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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

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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

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

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

Red, White, and Blue!

30 Jun

Is everyone ready for some fun 4th of July Cupcake ideas?? Ok good, me too! I’ll start with my really fun, and really easy Red, White, and Blue Minis.


What you will need:

Directions:

  1. Split the cake batter into 3 different bowls
  2. Dye one bowl of batter red, and one blue
  3. Place your cupcake liners in your cupcake pan
  4. Start by putting a small amount of red batter at the bottom of each cupcake liner
  5. Follow that by putting the plain vanilla batter in each cupcake liner on top of the red
  6. Finish with a small amount of blue batter in each liner
  7. Bake according to direction in recipe
  8. Once your cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them. Do not use too much frosting, a little dollop will work just fine
  9. Pour your festive sprinkles on a plate – I like to combine a bunch of different types of sprinkles.
  10. Turn your frosted cupcake upside down and dunk it in the sprinkles on the plate

It’s as easy as that! Absolutely the perfect size for kids to enjoy at a 4th of July BBQ!

You can use the same technique to make Jumbo cupcakes too. Just use a bigger cupcake pan and more batter 🙂

Like the idea of cupcake jars?

Just layer the cake and frosting in a red white and blue pattern and voila – the perfect 4th of July picnic dessert!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week and is ready for a relaxing holiday weekend.

Happy 4th of July my loves!

Stay Sweet,

Jill

Summer Flower Cupcakes

27 Jun

 

Summer Lovin'

Hello my loves! Today I am so excited to share a super fun recipe with you!

This weekend I was asked to cater a special “going away” luncheon. I decided to make summer flower cupcakes. They were so easy and the guests loved them! The set up and decorations were really fun too.

Let’s get started!

Summer Flower Cupcakes

Ingredients for the Cake

• 6 cups white flour sifted

• 2 tablespoons baking powder

• 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine, softened

• 3 cups granulated sugar

• 2 cups milk

• 2 tbs of Vanilla Extract

• 12 egg whites

Directions for the Cake

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Fill cupcake pan with cupcake 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 until stiff, but not dry. Set aside.

5. With mixer at slow speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with milk.

6. Beat well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.

7. Gently fold egg whites into batter.

8. Pour into cupcake liners.

9. Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Bright Colored Marshmallows make these flowers POP!

Ingredients for the frosting and the decoration:

  • One bag of mini, colored marshmallows
  • 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

Directions

  1. In your stand 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 half and half and the  vanilla – mix well for 2 minutes or until well combined
  4. If you want thicker buttercream – add more powdered sugar.
  1. Once your frosting is finished, set aside
  2. Cut the mini marshmallows is half, creating little petals
  3. After your cupcakes have cooled completely, frost them. For best results, I used a piping bag to pie the frosting in a swirl on the cupcake. This gave the cupcakes a more polished look once the petals were placed on top.
  4. Starting at the outside edge of the cupcake, place the petals all around. Do this for 3 layers. Finish by putting a different color marshmallow in the center. I used yellow.

***Important note: These cupcakes should not be left uncovered or refrigerated, it makes the marshmallow petals dry put and look shriveled up.

Perfect Little Flower Pots

For the display, I used some pots from the gardening section of my local grocery store, covered them with some ribbon, and placed Styrofoam inside of them. I covered the Styrofoam with some green “grass” and placed the cupcakes on skewers and stuck them into the pot. It turned out really cute and people were amazed at how creative the cupcakes were. The best part was, these cupcakes were one of the easiest things I have done in a while.

 

These cute cupcakes are a must for your next event! Let me know if you have any questions about the recipe.

 

Stay sweet!

xoxo, Jill