Chunky Monkey Cupcakes and My First Cake

Chunky Monkey cupcakes made of sweet banana cake topped with peanut butter cream cheese icing and a look back at my very first cake.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

Cupcakes to Cake

You guys know I am all about the cupcakes. Every week you guys watch me pull flavors together into bite-sized mouthfuls of joy and call them cupcakes. And being MsCupcakeasaurus, why wouldn’t I be?

Something you may not know is that I have been caking for almost eight years. By caking, I don’t just mean whipping a mix together and slathering icing over it.

The Art of Caking

Caking involves idea preparation by gathering source materials and analyzing size and shape to determine the best fit for the cake being prepared. It means drawing up plans and sketches and paying attention to all the little details. It means sculpting the cake like a statue emerging from marble. Caking is art after all.

 

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Over the years, I have not always taken pictures or written step by step tutorials or documented every step of the journey along the way. I make cakes because I enjoy caking. I enjoy bringing the food to art and the art to food.

Flavor combinations are my chemistry experiments and dimensional cakes are my masterpieces. I love playing with new techniques, new materials or ingredients. One of the reasons I enjoy caking so much is that it feels like an art form that I can continuously learn from. That, and they taste good.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

 Today, I will be sharing with you my very first ever caking endeavor.

You may have noticed that I have been caking for as long as I have been a mom. The very first cake I really put my heart and soul into was for Little Cakeasaurus Rex’s first birthday. When he isn’t busy being a dinosaur, he is busy being a monkey. We lovingly nicknamed him Monkey since he was a baby.

As any over zealous mom would be, I created a theme of monkeys and immediately started developing ideas for his main cake and his smash cake. He had blow-up monkeys to toss around, monkey plates and napkins and of course a monkey cake. He had a cake for his guests and he had a personal smash cake.

The Smash Cake

Every little kid needs a smash cake for their first birthday. It is the tradition! I love smash cakes for the little ones. That first birthday is all about seeing their little eyes bulge out of their heads with sugar. There is nothing like taking that first fistful of delicious cake.

Heap of Bananas birthday cake

For the smash cake, I decided to go with a German chocolate cake and have the coconut frosting serve as the textured monkey fur. Admittedly, my skills at the time were limited and the monkey face looked more like a bear but Little Cakeasaurus Rex loved it. He had no problem figuring out what to do with his smash cake. Hands in the cake and then straight to the mouth.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

Little Chunky Monkey

I love watching little ones feed themselves at this age because they still fist their food and are practically licking their palms. Too cute!

I’ll remember next time that monkey ears should be more on the side of the face rather than on the top. Also, don’t mind the little yellow hair tuft I tried to create. Monkeys can be blonde too, right?

Heap of Bananas birthday cake

 

The Guest Cake

The cake for the guests was a large vanilla sheet cake with a large mound of banana cake on top. I was so inexperienced and had no clue what I was doing. I went totally overboard on measuring out how much cake I would need for a one-year-old’s birthday party. In true First Time Mom fashion, I made enough to feed everyone at the party, the park and halfway down the street.

To give you an idea, I had no clue how to even carry this large of a cake to a park two blocks from the house. I purchased a huge white plastic cutting board and that became my caking station. I still use this cutting board as my preferred surface for rolling fondant or cutting out biscuits.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

In all honesty, I baked two 9×12 inch cakes for the base. I slid them together and covered them with icing. If you are counting, that is a total of four standard cakes for one party. This was the first time I would bake that much cake for one party but it definitely wasn’t  the last.

Heap of Bananas birthday cake

If you are wondering, it is no secret how I made the dome-shaped cake. I didn’t have a pan that shape that is for sure. I actually used a stainless steel mixing bowl and baked it right in the oven.

Obviously, be careful when using alternative baking pans but, the bowl worked out great and I still use it for other caking endeavors. I will remind you to take a good look at the shape of the bowl though. If you are wanting a hill shape like I was, you will want a shallower bowl to create a soft mound. However, I have also used a much deeper mixing bowl to create the Drunken Carolina Cake so that I had enough space for good sized cake layers.

Heap of Bananas birthday cake

Monkey Time

The idea I was wanting to create was a mischievous monkey sitting atop a huge pile of bananas. The pile of bananas had to be made of banana cake of course. The banana cake wasn’t going to be enough though.

