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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

When I first heard of a chocolate cupcake made with mayonnaise, I was intrigued and had to try it out. Today was the perfect opportunity since I had no butter on hand, and there is no butter in these cupcakes. I got the recipe for the cupcakes from 52 Cupcakes.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

I’m only posting a cross section of this cupcake because I was most interested in its texture, which was slightly dense, but very moist. The cupcake held its shape really well and was not crumbly.

It had okay chocolate taste, but in my opinion the taste was similar to a box mix.

The frosting is a Nutella and peanut butter buttercream swirl, which is basically this recipe (you’ll have to scroll down to find the pb frosting recipe), but the recipe was cut in half and Nutella was substituted for the peanut butter in one half.

While this won’t become my standard chocolate cupcake recipe, I can say that I may decide to make these again, especially if I have ran out of butter!

Iron Cupcake Earth: Basil

I wasn’t fully prepared for this month’s Iron Cupcake Earth challenge. I also couldn’t give it my total concentration because a variety of personal/family things have needed top priority this month.

I did try to make a white chocolate cupcake, filled with basil cream and frosted with strawberry meringue buttercream earlier this month, but that attempt failed – sunken cupcakes and non-fluffy meringue! Not to mention, I didn’t have enough basil to make basil syrup.

So my entry, with just a couple of days until the deadline, is, admittedly, a hurried and not full-hearted attempt at creating a basil cupcake.

Iron Cupcake Earth: Basil

A strawberry cupcake, filled with basil whipped cream, frosted with strawberry mousse that has chopped up basil in it. The taste? I’ll just say that basil cupcakes are not high on my list of favorite cupcake flavors.

Strawberry Cupcakes

2/3 cup whole fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 large egg whites, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.

Place strawberries in a small food processor; process until pureed. You should have about 1/3 cup of puree, add a few more strawberries if necessary or save any extra puree for frosting; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a small bowl, mix together milk, vanilla, and strawberry puree; set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on medium-high speed, until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and continue to beat until well combined and fluffy. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add egg and egg whites until just blended.

With the mixer on low, slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended.

Add the milk mixture; mix until just blended. Slowly add remaining flour mixture, scraping down sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary, until just blended.

Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups. Transfer muffin tin to oven and bake until tops are just dry to the touch, 22 to 25 minutes. Transfer muffin tin to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely in tin before icing.

Basil Whipped Cream

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
5 ounces basil or mint
1 cup heavy whipping cream

Bring sugar and water to a boil, stir until sugar dissolves. Chop basil or mint and add to the mixture. Boil for 3 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Beat whipping cream on high until stiff peaks form add the five to six tablespoons of syrup to taste and beat until combined.

Strawberry Mousse Frosting

2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar

Combine raspberries and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Stir mixture until it is basically a liquid. Stir in gelatin, continue to cook until dissolved. Remove from heat and transfer to a medium sized bowl. Refrigerate overnight.

Beat heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form. Add the three tablespoons of sugar and beat until combined.

Mix about a third of the whipped cream into raspberry mixture until well combined. Fold in remaining whipped cream.

Prizes this month are Metal Sugar, Head Chefs by Fiesta Products, Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, Jesse Steele Aprons, Cupcake Courier and Taste of Home.

First Cupcakes Made With The Kitchenaid

Today I made my first cupcakes with the Kitchenaid mixer that I got earlier this week. I made a mistake with the first batch, the chocolate ones, by not mixing it enough. I realized this after they were done baking. I did better with the vanilla ones. I have to say that the Kitchenaid does a fantastic job with whipping cream and buttercream.

These are the chocolate ones. They’re not as pretty as I wanted them to be, but they are definitely tasty. They’re chocolate cupcakes, filled with whipped cream and frosted with a Lindt chocolate ganache.

Chocolate Cupcakes

See the inside of this cupcake here.

I really like how the vanilla cherry ones look. They’re vanilla cupcakes, filled with whipped cream, frosted with vanilla buttercream and topped with a maraschino cherry.

