Super Bowl Treats: Vanilla Cupcakes & Masala Sausage


Game day food is big- so I had heard and now I have seen! In fact, I think they should change it to chicken wings/ finger food day! I will not bore you more with the details of Super Bowl because I don’t understand the game even one bit, but the food- I understand. So we attended the “big game day house party” and did the usual- carried dessert and snuck in a spicy appetizer. Also, we haven’t forgotten Fiesta Friday yet, have we?

Anyway, we’ll start the other way round today- dessert first! For dessert I made my new favorite- Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Actually I made two batches of cupcakes- a batch of mini cupcakes with chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream and a batch of regular cupcakes without frosting- I have taken a fancy to un-frosted cupcakes these days, don’t ask me why. So, if you follow our blog you’d know I made a beautifully delicious (if that is an expression at all!) Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Swiss Meringue Buttercream recently.  I used to same recipe to make the cupcakes & the frosting this time around.  The recipe makes 24 mini cupcakes plus 18 regular cupcakes-well, it was someone’s birthday somewhere so why not! 🙂 You’ll find the recipe here. Here is a glimpse of what I did and how the cakes turned out:

Look at these beauties right out of the oven…


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the bite size mini cupcakes are the best…

DSC_0216 they’re even better with the chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream.. oh so delish!


Masala Sausage

DSC_0258For our spicy appetizer, Nikhil made his award-winning Masala Sausage! Just FYI-  I gave him the award, it is that good :). You gotta try it- it’s easy, quick, flavorful & spicy! It’s such a great blend of Indian spices and herbs – only if there was a way to “capture” (?? for lack of a better term) the aroma of the warm spices and put it up on the blog!

Here is how he made it:

Masala Sausage

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 5 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground coriander seeds
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground fenugreek seeds
  • 1 bay leaf, coarsely ground
  • 2 cloves, coarsely ground
  • ½ dried red chilli
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, puréed
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste, optional but good to add as it gives depth of flavor
  • 1-2 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3 large turkey sausages, sliced diagonally into 1 inch pieces (we used three 14 oz Hillshire Farm Smoked Turkey Sausages; you could also use any other kinds of sausage that you like)
  • Fresh coriander leaves and mint leaves for garnish.


  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan and add in the coarsely ground cumin, coriander, black pepper, fenugreek seeds, bay leaf, cloves, dried red chilli, green chilli, garlic and ginger. Sauté this for about 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add in the finely chopped onions and sauté for 5-6 minutes on medium heat, until they are translucent.
  3. Next, add in the tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for about 7-9 minutes.
  4. Add in the salt, garam masala and red chilli powder and mix well. Cook this for about 2-3 minutes until the moisture has evaporated and spices are cooked.
  5. Add the sliced turkey sausage and a splash of water and mix well.
  6. Let this cook for about 7-10 minutes until the turkey is heated through and is well combined with the spices.
  7. Garnish with fresh coriander and mint leaves and enjoy!



  1. Both recipes look delish!!

  2. I want to eat all of these things!!! They look amazing

  3. Everything looks delicious! Forget the game–it’s all about the cupcakes for me! You have a lovely blog here and I can’t wait to poke around and read more!

    • Hi Ngan! Good to e-meet you and thank you for stopping by our blog! It took us to yours and I saw some of your posts too! We love love love Vietnamese food- pho is our fav!! 🙂 I have lived in Singapore for a couple of years so I am familiar with the cuisine, the flavors & love it. Hope to try some of your recipes too! Until then happy exploring! 🙂

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  5. Fabulous post, cheery colors, great photo shot of the cupcake up close. I am going to try the sausage recipe for sure.

  6. I love those cupcake liners!!!! So pretty 🙂 The frosting looks amazing too!

  7. I don’t know which one I want to eat first. The sausage, the unfrosted cupcakes or the pretty cupcakes with the chocolate buttercream frosting. Has anybody ever stuff their mouth with all three at once? I don’t want to appear like a glut but that was, in fact, what I was thinking of doing! 🙂

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