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Margarita Cupcakes – a Sweet Treat Inspired by a Tasty Drink

by Jennifer Wieland
Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

Cinco de Mayo is a heading our way fast! This year you can take your Cinco de Mayo dinner, party or celebration to the ultimate level with Margarita Cupcakes. My Margarita Cupcakes recipe is inspired by my favorite Mexican drink, the Margarita. Each cupcake is packed full of the Margarita flavors you love without the worry of spilling or getting tipsy.

Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

The Best Type of Margarita…

I think it’s safe to say tat I m not the only person who loves going out with her friends or spouse and enjoying a delicious Margarita or two. I’m always a frozen Margarita kind of girl. The potential for brain freeze is a great way to keep me from drinking to quickly. My best friend is the complete opposite of me and likes her Margaritas on the rocks instead. One thing both of us always agree on is eating my Margarita Cupcakes.

Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

Make These Margarita Cupcakes as Unique as You …

Margarita Cupcakes take the boring everyday cake mix and make it extraordinary with the sweet taste of Margarita mix in both the cake batter and frosting. The finishing touch that really knocks these cupcakes out of the park is the sprinkling of sea salt and lime zest.

To make the cupcakes and frosting you can use your favorite homemade or store-bought Margarita mix. You can have it with or without the tequila too. It’s totally up to you but the liquor will bake out in the cake. Take the cupcakes to the next level by adding in a fruit extract to the frosting or chopped up fruit to the cake batter.

Margarita Cupcakes - Cupcakes meet a classic cocktail

Margarita Cupcakes
Serves 24
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348 calories
40 g
48 g
18 g
2 g
10 g
86 g
135 g
35 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
86g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 348
Calories from Fat 156
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
27%
Saturated Fat 10g
51%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 48mg
16%
Sodium 135mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 40g
13%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 35g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
5%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Cupcakes
  1. 1 15.25 oz. white cake mix
  2. 1/3 c. butter, melted
  3. 1 c. margarita mix
  4. 3 large egg whites
  5. Zest of half a lime
For the Margarita Buttercream Frosting
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. Zest of half a lime
  3. 4 c. confectioner's sugar
  4. 2 tbps. margarita mix
  5. 1-2 tbps. heavy whipping cream
For the Margarita Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl mix all of the cupcake ingredients together with a mixer for 30 seconds, or until just combined. Increase the speed to medium and mix the batter for two minutes.
  4. Scoop the mix into the cupcake liners in the prepared pans until 2/3 of the way filled.
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 23 minutes or until done.
  6. Let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
For the Margarita Buttercream Frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and lime zest until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add the confectioner's sugar in several batches. Mix each batch on low until just combined.Scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition of confectioner's sugar.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of margarita mix and 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream. Turn the mixer on low.
  4. Once the liquid is incorporated, turn the mixer to medium-high. Continue to mix for 10 minutes until the frosting is nice and fluffy. If the frosting seems too stiff, add the remaining tablespoon of heavy whipping cream and mix for a few more minutes.​
Notes
  1. Once the cupcakes are frosted, sprinkle the tops with a pinch of sea salt and lime zest for the perfect finishing touch.
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Deliciously Whimsical Root Beer Float Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

There is nothing like going to an ice cream shop and getting a float. There are tons of different kinds but the most common is of course the root beer float. If you are at a really good place they make their own root beer and ice cream in-house and you get that lovely foam on top when the two are combined. Mmmmm… now that is some heavenly stuff right there. So what could make the almighty root beer float even better? How about turning it into a root beer float cupcake?

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

I first made these cupcakes and posted about them a few years ago for my dad’s birthday. He is a huge root beer float fan and I figured he would really get a kick out of these cupcakes. These Root Beer Float Cupcakes are some surprisingly, simple yet delicious treats. Every single time I make these they end up gobbled up by kids and adults alike. They are absolutely a perfect treat for a summer, backyard barbecue or to serve at any of the summer holidays. 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

I know the idea of a filled cupcake may seem daunting but they really are much easier than you’d think. Plus, I know my kids are always happy to come grab the bits of cored out cupcake to munch on as a snack. 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

You and your guests will be amazed how much these cupcakes taste just like the classic root beer float! The root beer flavoring is just right. It’s not overpowering at all and the cool ice cream makes for the perfect surprise when you bite into the cupcake. The whipped topping provides the taste of the creamy foam you get when you pour root beer over ice cream. 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes a delicious take on cake and ice cream!

