"Observed on the first Monday in September, Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, parades and athletic events."
Now for my definition. Labor Day = End of Summer
I don't like that at all. I feel like it was just Memorial Day and I certainly have not yet recovered enough from last winter. I do love Fall and if I could just find a place that cycled those two seasons, I'd be just fine. I love to see what other people are doing with their cupcakes for Labor Day so again I googled "Labor Day Cupcakes" & up popped cupcakes that looked like corn on the cob, hamburgers, red, white & blue etc. None of which particulary motivated me. I'm thinking....
I went to the Farmer's Market today & bought beautiful organic produce. Tomatos, Green Beans & Peaches. Sitting here looking at them on the counter gave me my idea of what to bake. I had frozen some organic raspberries so why not make raspberry vanilla cupcakes with raspberry buttercream? I had to give it a try. The result? I LOVE them! I just tried one stright out of the oven.
I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and after crushing the frozen raspberries, I folded them into the batter. I really did not add alot of raspberries, maybe 1/4 - 1/2 cup. I was afraid of what would happen to the batter. I also think the next time I am going to try raspberry extract. I found a site online to order from which was recommended by a "real" baker. You can find it at olivenation.com Do NOT use imitation extracts. You can tast it immediately. It's worth the extra cost.
It's late so I will post more pictures tomorrow after I make the buttercream. So stop back!
Let me know what you think.
Happy Labor Day