Yesterday was an off-day in the kitchen. You know the kind – where you spill things and burn a sauce and add too much butter (even though there’s really no such thing) to your recipe.
This was the only thing that made it out of my kitchen unscathed, thankfully. These definitely don’t count as muffins anymore, not with that caramel sauce. I also may or may not have cut out the tops and scooped some caramel inside the muffins as a filling…
(ironic but also kind of serious) #YOLO
As a Midwesterner, I’m no stranger to rough winters. In Ohio especially, we’ve gotten freak blizzards in April on more than one occasion and a couple years where we had so many snow days the school district almost made us take extra days in the summer. But something about this winter seems like it’s been especially rough. Maybe it’s because I live in New York now and have to actually trudge through the snow and cold instead of driving around in a heated car everywhere. Or maybe it was Hurricane Sandy and the random snowstorm we had after it that threw everything off kilter. Either way, it feels like it’s been winter forever. Like, what do skirts even feel like? What are open-toed shoes?! But I digress.
To make up for the fact that it’s supposed to be spring but it’s still freezing outside (or maybe it’s just my apartment and its temperamental heating system), I made these festive birds’ nest cupcakes to celebrate a coworker’s birthday. And how cute are they, I mean, seriously.
You know those chocolate covered ice cream cones? Not straight out of the freezer, but after they’ve been out at room temperature for a while, so the chocolate is still hard but the inside ice cream is getting melty? These cupcakes are exactly like that, which is to say – delicious.
In retrospect, the color scheme of these avocado cranberry muffins would have suited December much better, but it’s too late (to apologiiiiizeeeee).
These muffins mark my continued (sort of half-failed) attempts at gluten-free baking. They’re delicious, but they just don’t look like regular muffins, which is a mystery I am determined to solve.