These root beer float cupcakes will definitely take the idea of cake and ice cream to a whole new level of delicious! 

Root Beer Float Cupcakes
Serves 24
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210 calories
23 g
45 g
12 g
3 g
6 g
74 g
163 g
17 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
74g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210
Calories from Fat 106
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
18%
Saturated Fat 6g
31%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 45mg
15%
Sodium 163mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
8%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cupcakes
  1. 1 box of White Cake Mix
  2. 1/2 c. butter, melted
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 1/4 c. root beer
For the filling
  1. 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened slightly.
For the frosting
  1. 1 16 oz. container of whipped topping
  2. 1 tsp. root beer extract
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix with a hand mixer for 30 seconds on low-speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix for 2 more minutes.
  3. Fill liners 2/3 of the way full and bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes and then remove to a wire rack and continue to cool there.
  4. Core the center of the cupcake out. Do not go all the way through the bottom. You can use a cupcake corer, paring knife or the large end of a pastry tip.
  5. Place softened ice cream in the cored cupcake.
For the frosting
  1. Mix the whipped topping and root beer flavor and stir until combined well.  Fill a pastry bag fitted with a tip and pipe the frosting on.
  2. Place the cupcakes in the freezer until ready to serve them.
Notes
  1. If you don't have or can't find root beer extract don't worry. Simply take 1/4 c. of root beer and place it in a saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat until reduced to a teaspoon or two. Let it cool and then add to the whipped topping.
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Meyer Lemon Cupcakes a Perfect Spring Treat

by Jennifer Wieland
Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

Chicago springs can go from frigid temps and snow to sunny and summery with in a day or two. It’s something you never really get used to no matter how long you live here. That’s what makes these Meyer Lemon Cupcakes such a perfect spring treat! If it’s a nice sunny and warm or hot day you want a treat that reminds you of why the hot approaching months are so great! If it’s cold and snowy you want a treat that is bright and refreshing in flavor to make you realize the grey and cold will soon be a thing of the past. 

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

This past weekend we went to my parent’s house to celebrate my dad’s 64th birthday. It just so happened to be one of the bright, warm and sunny spring days that make spring awesome. I decided that I wanted to do a citrus cupcake for him. I had both lemons and Meyer lemons on hand. I opted for the Meyer lemons though because I love the unique flavor they have. 

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

If you’ve never had a Meyer lemon then you should try to find some. They are shaped like a lemon but the peel can be yellow or orange. Meyer lemons you see are unique combination of lemon and orange. It helps cut the sourness of a regular lemon down and adds a bit of sweetness. 

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes

Meyer Lemon Cupcakes
Serves 24
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287 calories
37 g
56 g
15 g
2 g
8 g
75 g
156 g
31 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
75g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287
Calories from Fat 132
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 8g
41%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 56mg
19%
Sodium 156mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 31g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
5%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cake
  1. 1 18.25 oz. box white cake mix
  2. 1/2 c. butter, very soft
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 3/4 c. water
  5. 1/4 c. Meyer lemon juice
  6. 1 Meyer lemon, zested
For the frosting
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 1 Meyer lemon, zested
  3. 4 c. confectioner's sugar
  4. 2 tbsp. Meyer lemon juice
  5. 2-3 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients for the cake. Mix on low speed until combined. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix for two minutes.
  3. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake liners.
  4. Bake for 18-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in one comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in pan for five minutes and then remove the cupcakes from the pan and let them finish cooling on a wire rack.
For the frosting
  1. In the bowl a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and Meyer lemon zest together.
  2. In small batches stir in the confectioner's sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl between each addition.
  3. Add the Meyer lemon juice and stir to combine.
  4. Add 2 tbsp. of heavy whipping cream and beat on low to combine. Once combined increase the speed to high and beat for five minutes. If the frosting is to thick add another tbsp. heavy whipping cream. Beat on high for another five minutes or until light and fluffy.
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Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Make holiday entertaining a breeze with these ridiculously easy box mix Peppermint Cupcakes!

