Category Archives: Cupcakes

Independence Day/Birthday Cupcakes

My son’s first birthday was on July 5, the day after Independence Day, so I made him some patriotic cupcakes.

Blake's First Birthday

The red and blue dots are supposed to represent fireworks. Just trying to keep it fun for him and his 3-year-old sister, who told me that the cupcakes were so pretty!

Birthday/Independence Day Cupcakes

I layered red, white (plain) and blue batter in the silver foil cupcake liners to get this effect.

Birthday/Independence Day Cupcakes

I used, yet again, Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla cupcake recipe and for the first time Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla frosting. This is the third time I’ve made these cupcakes and I’m getting the opinion that the cupcakes don’t taste very vanilla-y. I might try adding more vanilla the next I bake these. The texture of the cupcakes is nice, but I’d like it to be a little lighter; also the cupcake seem sticky – it sticks to my fingers more so than other cupcakes. The frosting is very, very sweet, but I like its texture, even on the second day.

Okay, this might be it on the cupcakes until my daughter’s birthday on July 19, for which I am making Bakerella’s cupcake pops, but a friend of mine had a new baby daughter on July 3, and I may bake baby girl-themed cupcakes to take to her sometime in the coming couple of weeks too.

Next on my own list, besides the cupcake pops are chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes.

Watermelon Cupcakes

So I lied – I do have some cupcakes for you after all! Watermelon ones – cross section is pictured so it would look more watermelony.

Watermelon Cupcakes

I thought it was a cute idea that I had for these watermelon cupcakes, so had to try it out. I used Magnolia Bakery’s vanilla cupcake recipe, but halved it to get one dozen cupcakes instead of two (though I ended up with 14, actually). I added 10 drops of red food coloring (give or take a drop) and 1/4 cup plus a tablespoon or so of mini chocolate chips.

I then used the watermelon frosting I found here. Though the taste of the frosting was nice with a subtle hint of watermelon, I was disappointed that it was too liquidy to pipe at all, even after refrigerating, so had to just sort of pour it on the cupcake. Because there is cream cheese in the frosting, I am refrigerating the leftover cupcakes so it should harden up a little, I presume. And even though the watermelon juice turned the frosting a light pink color, I wanted it green so added a few drops of green food coloring to turn it this pastel green color.

I’d like to find a watermelon frosting that is pipeable, so if anyone knows of one, please tell me! If I could have piped this I would have liked to split the frosting into two parts – one the light pink color and the other the light green color, then put the two colors into a pastry bag to get a swirl effect. Also what might be nice is a cute little slice of watermelon made out of fondant, placed on top of the cupcake.

Thank you to Cupcakes Take The Cake for posting about my watermelon cupcakes on their blog!

Nutella Cupcakes

I love Nutella. I can’t stand to be without it. And I am always on the search for new Nutella recipes. I decided to try, as my first Nutella recipe, the popular self-frosting Nutella cupcake from Donna Hay.

They turned out nicely, but here are some things I didn’t like about the cupcake. First, the batter was very sticky – I’m not sure if this is normal, but I am positive that I did everything as per instructions. I’ve never seen such sticky cupcake batter. Second, the Nutella was difficult to swirl around the top of the batter. Third, the cupcake is too dense for my liking; I much prefer light, fluffy, airy, moist cupcakes. This cupcake, in my opinion, is more similar in texture to a muffin.

Nutella Cupcakes
makes 12

Ingredients
10 tbsp(140 grams) butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups (200 grams) sifted ap flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
Nutella, approx. 1/3 cup

Method
Preheat oven to 325F. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners.

Cream together butter and sugar until light, 2 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time, until fully incorporated. Don’t worry if the batter doesn’t look smooth. Add vanilla. Stir in flour, salt and baking powder until batter is uniform and no flour remains.

Using an ice cream scoop, fill each muffin liner with batter. They should be 3/4 full, if you’re not using a scoop. Top each cake with 1 1/2 tsp Nutella. Swirl Nutella in with a toothpick, making sure to fold a bit of batter up over the nutella.
Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

I am in search of a chocolate cupcake recipe with Nutella in the batter, but haven’t yet found one. Please let me know if you know where I can find one. In the meantime, I will be looking at all the gorgeous Nutella cupcakes on Flickr!

Mocha Cupcakes

In my search for a coffee and banana cupcake, I decided to try the following combination.

Mocha Cupcake With Banana Frosting

Mocha cupcakes from Genius of a Cook: Obviously I did not use the Kahlua frosting, but I can say that these are the best mocha cupcakes. They were so soft, delicate and moist and had just a hint of coffee. I would have liked a stronger coffee flavor, but maybe my brewed coffee should have been stronger.

