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The Perfect Mint Buttercream!

10 Nov

Mint-Chocolate Cupcake

I am happy to announce that I perfected my Mint Buttercream recipe. After looking through what seemed like 100’s of online recipes, I found a few I liked and combined them. The result you ask? A really yummy, “I’d put this on anything and eat it” kind of frosting.

Needless to say, I made a batch of Mint-Chocolate cupcakes, ate one, and got them out of the house!!

Mint Chocolate cupcakes are perfect for the Holidays. Enjoy this recipe and make sure you share with others ūüôā Stay sweet xoxo

 

Mint-Chocolate Buttercream

 

Happy Holidays!

 

Ingredients

  • 3 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
  • Andes mint candies

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 5 minutes.

**Frosting will be very thick, but it’s supposed to be ūüôā **

These cupcakes are now available on my Etsy shop. Eight (8) cupcakes for $12, plus an extra treat because you read my blog! www.etsy.com/shop/staycalmcupcake  xoxo

Mint Chocolate Madness

8 Nov

Heavenly!!

Ok, so I have to admit….I have been craving the mint-chocolate combo for about the last 30 days! There is something so wintery and “festive” about cool mint and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. I am a HUGE fan of those little Andes mints and love a¬†York Peppermint Patty. Because I love this combo so much, I have been searching for the perefect chocolate mint cupcake recipe. Unfortunately, I haven’t really found one I like. Tonight though, I am going to try a combination of recipes, add in a few of my own ideas, and then (hopefully) indulge in some yummy chcolate mint goodness.

Until then, enjoy some inspiration for your own chcolate mint cupcakes. I will post the final recipe tomorrow along with some pictures of my treats.

Happy Monday readers. Enjoy!

P.S. I am sponsoring a new blog, and she’s offering a great give-away!¬†Go check it out, she has some fabulous posts! ¬†http://itssimplelove.blogspot.com/

 

Cupcake Cookies

5 Nov

HAPPY FRIDAY!

I don’t know about you, but I am soooo glad it is Friday! What a week! Today’s recipe is admittedly, not a cupcake, but just as delicious and fun to bake. Not too mention these cupcake cookies go perfect with a cup of hot chocolate.

Also, don’t forget to enter the Stay Calm Cupcake Kit Give-Away! Enter today, you still have time. I have gotten lots of great entries, but not nearly enough. Two winners will be chosen on Monday, Nov. 8th. Good luck!!¬†¬† https://fontgirl.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/619/

All blog subscribers get $5 off any cupcake purchase over at my etsy shophttp://www.etsy.com/shop/StayCalmCupcake It’s a great deal but it ends soon.¬† Use code sccs10

And now for the Cupcake Cookie Recipe!!

Cupcake Cookies!

Cookie Dough:

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon

Raw cookie dough ball rolled in chocolate chips and sugar mixture.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375¬įF.
  2. Beat together butter and sugar on low speed of mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in vanill and egg. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in flour and baking soda.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop or two spoons, shape dough into balls.
  5. Mix the white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small separate bowl.
  6. Drop dough  balls one by one in the sugar mixture. Make sure the dough ball is entirely covered with sugar.
  7. Place a dough ball in a “tart liner” (I’m not sure what they are called, they look just like cupcake liners but aren’t as tall. You can tell from the picture what they are) and place chocolate chips on top. I used about 7 chips per dough ball.
  8. Bake for 9-11 minutes, just until cookies have set. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Bake at 375¬įF oven for 7-8 minutes, or until edges are lightly golden brown.
  10. Tips: Do not over bake cookies; watch closely near the end of baking time.
  11. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies, depending on size.

Have a Great Weekend! xoxo

Cookies-N-Cream Cupcakes

1 Nov

Happy Monday! Well, as happy as a Monday could possibly be, I guess. I trust everyone had a fun Halloween filled with sweet candies, fun costumes, and lots of laughter.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes!