 

 

Candy canes and peppermint are a staple of the holiday season. I am personally a big peppermint fan. I find the flavor comforting and peppermint is traditionally used to help with an upset stomach. So adding peppermint to a holiday dessert might just make for the perfect holiday treat. These ridiculously easy box mix peppermint cupcakes are sure to be a hit at your holiday gatherings. 

 

Make holiday entertaining a breeze with these ridiculously easy box mix Peppermint Cupcakes!

The thing when working with any mint flavors is to be careful not to make the mint flavor to far. It can easily go from tasty and decadent to overpowering and to much. This recipe for peppermint cupcakes is a perfect balance of peppermint flavor in both the cake and the frosting. I used Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips for my peppermint flavor. The Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips really adds the right amount of peppermint flavor. The cupcakes are tasty and flavorful without the peppermint being over powerful.

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

Starting a recipe with a batter prepared from a white box cake mix takes a lot of the work out of these cupcakes. Pouring in Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips. 

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

The Candy gives the cupcakes perfectly festive dots of red color throughout the cupcake. 

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

Whipping up a batch of peppermint buttercream frosting is a breeze. Take a basic vanilla buttercream and add in the Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips. 

 Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes

Ridiculously Easy Box Mix Peppermint Cupcakes
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6129 calories
941 g
550 g
262 g
28 g
138 g
1340 g
3549 g
796 g
7 g
106 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1340g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6129
Calories from Fat 2308
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 262g
404%
Saturated Fat 138g
691%
Trans Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 29g
Monounsaturated Fat 77g
Cholesterol 550mg
183%
Sodium 3549mg
148%
Total Carbohydrates 941g
314%
Dietary Fiber 6g
24%
Sugars 796g
Protein 28g
Vitamin A
127%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
110%
Iron
46%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cupcakes
  1. 1 box of white cake mix, mixed per package instructions
  2. 1 c. Andes Candies Peppermint Baking Chips
For the frosting
  1. 1 c. butter, softened
  2. 4 c. confectioner's sugar
  3. 1/2 c. Andes Candies Peppermint Baking Chips
  4. 2-4 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake/muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In the bowl with the mixed white cake mix stir in one cup of peppermint baking chips. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 19-23 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter. Stir in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time. Stir in 1/2 cup o peppermint baking chips.Pour in two tablespoons of heavy whipping cream. If the frosting is still to thick add in more cream. Beat the frosting on high for 5-10 minutes until light and fluffy in texture.Use to frost cupcakes.
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Saving Money on Your Sugar Fix with Restaurant.com

by Jennifer Wieland
Saving Money on Your Sugar Fix with Restaurant.com gift certificates #ReviewCrew

 

 

I am part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew and this post is sponsored by Restaurant.com but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think it’s pretty clear from this blog alone that I am a wee bit of a sweets junkie. Sugary goodness is my kryptonite! Luckily for me when a sweet craving hits but I don’t have the time or energy to bake or I just one a small sweet and not dozens of cookies or cupcakes then I like to head to the favorite bakery by the locals in my neighborhood. Sweet Annie’s is sweet on its own but what makes it even sweeter is saving money on your sugar fix with Restaurant.com gift certificates. 

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Sweet Annie’s is a delightful, little, family owned bakery that smells like heaven (or at least a sugar junkies idea of heaven) when you walk in. 

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For breakfast they offer up a selection of croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls and scones. Pair any of those with their coffee selections for a tasty sugar and caffeine high to start the day.

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The rest of the day is filled with an array of pound cake, cupcakes and cookies That makes this a local favorite of the kids during the school year. They tend to stop in after school for a reward for surviving another day of school. 

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“The only thing better than going out for a great meal, is getting a great deal.  Restaurant.com has been filling tables since 1999 and is the destination for dining whether you like to plan ahead or find a meal on the go.  Restaurant.com helps diners discover the perfect dining experience and boasts nearly 50,000 dining deals available every day, even on the weekends!  And, the deals are easy to use – present the certificate to the server on a mobile device, or print out a copy, and voilà – the savings will be deducted from your final bill.  Bon Appétit!”

