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Funky Fresh Tie-Dye Cupcakes

18 Apr

What is more fun than Tie-Die?! Well, Tie-Die Cupcakes, of course! These colorful cupcakes are the perfect addition to any birthday party. With a simple vanilla base, the recipe is quick and virtually impossible to mess up. Get creative with your own color combinations and make your next party funky fresh!

Here’s the recipe – Enjoy!

Tie-Dye Cupcakes

Makes 15-18 Cupcakes

You’ll Need:

~ 2 cups all-purpose flour
~ 1 ½ cups sugar
~ 1 tablespoon baking powder
~ ½  cup milk

~ ¾  cup water
~ 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
~ ½  cup butter, softened
~ 3 eggs

~ 3 different colors of food coloring

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your over to 350 degree
  2. With a whisk, combine flour, sugar, baking powder
  3. Add in the milk and whisk to combine.
  4. Add water, vanilla, butter, and eggs. Combine with an electric mixer then beat two more minutes.
  5. Divide the batter into 3 small bowls
  6. Color each bowl of batter a different color
  7. Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  8. 8. Starting with one color, put a spoonful of batter into each liner
  9. Alternate colors until cupcake liners are ¾ full
  10. Bake at 350 for 12-15 Minutes.

Vanilla Frosting

  • 2 Sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs of vanilla extract
  • 3 colors of food coloring

In an electric mixer cream the butter until light and fluffy. I usually beat on medium speed for 3-4 minutes.

Slowly add in one cup of powdered sugar at a time. Mixing in between each addition

Add in the vanilla extract, mix to combine

(If your frosting is too thin – add more powder sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add in a tbs of milk.)

How to decorate with multi-colored frosting

  • Separate the frosting into 3 small bowls. Using food coloring, color each bowl a different color.
  • Cut the tip off your piping bag, insert the piping tip.
  • Use a medium size cup and fold the piping bag over the edges – this makes it easier to fill the piping bag with frosting.
  • Using a spoon or spatula, put one of the colored frostings into the piping bag. Alternate colors until your piping bag is filled with multi-colored frosting.
  • Pipe frosting onto each cupcake. Add sprinkles if you desire.

There you have it! Let me now f you have any questions.

Until next time, Stay Sweet!

Jill

McCormick St. Patrick’s Day Giveaway (closed)

9 Mar

Can you believe we are already gearing up for St. Patrick’s day?! I can’t. But I can say I am so excited to announce a new giveaway. A McCormick Giveaway!

Last October, McCormick was kind enough to send me and 2 of my readers a fun Halloween kit, full of baking supplies. It was such a fun giveaway and the box was filled with so many great baking items. I just couldn’t resist another opportunity to partner with McCormick again!

 McCormick has agreed to give 3 of my lucky readers a fun gift set just in time for the holiday of luck!! This box if filled with lots of ingredients for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat!

The McCormick gift set includes:

  1. Vanilla flavoring
  2. Green food coloring
  3. Peppermint Extract
  4. Two packages of St. Patrick’s Day cupcake liners
  5. Over 10 St. Patrick’s Day baking recipes

The giveaway is simple. Once you complete the following items, you will be entered to win. A winner will be announced on Monday the 12th and your prize will ship that afternoon! Ready for the rules?

McCormick St. Patrick’s  Baking Kit Giveaway Rules:

You must leave a comment on this blog post for every entry you submit

Mandatory:

Go the McCormick Facebook Page and tell them Stay Calm Cupcake sent you!

Extra Entries:

Follow my facebook page and leave a comment

Subscribe to my blog (on the top right hand side of the blog)

Follow me on Twitter and retweet about the contest. Use the tweet “@StayCalmCupcake is giving away a McCormick Halloween Kit!

Next week I will be featuring lots of yummy St. Patrick’s Day treats. So make sure  you stop back by and get some inspirtaion for making yummy green treats of your own!

Have a great weekend. Stay Sweet!

xo, Jill

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

21 Feb

So here it is friends, the long awaited and much requested Key Lime Pie Cupcake recipe! Just in time for all of the  green festivities that St. Patrick’s Day brings us next month.

This tart and tangy, sweet and sassy cupcake certainly packs a punch. It is a guaranteed hit with anyone who loves Key Lime Pie as much as I do….which admittedly, is too much! 🙂

Enjoy!

Key Lime Cupcake

Makes 24 Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cake flour sifted
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 8 egg whites
  • 1 Lime
  • 3 tbs of Lime Jello Mix (dry)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Fill Cupcake pan with liners
  2. Sift together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Set aside.
  4. Beat egg whites with hand mixer until stiff, but not dry. Set aside.
  5. With your stand mixer at slow speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with milk. Beat well after each addition.
  6. Add in 3 tbs of dry Lime Jello mix – mix well to incorporate
  7. Beat in 1/3 cup of lime juice
  8. Beat in vanilla extract.
  9. Gently fold egg whites into batter.
  10. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  11. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until tops are lightly browned and toothpick comes out clean.

