I have a weekly update meeting on thursdays that reviews all current projects with one specific account. It's a spin-off meeting, really - we already have a project update meeting on wednesdays. Since this adds yet another meeting to people's calendar, I bribe attendees with food. Assigning someone to bring "snack" has become a tradition of the meeting. I like traditions! This week, I neglected to assign snack, so I had to scramble a bit - I'm the default snack-bringer. In honor of a recent project with a honey theme, I baked these:
Vanilla Cupcakes with Honey Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.
The cupcake - I used this recipe from Annie's Eats. A tasty recipe, for sure - but I think that I overbaked them a bit. They ended up on the dry side (easily solved by making a large cup of coffee to accompany them).
The frosting - I have never met a buttercream that I didn't like. The basics are always the same - 2 sticks of unsalted butter, 4-5 cups of powdered sugar - and then I just kinda play with the additions. I started this one with 1/4 cup raw honey, but kept pouring more in until I liked the level of honey taste. Then I added about 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Loooved this frosting.
Overall? I think that the frosting deserved a more interesting cupcake. I think I'll pair it with a green tea or lavendar recipe next time. (Although the meeting attendees gave this combo a thumbs up)