Category Archives: Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet cupcakes…  I’ve never been a huge fan.  I am not quite sure what possessed me to make these, but I sure am glad I did!  This is the best Red Velvet Cupcake I have ever tried!

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I think the cream cheese frosting is the main reason I never really like them that much.  This frosting doesn’t have an overwhelming cream cheese taste, it’s just right.

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Another thing I like about this particular recipe is that the cake part isn’t this incredibly bright artificial red color.  It actually has a nice dark velvety look to it.

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First, line your muffin pan with cupcake wrappers.

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In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together.  Then add in the eggs.

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In a separate small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and red food coloring so that it forms a thick paste.

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Add the paste to the butter mixture until combined.

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Alternately add in the buttermilk and flour until everything is well combined.

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Tip:  If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make it yourself!  To make 1 cup of buttermilk, simply take a 1 cup measuring cup, add 1 Tbs of lemon juice or distilled white vinegar, then fill the rest of the measuring cup with milk.  Any kind of milk will work (I used almond milk).  Allow the mixture to sit for at least 5 minutes before adding it to your cupcake batter.

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Add the salt, baking soda, and vinegar.  Mix everything on high for a few minutes until the batter is nice and smooth.

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Fill each cupcake liner about ¾ full with batter and bake at 350° for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean.

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Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

Make the frosting after your cupcakes have cooled.  Use the wire whisk attachment of your mixer and whip the butter and cream cheese on high for a few minutes.  Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in the powdered sugar.

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Lastly, add in the vanilla extract, then turn the mixer back up to high and whip the frosting for a few minutes until it looks light and fluffy.

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Decorate your cupcakes.  I used a Wilton #1M star tip and then sprinkled red sugar crystals over the tops.

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Enjoy!

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Red Velvet Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • ½ Cup (1 Stick) Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1½ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 7 Tbs Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 2 (1oz) Bottles of Red Food Coloring
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk
  • 2¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbs Distilled White Vinegar

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Butter, Softened
  • 8oz Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 5 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbs Vanilla Extract

Make the Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350° and line your muffin pan with cupcake wrappers
  • Cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes, then turn the mixer to high and add in the eggs, one at a time
  • In a separate small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and red food coloring until a thick paste forms.  Add the paste to the butter mixture and mix on medium until everything is well combined
  • Add half the buttermilk and mix on low, then add half the flour, then repeat with the remaining buttermilk and flour.  Turn the mixer to high and beat until everything is smooth
  • With the mixer on low, add the baking soda, salt, and distilled white vinegar.  Again, turn the mixer back up to high and mix until everything is fully combined and the batter is smooth
  • Fill each muffin cup ¾ full with batter and bake for about 20 minutes (until a toothpick inserted int he center of one comes out clean)
  • Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting

Make the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Using the wire whisk attachment, whip the butter and cream cheese together on high for 3-5 minutes
  • With the mixer on low to medium-low, gradually add in the powdered sugar
  • Add the vanilla extract, then turn the mixer back up to high and whip for a few minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy
  • Decorate each cupcake with frosting using a Wilton 1M decorating tip

Recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker, originally from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes

In the spirit of St. Paddy’s Day, I wanted to make a desert using my homemade Irish cream.  These cupcakes definitely fit the bill.

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I believe after my first bite my words were:  “oh my god these are amazing!” – hahaha!

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These are a little time-consuming, but you could definitely make some of the components (there are 4!) in advance.  The cupcakes and the ganache would probably be the best choices for that.  I made a batch and a half of these (36 cupcakes) and brought them all to work along with a bottle of my homemade Irish cream 🙂

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First beat the eggs in one bowl and combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

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Add the rest of the wet ingredients to the eggs and mix well, then gradually add in the dry mixture.

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Fill your muffin pan and then bake them.

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Make the ganache.  Heat everything in a saucepan over low heat until combined.  Cool slightly, then transfer to a bowl and place it in the fridge until it’s thickened.

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While your ganache is chillin’ core the cupcakes.  I used the round end of a Wilton 1M closed star tip to do this (the same tip I used for piping the frosting).

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Fill each core with ganache.

