Spotlight on Flickr user Tessastraussof food blog cookies and candids

I discovered Tessa of cookies and candids on Flickr (username: tessastrauss), and she has kindly allowed me to spotlight her amazing cupcake photos. She calls it "baking-therapy" on her blog (I have cupcake-eating-therapy, ha!) and writes:

I love the challenge of baking, of not knowing what shape your batter will take in the oven or how the flavors will change; the constant experiment is exhilarating, and I can spend hours researching and perfecting a recipe.

Click here to check out all her cupcake posts.

What stood out for me about her cupcakes are their creativity and sense of fun. I mean, chocolate and tomato? And the nasturtiums...those were the ones that first captured my eye. Captions in italics by Tessa. Click through on the images to see her post. She doesn't post recipes but does link to or put the source on some.

Tomato Cupcakes
Chocolate-tomato cupcake (recipe from "Thunder Cake" by Patricia Polacco) with vegan cream cheese frosting (frosting had tomato paste in it and was delicious!)

Chocolate Merlot Cupcake
Chocolate merlot cupcake

Nasturtium Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Carrot cake cupcakes with vegan cream cheese frosting and nasturtiums on top for decoration

Dark chocolate cupcake and chocolate filling, with Coconut Caramel Fudgy Frosting from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World

And the inside:

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake
Strawberry lemonade cupcake

And last but not cupcakes!

Basketball Cupcakes
Garam Masala chocolate coconut cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting decorated to look like basketballs...