 

Whip Cream Frosting

  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Combine the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract in the bowl of your stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment and mix on medium speed until smooth.

While the mixture is still whipping, slowly pour in the heavy cream.

Stop and scrape the bottom of the bowl a couple of times while you continue.

Continue mixing until the frosting can hold a firm peak. Do not over beat though.

Decorations:

  • The zest of one lime
  • 15 graham crackers, crushed
  • Lime green sanding sugar

Once your cupcakes have cooled and your frosting is ready – pipe frosting onto each cupcake. Place the graham cracker crumbles on a plate and roll the edge of the cupcake in the crumbs. Sprinkle each cupcake with lime zest. Finish with a few lime green sugar sprinkles.

There you  have it! Fun, festive, and delicious!!  Until next time, Stay Sweet!

Xo, Jill

Birthday Cake Cupcakes

10 Jan

Everyone loves a delicious cupcake for their birthday, right? Duh! It’s even more special when those cupcakes are homemade. So today, I’m going to share a REALLY simple recipe for Birthday Cake Cupcakes, known in the world of box cake as “Funfetti”. Let’s get started!!

Birthday Cake Cupcakes

You’ll Need:

~ 2 cups all-purpose flour
~ 1 ½ cups sugar
~ 1 tablespoon baking powder
~ ½  cup milk

~ ¾  cup water
~ 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
~ ½  cup butter, softened
~ 3 eggs

~ 1/3 cup of rainbow sprinkles. I like to use rainbow sanding sugar or rainbow jimmies.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your over to 350 degree
  2. With a whisk, combine flour, sugar, baking powder
  3. Add in the milk and whisk to combine.
  4. Add water, vanilla, butter, and eggs. Combine with an electric mixer then beat two more minutes.
  5. Add in your rainbow sprinkles
  6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and place in oven
  7. Bake at 350 for 12-15 Minutes.

Vanilla Frosting

  • 2 Sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup of cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbs of vanilla extract

In an electric mixer cream together the butter and the cream cheese. Beat for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Slowly add in one cup of powdered sugar at a time. Mixing in between each addition

Add in the vanilla extract, mix to combine

If your frosting is too thin – add more powder sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add in a tbs of milk.

Decorate with rainbow sprinkles and enjoy!!

 Now that’s a perfect birthday cupcakes!

Hope you are all having a great week so far.

Stay Sweet! xoxo

Champagne Cupcakes

6 Jan

Happy {belated} New Year!

I’ve been quite a busy bee the past few months and have, admittedly, been slacking on my blog posts. Well, New Year = New Goals, right?! I’m going to try and post 2 recipes every week!

Before I fill you in on an awesome Champagne Cupcake recipe, let me tell you what I’ve been up to lately 🙂

I keep trucking away on growing my cupcake business – and things are going pretty good if I do say so myself. We are still working on renovating the cupcake truck and plan to have it up and running in February. I can’t even tell you how excited I am about it! Picture to come soon, I promise! I also had my first cupcake event at a local wine bar and it was a sweet, sweet success. I baked like a crazy women 600 mini cupcakes to give away as samples. People who came to the event were so friendly and so excited about my cupcakes. It felt really good to know that what I’ve been working toward for so long is starting to come together.

Also, my Etsy shop is still booming – keep an eye out for new Valentine treats and some really good discount codes!

Ok, enough about me.  Are you ready to whip up a batch of deliciously boozy cupcakes? Great! Let’s get started.

Champagne Cupcakes

What you’ll need for the Cake Batter:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups flour – I like to sift it first
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • ½  cup unsalted butter. Make sure it is at room temperature (microwave for 15 sec)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼  cup milk
  • ½ Cup of Champagne (any brand will work)
  • 1/8  teaspoon cream of tartar

What you’ll need for the Frosting:

  • ½  cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼  cup champagne
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Separate the eggs, placing the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another bowl.
  4. Using an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add 3/4 cup of the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
  5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  7. Mix in the Champagne
  8. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour.
  9. Use a hand mixer to beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form.
  10. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
  11. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter until combined. Do not over mix the batter or it will deflate.
  12. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes

Frosting Directions:

  1. In your mixer, cream the butter on medium high until it turns white and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time- mixing on medium speed
  3. Add the champagne and the vanilla – mix for 2 minutes or until well combined
  4. If you want thicker buttercream – add more powdered sugar.

These cupcakes are delicious and add the perfect amount of elegance to any party. I like to decorate them with little pink and white pearls.

Until next time, stay sweet!

