Reading at 350 Degrees: The Poet X Cupcakes

Two posts in under a week?! Who am I? Honestly a valid question.

In all seriousness, this is the first post in a series I’m really excited to start. It inspired my blog redesign. For context: a few weeks ago, I decided I wanted to get into baking, and I thought it would be fun to make bookish or otherwise nerdy treats. I’ve made a batch of Rebel Seoul cupcakes and Moana cookies so far, but both of those had questionable-looking end results and were only seen by my family.

However, this afternoon I made something that, while I’m not entirely satisfied with, I think is my best creation so far — chocolate lemon cupcakes inspired by my last read, The Poet X. It’s a refreshing and emotional read; lemon for the freshness and chocolate because it’s perfect for any emotion.

A quick note: I’m not a professional baker. I bake for fun only. And as cliché as it is, practice makes perfect.

To start, I used this recipe for basic vanilla cupcakes. Instead of vanilla extract, I put in two teaspoons of lemon flavor oil. If you want a lot of lemon flavor, add one or two more. I also added ¾ cup of cocoa powder, an amount suggested by another recipe I unfortunately forgot to save.

While the cupcakes cooled, I made buttercream frosting with this recipe and dyed it a nice, bright shade of pink. I frosted the cupcakes using a standard piping bag and large circle tip.

From the top, the cupcakes kind of look like roses.

To finish decorating, I used a tube of black frosting. In hindsight, it piped thicker than I would’ve liked, so I advise using one with a smaller tip.


I made a simple X with the black frosting to represent the protagonist, Xiomara. Due to my frosting mishap, they don’t look as neat or as nice as I’d hoped, but you can tell what they’re intended to be. A definite step up from my Moana cookies.

And voilà!

Again, I’m not especially proud of them, but I have to say that they’re my best so far. It has to go up from here. I’m not a huge fan of lemon, so these will mostly be for my family, but I did try one — it’s sweet with a hint of citrus, and a generous amount of semi-sweet frosting.

Tell me: What’s your favorite cake/cupcake flavor? Have you read The Poet X? Would you like to see more baking posts? 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

sign off

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