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Raspberry White Chocolate Snowflake Cupcakes

10 Feb

Here in Kansas City, it is most certainly still winter. We were lucky to receive over 9 inches of snow at my house last week and just to top it off, got another inch yesterday. It’s been good times. What’s the upside? When you’re trapped inside, there’s nothing better than doing a little baking. Or a lot of baking. Or just turning the oven on to keep your kitchen warm. Whatever floats your boat. I opted for the lot of baking option, and came up with these little guys.

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There are some great tutorials out there for making these little snowflake royal icing toppers. I’ll warn you, they are no easy task and might not be the best challenge for someone new to royal icing, but who am I to say?

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These particular cupcakes are raspberry with white chocolate icing. I also made the cupcake toppers out of some random scrapbook paper I had lying around along with a round punch and some toothpicks.

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As I said, the snowflakes are extremely delicate and tricky, so some of them broke on me. Any by some, I mean most. So… I improvised and made some of the above cupcakes with little flourishes I had made, and even some of the broken snowflake pieces!

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At the end of the day, I had a lot of fun with these guys even with the snowflake trouble.

Happy Baking!

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Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

15 Nov

I did a little creative baking recently by expirimenting with some different pumpkin recipes, because, well, I love all things pumpkin and I don’t care who knows it.

I tried a fun little recipe called Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. I figured, how can I go wrong? Pumpkin? Good. Cream Cheese? Good. My husband tells me that I could find a way to put it in anything anyway. Muffins? Well that’s just cake without frosting. Good. Here are the results…

They turned out really well. Moist, pumpkin-y (yes a word) and a lovely bit of sweet cream cheese surprise inside. Yum. In case anyone is interested, the recipe is as follows:

For the muffins:

4 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

5 tablespoons white sugar

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 tablespoons butter

3 tablespoons chopped pecans

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 1/3 cups canned pumpkin

1/3 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour 18 muffin cups, or use paper liners.
  2. To make the filling: In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add egg, vanilla and brown sugar. Beat until smooth, then set aside.
  3. For the streusel topping: In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Add butter and cut it in with a fork until crumbly. Set aside.
  4. For the muffin batter: In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center of flour mixture and add eggs, pumpkin, olive oil and vanilla. Beat together until smooth.
  5. Place pumpkin mixture in muffin cups about 1/2 full. Then add one tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture right in the middle of the batter. Try to keep cream cheese from touching the paper cup. Sprinkle on the streusel topping.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F (195 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes.

ENJOY!

White Chocolate Cherry Red Velvet (what a mouthful!)

28 Sep

My personal favorite cake (and cupcake!) is red velvet with Cream Cheese icing. And what makes a red velvet cupcake even better? A white chocolate covered cherry. I mean.. duh! 

I employed my favorite sous chef (my younger brother) to help me with these cupcakes because he wants to learn how to bake. We had a blast baking these together and goofing around in the kitchen.

I wanted to sneak a little white chocolate surprise in the middle of these cupcakes to stay with my normal standard of all my cupcakes being filled with something delicious, so I snuck a little dollop of white chocolate in the center of each one. Yum!!

We dipped the cherries in melted white chocolate and placed them on top to give it a really nice finish with a bit of whimsical flare!

I think my brother can vouch (since he ate most of the batch before I could get the samples out to folks) that these were delicious! Thanks little brother!