Vanilla Cherry Cupcakes

This is the first time I’ve ever baked with nut & party cups and I have to say that I liked it! I think that the cupcakes are generally bigger with the nut & party cups. I also cut a small slit at the top of the cup before I filled them up so that it could be easily unwrapped. See the inside of this cupcake here.

I used Wilton’s bismark tip for filling the cupcakes (which is a brand new toy), and found that this made it incredibly easy to fill them.

Now I know what you’re saying, I should be putting my efforts into this month’s Iron Cupcake Earth challenge, but I’m finding the challenge ingredient to be pretty difficult! I don’t have many days left now, so I’ve really got to get to work if I want to be a part of the competition this month.

Chocolate Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

These cupcakes were a total spur of the moment decision. I had a bottle of Chocolate Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper and I remembered having seen this recipe recently. I’m not sure if Chocolate Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper or just plain Dr. Pepper is supposed to be used in this recipe, but I used the chocolate cherry one. I did know right away, however, that I would be using a different frosting (I originally wanted a white chocolate cherry ganache frosting, but couldn’t work out how to make that and couldn’t find a recipe for it!).

In reviewing this cupcake, I have to say right away that these are the moistest and softest cupcake I have ever eaten. The cake itself could have just melted in my mouth. It is absolutely delicious and does indeed taste like Chocolate Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper.

Chocolate Cherry Diet Dr. Pepper Cupcakes

I had to make some changes to the recipe to suit my ingredients. First, I wanted to cut the recipe into fourths, since the original recipe is for 30 cupcakes and I am only one person! I wanted to make about 7 or 8 to share with the family though, so using this calculator I cut the recipe into fourths. Isn’t it strange though that I ended up with 15 cupcakes! The reason is, I believe, that I didn’t fill the cupcake liners up as much as I should have. I found out through trial and error that the liners should be over 3/4 full of batter in order for the cupcake to rise into a nice dome above the top rim of the liner.

My substitutions of ingredients were as follows, since I didn’t have all the ingredients called for in the recipe:

* I used all purpose flour instead of cake flour.

* I used a melted chocolate substitute for the unsweetened chocolate. 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with 1 tablespoon of oil equals 1 ounce of an unsweetened chocolate bar. I used this substitution, but I added it to the batter right after I let the Dr. Pepper and butter mix set for 10 minutes, then whisked in the chocolate substitution.

* I used plain yogurt instead of sour cream.

* Note that this batter is very runny; I used a measuring cup to pour it into the liners.

* As for the frosting, I decided to use a different recipe because I’ve recently had an experience using an egg white-based frosting and I didn’t have much luck, so I used a basic vanilla buttercream recipe (recipe here). Instead of using 1 tablespoon of milk in the buttercream, I used 1 tablespoon of maraschino cherry syrup and I also added one drop of pink food coloring to give the frosting a nicer pink coloring. There was only a very very slight taste of cherry in the frosting.

I decided to use the pink and purple sugar sprinkles like the photo in the original recipe because for some reason those two colors remind me of soda, so I think it adds a nice touch. The cherry on top is a must, too; wouldn’t be complete without it.

Final word – these are SO good, and like I said, extremely moist! Such a nice treat on a rainy Sunday afternoon, like today!

Updated later: On the second day, these cupcakes taste even better and are still more moist than any cupcake I’ve eaten. I do notice that on the second day the cherry taste of the cake is stronger than it was right after I made them. These little cakes are so flavorful that I dare say they don’t even need frosting; a scoop of ice cream and a cherry would suit these cupcakes just fine, I’m sure!

Nutella-Coffee Frosting

If you’re a follower of The Sweetest Kitchen you’ll know that I have a slight obsession with Nutella. My latest Nutella creation is Nutella-coffee frosting. I was hoping this would turn out as nice as it sounded and I am pleased to say that it did!

I originally added two teaspoons of instant coffee, but after tasting the final result I would recommend that that amount be cut down to just one teaspoon. The coffee taste was stronger than the Nutella taste and I wanted to taste both flavors.

I put this frosting onto a simple butter cupcake recipe, but it would also taste nice with chocolate or mocha cupcakes, I think.

