Guiness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting

March 1, 2012 § 3 Comments

My favorite holiday is fast approaching and I can’t think of anything better than an Irish Car Bomb in cupcake form. Anyone else over the moon that St. Patrick’s Day is on a Saturday this year? I know I am!

For those of you who don’t know what an Irish Car Bomb is- it’s a horrible St. Patty’s Day drink where you drop a shot of Baileys into a glass of Guinness and try to chug the whole thing in one gulp before the Bailey’s curdles into disgusting chunks. I am not the type to chug my drinks so I always end up with curdled Bailey’s. Sick.

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The Guiness bottle tops made the perfect finishing touch. I found the recipe for the cupcakes here – the Bailey’s ganache in the center was delicious but for some reason after being left out for a few hours it turned into the consistency of a truffle so I’d suggest leaving that part out if you do not plan to serve right away.

Butterflies and buttercream

February 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

Chocolate cupcakes with raspberry buttercream! As pretty as they turned out it was really the frosting that stole the show- but by the time they were being eaten the cupcakes had been plucked of their butterfly and the leaves removed so aesthetics were a wash at that point.

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Today was my niece’s first birthday party- my sister asked for butterfly cupcakes so after poking around Etsy for inspiration I stumbled upon edible butterflies. Here are the ones I wanted- unfortunately their shop owner didn’t respond to my rush order question in time so I had to order from a different shop.

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The idea was for the cupcakes to look like a rose with a little butterfly perched on top. My buttercream rose making skills aren’t what they should be and according to my mother (who spent two years of her young adult life frosting cakes) the frosting just wasn’t fit for roses so off comes the petal tip on comes the star-ish shaped tip.

The wrappers were designed in photoshop-printed and cut. If I were to make these again I would go with brown baking wrappers instead of silver so the leaves stand out more.

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I found the raspberry buttercream recipe here. I loved how simple it was- three ingredients! I will definitely use this recipe to experiment with different jelly flavors (I’m thinking blueberry next.)

One thing I should mention- the icing was SUPER sweet, it overpowered the subtle flavor of the chocolate cake.  Next time I plan to pair the frosting with a super dark chocolate cake to balance the flavors out.

Maple Bacon Cake Pops

August 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you have ever been to Portland, know someone in Portland, or follow any food blog updated in the past year, then you’ve heard of Voodoo Doughnuts and their to-die-for Maple Bacon Bar, which is essentially a super-tasty maple bar with a couple of crispy slices of bacon on top.

Photo from Food in Mouth

So I made Maple Bacon Cake Pops- I tried a few different combinations….

Maple in the cake, maple in the coating, peanut butter coating…

Luckily I have roommates to help out in my “test kitchen”…

… and the winner is maple and bacon on the inside, vanilla candy melts on the outside. Now you can enjoy all the flavors of breakfast in one bite! Recipe below.

Maple Bacon Cake Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow butter cake, prepared and cooled
  • 3/4 can vanilla frosting
  • 1 package bacon, prepared and coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbs maple extract
  • 1 package white candy melts

Put it together

  1. Grind up cake into a large bowl, mix with frosting, bacon (reserving 2 tbs for garnish) and maple extract.
  2. Roll cake into quarter-sized balls and place onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper
  3. Place sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes to set
  4. Heat candy melts in a small, deep glass bowl in the microwave- stirring at 30 second intervals until melted, one to two minutes
  5. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick into the candy melts and stick into cake balls
  6. Dip cake balls into candy and dry by sticking vertically into florist’s foam, garnish with reserved bacon bits

Double-Rainbow Cake Pops

March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ll admit it- I’m kind of obsessed with this You Tube hit of a man’s passionate appreciation of natural beauty. I’m helping out at a bake sale to raise funds for Japan and what better way to spread a message of hope than double-rainbow cake pops?

Rainbow sprinkles on the outside, rainbow funfetti cake on the inside. Basic cake pop tutorial here.

All packed up and ready to go! So intense.

Pot-o-Gold Cake Pops

March 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

First off I want to dedicate this posting to one of my favorite bloggers out there- Angie Dudley of Bakerella– an amazing writer, baker and a huge source of inspiration. She’s having some health complications and  can definitely use some Irish luck right now- so this one’s for her.

After my failed attempt to find a good pot-o-gold treat for my St. Patty’s Day posting, I thought I’d take matters into my own hands and make some pot-o-gold cake pops. To make- you’ll need everything from the basic recipe, plus white candy melts, black oil-based food coloring (water-based will turn the candy melts into paste,) and gold dragées.

The key is to shape the balls into little pots before chilling. I just flattened one end by forming a little divot on one end and pulling outwards. I then indented along the edge to make it look like the lip of the pot.

The trick to adding the gold was to dip the pops, then wait just a few seconds for the melts to become tacky before adding the dragées with a tiny spoon- otherwise they sunk into the melts. A little bit went a long way.

Voila!

… but something still isn’t right. Is it me or do those cake pops look suspiciously… I don’t know…. not black? On one hand I am a little annoyed that the black dye I bought turned out to actually be mislabeled purple dye. I figured this out after dumping half the bottle into my candy melts- therefore ruining the cake pops because dye tastes pretty heinous.

On the other hand the Washington Huskies, which happens to be my alma mater, won the PAC-10 championship in basketball the next day. Their colors are purple and gold. Coincidence? I think not. Maybe these cake pops are good luck!

St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes

March 8, 2011 § 3 Comments

I love St. Patrick’s Day- every year my mom hosts a party for the family to celebrate the half of my dad’s side that is Irish with corned beef, cabbage,  potatoes, and lots of Green River and O’Maley’s Irish Cream (never Bailey’s.) At some point as the night goes along she coerces me into doing what little Irish dancing I learned when I was 10.

Since this year for Lent I am (gasp) giving up alcohol (Yes. It’s true ) I thought I’d post some amazing St. Patty’s Day treats I’ve seen that I want to try and make this year.

Lucky Vanilla Cupcakes by Sprinkle Bakes. The green dusting is actually pistachios and how freakin’ cute are those chocolate horseshoes?

You can’t have St. Patrick’s Day without these two staples. Guinness and Bailey’s Irish Cream Cupcakes from Annie’s Eats.

Leprechaun-sized “Green” velvet cake balls from Bakerella

…speaking of leprechaun’s I found these adorable rainbow cupcakes here.

And what goes at the end of the rainbow? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I looked all over the web to find the perfect gold or pot-o-gold cupcakes and found nada. Guess I have my work cut out for me!

Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

November 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Chocolate Holiday! Just made them tonight and couldn’t wait to post- the applesauce in the cupcakes keeps them from being too rich but ALSO makes them easier to keep eating! The fudgy chocolate frosting was the perfect complement. Make sure to frost all of the cupcakes at once before the icing sets and develops a crust.

The cinnamon and nutmeg  are perfect for a festive winter night …and may I add they taste great with a glass of red wine!

Spiced Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

For the frosting:

  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1-1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, applesauce and butter; stir into dry ingredients just until combined. Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. For the frosting, melt butter over a low heat. Gradually beat in cocoa, sugar, milk and vanilla, mix well. Allow to cool slightly, then immediately frost all of the cupcakes.

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