A personal note on these cupcakes – the recipe, I believe, should yield 12 cupcakes if you fill the liners 3/4 full. I did fill my liners to that recommended level, but had overflow while baking. If I make these again, I may try filling the liners a bit less than recommended and end up with a couple extra cupcakes.

Banana frosting from Chef Lilian: I was a bit disappointed with this frosting. While it did taste nice, it ended up looking nothing like the photo on the recipe page. It was very runny, too runny. After researching a bit more, I am wondering if that recipe could be missing an ingredient – perhaps, butter.

Overall, a great tasting cupcake. In future, I might try baking these cupcakes again with Nutella frosting. Also I will eventually try the reverse of this recipe – a banana cupcake with mocha or plain coffee frosting.

Chocolate Cupcakes For A Bake-Off

My neighborhood group held a cookout today at our playground/park, where they were also having a bake-off and bake sale. I decided to enter in my favorite cupcakes – exactly the same as these, except with dark chocolate shavings instead of sprinkles, and thicker, more stiff frosting. This is how they turned out.

Chocolate Cupcakes

They came in third place, behind handmade chocolate truffles and brownies. I won a Pampered Chef 15-inch round baking stone though, so it’s all good! And there were some cupcakes leftover to take home – they tasted so divine!

Unfortunately, nobody purchased any of the key lime cupcakes that I made for the bake sale. But the entire bake sale was not successful, so a lot of people took home most of what they had made.

I bought two chocolate chip cookies and two chocolate crackle cookies from the bake sale and my daughter and I ate them up!

Key Lime Cupcakes

I’m not a huge fan of limes, but I could not resist this recipe for key lime cupcakes with white chocolate and coconut frosting.

Key Lime Cupcakes w/ White Chocolate & Coconut Frosting

Unfortunately, there was no buttermilk at the store I bought my ingredients from so I had to fall back on a substitution. Put one tablespoon of white vinegar into a standard 1-cup measuring cup, pour in enough milk to come up to the 1-cup line, and let stand for five minutes – use as much “buttermilk” as your recipe calls for.

The other thing I did differently was toast the coconut. I did this because I felt that the toasted coconut would look nicer on the white frosting.

And, I could not get heavy whipping cream for the frosting at my store, so I went in search of a white chocolate frosting recipe that called for the ingredients that I did have. I found this one, and while it did taste fine, it melted quickly and I had to store the frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator.

I found that the zesting and juicing of the tiny limes took a bit of extra time than the average cupcake, but felt that it was worth it in the end. This is definitely a recipe I will make again (hopefully with normal buttermilk and the original frosting recipe!).

Chocolate Cupcakes

These are the best cupcakes I have eaten in a while. They are, of course, my standard eggless and butterless chocolate cupcakes with a chocolate frosting recipe I found on the Cupcakes Take The Cake blog.

Chocolate Cupcake

I added the rainbow non-pareils as a treat for my daughter, who loves sprinkles. I used a plain old Ziploc bag to pipe the frosting on the cupcake.

Banana Cupcakes

I found this recipe while looking for banana cupcakes, which uses a super sweet honey-cinnamon frosting. Fresh bananas are optional, but helped to alleviate the sweetness of the frosting.

Banana Cupcakes

Recipe from MarthaStewart.com. This recipe uses 1 1/2 cups of mashed banana, so there is definitely a strong banana taste which I loved.

I baked these in my Wilton silicone baking cups. Not sure if I like the silicone baking cups – they are hard to wash and while dishwasher safe it is hard to keep them in one place in the dishwasher.

Short Black Cupcakes

I saved this recipe from a newspaper article in Sydney, Australia dated from my daughter’s birthday in 2006. I finally got around to making them a few weeks ago! They might have looked nicer had I dusted them with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

Short Black Cupcakes

Short Black Cupcakes
Originally from Donna Hay Magazine
makes 12-14

Ingredients
125g butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
100g dark chocolate, melted

Coffee icing

Ingredients
1 cup caster sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 tbs instant coffee
3 egg whites

Method
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Sift over the flour, baking powder and cocoa and beat until combined. Fold through the milk, stir in the chocolate and spoon the mixture into four 12-hole 25ml capacity mini-muffin tins lined with paper pattycases. (I used regular sized cupcake tins and got 14 of them out of this recipe.) Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on wire racks.

To make coffee icing
Place the sugar, water, cream of tartar and coffee in a saucepan over high heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.

Place the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until soft peaks form. While the motor is still running, gradually add the sugar mixture and beat until thick and glossy.