Category Archives: Cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcakes

My friend has been gone, in Italy to be exact, for over a month now and her return occurs tomorrow. I don’t need more cause for a celebration than that, do you? Her favorite cake is funfetti and she loves fresh strawberries so funfetti cupcakes with fresh strawberry Italian meringue seems fitting.

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Funfetti Cupcakes
1/4 cup milk
6 eggs whites, room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Whisk all of the above in a bowl

2 3/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
Put in the bowl of a mixer and blend together

Add 12 tablespoons room temperature butter cut into tablespoon pieces to the flour mixture

Add 3/4 cup milk to flour and butter mixture. Mix for about a minute and a half

Add egg white mixture in four part, allowing the mixture to blend for about 30 seconds between each addition

Fold in 1/2 cup sprinkles (any kind, this is a great opportunity to use up sprinkles)

Fill lined cupcake pans. Bake at 350 degrees to 16 to 18 minutes.

Allow to fully cool before frosting

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Fresh Strawberry Italian Meringue Buttercream Frosting

De-stem and hull about 15 strawberries and puree. Then run through a sieve to catch any big bits. Set aside. You might not need all the puree.

4 egg whites
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Whisk in a bowl over a double boiler until the mixture reaches 160 degrees.

Pour hot mixture into a stand mixer with whisk attachment. Whisk until at room temperature – it took me about 12 minutes.

3 sticks of room temp butter cut into tablespoon pieces. Add to mixer while whisking one piece at a time. Allow it to fully blend before adding another piece.

After all butter has been added allow it to whisk a few minutes more then add the strawberry puree (start with about 1/2 a cup) add more until flavor is right. Keep whisking. Eventually the frosting will look like it has broken but don’t panic, keep whisking it will come together.

I used a closed star tip to make it look a little like a rose.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes

I have still not found or figured out a chocolate cake recipe that will be my final goto recipe but this one was delish, came together quickly and baked up nicely.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cupcakes
1 3/4 cups flour
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder (I use Scharffen Berger)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup hot water or coffee

Whisk together all the dry ingredients, including the sugar.
In a separate bowl combine buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla.
Slowly add dry to wet then add the hot liquid slowly just until combined.
This is a very liquid batter.

Makes 2 dozen cupcakes filled 2/3 full (I generally use a large cookie scoop to fill muffin tins).

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes but follow your nose, when they start to smell like delicious chocolate cake test with a toothpick.

Cool completely and frost.

Cherry Buttercream
2 sticks softened butter
1 box powdered sugar (it’s about 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
15 drained and patted dry maraschino cherries finely chopped (I use a small food processor for this and the liquid that happens in this process is fine and will be directly added to the frosting).

Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla for longer than you think. Maybe five minutes. Then stir in cherries.

Use your favorite frosting method.

Chocolate Ganache
6 ounces dark chocolate chips
8 ounches heavy cream

Heat cream pour over chocolate. It should be fairly thick. I usually just eyeball this so my measurements are best guesses. Let cool until room temp.

I used a squeeze bottle to pour ganache on the cupcakes but you could also use a spoon.

Top with whole maraschino cherry.

And eat! They were so tasty.

S’mores? Yes please!

It all started with an invitation to a July 6th BBQ. Never one to show up empty handed, I immediately set out to find something fun to bring. One of the hosts threw down a challenge when asked “cookies or cupcakes?” His response, “Cookie Cupcakes of course.” Say what? Lots of cupcakes with cookie dough filling or sandwich cookie decorations were easily found but I go to thinking about BBQ and summer and childhood favorites when I stumbled on a series of smores inspired recipes.

20130705-170631.jpgMini S’mores “Cookies”

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Whisk together in a small bowl, set aside.

1/2 cup room temperature butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
Cream together. I prefer to do this by hand.
Add
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chocolate chips

Combine well and then slowly add the flour mixture.

Use a greased mini muffin/brownie pan. Fill each space with about an inch ball of dough, flatten with your fingers.

Set your oven up so you have one rack close to the broiler and the other toward the middle of the oven.

Bake on middle rack at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Take out and immediately top each cookie with 1/2 large marshmallow. Turn oven to broil and place cookies on top rack. Watch closely as they will broil quickly. If you have a gas oven woth a boiler drawer it might be a little harder to keep an eye on. If you have a gas oven with a gas broiler in the oven be careful not to place the cookies too close.

Once the marshmallows have a delish carmel color to them remove from the oven and top each cookie with one piece of chocolate (I used regular hershey bars).

Let them cool completely in the muffin tin and remove with the help of an offset spatula.

Acme Baking Company Chocolate Chip Muffin

20130609-194312.jpgIt seems to have become a thing around here, each week on Sunday afternoon I bake a batch of muffins to enjoy for breaky the next week. This week there were some mini chocolate chips screaming out to be used up so it became obvious that it was time to tackle the Chocolate Chip Muffin.

Micro Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk
Heaping handful of mini chocolate chips

Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl. Then lightly beat the egg, milk, oil and vanilla in another. Add wet to dry and mix just until incorporated. Fold in your chocolate chips.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare 12 cupcakes (either with a liner or grease and flour). I made exactly 12 using a large cookie scoop about 3/4 full. So probably a heaping 1/3 cup in each cupcake.

Bake for 16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

These are a fairly dense muffins and you could add a little rock sugar to the top before baking to kick up the sweetness a little.