Nutella Coffee Frosting
Print this recipe via Tasty Kitchen

2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In a small bowl, combine 1 tablespoon milk with 1 teaspoon instant coffee and stir until coffee is dissolved.

In a separate bowl, combine butter, Nutella, sugar, salt, vanilla, and the 1 tablespoon coffee-milk mixture. Mix well with electric mixer, adding more milk as needed to make a fluffy spreadable frosting.

Makes enough to frost 10-12 cupcakes if just spreading it on with a knife.

A layered cupcake, Nutella sandwiched in between, Nutella/coffee frosting on top, sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.

Thank you Cupcakes Take The Cake, for posting my Nutella sandwich cupcake on your blog!

Plain Old Vanilla

I made five cupcakes today, just five. I wanted to try something I had read about somewhere (cannot find where now) about coloring your own sugar to make sanding sugar. It only involved ordinary sugar and food coloring. For my own test, I used about 3 teaspoons of sugar, put it in a Ziploc bag and added one drop of yellow food coloring, mixed the sugar with my fingers (on the outside of the bag so my fingers wouldn’t get messy), then added one drop of red food coloring to make orange. When it was mixed, I poured out the sugar onto a paper towel and spread out the sugar so it could dry. The end result was exactly what I wanted. Thus, today this cupcake was born…

Plain Old Vanilla

A plain vanilla cupcake with plain vanilla frosting (tinted orange as well, with yellow and red food coloring), sprinkled with the colored sugar that I made.

Cookies ‘N Cream Cupcakes

I hadn’t ever planned on making cookies and cream cupcakes, but when I found myself confronted with a full package of Oreos I couldn’t help it. Actually, I don’t care much for cookies and cream anything, but thought I’d try out cupcakes with both vanilla cupcakes…

Cookies 'N Cream Cupcakes

and chocolate cupcakes…

Cookies 'N Cream Cupcakes

I liked the chocolate one the best. :)

For the chocolate cupcakes, I used my standard chocolate cupcake recipe. For the vanilla cupcakes I used the recipe below (not sure where it came from, just found it in my recipe clippings).

Note that I crushed Oreo cookies into chunks, and I did not measure how many Oreos I used – this is something that is totally up to you. Add the Oreos to suit your tastes. Also, I did not add the crumbs to the batter, just the chunks. I used the crumbs to later sprinkle on top of the frosting.

Cookies 'N Cream Cupcakes

For the frosting, I used a very simple vanilla frosting that is usually used with Billy’s vanilla vanilla cupcakes. Once again, I added the crushed Oreos to suit my taste. I did use crumbs in the frosting, but so much as to turn the frosting a gray-ish color that I often see in cookies and cream frosting.

Vanilla Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
Oreos, crushed into chunks

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.

Add the egg whites and beat until incorporated.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, add vanilla extract to milk.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to butter mixture and beat until incorporated. Add 1/2 of the milk mixture and beat again until incoporated. Keep adding flour mixture and milk mixture alternately, being sure that you end with the flour.

At this point you can add crushed Oreos, gently stirring them into the batter.

Fill the cupcake lines three-quarters full. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of cupcakes comes out clean.

Iron Cupcake Earth: Chili

I have finally completed my entry for Iron Cupcake Earth’s challenge of chili pepper. I made two variations of my entry and chose the one I liked best.

Iron Cupcake Earth: Chili Pepper

My entry is a chocolate cupcake, filled with chili chocolate ganache, topped with a layer of chili chocolate ganache, frosted with peanut butter frosting and sprinkled with a dash of cayenne pepper.

My other variation was the same as the above, but with chocolate frosting.

Chili Chocolate Cupcake

I chose the one with peanut butter frosting because it tasted more interesting. I loved this cupcake; it tasted like a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter frosting, but with an extra spicy tingle. When my husband took his first bite he said, “I don’t taste any chili in these!”. I smiled and waited. A second later, he said, “Oh, now I do!”.

What I also love about these cupcakes was the fact that I used our own chili peppers that we grew in our garden. We dried them and kept them to use for later. I ground them up today and mixed them up in the chocolate ganache, along with a dash of cayenne pepper.

