there's been a pink baking explosion around here lately. after picking up i love macarons by hisako ogita, i successfully pulled off my first macaron attempt, with some somewhat traditional matcha macaroons with matcha buttercream. so i decided to make my second attempt something slightly more experimental by making rose macarons with sesame buttercream.
the cupcakes were an easter creation - dark chocolate hazelnut with pink cream cheese frosting. in my mind, the perfect cupcake - rich and dense, but not too sweet, and with a hint a savory tartness from the cream cheese frosting.