Nothing quite looks like a pile of bananas than a pile of bananas. After icing, I also completely covered the mound in Banana Rama candy pieces I purchased from a local candy shop.

Heap of Bananas birthday cakeOriginally, all the bananas were going to be yellow bananas but this is a very mischievous monkey and he needed some colored bananas too. The monkey was a purple monkey bath toy so it was super safe for the kiddo to enjoy long after his party was over.  A funky colored monkey totally deserves a pile of funky colored bananas.

Heap of Bananas birthday cake

To add a bit more decoration without going overboard any further, I added Piroulines around the outside edge of the sheet cake which provided great bamboo. A few green leaves and blades of grass with green icing and I had my masterpiece.

Heap of Bananas birthday cake

Can you tell I was proud of myself? I made a little card label with a silly monkey sticker for good measure. I am so proud that this was my first caking adventure. It brings back wonderful memories of my little one’s first birthday and it was the start of a wonderful adventure I still pursue today.

Still A Monkey

The kiddo still embraces his monkey side by collecting cute monkeys we find on our adventures. Currently, we have one from Cape Canaveral and Tampa Zoo.  Just a few weeks ago, I offered my little monkey a special treat.

I treated LCR to Chunky Monkey Cupcakes!

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

These moist banana cupcakes remind me very much of that original banana cake but in smaller cupcake form.  Top that off with a peanut butter cream cheese icing and you will be making all the monkeys smile.

Even walking down memory lane, I couldn’t leave you hanging without a scrumptious cupcake recipe to keep you satisfied.

You have now seen where the caking magic started. Tell me about your baking start. Do you remember your first real baking endeavor as an adult? I clarified that sentence because I was baking and cooking tons growing up. This one just sticks out in my mind as the first cake I researched and planned and put my heart and love into making.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes

Do you have that one dish or cake that sparked your love for it? I’d love to hear all about it or better yet, see it.

Chunky Monkey Cupcakes
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Chunky Monkey cupcakes made of sweet banana cake topped with peanut butter cream cheese icing
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Chunky Monkey Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Chunky Monkey cupcakes made of sweet banana cake topped with peanut butter cream cheese icing
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Banana Cupcakes
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Banana Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat bananas, eggs and sugar on medium high speed until forming a thick mash.
  3. Add vegetable oil to the banana mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  6. Using a spatula, fold in vanilla extract. Spoon batter into cupcake tim filling cups 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Toothpick will come out clean when cupcakes are done. Cool on a cooling rack before icing.
Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Icing
  1. In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat softened cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Add in half a cup of peanut butter and mix on medium speed until well bleneded.
  3. Add powdered sugar to cream cheese mixture a cup at a time mixing thoroughly between each addition.
  4. Add milk and vanilla extract and mix until well blended.
  5. *Taste it. Your icing can be more sweet or nutty depending on how much sugar or peanutbutter you add. I prefer a light and sweet flavor so I stuck with 2 cups powdered sugar and a 1/2 cup of peanutbutter. If you want a thicker peanut butter flavor, just add more peanut butter.*
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Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate cupcakes including a rich moist chocolate cake filled with a semisweet chocolate filling and topped with a fluffy salted chocolate buttercream.

 Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Getting Started

When I was a single working mom, do you know what my favorite store was? I’ll give you a hint; it wasn’t Target.

My favorite store was Lowe’s. Yes, the home improvement store.

After working long hours and having minimal expendable income, I took great pride in improving my home one Do It Yourself project at a time.

I could always count on the friendly and knowledgeable faces at Lowe’s to clue me in on if a job was outside my capabilities or not.

In the short four years I lived in that North Carolina home, I managed to paint every room, change out all the door hardware, replace the innards of a running toilet, install closet shelving in all of the closets, and hang my own flat screen.

Those are just some of the many projects I took on during my stay.  I was visiting Lowe’s almost every week.

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I suppose I could say, “I have a husband for that now,” but then what kind of feminist would I be?

Captain Cupcakeasaurus knows my Lowe’s obsession and shares in it. I may not be at the home improvement store each week anymore, but someone from our family is there.

Doing the Maintenance

After sixteen years of living in his bachelor pad house, the home improvement bug has finally bitten him too. Ok, that bug very well may have been me!

