Showing posts with label cupcakes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cupcakes. Show all posts
Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

mint chocolate cupcakes

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope daylight savings treated everyone ok - in our house Charlotte decided to wake up an hour earlier than normal, really throwing us all off! Even our dog Hector was confused.

I am always my own worst critic, but I have to say these cupcakes are really good. I was cautious with the mint, because that's a flavor that can go from delicious to toothpaste in an instant. There is mint in the cake itself and in the frosting, but it's the perfect amount.

Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used dark chocolate cocoa powder because I wanted them really intense)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup hot brewed coffee (you can also use hot water if you don't have coffee. I've linked my favorite coffee that we drink every morning. So good!!)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
1 egg, whisked
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tsp mint extract

Mint Buttercream Ingredients 

1/2 cup butter, softened (one stick)
1.5-2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 tsp mint extract

Cupcake Directions

Preheat oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with liners.

In a small pan, heat the butter and coffee until the mixture is steaming and the butter is melted. Take off the burner and let cool.

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through baking soda.

Mix together the eggs, buttermilk and mint extract. Add the butter mixture once cooled. If the butter mixture is still too hot when you mix these together, the egg will cook.

Add the dry ingredients into the now combined wet ingredients in two batches. Fold together until just combined. Pour batter into prepared cupcake tin and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes - until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.

Mint Buttercream Directions

When your cupcakes are completely cooled, it's time to frost them! If I have time, I like to make my cupcakes the day before and refrigerate them in an airtight container so they're totally cold when I frost them. That's obviously not necessary, but you do want them to be at least room temp since our frosting is made with butter.

Using a hand mixer, whip the butter until it's light and fluffy.

(By the way, I've linked my favorite hand mixer below. I bought mine nine years ago when I started to get really into baking (and couldn't use my mom's anymore since I was at college), and it's still going strong! I'm planning a future post focused on my favorite kitchen equipment, so look for that in the next few weeks.)

Mix in the mint extract.

Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time, being careful to start your mixer on low again so the sugar doesn't go flying everywhere. Remember that you can taste this as you go, and decide if you're happy with the flavor and consistency. Once it's all incorporated, increase the speed and beat until fluffy. This usually takes 2-3 minutes.

When you've reached your desired consistency, you can add some food coloring for that minty green color! My favorite food coloring is Americolor gel coloring. It's easy to control the amount, and since it's gel it won't water down your frosting.

My go-to frosting tip for standard cupcakes is the Wilton 1M tip, but for these I decided to use the Wilton 2D tip for a softer look.

I love to hear your questions and comments, so please don't hesitate to reach out in the comments below or via Facebook/Instagram.

Have a great week everyone!

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Kirsten Bell
Mocha Cupcakes

Mocha Cupcakes

mocha cupcake

A few weeks ago one of our good friends turned 40, and I made these mocha cupcakes for her party. I looooove coffee in any form: french press, latte, IV drip - and I especially love the combo of coffee and chocolate.

The "cake" part of these cupcakes is the recipe we've used for family birthday cakes for as long as I can remember. It was given to my mom by a friend, and it's so delicious! I love that these cupcakes have such good chocolate flavor and are also moist (I'm sorry, I also hate that word, but I'm at a loss for a synonym). The coffee flavor comes from the espresso buttercream I piped on top.

I have made more cupcakes in the last few months than I ever thought possible. I completely blame the tip set I bought, because I swear frosting cupcakes is an addiction. If you've never tried, you really should! I thought it would be difficult, but it's actually incredibly easy and makes cupcakes look super fancy.

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Kirsten Bell
Almond Cupcakes with Chambord Frosting

Almond Cupcakes with Chambord Frosting

Valentine's Day is officially around the corner, and I've got the perfect dessert for you! When I think of a Valentine's Day dessert, chocolate definitely comes to mind. But this year I wanted to try something new. The almond and raspberry flavor combo is a classic, and doesn't disappoint! These would also be a perfect dessert for a bridal shower, brunch or Mother's Day!

For the frosting I used Chambord, which is a black raspberry liqueur. You can totally just use raspberry extract, except that I PROMISE you will love Chambord! It's awesome for baking, mixing into cocktails, and I even drink it on its own like a port. Plus who doesn't love a boozy cupcake!

 For the cake part of these cupcakes, I was dead set on using almond paste. My mom uses almond paste all the time in Norwegian cookies, and I am obsessed! I use almond extract left and right, but almond paste has a deeper flavor that's closer to an actual almond nut. Plus it adds a lot of moisture to the cupcakes which is an added bonus! 

Almond Cupcakes
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter (two sticks)
  • 1 (7 oz) package almond paste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Chambord Frosting
  • 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar, depending on desired consistency
  • 2 Tbs Chambord
  • 1 tsp raspberry extract
  • 1 small drop red food coloring if you want pink frosting

Cupcake Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350, and line a muffin tin with liners (I prefer foil lined baking cups, because their colors stay vibrant after baking).

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Using a hand mixer, mix together the sugar, butter and almond paste until fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, and then add the almond extract.

Add about a third of the flour mixture, and mix until just combined. Then add about a third of the buttermilk. Continue alternating between the flour and the buttermilk until both are mixed in. Adding all the buttermilk at once will cause the batter to separate, and adding all the flour mixture at once will make the cupcakes tough.

Spoon the batter into the pre-lined muffin tin, and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.

Frosting Directions:

Using a hand or stand mixer with the whisk attachment, cream together the cream cheese and butter. Add three cups of powdered sugar, a little at a time. Add the Chambord and raspberry extract, and mix until combined.

At this point you can decide if more powdered sugar is needed. If the frosting looks too liquid, and doesn't hold a peak, Add more powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments. The wonderful thing about frosting is that you can also taste it as you go, and adjust accordingly.

Frost your completely cooled cupcakes, and you're done! I used my Wilton 1M tip, and fresh raspberries for garnish.


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