Category Archives: Cupcakes

Baby Love

Seems like it’s baby season right now. Every where I look my friends have just had or are having a baby. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of baking the cake and cupcakes for a friend’s baby shower. I was quite nervous with this being my first big event, but I think the end results were not too shabby.

Now for some details. I call this cake my Ruffle Cake. This particular ruffle cake was strawberry, lemon poppy seed cake filled with strawberry buttercream and iced with vanilla buttercream icing. I used a rose tip to pipe the icing and it took what felt like half my life to ice the entire cake. The cupcakes were chocolate cake filled with nutella and topped with vanilla buttercream icing.

My favorite part of the shower (besides the glowing guest of honor) was when a guest came up to me and asked me if the cupcakes were filled with nutella. After I said yes, she shook my hand and said ‘spectacular.’ I never never did find out her name but she totally made my day :).

Here are some more fun pictures:

I made little flags to top the cupcakes. The crowd favorite was ‘B is for Booger.’ I really wanted to put ‘B is for Boob’ but couldn’t get the image of kids running around the room screaming boob so I decided to leave that one out.

Since the cake was very tall (a little over 10 inches) I placed a cardboard piece in the middle of the cake so it would be essentially be a 2 tier cake when cutting. Very easy to do, just make sure you tell the person cutting the cake not to try to cut all the way through.

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The Pretzel Cupcake

For folks who love a salty and sweet treat, this cupcake is for you!

The Pretzel Cupcake is a fun way to jazz up a classic recipe. And it looks pretty cool too.

Happy Red Velvet Cupcakes Day!

Oh…and Happy Valentine’s Day too!

I learned two fun tricks making these Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting:

#1 – It’s very easy to make chocolate decorations for your cupcakes. Pipe melted chocolate into whatever shape you want (hearts, initials, etc.) onto parchment paper, put the parchment paper in the refrigerator; 30 minutes later, end up with cute decorations.

#2 – All you need is a rose piping tip to create fun ruffles on your cupcakes. Nope, not all my screws are loose, I know these are not roses, but I think they still look pretty cool.

Rose Piping Tip

Icing Ruffles - not to be confused with Icing Roses 🙂

Hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

Are You Ready For Some Football?!

These game day cupcakes are ready for a win tomorrow!

Fun Super Bowl themed cupakes!

Cupcake #1 is a vanilla cupcake topped with green turf made out of vanilla buttercream frosting and garnished with a chocolate football.

Cupcake #2 is also a vanilla cupcake but this time I used a chocolate buttercream frosting. The left over frosting was piped directly into my mouth :).

Happy Super Bowl weekend and Go New York Giants!

Banana Pudding….Cupcakes!

Did someone say Banana Pudding? Nope. Someone said Banana Pudding Cupcakes!

Yes my friends, these are as delicious as they sound (and look). Some may even say, my best creation yet :).

Mash two ripe (almost completely browned) bananas. The browner the banana, the more banana flavor you'll have in your cake.

Add the mashed bananas to the cake batter once it has been prepared.

Check out this fun cupcake corer the hubs snuck into my stocking this Christmas.

The corer pulls out the center of the cupcake - same mechanism as a wine bottle opener.

Use a piping bag to fill the cupcake with the vanilla pudding.

Push the cake that is stuck in the cupcake corer back in the potion you just cored. The filling will not ooze out, it will mostly seep through the rest of the cupcake making it moist and delicious!

Okay, I skipped a few steps here. But basically what I did was crumble some Nila Wafers onto the cupcake before icing it (you might see some peeking out from underneath the icing). Then I piped the icing (which by the way is a fresh whipped cream based icing so it’s very light and fluffy) and finally I placed a Nila Wafer in the middle of the icing for garnish.

Wah-Lah! Banana Pudding Cupcakes!

One important disclaimer for this recipe. The shelf life on these cupcakes is pretty short. The cake portion will stay fresh if properly stored for 3-4 days. However, once you get the Nila Wafers and icing involved, time until soggy mess increases exponentially! I’d highly recommend only icing these puppies right before serving. Don’t worry, they are so tasty that you won’t have any leftovers to worry about storing.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

What’s better than curling up on the sofa with a peppermint hot chocolate during the holidays? How about curling up with a Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cupcake!

Chocolate cupcakes dipped in ganache topped peppermint whipped cream

This was the first time I’ve ever made ganache. It was very easy and the flavor was amazing!

Pouring the hot cream over the chocolate chips

Stirring/Melting the chocolate chips

Finished Ganache - so shiny and delicious!

Dipping the Cupcakes in the Ganache

Dipped Cupcake vs. Non Dipped Cupcake - I vote for #1!

Look at those beauties!

Oh ya, I made some carrot cake cupcakes with vanilla icing too :). People loved that the noses are actually carrots!

Ready for delivery!

Happy National Cupcake Day!

Fun fact I learned about cupcakes today: The world’s largest cupcake was displayed in July of 2009 at the Covent Garden Real Food Market in London. The cupcake was about 4 feet in diameter and weighed over 330 pounds! It also contained 200 eggs and took over 50 hours to make.

I wonder if cupcake wars is having a special tonight….

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