 

 


White Chocolate Passion Fruit Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
White chocolate passion fruit cupcakes

 

 

 

I have some flavor combinations that I just absolutely adore! White chocolate and passion fruit is one of them and if you follow this blog regularly then you may have seen some of my other recipes with this deliciously sweet and tropical combination. These particular white chocolate passion fruit cupcakes came to be because I wanted to make this cake that I had made before. It’s still cold and snowing here in Chicago (We got almost 6″ yesterday.) and I wanted a bit of a tropical flavored treat. I didn’t feel like making a whole big cake though and decided to make cupcakes instead to share with some friends.

White chocolate passion fruit cupcakes

I ran into a problem though when I went to the store to get all of the ingredients and discovered that I could not buy white chocolate cream cheese at any stores near me. Now I don’t know if it’s completely off the market or just not around here any longer but this meant I had to change-up my previous frosting recipe. I’ve changed it up so that it’s now made with plain, old cream cheese and it is still divine tasting!

White chocolate passion fruit cupcakes

These cupcakes are so simple and pretty and the taste is light, sweet and fruity. They are the perfect spring treat! The frosting covered in the chopped white chocolate reminds me so much of bunny tails.

White chocolate passion fruit cupcakes

White Chocolate Passion Fruit Cream Cheese Frosting
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4118 calories
567 g
517 g
206 g
22 g
124 g
985 g
867 g
550 g
4 g
62 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
985g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4118
Calories from Fat 1815
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 206g
318%
Saturated Fat 124g
620%
Trans Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 54g
Cholesterol 517mg
172%
Sodium 867mg
36%
Total Carbohydrates 567g
189%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 550g
Protein 22g
Vitamin A
131%
Vitamin C
27%
Calcium
49%
Iron
13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 c. butter, softened
  2. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  3. 4 c. confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  4. 3-4 tbsp. passion fruit juice (I use Goya)
  5. 4 oz. white chocolate, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed until light. Add in half of the confectioner’s sugar and mix on low until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl and add the second half of the confectioner’s sugar. Again, mix on low until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl again and with the mixer on low, slowly add in 3 tbsp of passion fruit juice. Increase speed to medium-high and beat for a few minutes until creamy. If you need to add the last tbsp. of juice. Frost cupcakes or cake and use the chopped white chocolate to sprinkle onto the frosted cake or cupcakes.
Notes
  1. Cream cheese frosting needs to be refrigerated.
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The recipe for the cake can be found here along with a fabulous white chocolate passion fruit mousse.

 

 

 


Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

by Jennifer Wieland
Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

Last week we were on vacation in Orlando and so I missed being able to post a lot of great crafts and recipes I had worked on or wanted to get done. Now I’m back home and the kids are off of school and I need to work. Luckily though I can combine my work with activities for the kids. That’s what we did today and we made some Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones. I’m sure all of you have had a cupcake cone before in a cake cone. I’m also sure you’ve seen people or have yourself used a sugar cone and frosted it as a tree. I decided to combine the two and now we have Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones in the house!

In traditional cupcake cones you use cake cones and set the cones into a cupcake pan, fill with cake batter and then bake. When you frost them they look like ice cream cones. I’ve loved these since I was a kid but decided to change it up some by using sugar cones instead so I could get the Christmas tree feel. How do you get these to stand up in the cupcake pan though? That’s easy, you fill the cone about 2/3 of the way and then carefully place the open end down in the cupcake pan.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

These are filled with the cake batter and ready to go into the oven!

These cooked up quick and then I let them cool. Once they were cooled I melted some chocolate and covered about 1/3 of a popsicle stick with the melted chocolate and then inserted about half of the stick into the center of the cake. You need to use popsicle sticks instead of cake pop sticks because these are larger and heavier. Let the chocolate set in the refrigerator before decorating.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

This part is similar to making cake pops.

These were a lot of fun to make and you can get creative with your decorations. We just used things I already had on hand here. My daughter was a green frosting covered mess when we finished but it was fun and festive!

