Chocolate leaf cupcakes

cucakes creme anglais chocolate leaves (4)I was asked to bring dessert to a party last minute. I popped some cupcakes into the oven but how was I going to decorate them?
I looked in my cupboard for inspiration and found a small box of chocolate leaves that were given to me as a gift. Perfect! I filled the cupcakes with some creme anglais, then piped on some buttercream, a drizzle of melted chocolate and then topped them with the moulded leaves. I think it worked really well.

 

Happy Robbie Burns Day

A few years back I was invited to celebrate and pay tribute to Robbie Burns, the great Scottish poet (1759-1796) who was born on January 25. Dinner faves included the piping in of the haggis as well as deep-fried Mars bars.
I thought I’d have some fun and brought cupcakes, decorated with tartans made up of buttercream piping. One fellow, dressed in his Scottish regalia, grabbed a cupcake that came pretty close to the tartan on his kilt!
As the official Burns website says, “…Burns suppers range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards and louts.”
The dinner I attended was somewhere in between.