Since I don’t have any little ones, and I’m much to old to go Trick-or-Treating by myself, I didn’t get any candy this Halloween! In all fairness though, I could have bought myself a bag of treats from Target, but It just would not have been the same ūüôā So last night I whipped up a batch of Cookies and Cream Cupcakes! They were delicious! The absolute perfect late¬†night snack.¬†Here’s the recipe – I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Vanilla  Cupcake (adpted from a vanilla cake recipe on foodnetwork.com)

  • 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 then 2 tbs though, or you’ll end up with lemon cake instead of vanilla

Make the Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

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. Bake until puffed and firm in the center and light golden brown on top, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool.

Cookies and Cream Frosting

Directions

  1. Mix the Marhmallow and Milk Chocolate frostings together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mix until the frosting is a light brown color.
  3. Crumble the oreo cookies into very small pieces. I put my oreos in a zip-loc bag and rolled over them with a rolling pin. You don’t want large chunks, you want small crumbles.
  4. Add the cookie crumbs to the frosting. Mix on medium speed until well combined
  5. Place in piping bag and decorate your cupcakes!

This frosting is a great one to make if you have some leftover chocolate and vanilla frosting. While I used Marhmallow and Milk Chocolate frosting, you could easily use any kind of vanilla frosting and mix it in wth a choclate one.

** Don’t forget to enter my Stay Calm Cupcake Kit Giveaway!! TWO Winners will be announced on Nov. 8th https://fontgirl.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/619/

Until Next Time, Stay Sweet! xoxo

Strawberry White Chocolate Cupcakes

26 Oct

Hello Readers!

I am so sorry for being absent for over a week. I have been busy traveling for work, baking for birthday parties, and celebrating my boyfriends 25th! No worries, though, I am back…and with a fabulous recipe to share!

Strawberry White Chocolate Cupcakes - Yum!

I made these cupcakes for my cousins birthday this month. These decadent white chocolate cupcakes are topped with a yummy strawberry vanilla swirl frosting and can add the perfect touch of “girly” to any party.

Enjoy the recipe! xoxo

White Chocolate Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 (1 ounce) squares white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together the 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In small saucepan, melt 6 ounces white chocolate and hot water over low heat. Stir until smooth, and allow to cool to room temperature. You can also melt the chocolate in your microwave for 1 min (in incriments of 30 seconds)
  4. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 1 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition.
  5. Stir in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk. Mix in melted white chocolate and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
  6. Pour batter into cupcake liners and bake for 18-22 minutes. The tops will be slighlty browned.

Strawberry Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla

  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Beat¬†2/3 cup of butter in a bowl until smooth and glossy. Beat in the vanilla, followed by the confectioners’ sugar. Add the cream and¬† whip on high speed until light and fluffy.

Strawberry Frosting (From MarthaStewart.com)

  • 1/2 cup whole frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, firm and slightly cold
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place strawberries in the bowl of a small food processor; process until pureed. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together butter and salt on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add confectioners’ sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and 3 tablespoons strawberry puree (save any remaining strawberry puree for another use); mix until just blended. Do not overmix or frosting will incorporate too much air. Frosting consistency should be dense and creamy, like ice cream.

For the two-tone frosting effect, I used the same technique from my “Paintball Cupcakes” (https://fontgirl.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/paintball-cupcakes/)

Til next time, Stay Sweet!!

French Vanilla Berry and Double Fudge Cupcakes

23 Sep

 

Double Fudge Cupcake

¬†I love chocolate! So it is no suprise to me that I am obsessed with this chocolate cupcake. It’s a moist chocolate cupcake topped with rich chocolate frosting. The recipe is pretty simple too! It’s an adapted version¬†of my Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes(https://fontgirl.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/chocolate-caramel-cupcakes/) Follow the same recipe just¬†leave out¬†¬†the caramels. For the frosting, I used the same recipe (in the link above) but replaced the 1/4 cup of vegetable shortening with 1/4 cup of butter. I love a recipe that can make two different cupcakes!!

French Vanilla Berry

Now, for my French Vanilla Berry cupcakes! These cupcakes are so perfectly light and fluffy that you almost dont feel guilty for eating 3 of them in one sitting more than one. I used a traditional vanilla cake recipe and added some key ingredients. I used¬†1 tablespoon of French Vanilla flavoring (I like Wilton’s, but there are many brands that I’m sure will do just fine) and then I add 2 tablespoons of french vanilla cofee creamer. Weird, I know! But it works like a charm.

