Sometimes I get tired of my star tip (the one I use to pipe big cupcake swirls). So, I pick a random tip from my set and see what I can come up with. For these cupcakes, I used Wilton tip 352 and piped a loose spiral with lots of lines criss-crossing over it. I think it’s a keeper!
Let’s Talk About the Cupcake
These cupcakes are not my first ones made using olive oil and I wouldn’t even say that they are the best (my olive oil cupcakes with lemon, thyme, and balsamic whipped cream are some of my favorite cupcakes ever). However, this is the first time that I used olive oil in the frosting. I made a basic buttercream frosting and used olive oil instead of milk. The olive oil makes you pucker just a little bit (especially if you use a bold, fruity olive oil). If you like the taste of olive oil, you’ll enjoy the effect, although you may wish that it were even stronger (remedy this by drizzling some olive oil over the frosted cupcakes).
I Thought You Said We Were Going to Talk About the Cupcake, Not the Frosting
Ah, yes. The cupcakes. These cupcakes are also not my first cupcakes made with basil (I made vegan chocolate basil cupcakes). However, without the chocolate flavor to serve as a distraction, the basil flavor truly shines here. The basil makes the cupcakes feel light and Springy (as opposed to all the snow we’ve been getting here in St. Louis), but I will warn you that the cake is quite dense.
My neighbor tasted tasted these for me. She said that she didn’t like the first bite because it was too unexpected, but that she enjoyed each subsequent bite more and more and was in love with the cupcake by the last bite.
Olive Oil Cupcake Recipe
I made these cupcakes for February’s Cupcake Hero! I’m looking forward to seeing all of the other olive oil entries!