More about “getting high on cupcakes”!

16 Feb

Cupcake Cocktails? 😮

My ‘transcontinental’ margarita cupcakes: approved by Brazilians, Mexicans & Americans!

Taking up on another cooking challenge: our middle daughter’s Valentine’s birthday… and nothing could go better than… cupcakes! ♥

Scrumptious, rich, yellow cake, strawberry and vanilla-based, topped with chocolate frosting or a simple butter cream…

Both my oldest kids (7 and 5) had a blast ‘helping me’ decorate the mini cakes! They came up with interesting choices for toppings – scroll down to check the pics out! I guess, at the end, it all worked well…

That said, for this Friday, I’m getting back into baking. High altitude [and attitude!] baking.


cupcake tower keeps getting higher and higher! 😮

Moving on to the preparations. Simply followed regular yellow cake and vanilla recipes [oh, you, Martha Stewart!], as well as, a simple lemon pound cake recipe, and a fantastic recipe for strawberry cupcakes, from Yummy Cakes from Lynn, discovering [through extensive online research] a few tips/adjustments for baking at high altitudes.

La Paz, Bolivia, can be a great example of how frustrating it might be for a rookie baker! In order to remain in good terms with my kitchen oven, my ‘overactive kids assistants and I’ decided to go for a ‘new & improved first-timer’ cake (batter) step-by-step: 😮

Flour: Increased by 2 Tbs per cup of batter

Baking Powder/Soda: Decreased by 1/4 tsp per tsp of mix

Sugar: Decreased by 2 Tbs per cup of mix [we’re always advised to go light on the sugar here, it’s healthier and better for the body’s blood pressure…]

Milk: Increased by 2 Tbs per cup of mix

Extra egg: added one more to the usual 3

Oven Temperature: Increased by 25 degrees

Baking Time: Decreased by five minutes per 30 minutes of baking time.

It looks like a lot of math, right? Adding this, subtracting that…. raising the oven temperature, decreasing the baking time… But it all makes sense – you’re looking for a less ‘runny’ cake mix/batter, and with  hotter oven, it’s logical (!!) to leave your ‘lovies’ in there for less time. At the end, it’s all about a great deal of TLC! ♥

Curious about the results?

Take a look, and let me know how you think this Valentine’s Birthday Bash went with another batch of the ‘highest cupcakes I’ve ever baked’! 😮




In the mood for still more? Take a look at these unique recipes for high altitude baking: from my kitchen to yours! ♥

Cupcakes filled with ‘dulce de leche’ (very popular in Latinamerica, similar to caramel)

Below, strawberry cupcakes, filled with fruit (jam) and topped with ‘bubble gum’ frosting [just came up with this recipe today… let me know if you’re curious about it!]

cupcakes topped with caramel

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15 responses to “More about “getting high on cupcakes”!

  1. colonialist

    February 16, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    No doubt some readers are bitterly disappointed to find you mean cooking at altitude, and not some banned hallucinogenic additive! 🙂


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 16, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Simply funny… tonight, we’re part of a ‘progressive dinner’, and we’re hosting dessert… just made three different treats, each one, with a distinct type of alcohol… let’s see how it goes!!! 😮


      • colonialist

        February 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        Good luck with those!


        • 3rdCultureChildren

          February 16, 2013 at 6:56 pm

          Already done! One with brandy, one with rum and one with Kahlua… 😮


          • colonialist

            February 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

            They’ll be getting high on those, for sure!


            • 3rdCultureChildren

              February 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm

              I’m sure! 😮 Dulce de leche [caramel dessert], chocolate mousse, and fresh fruit (with raisins dipped in run)…


  2. gustavop

    February 16, 2013 at 7:32 am

    I liked the variety of colours, looks very tasty and nice !!!!!!!


  3. Lucid Gypsy

    February 16, 2013 at 6:30 am

    They looks gorgeous, but I would rather just look, as I age I prefer s bit less sweetness 🙂


  4. mionsiog

    February 16, 2013 at 4:00 am



  5. gooseyanne

    February 15, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    They are sensational! Well done you (and the assistants). Hope you all had a really good time.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      February 15, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      And by assistants, we’re talking about a 7 yr old and a barely 5 yr old! We all had a great time… Thank you! 😮



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