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones

Christmas Tree Cupcake Cones
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3355 calories
442 g
7 g
40 g
23 g
10 g
951 g
1966 g
160 g
0 g
27 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
951g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3355
Calories from Fat 349
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 40g
61%
Saturated Fat 10g
50%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 7mg
2%
Sodium 1966mg
82%
Total Carbohydrates 442g
147%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 160g
Protein 23g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
40%
Calcium
46%
Iron
48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 8.25 oz. Funfetti Vibrant Green Cake Mix (batter prepared as instructed)
  2. 1-2 15.6 oz. can Funfetti Vibrant Green Vanilla Flavored Frosting
  3. 12-18 sugar cones (depending on size)
  4. chocolate
  5. Popsicle sticks
  6. 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  7. Candy, sprinkles, jimmies, etc. for decorating
  8. Foam blocks
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a cupcake pan with baking spray.
  2. You should already have the cake batter prepared per package instructions. Fill the sugar cones about 2/3 of the way full. The batter will be thick so you can turn the cone over and place it open end down into the cupcake pan. My cones took 12 minutes to cook for a toothpick to come out clean. Larger cones may take a an extra minute or two. Let the cones cool in the pan for five minutes and then finish cooling on a wire rack.
  3. Once the cones are almost done cooling melt some chocolate. ( I used white chocolate ships because that's what I had on hand. You could use candy melts or a candy bar too.) Dip 1/3 of a popsicle stick into the melted chocolate and then inserted the chocolate covered end into the cake so that about 1/2 the stick is inside the cake cone. Place the cones on their sides on a backing sheet and place in the refrigerator for the chocolate to firm up.
  4. While the chocolate is setting empty one of the cans of frosting into a bowl. Add the powdered sugar and stir until combined completely. This helps make the frosting stiffer.
  5. To decorate the Christmas trees either pipe the frosting on (not to thick) or spread the frosting on with an offset spatula. Decorate with candy, sprinkles, jimmies, etc. and if you want to give it a little dusting of snow place a very small amount of powdered sugar into a sifter and shake over the trees. Place the decorated trees into foam blocks to hold them. I covered mine with powdered sugar to make it look like snow and placed some "gifts" under my trees.
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Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes With Flour Frosting

by Jennifer Wieland
Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes with Flour Frosting & Pop Rocks Centers #YoungAndHungry

 

 

 

 

ABC Family's Young & Hungry Food Blogger Challenge

This afternoon Challenge #3 in the Young & Hungry Food Bloggers Challenge was released to us and honestly this is the one that I was totally excited about! I knew the challenge today was probably going to be cupcakes because they sent us cupcake liners as what we would need to use for this one. Being the bright bulb that I am I easily pieced that together. Now, I do cupcakes here all the time and if you are a regular reader you  know that cupcakes and cookies are my passion. Now, I know some of the other bloggers and am very familiar with their blogs and I know many of them are good bakers too so I needed to come up with something that I had not done on the blog before but that could easily be used as a dessert recipe for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. Now I do already have another recipe slated for the blog that I could have used but I wanted to do something fun for my kids today since it’s a humid, gloomy, rainy day here and so I made Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes. I decided to use a frosting recipe that I have never shared on the site before but that I simply love, love, love and so I topped the cupcakes with Flour Frosting. Now to give these cupcakes a bit of a bang I cored out some of the center on each cupcake and poured in some Pop Rocks.

Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes with Flour Frosting & Pop Rocks Centers #YoungAndHungry

The frosting I used for these cupcakes is absolutely amazing! I mean hands down one of my absolute favorites! It is light and creamy and not overly sweet and when you tell people the base for it is cooked flour and milk they will think you have lost your mind so don’t tell them that part until after they have gobbled up a cupcake or two or three.

Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes with Flour Frosting & Pop Rocks Centers #YoungAndHungry

Adding the Pop Rocks into the center of the cupcake is just a fun treat for the kids. It also gives the cupcakes a bit of fruity center too which is nice to go with all of the colors the sprinkles add in the Funfetti Cupcakes. When my boys first hit the centers they looked at me as the Pop Rocks started to go off and with their sensory issues it freaked them out until I told them what was going on. Then they were okay with it and just continued eating. With the Pop Rocks though you don’t want to add them and frost the cupcakes until just before serving. The moisture from the cake and frosting can cause them to start popping if they sit to long.