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Make the frosting.  Cream the butter with an electric mixer until it looks light and fluffy.  Add the powdered sure gradually, then mix in the Irish cream.

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Pipe frosting on to each cupcake and then sprinkle a little cocoa powder over the top of each one.

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Make the hot fudge sauce.  Whisk everything together in a small saucepan while heating over medium heat.  Let it come to a boil for about a minute.  Allow it to cool completely.

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Drizzle the hot fudge sauce over the top of each cupcake.  Have some napkins ready!

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Enjoy!

Irish Cream Hot Fudge Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • ¾ Cup (1½ Sticks) Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 1 Cup Homemade Irish Cream (store-bought will work just fine too)
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1½ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • ¾ Cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ Cup Strongly Brewed Coffee

Chocolate Ganache Filling:

  • ½ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 2 Tbs Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tbs Homemade Irish Cream (store-bought is fine)

Irish Cream Frosting:

  • 1 Cup (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup Homemade Irish Cream (store-bought is fine)
  • 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract

Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce:

  • ¼ Cup Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • ⅛ Cup (2 Tbs) Milk Chocolate Chips
  • ⅔ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Coffee
  • ¼ Cup Homemade Irish Cream (store-bought is fine)

Make the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350° and prepare your muffin pan by lining it with wrappers
  • Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside
  • Place eggs in a (separate) large mixing bowl and mix on low until well beaten
  • Add the butter, coffee, vanilla, and Irish cream and mix on low until well combined
  • Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until well incorporated
  • Fill each muffin cup so that it is ¾ full
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the tops spring back when pressed in the middle
  • Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes and cool completely on a wire rack before coring and frosting

Make the chocolate ganache filling:

  • Place all of the ingredients except for the Irish cream in a small saucepan and heat on low to medium-low until everything is well combined.  Make sure stir and scrape the bottom and sides of the pan often to make sure nothing burns
  • Mix in the Irish cream and then remove the pan from the heat
  • Allow mixture to cool slightly, then transfer it to a bowl and chill it in the fridge until it thickens.  Stir the ganache a few times while it’s chilling in the fridge to help it thicken quicker, or make it ahead of time
  • While you wait for the ganache to thicken, core the cupcakes
  • Fill the center of each cupcake with ganache

Make the Irish cream frosting:

  • Mix the butter on medium for a few minutes until it looks light and fluffy
  • Add the powdered sugar  1 cup at a time until it is well combined
  • Gradually add in the vanilla and Irish cream until everything is combined, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as necessary
  • Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip
  • Pipe frosting over the top of the filled cupcakes
  • Lightly sprinkle cocoa powder over the top of each cupcake

Make the Irish cream hot fudge sauce:

  • Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat
  • Use a wire whisk to incorporate everything
  • Allow the mixture to come to a boil, then let it boil for about a minute
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool completely
  • Drizzle fudge sauce over the top of each cupcake

*Tip:  You may want to place the frosted cupcakes in the fridge for a while before adding the hot fudge sauce to the top

Recipe adapted from:  http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2013/02/bottoms-up-irish-cream-hot-fudge.html

S’mores Cupcakes

I love S’mores, especially when I get to toast the marshmallow.  They are still tasty when you heat it up in the microwave, but something about a toasted marshmallow is just so much better.  Anyway, I thought it would be awesome to put the taste of s’mores into a cupcake….  and off to Google I went.  I found plenty of recipes for this delectable idea of mine, however I didn’t like any of them.  Each and every one I found had a marshmallow frosting…  but I wanted a chocolate frosting.  So I decided I would just have to create this masterpiece myself…  Here’s what I came up with.

Mix the graham cracker crumbs, flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.

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In a large mixing bowl beat the butter on medium for about 45 seconds.  Add in the sugar and vanilla, then add in the egg yolks, one at a time, until well combined.

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Alternate between adding some of the graham cracker mixture and milk until it’s all combined.

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In a small mixing bowl and with clean beaters, beat the egg whites on high until stiff peaks form.

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Fold the egg whites into the batter.

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Fill each muffin cup about ¾ full with batter.  Bake them…  then voila!

