I have a real weakness for cupcakes, especially freshly-baked cupcakes with real buttercream icing. Buttercream doesn't seem to be too popular here, though. It's hard to find in the shops as the trend is more toward that hard fondant icing. I'm not a fan of fondant, so I give often give the cupcake trays at the bakery a miss.
Today I was at Somerfield (grocery store) and saw a lovely tray of twelve cupcakes arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree. They were so cute! And piled high with buttercream frosting. I was so excited I could hardly stand it, and I couldn't wait to get home and gorge on them.
But they were awful. :( I don't know what was in the icing, but it tasted slightly fishy. Yuck! My daughter said it tasted of plastic. And you know cupcakes are bad when a twelve-year-old won't touch them. I hate to be graphic, but these cupcakes were barf-o-riffic.
As with most things, I think cupcakes are probably best when you make them yourself, so my project for the New Year is to learn to make proper cupcakes with proper buttercream icing. I've been perusing my friend Landa's Flickr Album for inspiration. She makes the most beautiful cupcakes I've ever seen.