Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mud Pie Cupcakes

One day, while browsing through endless internet pictures of scrumptious looking cupcakes I saw one that I knew I'd want to know, when I got the rare free time away from my five kids, endless baking orders, cub scout duties, and sports. Turns out that day was today (less than 12 hours after seeing the picture). Okay, I didn't actually have free time. In fact, I've been up for a solid 72 hours baking for orders and babysitting for friends and trying to keep my house somewhat presentable. But I knew I wanted that cupcake and even if it meant I'd have to go another two hours without that long sought for sleep...I was going to get that cupcake!

Mud Pie Cupcake: Moist Chocolate cake filled with fudge pudding, topped with chocolate mousse, rimmed with Oreo crumbs, and sprinkled with chocolate shavings.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper

We've had this recipe ear marked for a while and I finally had the motivation to get it done (on top of the endless orders for RumChata and Black Forest Cupcakes we had today). I think I just needed to get in the kitchen and escape from reality today: last night my youngest son got sick...all over his new comforter and today my keys got locked in my van while it was running and I was half an hour away from home, on an old farm road covered in snow, mud, and ice.
To clarify for anyone do the cupcakes do NOT taste like Dr. Pepper. The Dr. Pepper makes the chocolate cake super moist.

Dr Pepper Cupcakes:
1 c. butter
1 c. Dr. Pepper
4 tbsp. cocoa
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. soda
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 325.
Heat butter, cocoa and Dr. Pepper. Mix well and set aside.Cream eggs, sugar and butter, milk and soda. Add flour and cinnamon alternately with Dr. Pepper mixture, then vanilla. Line cupcake pans and fill 2/3 of the way full.
*Makes 2 dzn.

Vanilla Buttercream
     2 sticks butter, softened
     4 tablespoons Vanilla flavored syrup (the kind you use for soda/coffee)
     4 cups powdered sugar

In the bowl of a mixer, beat butter and syrup on medium speed until combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating on low until just mixed. Increase speed to high and beat for about two minutes.

Cherry Buttercream
     2 sticks butter, softened
     1 jar maraschino cherries
     3 cups powdered sugar
     red food coloring, optional

In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and 4 tablespoons cherry juice. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating on low until just combined. Increase speed to high and beat for about two minutes. I added red food coloring to deepen the frosting color, but it's not necessary

You can assemble the cupcakes anyway you choose. I chose to fill them with the cherry buttercream, ice with a large swirl of vanilla buttercream and a small swirl of the cherry buttercream. Then garnish with a cherry.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RumChata cupcakes!

We've had multiple people request RumChata cupcakes. They all sent me the same recipe off of Pinterest. So once I got some free time, I tried it. And I did not like it. Don't get me wrong...they tasted good. I just did not like the way they baked up. And the icing had WAY too much sugar in it for my liking. So we adjusted our tried and true recipes to make our new RumChata cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cups RumChata
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 325° F.  
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Whisk together and set aside.  Add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the bowl of the mixer with the butter and discard the pod (or reserve for another use.)  Beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light and creamy in color.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for one more minute.
Add the sugar to the butter mixture, ¼ cup at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition.  Mix in the eggs one at a time until incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Combine the RumChata and the vanilla extract in a liquid measuring cup.  With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until incorporated.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for 15 seconds longer.
Divide the batter between the prepared paper liners, filling each about 2/3 of the way full. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.  Makes 18 standard size cupcakes.

RumChata Cream Cheese Icing:
8oz cream cheese, at room temperatur
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/3 - 1/2 c. RumChata
4-5 c. powdered sugar

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and RumChata, alternating. Adjust to your needs (more powdered sugar for a thicker icing or more RumChata for a thinner, creamier icing). Ice cupcakes and garnish with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cupcakes

Wow! It has been crazy busy the last few months plus my computer crashed so I haven't been able to make any posts but boy do I have a LOT of recipes to start sharing! Today's recipe is a brand new one but it was so delicious I just had to share!
Chocolate cake with a raspberry white chocolate buttercream filling and swirl on top and then topped with a swirl of whipped chocolate ganache. Decadent to say the least!

Chocolate Cake:
Make your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe. Personally I'm a fan of Hersheys's Perfectly Chocolate Cake recipe but by all means you can also just use a box of Betty Crocker cake mix.

Raspberry White Chocolate Buttercream:
1 lb frozen raspberries, thawed
8 oz white chocolate, melted
1 c butter, softened
1 c powdered sugar

Puree raspberries in food processor. Strain through a mesh collander to remove as many seeds as possible. Measure 2/3 c of the raspberry juice. Put the raspberry 'juice' in your mixing bowl. Add the white chocolate and mix until combined. Add sugar and mix on low. With your mixer on low, slowly add the butter little by little. Whip until light and fluffy.

Whipped Chocolate Ganache:
8 oz high quality chocolate (I use Ghirardelli chocolate chips)
1 c heavy cream

Place chocolate chips in your mixing bowl. Heat cream on the stove until simmering. Pour over chocolate and stir until chocolate is melted. Let sit until it thickens to a peanut butter consistency then whip.

To assemble: Core chocolate cupcakes (an apple corer works great!). Fill each cupcake with the raspberry white chocolate buttercream and make one swirl of buttercream on top. Then top cupcakes with swirls of the whipped chocolate ganache.