Xoxo, Jill

October Photos

1 Nov

Hi All!

Today is November 1st and I absolutely cannot believe that October has come and gone already!! I hope all of you had a ridiculously sweet Halloween last night, I know I did!

Today I am going to do a different post than I normally do. I have a lot of blog friends that do a weekly posting called “My week in photos”. I always love looking at their picture posts, so instead of sharing a recipe today, I’d like to share some photos with you. Don’t worry though, I’ll be back later this week with some great Thanksgiving Cupcake ideas.

Here are some photos from the past month ~~ Enjoy! xoxo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange Halloween Cupcakes

13 Oct

Hello, Hello!

Hope everyone is making it through the week. Tomorrow is Friday!! Yay! Friday is wonderful all on it’s own, but tomorrow is even more exciting because I get to announce the WINNER of the fabulous McCormick Halloween Giveaway. You’ve entered, right?? Ok, good! I wouldn’t want you to miss out on this awesome gift basket of baking goodies.

I bought some really fun cupcake liners this week and thought they were perfect for  Halloween inspired cupcakes. I wanted to share some photos with you of my simple, but very yummy Orange Cream Cupcakes. My decorating style is simple and classic. I think a perfect frosting swirl and the right amount of sprinkles go a long way. What’s your decorating style? More elaborate, or simple and classic?

Enjoy the photos 🙂

I love the funky orange cupcake liner!

Orange Cream Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting - Dyed Orange for Halloween, of course!

Looking for a great Orange Cream Recipe? Check it out here! Stay Sweet, xoxo

Candy Corn Cupcakes

11 Oct

What makes a pumpkin smile? Candy Corn of course!!

As promised, today is all about candy corn cupcakes!! If you haven’t already, make sure you enter to win an awesome McCormick Halloween Treat Basket. Find out more details on the prize and how to enter here.

Candy Corns have been, and always will be, the quintessential fall candy. I’m not sure what I like best about them….the bright fall colors, the taste of pure sugar, or the fact that they are perfect for decorating cupcakes with!

Today’s Recipe and Decorating ideas are super easy and perfect to do with your little ones at home. I love this recipe because you bake candy corn right into the cupcake! They come out gooey and delicious – not to mention they look so festive!

Candy Corn Cupcake

For this cupcake, I use a traditional vanilla cake recipe. If you want to make this even easier, you can use a box mix.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Vanilla Cake Batter (or Box mix)
  • Vanilla Frosting (or Can Frosting)
  • 2 ½ cups of candy corn
  • McCormick Yellow Food Coloring
  • McCormick Red Food Coloring
  • Fall colored sprinkles
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Piping Bag
  • Start Tip for frosting

Ok, now that we have all of our necessary ingredients, let’s get started.

  1. Start by chopping up 1 cup of candy corn. I did this with a knife, but a food processor would work well too. You want medium size chunks.
  2. Pour the chopped candy corn into the vanilla cake batter
  3. Measure out 3 tbs of fall sprinkles. Pour sprinkles into the cake batter.
  4. Mix the candy corn and sprinkles thoroughly into the cake batter
  5. Pour cupcake batter into your cupcake liners and bake for 15-18 minutes or until the tops of your cupcakes are slightly brown.
  6. Let cool for 20-30 minutes.

Chooped Candy Corn

Candy Corns Baked Right In the Batter!

Let’s makes some frosting while we are waiting for our cupcakes to cool.

  1. Take the vanilla frosting, whether it is canned or homemade, and divide it into 3 bowls.
  2. In one bowl, use 3 drops of McCormick’s yellow food coloring and mix well – set aside
  3. In one bowl use 3 drops of McCormick’s yellow food coloring and one drop of McCormick’s red food coloring. Combine well until you get the perfect color orange.
  4. Using a spatula or spoon, spoon some yellow frosting into the left side of your piping bag. Fill the other side with orange frosting, and top with the remaining white frosting.
  5. Swirl the frosting onto your cupcake and decorate with candy corn!

Be creative with your candy corn decorations – possibilities are endless!

Hope you and family enjoy this fun fall recipe. Let me know how your candy corn cupcakes turn out!

Stay Sweet. Xoxo

McCormick Halloween Giveaway

10 Oct

Happy Monday!

This weeks blog postings are going to be all about Halloween inspired cupcakes! I have an exciting giveaway to announce and some fun tutorials coming your way! So let’s dig in!

I received a McCormick Halloween Baking Kit in the mail on Friday and have been anxious to tell you guys about it since I opened it! The sweet people at McCormick wanted me to review some of their products and then give one of my lucky readers a kit of their own! Pretty cool, huh?

To be entirely  honest, I have always loved McCormick food colorings and vanilla extract, so I was more than happy to review their products and share with you all. It seemed to be a great fit!

