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Collaboration with Savor Sweets candy and the INWTweetup

These past couple months of actually doing business have been amazing! This week, Dylan and I will be in vacation mode. While we don’t have a new cupcake flavor for you, we do want to share a few photos. These are from our collaboration with Savor Sweets, another local Spokane small business. We met them a few months back when the Spokesman Review did an article featuring both of our businesses. We both successfully used Kickstarter as a means to raise start up costs.

This past Monday, we attended a tweetup and brought our peppermint chocolate cupcakes. What made them different this time is that Andrea, of Savor Sweets, created a peppermint candy garnish to top them off. It was really fun to see her create the candy. She tried out a new technique to make the candy look like coral, and it went really well. We topped off the cupcakes, then brought them out the next day to the event.

Watching the positive reacts of those that tried them was awesome. There’s an awesome photo of @1ntheDepths (Christina Deubel) enjoying a cupcake on Design Spike’s blog that I just love. Anyways, here’s a couple photos I snapped right after the decorating with Andrea.

Peppermint chocolate cupcakes garnished with peppermint candy from Savor Sweets.

The candy complimented the cake and frosting flavors very well.

We’ll be back next week with a new flavor. We both sincerely wish you a very happy holiday season!

Cheers,

Jackie & Dylan

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Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

Old Jubilation with Peppermint Chocolate Cupcakes

It was a pretty cold weekend here in Spokane. We went out and picked up a six pack of Avery Brewing’s Old Jubilation Ale, a malty winter warmer, and paired it with a peppermint chocolate cupcake. What’s better on a cold winter evening than a roasty-toasty beer and some chocolate? (Not much! Well, maybe a fireplace would be nice, too.)

The frosting is just asking you to take a bite.

These cupcakes were all Dylan’s idea. He wanted to make a cupcake that was reminiscent of a cup of hot cocoa, complete with the marshmallows on top. The cake was just a basic chocolate cake and I replaced the vanilla with some peppermint syrup to give the cake a hint of minty flavor. For the frosting we used a mix of whipped topping and marshmallow creme and a splash of peppermint syrup. Warning: this frosting is highly addictive and delicious. (also kind of messy!)

Chocolate and peppermint are one of my favorite wintery flavors.

After mixing up the frosting it seemed like it was going to be too runny for the cupcakes, so we put it in the freezer for a little bit to thicken it up. I don’t think it really made a difference, it was still runny. (I believe marshmallow fluff is immune to all things, like freezing) After spreading it on the cupcakes anyways, it started to spread out on it’s own, and we were actually really happy with the way it looked.

Dylan crushed up some candy canes and garnished the tops of each.

This frosting made me want to revisit the s’mores cupcake idea that we did in the beginning of the year and use this as a frosting instead. It is SO good. I must confess, I did eat more than one cupcake, and I may or may not have dropped some extra frosting on top. Don’t judge me. I think these turned out really cute, and very tasty. The white of the frosting looks like little snow poofs, great for holiday gatherings!

– Jackie & Dylan