Yeah, you heard that right. As soon as I saw recipes for olive oil cupcakes on vegan websites (not that I frequent them because I would die of starvation if I ever tried to be vegan) I knew I had to try them! For kicks, I looked up cupcakes with balsamic vinegar (it’s the perfect compliment!) and to my surprise and delight, I found balsamic whipped cream! SCORE. I had to try these.
CUPCAKE: Clementine and olive oil
TOPPING: Balsamic whipped cream
GARNISH: Clementine zest and basil leaves
Please ignore how hideous the basil is here – our local grocery store is not exactly know for the freshness of their produce. These cupcakes are a crazy combination, but surprisingly delicious! For those brave enough to attempt them at home, the recipe is below the cut!
As I rattled down the list of potential cupcakes trying to choose the seven I wanted to make, my friend’s reaction to this one was “Ooo! That sounds like a froyo cupcake!” It was originally going to be a pound cake cupcake with strawberry Clementine compote and Clementine whipped cream, but the frozen yogurt comment got me thinking, and I attemped something else – a Calpico glaze!
CUPCAKE: Pound cake
FILLING: Strawberry Clementine compote
TOPPING: Calpico glaze
GARNISH: Clementine twist, strawberry, pound cake star
For those of you that don’t know what Calpico is, it’s actually the English name for the Japanese uncarbonated soft drink Calpis (カルピス) because English-speaking countries think it sounds like “cow piss,” which makes it slightly less attractive to drink! The taste is a little similar to plain yogurt because it has a nice tang, but with added sweetness. The name actually is a portmanteau of two works: cal from calcium and pis from sarpis (butter flavor in Sanskrit). It’s originally sold in concentrate form (which I used here) but also comes in a pre-watered down version and can be drank lie that! There’s a ton of different flavors too, but my absolute fave is the original <3 I use it on my shaved ice all the time, and I love mixing it with fruit juices (grapefruit, especially), and it totally works in soju cocktails as well!
Photo from Just Hungry
Pretty much, the best thing ever ^_^ Anyways, check below the cut for the recipe! It features something I hadn’t heard of before – the “cold pound cake” technique, but I thought it worked out well =)