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Firecracker Funfetti Cupcakes with Flour Frosting
Yields 12
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304 calories
37 g
58 g
16 g
3 g
10 g
89 g
70 g
27 g
1 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
89g
Yields
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
25%
Saturated Fat 10g
51%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 58mg
19%
Sodium 70mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 37g
12%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 27g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
11%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
6%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the cupcakes
  1. 1 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp. salt
  4. 1/2 c. sugar
  5. 1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  6. 1/2 c. milk
  7. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1/4 c. sprinkles in your choice of colors
For the frosting
  1. 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 c. milk
  3. 3/4 c. butter, softened
  4. 3/4 c. sugar
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
For the filling and topping
  1. 4-6 packages of Pop Rocks in flavors and colors of choice
  2. More sprinkles
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment sift in the flour and baking powder and then add the sugar and salt. Add the butter, milk and vanilla. Beat on medium-low speed for 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs. Once incorporated, beat at medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Bake for 22-26 minutes for cupcakes. Cool for ten minutes in pan and then remove and cool on rack the rest of the way and frost.
For the frosting
  1. Whisk the flour and milk together in a pot over medium-low heat until combined. Then using a silicone spatula smash all of the flour lumps that remain and stir until the mixture becomes as thick as paste. It should be thick and smooth and the bottom of the pan should be mostly uncovered as the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and move the mixture to a bowl and place in the refrigerator until cold. This cannot be at all warm or this will not turn out well.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and then add in the cooled flour mixture. Beat on medium-high speed for 7-10 minutes. The longer you beat the mixture the creamier and fluffier it will become.
To assemble
  1. Core out the center of the cupcakes using a cupcake corer or a paring knife. Be sure not to cut all the way through the cupcakes. Pour a mixture of the Pop Rocks into the cored out opening so that it fills to the top of the cupcakes. Then top with frosting and sprinkles.
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carbs
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ABC Family's Young & Hungry Food Blogger Challenge

In “Young & Hungry,” two worlds collide when Josh (Jonathan Sadowski Sadowski), a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi (Emily Osment), a feisty young food blogger, looking to be his personal chef. Gabi is desperate for the job and must prove herself, mostly to Josh’s aide ( Rex Lee), who prefers a famous chef for the job. When Josh enlists Gabi to prepare a romantic meal for him and his girlfriend, the dinner goes awry and Gabi finds herself in a very awkward position. With the help of her best friend Sofia (Aimee Carrero) and Josh’s housekeeper (Kym Whitley), Gabi turns a difficult situation into an opportunity for employment and maybe even love.

Young & Hungry stars Emily Osment (Hannah Montana), Jonathan Sadowski ($#*! My Dad Says), Rex Lee (“Entourage”), Aimee Carrero (“Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”) and Kym Whitley (“Animal Practice”) with Annie Potts (“GCB,” “Designing Women”) as a recurring guest star. The series is executive produced by Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”), CBS Television Studios, Relativity Television, Jessica Rhoades (“Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”) and Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”). The pilot was written by David Holden (“Accidentally on Purpose”). Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco based food blogger, of BrokeAssGourmet.com, contributed to the development of this project.

Young & Hungry premieres on ABC Family on Wednesday, June 25th, at 8/7 p.m. CST

 


Camouflage Cupcakes

by Jennifer Wieland
Camouflage Cupcakes

Sunday was my husbands birthday and every year I try to come up with some sort of cake that relates to something he enjoys. I debated this last week… what to do, what to do? I even asked the kids for input. My nine-year old didn’t care and this is how the conversation with the 5 & 6-year-old went.

Me: What kind of cake or cupcakes should we make daddy?

Excited 5-year-old daughter: Oh! I know! (bouncing up and down)

Me: What?

5-year-old: This is so exciting! We should (dramatic pause) make him a boy cake!

Me: Ummmm??? (look of confusion)

6-year-old: Of course we’ll make a boy cake! He is a boy… right Mom?

Me: (shaking head in defeat)

They did eventually suggest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but I let them know that was more their thing than Daddy’s. It finally hit me what to do last-minute on Sunday afternoon. He is a major World War II history buff, especially when it comes to strategy and tanks. He will read books, listen to podcasts, watch TV shows/movies/documentaries and play board games all about this very subject. My oldest son used to enjoy talking about this with him when he was younger but none of the other kids have had an interest. None that is, until our one and only little girl at the ripe old age of five decided that this was fascinating. She now knows that daddy’s favorite tank is the Panzer and the two of them have this little thing they do. One of them will yell, Achtung! (which means attention) and the other will yell back, Panzer! This can last for like 10 minutes. (Insert me rolling my eyes and shaking my head.) My husband is all smiles because he has a new little WWII history buddy and she giggles because it’s a fun thing to do with daddy and this my friends is how a grown man ends up with camouflage cupcakes for his birthday.

