These earl grey vanilla cupcakes are the second half of the potluck dish that I made earlier this week. If you didn’t see my last post, I brought these, along with my black sesame chocolate cupcakes, to a surprise baby shower. I don’t know if there are any fellow bloggers reading this (I guess this would also apply to the general public?) but I become slightly crazy when I take part in a potluck (especially if it is something that I’ve made for the first time and that I intend to post on the blog). I watch everyone’s face as they eat what I brought, judge how popular it is compared to other dishes, and feel compelled to keep tasting whatever I brought to make sure that I still think it is good. The best sign is if someone asks me for my recipe. That’s when I’ve succeeded at potlucking in my books. I recognize that this is probably not the best quality in a potluck participant but we all have our quirks?
Tonight I have a surprise baby shower to go to. It’s a potluck and at first I thought I would make a salad but a few hours later, I changed my mind. I decided I wanted to make some cupcakes. As always, I love making desserts for potlucks because it is the perfect excuse to share something that I don’t really want to (well, I want to, I just shouldn’t) eat a whole batch of. On the hunt for a cupcake recipe, I went straight to one of my favourite blogs: My Name is Yeh. I have been a fan of Molly’s food photography and writing for a long time now but surprisingly, I have never actually made anything for her website. After trawling through her recipes to learn as much as I could about cupcakes, I noticed that there was a lot of consistency in the base recipe, which must mean it’s awesome right? The only other thing to figure out was some exciting flavours to use and today I’m sharing the black sesame chocolate cupcakes, later this week I’ll also share the earl grey vanilla cupcakes that I made to go with them.
A while ago we had a couple of friends over for dinner. I knew I wanted to make something sweet but didn’t want to bother with anything too fancy or that had any chance of failing, but I always like to try something new when I have the chance. Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate banana bread totally fit the bill (as her recipes often do). It’s something that I’ve been wanting to try as soon as I saw it but our classic banana bread is such a household staple, it’s hard to try “spend” our rotten bananas on something else. Luckily I made the executive decision to try something new, and as our apartment started to smell like the most delectable chocolate muffins, I knew it was a good choice. I didn’t know it then but that was the birth of these double chocolate coconut cupcakes.