Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rainbow Swirl Frosted Cupcakes

Fit for a princess.

Not too long ago my sweet (and salty) little girl had her second birthday.  I love my daughter to the moon and back and am so thankful that she is part of our family.  She definitely keeps us on our toes! Noe despite the fact she is a bit of a bully and beats on her older brother on a daily basis, she is quite a dainty little girls and loves all things pink and or princess related.  For her birthday I made her these special cupcakes.   I made my go-to chocolate and vanilla cupcake recipes and topped them with my favorite vanilla frosting.  The kids (and adults) loved them!

To achieve the swirled rainbow look:  Dip a toothpick in food coloring of your choice and slowly drag the toothpick along the inside of your piping bag to create a long red line.  Repeat until you have 4-6 lines of varied colors.  Carefully add the frosting into the piping bag trying to not disturb the lines too much.  Pipe normally.

Sugar Cookie Cupcakes
recipe by Baked Perfection 

makes approximately 24-30 cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes recipe slightly adapted from

Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Very Vanilla Frosting
recipe by Baked Perfection

makes frosting for 24-30 cupcakes

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 -4 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Brown Sugar Cake with Cookie Dough Frosting

Cookies and Cake together - perfect harmony.

I sometimes believe there is no more perfect a desert than a good chocolate chip cookie.  My husband and I tend to think I make the best in the world, but I know there are thousands of good recipes out there.  A couple years ago I made brown sugar cupcakes with cookie dough frosting and learned it was the perfect marriage of a cookie and a cake.  This is honestly my favorite frosting and cake.  The original post can be found here and here is a link to miniature chocolate chip cookies..  Cupcakes are always fun, but sometimes when I have extra batter I use it to make a small cake as I did here.  I do not make many cakes and really think I should make more.  This one is delicious!

Brown Sugar Cupcakes with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting
cupcake recipe from How Sweet Eats and frosting recipe adapted from Recipe Girl

1 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit . In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt, stirring to mix. Set aside. Grease and flour two five in cake rounds.

In a large bowl, whisk brown sugar and egg until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and milk, again mixing until combined. Slowly pour in melted butter, continuing to whisk. Add in the flour, soda and salt, mixing with a large spoon until batter is smooth.

Distribute batter evenly into two cake rounds. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until tops are puffy and golden, and will not jiggle when touched. Let cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting

3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1-2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, beat together the butter, salt, and sugars until smooth and creamy.  Beat in the flour and vanilla until well combined.  Add milk to reach desired consistency.  Stir in chocolate chips or use as garnish.

Frost cake as desired.  Frosting recipes can be doubled if you like your frosting thick.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Brownie or Cookie?

We love chocolate in our house.  Honestly, I am sometimes surprised to see how much my kids like chocolate.  They definitely enjoy it more than I do and I really like chocolate.  This was my first time making brownie cookies and I used Scharffen Berger cocoa powder.  It is my preferred chocolate for baking.  You can really taste the quality of the chocolate in these.  These are perfect cookies because they are chewy and taste like a brownie!

Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies
from For the Love of Dessert

1 1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

In a medium bowl; whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda. In a large bowl cream together the butter and both of the sugars until light and creamy. Add in one egg at a time until well blended followed by 2 tsp. vanilla. Gradually add in the cocoa/flour mixture. Gently mix in the two cups of chocolate chips and spoon out onto prepared pans. Bake in your preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Cookies will be puffed up a bit but will settle as they cool. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.  Do not over-bake.