t stop with the potato salad.  Nope … these cupcakes had a very similar effect on me.

A couple of things you should know about eating a Little cakes cupcake.

Shakira and Colleen make them fresh for each and every event.  They don’t have a store front … you contact them and place your order.  Trust me … you can taste the difference … you can taste the freshness.

When eating said cupcakes – take a bite of the entire thing.  That’s right.  This isn’t one of those cupcakes where you want to lick off the frosting and forget about the cake.  The cake is good.  And when combined with the frosting … the combo rocks.

After trying the 4 cupcakes on hand (on site … and then (again) shamelessly asking to bring 4 home with me to sample for this blog post), I decided to rank them in order of preference.

Here they are, ranked in reverse order (I do need to build up the anticipation right?):

The pina colada cupcake.  It was my 4th favourite.  Pina colada’s aren’t my favourite drinks to begin with … and although I enjoyed this cupcake (if you are a pina colada fan – you’ll really love this) it was a little sweeter than what I normally like.

My 3rd favourite was the brownie “cupcake” … fudgy and chewey … and topped with a thick chocolate buttercream.  It made me very happy.  2nd favourite … and I honestly thought this was going to be my favourite one … was the maple french toast.  The cake itself was a nice light spice cake … and then the maple glaze on top of the frosting … it really and truly tasted like a bite of french toast.  This was no imitation of the real thing … the flavours were completely spot on.

Oh how I heart french toast …

And the number one BEST CUPCAKE EVER.

Well … my choice just might surprise you.

No chocolate.

No lemon.

No peanuts.

Nothing that normally tops my best of list …  nope.  None of those things.

This one was all about the banana rama.  The absolute perfect cupcake … it was so light.  It was so moist.  It tasted of fresh bananas.  No fake stuff here.  It was pure goodness. I swear I spent most of the evening telling everyone they should go over and try one.  It made me smile and a little green with envy … my banana cupcakes NEVER turn out this well … they usually are slightly heavier, more like a muffin than a cupcake.

Ab-so-lute wonderfulness.  Sigh.  How I heart this cupcake.

I wish every day was like last Wednesday … killer potato salad and banana rama cupcakes.

Loves.