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  1. Lauren

    Ah, I love a good, chocolate-y anecdote. Was the pink icing strawberry- or food coloring-flavored? (That is, was it the same flavor as white, but the pinkness sentenced it to a tree root-y death?)

    That first photo has great lighting and composition! I expected it to be from the cookbook.

  2. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    oh what a cute story to accompany such cute cupcakes!

  3. chanel11

    Aww poor granny, well, you can’t like everything someone bakes, but I’m sure I’d love your little schwarzwald muffins!

  4. Three-Cookies

    They look really rich and decadent, full of chocolate, the way it should be!

  5. Iron Chef Shellie

    gorgeous photos!! i would like these for dinner now please :)

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hello gorgeous! Oh I’m so delighted that you’ve used the book for your cupcake challenge. And lol that’s the kind of thing I used to do with food I didn’t like. I like to think that we were trying to spare other people’s feelings no? :P

  7. Margaret

    Well, what can I say? I’d feel guilty too.
    When my sister and I were kids, my mum used to make us eat tripe soup!! We carefully spat each piece of tripe into a serviette and hid it under the table.
    Of course I don’t feel the least bit guilty about that. My mum is the one who should be losing sleep over it until this day!! ;)

  8. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Your childhood cupcake memories made me smile. Perhaps your grandmother thought you were sharing with the tree? Or something :P

    You might appreciate my similar experiences with chocolate chip biscuits at my grandmother’s house. She made a great chocolate chip biscuit – chewy, lots of chocolate chips, sugar sprinkled on top. But sometimes she added ginger. Not always, but you never knew when it would be hiding inside. The horror of biting into a big chunk of crystallised ginger – and not being able to spit it out – stays with me to this day. I like ginger now, but the crystallised variety will forever be Ick!

  9. Emma

    I can’t handle too much ginger. And not much is too much.

    And phony-strawberry flavored cupcakes always made me nervous! Probably because I kept falling for them, lured in time after time by their pretty color. But I never liked the taste. Even thinking about it now, I can taste them. But I hope I wouldn’t fall for them again!

  10. Johanna GGG

    These look delish! I would prefer your cupcakes to your grandmothers because I prefer dense chocolate cake to fluffy vanilla. The story about the pink cupcake makes me remember why I don’t put too much effort into baking for kids – and I also grimaced at some of my own memories not involving cupcakes but involving a basketball and a rose bush.

  11. msihua

    Awww… poor granny! But yum on your cupcakes! The next time, bring some down.. black forest is the Boy’s absolute favourite!!

    Look there she goes that girl is so peculiar, she’s rather strange, why, can’t you tell? With a dreamy far-off look, and her nose stuck in a book… there’s no denying….

  12. Julia @ Boredom Abounds

    Mmm, these look delicious. I kind of like the idea of them without icing though – you get to focus on the flavour and texture of the cupcake itself.

  13. Karen

    Hannah, I have to give it to you – that’s one immensely creative way of ridding yourself of an unwanted cupcake! I have to remember that should I ever find myself in a similar situation, but maybe improve a bit upon the technique. ;-) Your poor grandma was probably perplexed beyond belief, but I’m sure she has since forgiven you. Your black forest cupcakes on the other hand deserve nothing but to be eaten, by the dozen if possible! They look wonderful. :-)

  14. Hannah

    Yum, those look wonderful! How did you know that I’ve been craving chocolate cake like nothing else lately? Ah, this doesn’t ease the temptation, you know…

  15. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Very pretty with the delicate little cherries yoga-balancing on top! I love that they’re sans frosting, the cake is always the best part.

  16. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos

    these look amazing hannah! what a unique combo of ingredients here! easily veganizable too :).

  17. Hannah @ LOVE{alllisfair}FOOD

    I may be forced to make these and do a cost breakdown just as a excuse! They look lovely!

  18. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    For a moment, I thought the cherries on top were OLIVES! That would’ve been unique indeed…but not nearly so enticing as these are.

  19. hungryandfrozen

    I love that they have cherry puree in them, they sound absolutely gorgeous. I also love that you had a cupcake heirarchy – I know exactly what you mean by that, while I never had many cupcakes in my youth I definitely had food heirarchies of what was preferable to eat out of given options. Did your grandmother ever bring it up with you again? Or just let it hang over you forevermore…

  20. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Blackforest and cherry cake is very popular over here – it has alternating layers of chocolate dough and cream filling with cherries. :)

    http://www.firstbreeze.com/TI-Privatordner/Blogs/Koch-Banausen/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Schwarzw%C3%A4lder-Kirschtorte.jpg

  21. Cait's Plate

    Hahah oh no! Your poor grandma! Isn’t it funny how we hold on to and still feel so bad about those stories? I remember once my dad bought me a pack of Fruit Striped Gum and I was mad at him for some reason and when he offered it to me as a peace offering I threw it on the floor and said I didn’t want it. I can STILL see how hurt his face looked and I still feel SO guilty whenever I think about it!

    Those cupcakes however, look amazing and I wouldn’t mind going for one right about now :)

  22. muppy

    poor grandma…
    i love black forest, making me hungry too early!

  23. Simply Life

    oh those cupcakes look perfect!

  24. Ladybird

    Mmmmm scrumptious!!! LOVE black forest cake :)

  25. Queenotisblue

    Great story Hannah, and great cupcakes. Brought back memories of how, as a child, I would ask for some wine with dinner at my grandparents place, to feel like a grown-up. It would taste disgusting to me so I’d dilute it with water. Still disgusting. So I would somehow manage to leave the table with the glass in hand and tip it down the sink in the bathroom. Given that I quite like wine now, I’ve decided that it offended my superior wine tasting palette, which was clearly evident as a child ;)

  26. Zoe

    Black Forest Cupcakes sound amazing, I will have to try these, I absolutely love the chocolate and cherry combination, amazing!!

  27. KayB

    I tried a black forest cake once and it was SHOCKING! But the cupcakes look a lot more manageable, thanks for sharing!

  28. Rach

    Mmmm… these look so tasty, girl!

  29. sophia

    When I first came to America, I thought icing was so pretty…until I ate it. Blergh! Cannot stand icing or frosting of any kind. I wasn’t as kind as you though. Even when I was young, if someone served me bad food, I would refuse to eat it. I thought they deserved it for making me eat crappy food.

  30. whisperinggums

    Sounds like a great recipe that could be done gluten free. (And, I do like this blog. I find out all sorts of naughty childhood secrets. Keep ‘em coming!)

    1. Hannah

      Oh, I’ve got some real corkers that you probably never knew, but I might have to keep a few properly secret ;)

      I think you’re right, this could easily be gluten-free! Because they’re quite dense, the Ogran would work well. Actually, if you want to know a real secret, I *did* use gluten-free self-raising here!

  31. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets

    Mm delicious! I made black forest cupcakes a while ago too. The flavor combination is just so winning.

    1. Hannah

      I bet yours looked about a hundred thousand times cuter than mine :D

  32. Errign

    Funny the things we remember and feel guilty about, or laugh about when we”re older. I have stories like that from back in the day. :)

  33. GirlonRaw

    Oh your poor grandma! And what is it about grandparents and their fetish for ginger right? This sound delish girl xx

  34. Anna Johnston

    I would have been way to scared to hide anything in the garden from my grandmother. She was soooooooooo strict. I still shudder when I think of peas. But go you hiding the pink top cupcake darlin, why didnt you dig a hole and bury it???
    Your cuppies look delish. I love blackforest, yummy. :)

  35. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    I’ll take a dozen of these cupcakes, please and thank you :)

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