Cuisine - Desserts, Recipes

DIY: Irish Carbomb Cupcakes

Carbomb CupcakesI’m so psyched to introduce this next guest blogger. She’s one of my favorite people and a great baker!

Stacey LeBlanc is no stranger to the All’s Fare community. Her and her hubby Jake have been along with us on a few of our outings around Boston – The Barking Crab and Sake.

Stacey has been wanting to get into the blogging world so when she told me she would be baking these Irish Carbomb Cupcakes for her company’s St. Paddy’s Day potluck, I knew this would be the perfect debut for her. I hope you enjoy this excellent and tasty-looking post (and I also hope it isn’t the last time we hear from Stacey’s kitchen adventures)!

Take it away, Stacey!

To the faithful All’s Fare finest, thank you for welcoming me to your foodie world for the day! I was honored when Christina asked me to guest blog here and couldn’t wait to find the perfect topic to share with you all.  I knew it had to be something a) delicious b) fun and c) visually appealing.  As St. Patrick’s Day approached I knew I had the perfect idea – Irish Carbomb Cupcakes! Yummmm….

Last year, I thought these little beauties were my own unique brain-child. I thought I was the one who came up with the idea to model a cupcake after one of the holiday’s punchiest cocktails. For those of you who haven’t experienced this beverage-based treat (if you’re not one for chugging, the beverage may not be a treat to you ), an Irish Carbomb shot is a nice, frosty glass of Guinness, with a shot glass filled with Bailey’s Irish Cream and Jameson Whiskey dropped in. You have to gulp it all down as fast as you can, otherwise the mixture curdles and is no longer anything CLOSE to a treat.  To me, it tastes like a coffee frappe. DELISH!

Guinness and Jameson for Carbomb CupcakesSo, in 2010 I went ahead and put together a nice Guinness Spice Cake, made vanilla buttercream and stirred in some Bailey’s and Jameson for good measure. The end result was good, but not GREAT so I Googled “my” idea and found that a lot of bakers out there had the same thought, but on a much better, tastier level than my own.

Enter one of my favorites, the one and only Smitten Kitchen. That smartie pants made a CHOCOLATE Guinness Cake, ANNNND filled them with Jameson-infused chocolate ganache before topping with a light and sweet Bailey’s buttercream.  A severe chocoholic at heart, I knew this was the recipe I had to follow for 2011.

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Foodie Tool: Google Recipe

I’m convinced we’re going to wake up one day and Google will have taken over the world – at least the technology world. This week, they announced a new search tool to help foodies find the perfect recipe.

Google Recipe is a search tool that will help you find recipes by specific ingredients or a certain dish.

Google RecipesSimply click “Recipes” in the left-side navigation bar and you can find dishes (such as my chicken pot pie example). Then, you can search even further by finding certain ingredients in that dish, how many calories or how long it takes to prepare.

Many of the recipes guide you to food sites such as, Food Network or Epicurious but it still is an easy way to find a dish if you’re in a pinch and don’t have a cookbook handy – especially if you’re using a mobile device. Other features of the search include finding recipes by holiday or occasion or meals created by celebrity chefs. I should also note that recipes are sorted by popularity, not by ease or if it’s an actually good-tasting recipe. Still, the next time you need some help in the kitchen, try out Google Recipe to find that perfect meal!


Wholy zucchini bread

I was gifted some very large zucchinis this week. We love zucchini bread at our house but we’ve been trying to cut out the white flour and granulated sugars from our diet. So, thanks to Google I found a really great recipe from Lemonbasil for 100% Whole Wheat Maple Zucchini Bread.

The results? Fantabulous! A moist, slightly sweet and refreshing summery quick bread.

I love that you can type anything that you want into Google and find a good recipe. None of our South Beach Diet books had a recipe for whole wheat zucchini bread, so this was a welcome surprise. It came out a lot better than other recipes we have tried. I’m sure you can substitute applesauce or a mushy banana in place of the butter if you want to remove some of the extra fat and calories. We decided to switch out the coconut oil (it can be kinda pricey and hard to find) with canola oil. We have lots of maple syrup in our cupboards from Vermont, but if you can’t find the real thing in your area, try molasses instead.

If you like zucchini bread or just would like to try it now that it’s in season, this recipe is a must! Plus, it has all the benefits of whole wheat flour. So, go ahead and splurge on that second slice already!

100% Whole Wheat Maple Zucchini Bread
from Lemonbasil

3 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup raw coconut oil, melted (We substituted the same amount of canola oil)
1 1/4 cup real maple syrup
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
3 cups well-packed shredded zucchini
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, beat eggs, butter, oil, lemon zest, lemon juice and syrup together. In a separate bowl, whisk the flower, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder. Stir in the dry ingredients into the wet. Fold in the zucchini.

Pour batter into two greased 9-inch loaf pans. Bake 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!