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Baked Alaska Cupcakes

Hands down, these cupcakes are the best dessert I have ever made! Micaela and I made these to celebrate the end of our geography lesson on Alaska. Alaska does not have an official state food and she wasn’t up for Moose steak 🙂

We started this project on Friday evening by making Alton Brown’s Chocolate Ice Cream. Alton Brown is our food geek hero, so we don’t mess with his recipes at all! This ice cream is absolutely wonderful!

I love watching Micaela in the kitchen, she doesn’t even realize that she is practicing her math and science skills! Math is her leading cause of dramatic headaches 🙂

On Saturday the ice cream was definitely finished so we set off to make our cupcakes. Sprinkle Bakes was our favorite recipe, and picture…heck, she set it on fire! We swapped out regular flour for King Arthur Flour Multipurpose Flour, Gluten Free, 24-ounces and baked the cupcakes according to the directions.

Since I had no intentions of lighting these cupcakes on fire, this is never a good idea in my house with four small children within an arm’s length, we left the cupcake wrappers on and just cut out the 2 inch divots in each cupcake. The kids then eagerly devoured the little cake bites that were removed. The cake was deliciously fluffy and light! No gluten lover in my house could tell the difference, which is always a plus in my dining room!

Once the ice cream was in the cupcakes we put them into the freezer and ate dinner, which Daddy and Papiere were grilling while we baked.

Post dinner we returned to the kitchen and whipped up some meringue according to the original recipe. This recipe produced A LOT of meringue, probably 3 times as much as we needed, so we’ll definitely cut this back next time. We aren’t much for fancy cupcake frosting, and when it’s meringue we are definitely not fancy! We are goopy and glutinous 🙂 Enormous dollops of meringue topped these cupcakes and were browned in the broiler until they looked like perfectly roasted marshmallows…

and then there were no cupcakes.

Thank you, Alaska, for being so yummy in cupcake form!

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Watermelon Sorbet…or Mohito Slushy?

In order to save a couple of pounds of watermelon from going bad the kids and I made some sorbet for them, and I stumbled upon a wonderful cocktail find!

I was all set to put my ice cream maker to use when I started searching for a recipe, but all of the ones I found didn’t require one, so less clean up and I appreciate that. I decided to go with the recipe from Leite’s Culinaria.

Although our texture didn’t come out the same as her photographed sorbet I think that I can attribute that to the fact that my children’s patience was tapped at 3 hours of this stuff in the freezer. I think that a couple more would have undoubtedly helped with this. 3 out of 4 kids consumed this sorbet with a purpose. One licked the bowl. I didn’t have high expectations for the fourth, he is a vanilla only kind of kid.

I thought the sorbet was extraordinarily sweet…and I have a sweet tooth. But I’m definitely going to make this again. The mint in this recipe immediately made me think of mojitos. So, a little light rum and club soda will make this sorbet into a mojito slushy…delightful for the grownups in our home. The weather has been cooler by me, but I think there’s still one last heat wave in this summer…so we’re having mojito slushies before fall…definitely!