Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

14 Mar

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some mint chocolate chip cupcakes! This recipe is a classic and the minty green frosting makes its perfectly festive for an Irish holiday.

Mint Chocolate Cupcakes

~*~ Makes 15 Cupcakes ~*~

Ingredients for Chocolate Cake:

  • 1 stick Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 tbs Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 tbs Vanilla

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is soft, then add sugar. Beat about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until they are well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and whisk them until they are well combined
  5. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar and beat it just to combine.
  6. Add the liquids (milk & vanilla), scrape down bowl and beat to combine.
  7. Continue adding the dry ingredients. Beat for another minute till smooth
  8. Fill cupcake liners and bake for 20-22 minutes.

Mint Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of room temperature butter (it’s very important they are room temp)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar (no need to sift)
  • 1 tbs of cream of tartar
  • 6 tbs of Half and Half
  • 1/2 cup of thawed cool whip
  • 1/4 tsp mint extract (use a little more depending on how “minty” you want it)
  • 2 drops of green food coloring

Directions:

  1. Beat the butter in your mixer until very creamy. You will need to scrape the bowl several times
  2. Adding one cup of powdered sugar at a time, mix in with the butter.
  3. Add the half and half and mint extract. Beat on medium speed for 5 minutes (be patient!)
  4. Add the cream of tartar, food color and cool whip.
  5. Mix on medium high for another 3-4 minutes.

I like to decorate my cupcakes with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. It’s also a nice touch to bake them in some festive cupcake liners.

There you have it, an easy and delicious way to celebrate the luck of the Irish!

Stay Sweet!

xoxo, Jill

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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

Butterfinger Cupcakes

7 Dec

 

Happy Wednesday! How’s everyone holding up? With only 18 days until Christmas, I’m sure you’re all as busy as I am.

Believe it or not, I still don’t have my tree up or any decorations in my house! I do have the bulk of my gifts bought though– that counts for something, right? I also have been baking up a storm, but I’m sure that doesn’t surprise any of you 🙂

Today, I actually wanted to take a break from the traditional holiday treats  and feature a cupcake that is one of my absolute favorites! It’s a Butterfinger cupcake, and I guarantee it will fit in just fine at any holiday event or get-together. Enjoy the recipe!! Xoxo

Here’s What you’ll need:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 stick Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 tbs Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup of finely crushed Butterfinger (I use a food processor )
  • 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 tbs Vanilla

Frosting:

  • 2 sticks of butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups of powder sugar
  • 1/3 cup of cream cheese
  • 1 tbs of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of crushed Butterfinger (approx 4 candy bars)

Cupcake Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In your mixer (or with a handheld mixer) beat the butter until it is soft, then add sugar and continue to beat for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until they are well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients(Cocoa Powder, Flour, Salt, Baking Powder)  and whisk them until they are well combined
  5. Add the mixture of dry ingredients to the butter and sugar. Mix well until combined
  6. Mix in crushed Butterfinger
  7. Add the liquids (milk & vanilla), scrape down bowl and beat to combine.
  8. Fill cupcake liners and bake for 20-22 minutes.

While your cupcakes are baking, let’s work on the frosting!

Frosting Directions:

  1. In your mixer beat the butter and cream cheese on med-high speed until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing well between each cup
  3. Mix in the vanilla, mix for 1 minute
  4. Add in the crushed Butterfinger and mix for another minute.

** If your frosting is too thick, add a small amount of milk or creamer. If your frosting is too thin, add some extra powdered sugar **

 

Later this week I will be sharing a recipe for Snow-Cap Cupcakes! Have a great week everyone. Stay Sweet!!

Cupcake Ornaments!

4 Dec

With Christmas right around the corner, I have been feeling some serious pressure to get started on my holiday shopping list. This year I decided I was going to do as much local and small business shopping that I could. I, of course, went straight to Etsy to find some unique handmade items for friends and family. I came across Jessica’s shop – “The One Stop Button Shop” and thought her ideas for customizable ornaments, buttons, purse mirrors and more were absolutely adorable! I sent Jessica a picture of my logo and voila…my logo was made into an ornament!! I received my customized Stay Calm Cupcake ornament within a few days. I absolutely love it and can’t wait to put it on my tree!!

What do you think? Pretty adorable, right?

It even came in a pink gift bag!

Jessica started The One Stop Button Shop in August of 2011 selling Christmas ornaments, pinback buttons, magnets, and mirrors. Her shop is relatively new, but it is constantly growing! At the moment, she offers her products in one size – 3 inches in diameter. She plans to add a variety of sizes and products after the New Year. Along with The One Stop Button Shop, Jessica and her husband also own a fine art print shop called Faville Photo.

So if you’re looking for a really fun and affordable Christmas present for parents, grandparents, or friends, check out her shop! I think using a Christmas photo on these button ornaments would be such a cute gift – and a nice new twist to the tradition Christmas card.

Also, check out the One Stop Button Shop Facebook page and tell her Stay Calm Cupcake sent you!

Remember to support local and handmade this holiday season! Check back tomorrow for a yummy Mocha-Mint cupcake recipe.

 

Stay Sweet! xoxo