Chili Peppers In Our Garden

I didn’t post a cross section of this cupcake because the chili chocolate ganache was so dark that you couldn’t even tell that the chocolate cupcake was filled with the ganache in the photos!

The winner of Iron Cupcake Earth receives prizes from Cakespy’s Etsy shop, Cupcake Courier, Fiesta Products, Hello, Cupcake, Jesse Steele, and Taste of Home.

Chili Chocolate Cupcakes


Chocolate Cupcakes
Adapted from a post at Cupcakes Take The Cake
makes 12-14 cupcakes

1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375, then turn it down to 350 just prior to baking

Beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is soft, then add sugar. Beat about 3 minutes.

Add the eggs, one at a time beating until they are well combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and whisk them to incorporate them.

Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar and beat it just to combine. Add 1/2 of the liquids (milk & vanilla), scrape down bowl and beat to combine. Continue adding the dry and wet ingredients alternately making sure you END WITH THE DRY.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3′s of the way.

Bake for about 20-22 minutes. Do not overbake! Allow to cool, then frost.

Chili Chocolate Ganache
Adapted from Cupcake Bakeshop
makes about 1/2 cup ganache, you’ll probably have some leftover

1/4 cup + 3 tblsp + 1/2 tsp heavy cream
1 tblsp + 1/2 tsp butter
1 3/4 tsp ancho chili powder
1 small pinch ground cayenne pepper
3.6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Heat cream and butter over medium heat until butter is melted and cream bubbles around saucepan edge.

Place peppers and chopped chocolate in a medium sized bowl, pour heated cream and butter over the chocolate.

Let the mixture sit for about 30 seconds then start whisking it until smooth.

Set aside mixture and stir occasionally with a wooden spoon, until it cools enough to use.

Peanut Butter Frosting
Adapted from Shazam In The Kitchen

1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
3 cups powdered sugar
2-4 tablespoons milk
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 small pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

In large bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, sugar, salt, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix well, adding more milk as needed to make a fluffy spreadable frosting. Sprinkle with a very small pinch of cayenne pepper if desired.

Strawberry & Chocolate Cupcakes

I was inspired to make these cupcakes from a post at My Sweet Cupcakes. The temptation of chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting was too strong! I made these cupcakes for my husband to take to his office at work to share, and I only got to keep four of them for myself.

Strawberry & Chocolate Cupcakes

They are really good, the chocolate ones are my favorite! The chocolate cupcakes are made from my new standard chocolate cupcake recipe, found on Cupcakes Take The Cake. Both the strawberry cupcakes and strawberry frosting recipe come from Sprinkles. The only thing I did differently was strain the strawberry puree to get out the seeds – the recipe did not say to do this.

My opinion on the Sprinkles cupcakes is that they are okay. Strangely, I didn’t taste any strawberry while chewing the cupcakes, but once I swallowed a bite I got a strawberry taste. The cupcake is nice and moist, but not very pink, or not as pink as I’d like a strawberry cupcake to be. The frosting was very nice (though very sweet) and was a very light shade of pink, as you can see in the above photo.

My classic individual cupcake photos here – chocolate cupcake with strawberry frosting and strawberry cupcake with strawberry frosting.

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

The cupcakes that I had originally planned for this week had to be put on hold because my daughter spilled a nearly full bottle of vanilla extract, so I couldn’t make any cupcakes with vanilla. So I decided to go with mint chocolate cupcakes instead since the recipe called for mint extract instead of vanilla.

I chose this particular recipe because it was supposed to taste like a mint Aero chocolate bar, which I really like, and the recipe also had good (but few) reviews; I found the recipe at nigella.com.

Mint Chocolate Cupcake

Now I admit that these cupcakes look very pretty, but I have to tell you that I just don’t like them! Definitely not happy with the way these turned out. The cupcake itself is sort of bland, tasteless and very dry. The frosting, however, is fine.

I did alter the recipe slightly by adding less mint extract than was called for in the cupcakes.

To try to moisten them up a bit, I filled a few of them with white mint buttercream, using the cone method.

Mint Chocolate Cupcake

It didn’t really help much! I definitely do not recommend using this recipe if you’re after mint chocolate cupcakes.