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Classic Buttercream

29 Mar

*Image from weheartit.com*

I realized the other day that I don’t have one single post that gives a very basic buttercream recipe.  Shame on me!

Buttercream is perfect on any flavor cupcake, and is great for cake decorating as well. I love this recipe because I can easily adapt it to make any other flavor I dream up.

So here it is, my favorite buttercream frosting recipe!

Stay Calm Cupcake Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 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.

This is a perfect base frosting for many other yummy frosting flavors.

Add any of the following ingredients to change the flavor:

  • Fresh raspberry puree
  • Mint Extract
  • Peanut Butter
  • Lemon Zest
  • Lime Zest
  • Orange Zest
  • Apricot Jam
  • Oreo Cookie Crumbs
  • And lots more – just get creative!

Stay Sweet,

xoxo Jill

Red Hot Cupcakes

7 Feb

Spice Up Valentine's Day!

I love the idea of a Red Hot cupcake! It is the perfect recipe for spicing things up a bit on Valentine ’s Day.

Unfortunately, when I looked around for a good recipe, I couldn’t seem to find one that wasn’t a) super complicated or b) filled with tons of actual spices. I’m not against using real spices, but I really wanted my cupcake to taste like the little red hot candies vs spicy chili powder and cinnamon.

I combined a few recipes and came up with my own way to flavor it just the way I wanted to!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup of butter (divided)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups of Red Hots
  • Additional ½ cup of sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line your cupcake pan with paper liners
  3. In a medium sauce pan on low heat add your Red Hots, 1/2 cup of sugar,1/2 cup of butter, 3 tbs of water
  4. Let the Red Hots melt. Stirring continually so it doesn’t burn
  5. Let simmer until most of the Red Hots have melted and mixed in with the sugar and butter.
  6. In a medium bowl, cream together 1 cup of sugar and ½ cup of butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  7. Pour in your red hot liquid – mix well
  8. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the milk until batter is smooth.
  9. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

10. Bake 20 to 25 minutes

For the frosting, I think a Marshmallow Whip is the perfect addition. Decorate with Red Hots and enjoy!

Coconut Cream Cupckes

10 Jan

A perfect little getaway!

Coconut is the type of food that people either LOVE or HATE! I fall on the LOVE side of the argument. I love everything about coconut, from the texture, to the flavor, to the smell. I can’t get enough of it. If you are like me, then this cupcake is the perfect way to indulge in your coconut obsession. A moist coconut cupcake filled with milky coconut cream, and topped with vanilla buttercream and toasted coconut flakes. Divine!

Coconut Cream Cupcakes

Makes 2 dozen

  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded sweetened coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two standard 12-cup muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla.

With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until just combined. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside.

In the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat egg whites on low speed until foamy. With mixer running, gradually add remaining 1/4 cup sugar; beat on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 minutes. Do not overbeat. Gently fold a third of the egg-white mixture into the butter-flour mixture until combined. Gently fold in remaining egg-white mixture; stir in shredded coconut.

Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake 20-23 until the cupcakes are golden brown.

Coconut Cream Filling

5 tablespoons of heavy cream

1 can of cream of coconut – Blend well so the large coconut bits are dissolved

½ cup of sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup of cool whip

½ cup of cream cheese

  1. In a blender, mix the cream of coconut to get rid of large coconut chunks
  2. In a mixer, beat together the cream cheese, cool whip, and cream of coconut
  3. Add to the mixer 5 tbs of heavy cream – beat until you get it to the desired consistency. You want it thick, but not too stiff.
  4. Add is the coconut flake and beat until well mixed.
  5. Put your filling in a piping bag and fill each cupcake with this yummy coconut cream

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

3 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tbs of heavy whipping cream

  1. With an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter. Mix on low until well blended.
  2. Continue mixer on medium for another two minutes.
  3. Add vanilla and whipping cream, beating on medium for another minute.
  4. Frosting should be light and fluffy.

For toasted Coconut Flakes, simply heat your oven to 350, spread the sweetened coconut flakes out evenly on a cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on them though, they burn quickly! Use the toasted flakes to top your delicious cupcakes.

Share with some friends and enjoy!

Stay Sweet, xoxo

Jill