Now, for the berry part of this cupcake! I have written about my double berry buttercream recipe in a previous post. This frosting is similiar but it is double berry cream cheese rather than buttercream. Both are so delicous, but I find that the buttercream is better for cake filling and the creamcheese is better for cupcakes.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of strawberries (at least 15 strawberries)
  • 1 bog of blueberries (2 ¬Ĺ cups)
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • ¬ľ cup of cornstarch
  • 1 package of cream cheese (8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 5¬†cups sifted confectioners‚Äô sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tbs of lemon juice
  • Directions

    With the first set ingredients, you are going to make the berry jam.

    1. Wash the berries
    2. Cut the strawberries
    3. Place berries in a bowl and mash them together (I used a potato masher)
    4. Pour berries into a pan and add 3 cups of sugar and lemon juice.
    5. Stir until combined
    6. Let boil (stirring occasionally) for 7-10 minutes until it starts to thicken.
    7. Turn to low heat and add cornstarch (be sure to add the cornstarch to cold water before adding it to the hot mixture ‚Äď reference the directions on the side of the cornstarch box)
    8. Remove from heat, let cool completely

    Using the second set of ingredients:

    1. Cream the creamcheese and butter with electric mixer.
    2. Add vanilla. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed.
    3. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk and beat at medium speed until it appears fluffy.
    4. At this point, add in 2 1/2  cups of the cooled berry filling. (You might need more depending on how much of the berry flavor you want to taste)
    5. Mix togethert until well combined
    6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.

    ¬†** Don’t forget to sign up for the Bake It Pretty Giveaway! Deadline is October 4th.

    Read my Sept. 21st post for deatils!!**

    Paintball Cupcakes

    17 Sep

    Packaged up and ready for delivery!

    I recently had a lady order cupcakes for her son’s 14th birthday. She ordered “paintball themed” cupcakes. To be honest, I was a little stumped at first. How on earth was I going to pull off, “paintball” cupcakes ?! I have never been paintballing in my life, not to mention the thought of getting hit by an exploding ball of paint makes me cringe!¬†Luckily, I was able to think of some pretty fun ideas and the overall presentation turned out really great! I decided to color the icing in bold colors and used a frosting trick that allowed me to pipe two colors at once. I think this gave the cupcakes a paintball feel. What do you think?

    Two-Tone Frosting

     

    To create the two-tone effect, I wrapped the blue icing in plastic wrap and rolled it into a thin tube. I did the same thing for the yellow icing. I then cut the tips of the plastic wrapped frosting “tubes” and¬†put both colors of icing in one piping bag. Voila, two-tone icing!! This trick is really easy and saves from a big mess!!

     I hope the birthday boy liked his cupcakes and had a great birthday!

          Until next time, stay sweet! xo

    Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

    13 Sep

    Chocolate Caramel Goodness!

    Happy Monday readers!

    Last night I made Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes – complete with gooey caramel centers, milk chocolate mousse, and rich chocolate cake. The recipe took me longer than I had hoped, and I had to make some adjustments along the way, but I came out with a great cupcake and a flawless recipe. Please enjoy!! I’m warning you though, the milk chocolate mousse is really good…I was tempted to pipe the frosting straight to my mouth and skip the cupcake all together. Don’t worry…I didn’t ūüėČ

     

     

     

    Chocolate Caramel Mousse Cupcakes (makes 24)

    Ingredients:

    Chocolate Caramel Cupcake    

    24 Kraft Caramel squares

    1 1/2 cup (170 g) all-purpose flour
    5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    2 pinches salt
    1 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    3/4 cup milk
    3/4 cup vegetable oil
    2 eggs