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Make the toasted marshmallow cream filling next.  Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.  Line up your marshmallows making sure to leave a little space between each one.  They stuck a little, so you may even want to coat the non-stick foil with some cooking spray.  Place them in the oven (preheated to the low broil setting) on the lowest rack in the oven.  Keep an eye on them, they will toast fast and are easy to burn!  Mine took a little over a minute.

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If you want, you can flip them over and toast the other side too.

Place the hot water and salt in a mixing bowl and stir until the salt dissolves.  Add the butter, vanilla, and marshmallow fluff and beat on medium until well combined.  Next add the powdered sugar, a little at a time.  Finally add in the toasted marshmallows and mix on medium or high until fully combined.

Warning:  this part could get messy!  The marshmallow mixture kept going all the way up the beaters.  Eventually I found that lifting the mixer up and down while mixing prevented this from happening.  Perhaps this would be easier to make in a stand mixer?  Let me know in the comments if you try it and how it works out for you!

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Make the ganache.  This part is pretty easy…  Mix the chocolate chips and heavy cream over low heat until the chocolate is fully melted.

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Remove from heat, cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a mixing bowl and chill in the fridge for an hour.  Using the wire whip attachment of your mixer, mix on high until it will hold stiff peaks.

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While your ganache is chilling away in the fridge, you can add the filling to the cupcakes.  I threw a #230 tip on my piping bag and attempted to just stuff it in the cake and squeeze filling in to it…  That didn’t work so well.  I ended up taking another decorating tip, flipping it upside down and using it to core the cupcakes…  then I just squeezed some filling into the holes in each cake.

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Next I used a Wilton #1M tip to pipe on the ganache.

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I thought it might look nice to use some of the left over filling to decorate the top of the cupcakes a little…

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I ended up only decorating one of the cupcakes this way, and opted to simply sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the tops of the rest.

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They turned out pretty darn tasty!

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S’mores Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1⅔ Cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • ½ Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 Eggs (room temperature, separated)
  • ½ Cup (1 Stick) Butter (room temperature)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Milk (I used almond milk)

Toasted Marshmallow Cream Filling:

  • 3½ oz Marshmallow Fluff (about ½ cup or ½ of a jar)
  • 8 Large Marshmallows
  • ¼ Cup (½ stick) Butter
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Salt

Whipped Chocolate Ganache:

  • 12 oz (1 bag) Semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • 1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Make the cake:

Preheat oven to 350° and line your muffin pan with wrappers.  Combine all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for about 45 seconds.  Add the vanilla and sugar until well combined, then add the egg yolks one at a time until fully incorporated.  Alternately add some of the graham mixture and milk, then once it’s all combined beat on medium to medium-high for about a minute.  In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg whites on high until they will hold stiff peaks.  Fold the egg whites into the batter.  Fill each muffin cup about ¾ full and bake for 20-25 minutes (until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean).  Makes approx. 20 cupcakes.

Make the toasted marshmallow cream filling:

Preheat your oven to the low broil setting.  Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray (if desired).  Line up the marshmallows on the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches in between them.  Place in the oven on the lowest rack until the tops are toasted, about a minute.  (Watch them closely as they will burn quickly!)  Flip the marshmallows over and toast the other side if you want to.  Next, place the hot water and salt in a large mixing bowl and stir together until the salt dissolves.  Add the butter, vanilla, and marshmallow fluff and mix on medium speed until well combined.  Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, then mix in the toasted marshmallows until everything is fully incorporated.

Make the whipped chocolate ganache:

Place the cream and chocolate chips in a saucepan and heat on low, stirring often and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan until the chocolate is fully melted.  Remove from heat and allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl and allow it to chill in the fridge for about an hour.  Using the wire whip attachment for your mixer, mix the ganache until it will hold stiff peaks.

Assemble the cupcakes:

Core each cupcake using the large round end of a decorating tip.  Fill a piping bag with the marshmallow filling and pipe some of it into each cake.  Using a Wilton #1M or maybe even a #12 tip, pipe some ganache on to the top of each cake.  Finish by drizzling some of the leftover marshmallow filling over the tops and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.  Store the cupcakes in the fridge.