Channeling the Strawberry Shortcake spirit

Cupcake adventures, part three: chocolate and vanilla angel cupcakes with strawberry frosting.

Here they are just out of the oven before I frosted them. A bit underfilled.

Freshly frosted.

Greetings, cardioid!

I used the vanilla and chocolate quick oil cake recipes from my mother's Joy of Cooking, which are not technically angel cake, but do contain plasma - sorry, meringue - so I have decided to call them that. It's a relatively healthy recipe. Back when I had a terror of trans fat, they were the only cake recipes I felt safe making. A little more flavor might improve them, but for a light cupcake they're nice.

The strawberry frosting recipe I used made me angry, so I'm not posting a link. I had to add way more sugar than it told me I did, just so it'd be thick enough to spread. I left it kind of thin rather than sweetening it further, but it was still too sweet for me. Also, when I finished the first box of powdered sugar I didn't know we had more, so I added a little bit of normal sugar (bad move) before my mother told me there was more powdered. As a result you could kind of taste the grains of the ordinary sugar in it. Grr. It still wasn't terrible, because it did have fresh strawberries in it, but I didn't really like it.

So, the lesson: Just because a recipe is on the internets doesn't mean it's any good. I am going to be more careful to make sure I use recipes only from reputable sites and avoid submission-based sites like and All Recipes.


Erin 7/19/2008 12:43 PM  

those look YUMMY.

*stomach growls*

Patrice 7/19/2008 2:11 PM  

Oh wow, those look delicious!

Q 7/19/2008 6:07 PM  

The cardioid one makes me smile.

And you never know, I got a recipe for frosting from Kraft and it said it would spread--it didn't. I had to add a bunch of milk.

Anna 7/20/2008 7:04 PM  

they look so delicious!

~Firefly~ 7/20/2008 11:15 PM  

Amazing. love the plasma reference ;)

These actually sound really good... I'm kind of on a chocolate vanilla strawberry mix thing right now. Maybe it's because of the Neopolitan (sp... I'm to lazy to check the spelling!) ice cream in our freezer right now :P

Cassandra 7/21/2008 12:15 AM  

Yum, cupcakes; they look awesome! Also, you've been tagged. =)

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