Like little batter melons in cupcake papers

(Oh, the joy of posting about cupcakes above a review of a book about eating disorders...;)

Watermelon cupcakes! Just red batter with chocolate chips in it, frosted green. The idea belongs to Jamieanne at The Cupcake Review, and I couldn't resist trying it for my next batch of Saturday cupcakes (new summer tradition - lovely way to occupy my Saturday afternoon, and of course my family doesn't exactly mind having a kitchen full of fresh baked goods.)

I didn't actually make them from the recipe she used, which called for watermelon flavored frosting (!). Would have, but unfortunately I didn't have the watermelon juice required to make it. Maybe next time we have watermelon around.

I made mine from the Joy of Baking vanilla cupcake recipe, plus, of course, the chocolate chips. I used vanilla soymilk instead of plain dairy milk for a little extra vanilla flavor. I'd use the recipe again; the cupcakes turned out with a very nice texture.

I decided to frost them with royal icing, an easy egg-white-and-sugar (read: no fat!) icing that hardens very quickly and is usually used for decorating. It made a delightful crunchy layer on top of the soft, warm cupcake. I couldn't persuade it to be anything darker than pastel green, though.

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Gretchen 7/09/2008 5:33 PM  

Yes, please! More cupcakes!
Those look delicious.

spider 7/09/2008 5:50 PM  

Mmm. That cupcake looks amazing.

Anna 7/09/2008 7:38 PM  

the silly poll feature is not currently available, but i LOVE cupcakes, especially as a saturday afternoon tradition/adventure... so YES! more cupcakes!

Sarah Louise 7/09/2008 7:53 PM  

I took the poll. But I'm confused, today is WEDNESDAY.

--SL, trying to being cute and just pretending to be confused.

and being rewarded with a SHORT vw!

odessa 7/09/2008 7:57 PM  

like i said before, i'm not much of a cook. but i love looking at the pics and reading about your cupcake adventures, so keep 'em coming. :)

Jamieanne 7/09/2008 8:54 PM  

They look great! I can't believe your family didn't get the watermelon effect - it's the very first thing I think of when I see them! :)

Erin 7/10/2008 8:58 AM  

I love how you take pics of the cupcakes next to YUMMY BOOKS. ;)

A.L.I.A.S. Morrigan 7/10/2008 9:15 AM  

The look deliciouse more cupcakes!!
how do you like Terrier I love that one and simply can't wait for the second bloodhound!!


cuileann 7/10/2008 1:25 PM  

Thanks Jamieanne. :)

And I'm glad you noticed, Erin. :)

Q 7/10/2008 10:27 PM  

Oh, how cute!

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