What is the project this week? Well, in true cakeasaurus fashion, we don’t just do one project at a time. That might just be practical!

 Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

While I’ve been tackling the baking and sharing, Captain Cupcakeasaurus has been diligently working away at painting the trim of our living room.

We painted the walls in July before we had family visit and are just now getting around to the trim. Ugh!

Simultaneously, we are also scraping off really old paint from our beadboard kitchen. If you are thinking,”Wait! Don’t you bake in that kitchen?!” The answer is YES!

Obviously, we aren’t paint-scraping WHILE I am baking. But, it is a huge eyesore until we can get it all scraped and ready for a fresh new color.

If you happen to be scraping paint yourself this weekend, I can not say enough about this handy little tool. The Big Blade Scraper slides a thin blade under the edge of the paint and then peels it right on off. It is also way less noisy than power tool options.

Secret DIY guilty pleasure: I actually love scraping the paint. It is so satisfying to take that scraper and shave off a good long piece of paint. I liken the feeling to peeling an apple in one long continuous ribbon or something like that.

So, while Captain Cupcakeasaurus is doing the manual labor in the living room, I decided to create a treat to reward his efforts.

 Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Do It Yourself

A fellow blogger, Ali Jaffri, is a contributor for DIYsomo.com. The site is a one stop shop for almost all of your Do It Yourself project tutorials. Whether you are scraping paint or working on a car, the site has helpful “how to” articles for all sorts of projects.

Speaking with Ali about his site, we inevitably started talking about his favorite cupcake flavors. This, honestly, is how all of my conversations turn. Is it any wonder that I write about cake for a living?

Well, his favorite is also the favorite of millions of people and I had to create a cupcake that would provide the perfect treat after a long week of labor. Monday is Labor Day after all!

Triple Chocolate

Maybe after trying Beauty Bae’s Blueberry Blue Velvet cupcakes, you realize I have a tendency to take a concept and totally overdo it. Today is no exception.

Chocolate is always a favorite around this house and when I heard Ali’s favorite is chocolate as well that gave me further license to chocolate this cupcake up.

Start With A Base

The only time that moist is a positive adjective is when you are talking about cake. This moist rich chocolate base is very similar to the one used in the Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. I traded Kahlua for a salted caramel brewed coffee.

The cake is dark and dense enough to cut a hole in. You know what that means? That’s right! It is begging for a filling!

Chocolate Filling

The chocolate filling is very similar to a ganache but prepared slightly different. The coconut milk makes the chocolate a smooth shiny consistency; perfect for cupcake filling and drizzling.

 Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

The best chocolate filling is made with the best chocolate. There really is no comparison. Ghirardelli chocolate morsels melt in your mouth and make the whole house smell like chocolate.

Take advantage of twenty percent off of your Ghiradelli chocolate purchase this Labor Day weekend. Labor Day Sale: 20% off Site-wide at Ghirardelli.com.

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The recipe makes a bit more than you will probably need but you can always freeze it and use it again later for more cupcakes or to elevate your favorite hot chocolate.

After filling your cupcakes, save some of the filling for your buttercream; you’re going to need it.

Chocolate Buttercream

I am screaming! This is THE BEST chocolate buttercream I’ve ever made.

What the buttercream is not:

It is not overly chocolatey. We have enough chocolate going on. However, if you feel it just isn’t quite chocolate enough for your tastes, just add some more of the filling to the buttercream.

What the buttercream is:

It is so light, so decadent, just a little salty and makes you want more.

You know when you eat a chocolate on chocolate cake and about half way through the slice your belly starts to grumble and your teeth start to ache? That is precisely what this buttercream icing prevents. You get all the chocolate loving flavor but none of the regret.

Where Do They Go

I often get asked about where my cupcakes end up. Baking every week, there is no way my little family of three could possibly be putting away all those cupcakes. You’re right, we’re not!

I am typically sending them off to the fire station for Captain Cupcakeasaurus and his fellow firefighters to enjoy. Often friends and neighbors will get a few goodies too.

This week, this batch was so delicious they didn’t survive long enough to make their way to a different home. A few snuck off to a friend’s house but the majority were consumed right here in our paint scraped kitchen.

 Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

DIY Rewards

Over the holiday weekend, make sure you take a moment to relax from all your home improvement projects and reward yourself with these Triple Chocolate Cupcakes.

