Garrett's cupcake version was just fantastic. The batter came together quickly and easily. We'd definitely recommend sifting the dry ingredients as she instructs; we opted for whisking instead and ended up with a few clumps from the cake flour.
Despite our troubles with the silicone baking liners, the cupcakes received an enthusiastic (if sticky) thumbs up from our birthday girl and other party-goers. The cake was soft in texture and incredibly tender - dare we say "velvety"?! We loved the grown-up flavor from these cupcakes. The sugary sweetness was tempered by all the acidic ingredients, giving these cakes a lot more complexity than just straight-forward yellow cake.
And can we just talk about that frosting for a second? It's seriously good. Of course, a block of cream cheese beaten with a stick of butter and a healthy portion of powdered sugar will do that to you. We were afraid it might taste greasy or strangely buttery, but instead it just tasted rich and sweet with just the balance of tang from the cream cheese.
We had to send the leftover cakes home with our guests for fear that we'd eat them all as soon as the door closed. Still, we probably won't have to wait too long until finding a new excuse to make another batch!
(Images: Emma Christensen)