Konnichiwa, readers. Just sharing some pictures today.
Here are a few pictures of some vanilla/chocolate cupcakes I made for my mom’s Raku ware class. In case you don’t know what that is, its a soft, lead-glazed, low-fired type of pottery used most often in “chado” or “Tea Ceremony.” Raku Ware is a style of pottery said to have been started in Kyoto during the second half of the 16th century by a tilemaker named Chojiro. Raku (meaning “pleasure”) Ware is characterized by a rough, hand made appearance with subtle, often transparent, lead glazes and exposed patches. Even today, the raku family of potters are making bowls for Tea Ceremony.
On to the cupcakes!
I used my favorite vanilla recipe, the Magnolia Bakery vanilla cupcake. I used “plain” vanilla because I was making these for people I didn’t know, and you never know who’s allergic to what or who doesn’t like what, etc, etc. So I thought I couldn’t possibly go wrong with regular vanilla. Everyone likes vanilla! And even if you’re not a chocolate fan, you can’t resist these.
If you want the recipe, search for it in the sidebar. I’ve made it numerous times before. The chocolate buttercream is just a basic recipe you can find anywhere. I added some nonpariels to the top just for fun.