Camouflage Cupcakes

Camouflage Cupcakes
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2244 calories
409 g
0 g
57 g
24 g
9 g
541 g
3480 g
286 g
0 g
45 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
541g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2244
Calories from Fat 503
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 57g
88%
Saturated Fat 9g
43%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Monounsaturated Fat 24g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 3480mg
145%
Total Carbohydrates 409g
136%
Dietary Fiber 5g
19%
Sugars 286g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
101%
Iron
40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 white cake batter prepared per directions (I used my recipe)
  2. 1 batch of vanilla buttercream ( I used my recipe)
  3. 2 different shades of mossy/leafy green food coloring gel
  4. 1 brown food coloring gel
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven as directed and line cupcake pan with white paper liners that will show colors or with camouflage cupcake liners.
  2. Separate the cake batter into four bowls, evenly. Tint two of the bowls different shades of green. Tint the other two bowls using the brown. One of the bowls will get just a small amount of color to turn it beige. The other one will get more brown color to turn it tan. Add a teaspoon of each color to the cupcake liners. Just drop the colors in, Do not evenly layer or swirl the colors because you want them to be all over just like camouflage. Bake the cupcakes as directed and then cool.
  3. While the cupcakes are cooling prepare the frosting. Fit your pastry bag with the tip that you want to use and taking a coffee stirrer streak vertical lines of green and brown food coloring in the bag. Then add the frosting and pipe onto the cupcakes. The food coloring along the sides of the bag will cause the frosting to be piped out in the camouflage colors.
  4. Top with plastic toy soldiers, tanks or any other military themed items.
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Camouflage Cupcakes

Things to note:

  • The white cake recipe I used can be found here and the frosting recipe here minus the vanilla bean.
  • The streaked food coloring will lighten as you pipe more so you may want to pipe it in smaller batches adding more coloring each time or do what I did and let it lighten so that you had dark and light camouflage.
  • The tanks were actually candles I found at Party City and the toy soldiers I found in two different colors at the dollar store. The lighter frosted ones got one color and the darker frosted ones got the other color.

These cupcakes would be perfect for a boy’s birthday party, a soldiers return or any war history buffs you may know.

 


Royal Caribbean, The Cupcake Cupboard and Decorating a Cupcake Dog

by Jennifer Wieland
The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

Being the baker that I am I was elated to learn that Royal Caribbean has a cupcake shop called The Cupcake Cupboard aboard several of its ships. I was even more excited to learn that the ship I was sailing on, the Liberty of the Seas was one of the ships and wouldn’t you know it but one of our scheduled things was to decorate cupcakes in one of the classes offered. So in addition to drooling over, debating which flavor to eat and eating the cupcakes they offered we got to sit down and learn how to make a special cupcake.

The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

The cupcake decorating is available on each cruise and is definitely something worth checking out. They have classes on board for both adults and kids so everyone can learn to make a beautiful and tasty treat. Don’t worry though if you have never decorated a cupcake before. You will be walked through what to do step-by-step and in the end you will find it was so much easier than you expected it to be. 

The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

The Brandcation blogger group took up three classes and between them were instructed on how to make two different cupcake designs. I was in the first group and we made a dog cupcake. The second group did the same thing and the third group made a hamburger and french fry cupcake meal. Everyone’s cupcakes turned out beautifully, even those who were a bit nervous about decorating.

I decided I would share with my readers how to make the dog just to give you an idea about how easy they make creating an edible work of art at the classes.

The Cupcake Cupboard also sells cupcake themed merchandise and has its own cookbook and decorating kit for purchase. So if cupcakes are your thing you will definitely want to check out this shop, it’s sweets and the adorable cupcake gifts the next time you sail Royal Caribbean.

The Cupcake Cupboard aboard Royal Caribbean

 Would you like a sneak peek at some of the cupcake recipes that can be found in the Cupcakes & Scoops cookbook that you can buy on board any Royal Caribbean ship with the Cupcake Cupboard shop? Then here are a few recipes and what you’ll need to make a monkey cupcake.

 

 This is a really great cook book and if you would like a chance to win a copy of it then be sure to enter below. Not only are the recipes great but the ideas on how to decorate the cupcakes are wonderful.

 

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