Back To Basics: Chocolate Cupcakes

This Christmas, Santa was good to me. At the ripe age of 23, I recieved what any middle-aged woman can only dream of…a 5qt stainless steel KitchenAid Mixer. I was absolutely thrilled. Far away are the days of trying to balance three bowls and a hand mixer.

I can’t wait to use this more!

However, between all the Holiday festivities, 9 Christmas parties, 2 NYE parties, and one quick battle with the flu, I’ve struggled to find time to actually get to use it…until last night.

Hello there double chocolate cupcakes. How’re you doing this fine day?

I didn’t have a lot of time to play so for these cupcakes I just used a really simple chocolate cake recipe that can be found in basically any Betty Crocker cookbook. Click here for the recipe!

The recipe itself is super straightforward. Some flour, sugar, butter, vanilla….the basics for any yellow cake. Add some unsweetened cocoa powder and done. I really couldn’t find anything to complain about.

The frosting is just a simple piped (…with a ziploc bag) chocolate buttercream and some sprinkles I had leftover from a friend’s birthday. I received raive reviews for going back to the basics with these cupcakes and a few reviews of “I need some milk…”

Next time I make this recipe I’m going to try and make baby lava cakes! I figure that by putting a Lindt chocolate into the center of the cupcakes while they’re still warm from the oven, I’ll get the oozing lava cake effect. The only issue I see with doing this is that they are only going to be good served immediately so I’ll need to find the best way to do this. Any ideas?

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Pinterest Review: Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

Absolutely perfect for when you are craving fall flavors!

Absolutely perfect for when you are craving fall flavors!

The recipe to these Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes can be found here.
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These cupcakes turned out fantastic despite the fact I completely forgot to buy Carmel drizzle. I was too consumed trying to locate espresso powder to remember the simple ingredients!

The recipe was simple, easy and straight to the point. I followed it verbatim and I’m happy I did, everyone loved these cupcakes and keep asking me to make them again! The only thing to really look out for is how quickly these ingredients can become expensive. If you don’t have cloves, nutmeg or espresso powder on hand, be prepared for a hefty grocery bill. (Quick Tip: buying spices from places such as your local Dollar Store will ensure you low prices, there’s no need to spend $12 on a tablespoon of nutmeg).

I was worried that the whip cream frosting wasn’t going to hold up. I made these cupcakes at about 9am and they weren’t going to be served until around 10pm. However, and this hasn’t happened with ANY other whipped toppings I have tried, the frosting held all day and well into the evening. I kept the cupcakes refrigerated up until I had literally no choice but to take them out but it paid off. The frosting held and was the perfect light touch to such a flavorful cupcake.

All in all, I give this recipe a 9/10
Only subtraction for the fact I has in a panic all day over frosting.

Did you try these? Did you like them or have any thoughts? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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Pintrest Review: Mudslide Cupcakes

Mudslide Cupcake

Unfortunately this was the only picture I got of the cupcakes. There’s been better but, this will have to do.

A few weeks ago I celebrated my 23rd revolution around the sun and I decided what better way to spend it then to try my hand at making Mudslide Cupcakes.

I can’t even begin to describe to you how absolutely delicious these cupcakes turned out.

I found this recipe on Pinterst (Follow me on Pinterest!) and at first glance you are going to notice one huge difference: my frosting sucks in comparison to the professional version. And its true. It does.

As a novice I was a bit over my head with the double bag piping so after several failed attempts, I simply put a swirl of each frosting onto the cupcake and mixed them together with a fork. They weren’t as pretty but from peer reviews, the taste was superb.

Decorating aside, the recipe itself was difficult to follow, but far from impossible (even without a stand mixer!) As I ween myself off of using boxed cake mixes, I was a bit lost when it came to frothing the egg whites as well as alternating between mixing dry and wet ingredients.

Making buttercream frosting from scratch without a standmixer is a workout my arms will not soon forget. But, I must say, the end result made the workout worthwhile. The frosting is what makes these cupcakes. The blend of Kahlua and Baileys compliments the rich chocolate cupcake in such a way mouth is literally watering thinking about it.

All in all, I give this recipe a 9/10, but they are most certainly not kid friendly. The frosting is enough to leave you with a buzz.

Did you make these? Have questions, concerns, thoughts? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

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Recipe Review: Pilgrim Cupcakes

Screen Shot 2012-12-05 at 2.29.22 PMHere is the link to the recipe I used. As they always do, my version came out a bit different.

For the cupcake itself I caved and store bought both the frosting and the cake mix. Hey, there’s only so much time in a day, right? In the past I was always prone to using white cake mix, but it’s rare that I get it to rise correctly. To avoid this mishap I chose a yellow cake and plain vanilla frosting…about as simple as we can get. ThenI added just a few drops of yellow food coloring and whipped the frosting before putting it into the piping bag.

When it came to constructing the hats the recipe calls for a DROP of frosting. I wasn’t convinced in the slightest that this would be enough to keep the hats together, so I covered both the marshmallow and fudge stripped cookie completely in the melted milk chocolate. This led to a disastrous mess but also one very sturdy pilgrim hat. They were on display for several hours and not a single hat fell apart or began to melt.

These cupcakes were a huge hit for Thanksgiving dinner. The only complaint was that they were a bit TOO cute to eat 😉

Did you make these? Have questions? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

The whole cupcake clan

I ran out of the ruffled cupcake filters, so had to resort to plain ones for the last dozen.

The number one downfall of these cupcakes were that they were just too cute.

The number one downfall of these cupcakes were that they were just too cute.

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