Buckeye Cupcake

Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate. This recipe could have been improved upon had I used marshmallow and homemade peanut butter but I am not going to lie, these cupcakes are delish!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

For the filling:  
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ tsp. vanilla extract

Blend together all ingredients then make 1 inch balls, it made 28 balls for me. I made them the night before and stored them in the fridge overnight.
For the cake:
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
2 large eggs

Put flour, soda, salt and cocoa in a bowl and whisk. Set aside,
In a measuring cup mix together the sour cream, milk and vanilla extract.
In the bowl of a mixer (with a beater blade) cream butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time.
Alternate additions of flour mixture and sour cream mixture. Start and end with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Line cupcake pans with paper, drop 2 tbsp of batter into the bottom of each cup (I used a cookie scoop for this, it was the smallest one I had, probably 1inch). Put 1 peanut butter ball in the middle of each and then top with 1 tbsp more of the batter. If you have batter left over divide it among the cupcakes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes (I was done around 20 and I think I should have pulled them out at 19). Let cool completely.
For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
½ cup creamy peanut butter
3¼ cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup frozen whipped topping, thawed

Combine butter, cream cheese and peanut butter in a mixer (with a beater blade). Add powdered sugar and then the whipped topping. (I think I would swap whipped topping for marshmallow cream but either way it ends up with that thick consistency)
Frost cupcakes as desired. I used a big star tip. I also made dark chocolate disks by melting quality chocolate (my choice is Scharfenberger) and then I used a squeeze bottle to create them on wax paper. It all went into the fridge while I created the frosting.

Enjoy!

It’s pumpkin season!

On of my favorite co-workers has decided to leave our company and move on to bigger and better things. For me, this is a reason to bake! Her two favorite things of mine are my pot pie (recipe is here) and pumpkin (last year I made her a pumpkin applesauce bread and a pumpkin jelly roll cake, neither of which I blogged about.)

So tonight I make pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting and sugared pecans! OMG so good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Sugared Pecans

Cake:

2 2/3 c. flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp salt
1 (15 oz ) can pumpkin
1 c sugar
1 c packed light brown sugar
1 c canola/veg oil
4 large eggs

Sift flour, soda, powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt – set aside

Cream pumpkin, sugars and oil. Add eggs 1 at a time

Add dry to wet in 2 additions – mix just until combined

Use 1/4 c. cookie scoop to fill cupcake liners – it made 23 cupcakes for me. Bake 350 for 18-22 minutes

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8oz package of cream cheese softened
3/4 c. butter soften and cut into cubes
1 tsp vanilla
1/4-1/2 tsp maple flavor (the one I used is not an extract)
3 – 3 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Sugared Pecans

Chop a couple of handfuls of pecan halves – really fine

Put in a cold pan with 1 tbsp sugar

Heat on medium to medium high until the sugar is melted – stir constantly

Remove from heat and spread on wax paper – top with another 1 tbsp sugar and toss. Let cool.

Cool cupcakes completely, frost in whatever way you prefer (when I tried piping the frosting I didn’t have enough so I had to do half piped and pretty and half smoothed with a knife) then top with the sugared pecans. So delish!

Red Velvet Logans

I had to come up with a red, white and blue something for a team potluck at work. Everyone likes when I bake so I couldn’t miss the opportunity. I pondered what to make when I decided to do a red velvet cupcake filled with homemade blueberry jam and topped with cream cheese frosting.
I had never made a red velvet anything so I asked my uber baker friend Logan if she had a favorite recipe. She obliged and that left figuring out how to make a quick jam. Apparently the addition of an acid takes a compote to jam status in just a few minutes.
The resulting cupcakes were delicious and not a single one was left at the end of the party.

Red velvet cake:
Yield: 3 cake layers or 30 cupcakes

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 1/2 cups cake flour (you can easily make this recipe gluten free by swapping the flour for an ap gluten free flour substitute like gluten free pantry. I always add at least 1/4 tsp of xantham gum per cup of flour to help the texture)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa (not Dutch process)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups canola oil (swap for room temp coconut oil if that’s your thing)
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) red food coloring or 1 teaspoon red gel food coloring dissolved in 6 tablespoons of water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place teaspoon of butter in each of 3 round 9-inch layer cake pans and place pans in oven for a few minutes until butter melts. Remove pans from oven, brush interior bottom and sides of each with butter and line bottoms with parchment.

2. Whisk cake flour, cocoa and salt in a bowl.

3. Place oil and sugar in bowl of an electric mixer and beat at medium speed until well-blended. Beat in eggs one at a time. With machine on low, very slowly add red food coloring. (Take care: it may splash.) Add vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk in two batches. Scrape down bowl and beat just long enough to combine.

4. Place baking soda in a small dish, stir in vinegar and add to batter with machine running. Beat for 10 seconds.

5. Divide batter among pans, place in oven and bake until a cake tester comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pans 20 minutes. Then remove from pans, flip layers over and peel off parchment. Cool completely before frosting.

Cupcake variation: Since this has been published, many readers have written in to express that it adapts well to cupcakes. The yield is approximately 30 cupcakes, with the liners filled only 3/4 of the way, and the baking time should be between 20 to 25 minutes, but check in on them 2/3 of the way through in case your oven gets the job done faster.

Blueberry Jam
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup sugar plus a little more depending on the sweetness of your berries and what you like
Juice and zest of 1 small lemon

Smash the blueberries in your pot then add the other ingredients. Bring to a boil and let coo 10 to 15 minutes until thick. Then cool completely and put in the fridge.

I hallow out about two tsp of cake from each cupcake and then top with cream cheese frosting.

Cream cheese frosting
8 oz cream cheese
4 Tbsp butter
1 lb powdered sugar plus probably a cup more
1 tsp vanilla

Beat this all for a good five minutes until smooth.

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