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May 4, 2013

Culinary Conversation: Weeding out cupcake recipes

NEW CASTLE — They’re everywhere. They’re everywhere.

I’m talking about cupcakes — those individual desserts in their frilly little papers. They don’t require a knife or fork and sometimes the frosting is as delectable as the cake itself.

Who would have ever known how cupcakes would take off in popularity during the past several years? They have become stands-ins for traditional wedding cakes, and served at birthday parties and other special occasions.

Just as I was planning to write about the frosting-topped phenomenon, what should arrive in the mail but a book on cupcakes? But they weren’t for your ordinary, garden-variety cupcakes. Well, they may be found in some gardens. The title was Cannabis Cupcakes — no kidding. After I almost fell over laughing, I skimmed through to see step-by-step directions accompanied by colorful drawings. There is a disclaimer that it is a criminal offense in many parts of the country to cultivate, possess or supply cannabis and the reader should understand the book is intended for private amusement and not to encourage anyone to break the law.

After, I had my chuckle, I tuned in to the Food Channel for Cupcake Wars. When I see professional bakers hustling about in the kitchen, piping on frosting, applying fondant decorations and building elaborate sets just to win a competition, I admit I do get caught up in the excitement. There’s even talk that a local bakery has submitted an application to be a part of the show. I wish them luck.

After watching, it makes me want to get out my Wilton cake decorating kit with all the various tips. Regrettably, it’s in the back of a kitchen cabinet and doesn’t see much use these days.

Meanwhile, Culinary Conversation wants to hear from you with your favorite recipes. We love the diversity cooks in this area offer.

Lemon Cream Cupcakes

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