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Best Friend’s Birthday Cupcakes

Saturday was my best friend’s birthday and it’s terrible to say but we haven’t been able to see each other for over a year, which is probably the longest we’ve gone since she moved to Georgia over 5 years ago. She specifically requested that the cupcakes not be chocolate, so I decided to get a little creative. If I know anything about my best friend at all, it’s that she loves Lindt chocolate, which is what inspired me to make these cupcakes. They’re currently making their way to southern Georgia right now and it breaks my heart to know these cupcakes won’t look anything like they do in my pictures, but I’m just happy she can enjoy them! Happy birthday Melissa!!!!!

Lindt Stracciatella Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Adapted fromWilton

  • 3 cups cake flour sifted
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate bar, grated
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pan with baking cups
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside
  3. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy
  4. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well
  5. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Continue beating one minute
  6. Melt white chocolate in microwave on medium power for 1 minute. Stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir melted chocolate into the batter
  7. Grate chocolate bar over the batter and stir in the batter
  8. Pour into prepared cups and top off with Lindt chocolate ball. Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean
  9. Cool 10 minutes. Turn out onto cooling rack; cool completely

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  1. Beat butter on high speed until light and fluffy
  2. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached
  3. Beat in cocoa powder and syrup
  4. Place into piping bag and frost cupcakes

Pre-baked

Post-baked. Yes, those are Ariel paper liners. She is Melissa’s favorite Disney Princess…I couldn’t resist 😉

I’d have to say this is definitely my best frosting work yet! I think I’m finally getting the hang of it!!!

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Vanilla Valentine Cupcakes

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day simply because I used to have so much fun filling out valentine cards and seeing who would give me one as well. Today I still love this holiday but for different reasons. Because I get to spend it with the love of my life :)!

As for the recipe, it didn’t exactly turn out how I hoped. I baked a sheet cake which I added pink food coloring to so that when I cut out pieces of cake using a heart shaped cookie cutter and baked a cupcake around it, you would be able to see the heart when you bit into it. However my oven SUCKS and over-baked the cake (even though I took it out 7 minutes before I should have) and the pink color wasn’t dark enough so the heart pretty much blended in with the cupcake. Yet it was still very tasty!

Sheet Cake

About.com

  • 2-1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 egg whites
  • 4-5 drops red food coloring

Billy’s Vanilla, Vanilla Cupcake

Martha Stewart

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Billy’s Vanilla Buttercream

Martha Stewart

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 13×9″ pan and line bottom with waxed paper. Sift flour, sugar, and baking powder into a large mixer bowl. Add butter, salt, milk and vanilla. Beat on slow speed until blended. Then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add unbeaten egg whites and beat two minutes longer at medium speed. Mix in enough drops of red food coloring to turn the batter a dark pink/light red shade
  2. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until cake is light golden brown and is beginning to pull away from the sides of the pan. Cool completely
  3. Once cool, cut the cake in half out as many hearts as you can from both halves of the cake. Save the scraps for snacking (trust me, you’ll want to!)
  4. Turn oven down to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners and put a cake heart inside each one; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour
  5. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat
  6. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes
  7. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter
  8. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency
  9. Frost cupcakes and decorate with pretty Valentine’s Day sprinkles!!

Pre-baked sheet cake

Cutting out the hearts. Aren’t these adorable?! This part was so much fun!

Pre-baked cupcakes with the hearts inside them!

I was so disappointed to cut into it only to find you can hardly see the heart 😦

That’s okay, they still got great reviews. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!!

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