The McCormick Halloween Baking Kit came with the following items:

  • McCormick Assorted Food Coloring
  • McCormick Black Food Coloring
  • McCormick Vanilla Extract
  • Wilton Cupcake Liners
  • Bright Orange Oven Mit
  • Silicone Cookie Sheet
  • A Mini Spatula
  • A list of Halloween cupcake ideas
  • And some yummy Candy Corn!

This kit has EVERYTHING you need to make some fantastic Halloween cupcakes!

My favorite is the McCormick black food coloring. It  is perfect for making scary Halloween cupcakes, like spider cupcakes, tombstone cupcakes, and even vampire cupcakes! Once Halloween is over though, you can still use the black food coloring for 100’s of other cupcake ideas. I like to use the black to outline some of my cupcake designs, or use it when making little eyeballs on character cupcakes.

The best thing about the McCormick black food coloring is that it actually turns the frosting black, rather than grey. So many black food colorings turn white frosting grey when you add it. With McCormick, you only have to use a few drops and you have perfect black frosting! I love that it is hassle free.

Before I give you some more great tips on how to use McCormick food colorings – let me tell you how you can win this awesome kit!

McCormick Halloween Baking Kit Giveaway Rules:

You must leave a comment on this blog post for every entry you submit

Mandatory:

Go the McCormick Facebook Page and tell them Stay Calm Cupcake sent you!

Extra Entries:

Follow my facebook page and leave a comment

Subscribe to my blog (on the top right hand side of the blog)

Follow me on Twitter and retweet about the contest. Use the tweet “@StayCalmCupcake is giving away a McCormick Halloween Kit!

It’s that easy! The giveaway ends on the 14th of this week and the winner will receive their kit by the following week. Just in time for Halloween.

Come back tomorrow because I’ll be sharing a great recipe for  Candy Corn Cupcakes! Have fun submitting your entries for the contest, I look forward to announcing the winner on the 14th!

Apple Pie Cupcakes!

4 Oct

apple pie cupcakes with cinnamon brown sugar buttercream

Alright, I’m back! Sorry for being away for the better half of last month. If a crazy work schedule, endless amounts of late night baking, and an almost consistent stream of delivery orders aren’t good excuses…well then, I don’t have an excuse at all. Hopefully this SWEET recipe for apple pie cupcakes will help you forgive me.

I recently got a mini pie maker (yes, miniature, personal pies! Squee, I was so excited when I saw it on sale. I could not have physically left the store without having it as my own!) Making mini pies got me thinking though. A warm vanilla cupcake stuffed with apple pie filling and topped with cinnamon brown sugar frosting sounds really yummy! And I was right – it is so delicious. Even better – it’s just in time for the holidays!

Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe

Created by: Stay Calm Cupcake

apple pie cupcakes

Cupcake Batter

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • Regular or silver cupcake paper liners

** I add 2 tbs of lemon juice to this recipe. You can’t taste the lemon in the cupcake; it just improves the vanilla flavor. Make sure to not put more than 2 tbs though, or you’ll end up with lemon cake instead of vanilla 😉

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixer with a whip attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to cream. Gradually add the vanilla and eggs and mix in well. Sift together the dry ingredients; then mix into the butter mixture alternating with the milk. Pour batter into cupcake paper-lined muffin tins filling them 3/4 full.
  3. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
  4. At the 10 minute mark, take your cupcakes out and spoon in some apple pie filling (directions below) to the center of each cupcake. I used 1 tbs for each cupcake and it turned out great.
  5. Put back in the oven and continue baking for 12-15 minutes

Apple Pie Filling

  • 4 Golden Apples
  • ¼ cup of flour
  • 1 cup of powdered suagr
  • 4 tbs of apple juice
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 3 tsp of cinnamon
  • ½ stick of butter
  1. Peel your apples and dice them into small cubes.
  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine your apple juice, flour, sugar and cinnamon
  3. Cube your butter and add it to the mixture in the bowl
  4. Add you apple chunks and mix well
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 10 minutes – stirring halfway through
  6. Place in the fridge to cool

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Frosting

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 stick of salted butter (softened)
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tbs of half and half
  • 1 tbs of vanilla
  • 2 tbs of cinnamon
  • 2 tbs of light brown sugar
  1. In your stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium high until it turns white and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time- mixing on medium speed
  3. Add the half and half and the vanilla – mix well for 2 minutes or until well combined
  4. Add the cinnamon and mix well. Add more if the flavor is not as strong as you prefer
  5. If you want thicker buttercream – add more powdered sugar.

There you have it. Frost your delicious apple pie cupcakes – top with some extra cinnamon if you want – and enjoy! These are going to be a definite addition to my thanksgiving dessert table.

Stay Sweet! xoxo