    Caramel Sauce

    10-14 Kraft Caramel Squares

    ¬ľ cup of Half and Half

    Milk Chocolate Mousse Frosting

    1 cup of milk chocolate chips

    2 cups of Nestle Toll House Cocoa Powder

    1 stick of softened butter

    ¬ľ cup of vegetable shortening

    1 cup of whipping cream

    1 ¬Ĺ cups of powder sugar

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350
    2. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl.
    3. Add milk, vegetable oil and eggs.
    4. Mix everything together until smooth, either by hand or by using an electric mixer at slow speed. If the batter is too thin – add a little bit more flour.
    5. Pour batter into cupcake liners, making them half full.
    6. Bake for 15 minutes
    7. Take cupcake from the oven and place a caramel square on the top of each cupcake. Bake for 5 more minutes, until the caramel has melted onto the cupcake.

    Before baking the caramels

    Mousse

    1. Cream together the butter, vegetable shortening, and powdered sugar
    2. Slowly add in cocoa powder and whipping cream
    3. Beat on medium high speed until soft peaks form
    4. In a microwave safe bowl, put your chocolate chips and ¬Ĺ tbs of butter ‚Äď Heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir until completely combined and melted.
    5. Add melted chocolate mixture to the mixing bowl ‚Äď mix until well combined

    **Note: Do not over mix this frosting, if you do, it will begin to curdle and separate. It takes about 10 minutes for the mixture to form soft peaks and become frosting like **

    Caramel Sauce

    1. In a saucepan on medium heat, melt the caramel squares with the half and half. Stir continuously or else your caramel will burn.

    Pipe your frosting on the cupcake and drizzle with caramel. Now enjoy!!

    Double The Fun : Cupcake Toppers

    8 Sep

    I usuall try to bake something on Tuesday nights. Pat plays on a pool league every tuesday, so I have some time to myself , and what better activity than baking!! Last night I made funfetti cupcakes with buttercream frosting and topped them with the mini- cupcakes from last weeks blog entry (https://fontgirl.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/double-cup-cupcakes/).

    They were so much fun to make and turned out great!! I’m already thinking of all the other ways I can use theses cute little toppers!

                   

    Birthday Celebrations!

    7 Sep

    I made birthday cake this weekend! To be honest, I have never prided myself in fabulous, or even out of the ordinary, cake making skills. But I have to say that this weekend, I was pretty darn impressed with myself. I made two cakes, each of which got rave reviews from everyone who had a piece.

    The first was a Sesame Street cake for my niece Sofia’s 2nd Birthday!!

    It was a funfetti cake, filled with double berry buttercream, and topped with vanilla cream-cheese frosting. I was really pleased with how the filling turned out. I refrigerated it over night and it was almost like icecream in the center of the cake . The berry flavor complimented the cream-cheese frosting on the outside of the cake, and gave the cake a refreshing flavor. Sofia liked it – and that’s all that mattered ūüôā

    Happy Birthday Sofia!

    ¬†To get the different textures on the cake, I used a fork, a knife, and a spoon. Techinique and decorations like these can be done somewhat easily. Since you are looking to get a “fluffly” texture, you don’t have to be worried about being perfect. The more imperfect, the better!

    For Elmo and Cookie Monster,¬†I used a spoon ans did little “swoops” in the frosting. I used a fork for the Grouch and just scraped the surface enough to raise the icing in lots of little peaks. Big Bird was easy, I just used a knife and spread the icing in different directions.

    I bought the face pieces from Amazon (but they can be purchased on eBay as well). It was $3 for the set and they came within 4 days of me ordering them. They worked perfectly and gave my characters a more realistic look!

    The second cake I made was for Adrienne. Adrienne loves butterflies, so I made her a butterfly cake. I didn’t use a butterfly shaped pan though, I just baked a sheet cake and cut out the shape I was looking for. (I was able to make cake truffles with the remaining cake! Yum!) The cake was a marble cake, topped with a french-vanilla cream cheese frosting. If¬† I¬†would change anything, I would have added more vanilla cake – the “marble cake” was a little heavy on chocolate. But other than that, I thought the cake had a great flavor palet.

    Butterfly Marble Cake - Better pictures to come!

     I will be uploading some better pictures and more detailed recipes this evening. So keep an eye out for them. Until next time, stay sweet! xoxo