I love cake. Especially good cake. And therefore I enjoy baking, and I’ve loved it ever since I was a child and figure out that mixing together a few ingredients could result in something as magical and delicious as a yummy cake topped with buttercream goodness.
And I do bake a great cake. It’s just the truth. But before you think I’m bragging based on some sort of special talent or skill, the reality is that when you start baking as a 9 or 10 year old and you’re well into your thirties, do the math and you have about 25 years of baking experience under your belt. So yes, it would be pretty sad if I couldn’t make a good cake after all of this time, wouldn’t it? It would.
My first foray into the world of baking was decorating buttercream-frosted gingerbread cookies with my dad (yes, my dad was more the cook in the home than my mom, but shhh! If you happen to know Annie, please don’t tell her you heard this from me!). Our family didn’t have many holiday traditions, but decorated gingerbread cookies was one of the few, and rarely did a holiday go by without a messy kitchen, a frustrated man who overextended himself by doubling the recipe, and dozens and dozens of sugary frosted spiced cookies.
But back to the present … what was I saying? Oh yes, that I love baking. I do love it, although I love it a little bit less when baking in a small European kitchen with a hand mixer as opposed to a spacious American kitchen equipped with a KitchenAid. I didn’t really cook at all the first 2 years we lived in Berlin, because adjusting from a massive kitchen to a tiny one took me some time and a big attitude adjustment.
In the meantime, while I am not quite back to cooking and baking at the capacity I was stateside, but to be fair, I was also operating a catering business from that lovely kitchen. In the meantime, I have learned that you can bake great cakes, host lively dinner parties, and even throw the occasional big bash of a celebration with a tiny kitchen. And my daughter and I bake some amazing cakes and cupcakes, including yesterday’s deliciousness: Vanilla Latte Cupcakes.
I won’t waste time rewriting the recipe here when you can find it over at Lemon Sugar. I will also go ahead and admit that I borrowed their picture of the cupcakes as well, because the most photo-worthy pictures of ours were eaten before I managed to break out the camera. Yes, they are that good! If you’re looking for an easy recipe that you can even split in half (we baked only 12 cupcakes, not the full recipe amount of 24 and they turned out fantastic), then this is it. Sweet, vanilla cupcakes with a hint of coffee flavor. Yum!
Try them, you won’t regret it!