If you aren’t sure what project you want to tackle next, or you aren’t sure how to get started check out DIYsomo for inspiration. Let Ali know what you think of the chocolate deliciousness he inspired.

Fill Me In

What DIY projects are you currently working on? Do you have projects you want to tackle but have been putting off? How do you plan to reward yourself for all your hard work?

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
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Triple Chocolate cupcakes including a rich moist chocolate cake filled with a semisweet chocolate filling and topped with a fluffy salted chocolate buttercream.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
Triple Chocolate Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Triple Chocolate cupcakes including a rich moist chocolate cake filled with a semisweet chocolate filling and topped with a fluffy salted chocolate buttercream.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Filling
Salted Chocolate Buttercream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar and eggs on low speed.
  2. Add the vegetable oil to the egg and sugar mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Alternating between the dry ingredients and the buttermilk, add about a third at a time to the egg mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  5. Add in the coffee and mix on low speed until well blended.
  6. Fold in vanilla extract with a spatula.
  7. Fill lined baking cups 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes. A toothpick inserted may not come out completely clean. Crumbles are ok, wet cake batter is not.
  8. Refrigerate cupcakes for about 30 minutes or until they are cool to the touch.
  9. Using a cupcake corer or a small spoon, scoop out about a half inch hole int eh middle of the cupcakes.
Chocolate Filling
  1. In a double boiler, melt chocolate and butter until smooth and shiny.
  2. Slowly add in coconut milk, stiring constantly until well blended.
  3. Set chocolate off heat to cool. Do not refrigerate.
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Beauty Bae Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

A custom recipe creation for Beauty Bae’s Miamii Monsour. A mixture of sweet and tart swirled into this Blue Velvet cupcake chocked full of blueberries and topped with a blue raspberry cream cheese frosting.

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Beauty Bae

Miamii is the spunky Broadcast Journalism major and blogger of Beauty Bae. She shares everything she thinks about the latest beauty, fashion and entertainment trends with all the humor and sass you could ask for.
I love her lack of brain-to-mouth filter when it comes to what she loves and what she hates. She is like that best friend that will absolutely not let you leave the house looking like a hot mess. Miamii’s humor and spunk radiate from every post and tweet.

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Blue, Blue, Blue

For such a fun and spunky personality, I had to create a flavor combo just as electrifying.
One of the first things Miamii shared with me was that she LOVES the color blue. I always love a good place to start but I may have gone overboard!

First and foremost the cake had to be blue. What better cake than a Blue Velvet cake? If red velvet is everyone’s standard favorite, then Blue Velvet is Beyonce. Everyone loves it and they are always impressed.

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Blueberry Blast

At some point, I asked myself, “How can I make these cupcakes more blue?” My answer: Blueberries! But, of course!
In all honesty, we are a bit limited in our natural blue fruit options. You have a blueberry and a- nope, just a blueberry.

Tossing a few blueberries into each cupcake adds just the right amount of sweet surprise and makes these divinely blue cupcakes all the more blue.

The icing was just….well, when you think of what blue might smell like, what do you think of?

Taste of Color

For me, colors definitely have smells and tastes. Isn’t Skittles always telling us to taste the rainbow? Though I love purple, the color purple smells like Dimetapp to me.  Green usually smells like spinach or sometimes even like dirt. I understand dirt isn’t green but plants are and they grow from the earth. When it comes to tastes, Mellow Yellow and Mountain Dew both have a distinctly yellow taste to me. Seriously, close your eyes and take a sip. Can’t you taste the yellow?

So, what does blue smell or taste like to you?

Blue, for me, smells like blue raspberry flavoring. You know like you get as a slushie flavor at the 7/11? Or maybe that Blue Razz Berry Charms Blow Pop that leaves your tongue stained? Yeah, that one! I really wanted to make an icing flavored like a dang Blow Pop.
So I put on my blue suede shoes (I don’t really have those) and got to work.

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

UK Conversion

Reading Beauty Bae, I realized that she is based in the United Kingdom. This means that an ideal recipe for her would be converted to grams and milliliters. Unfortunately, at this time, I do not have an easy way to post a recipe that has both the measurements available. However, I did create a handy basic ingredient conversion cheat sheet so hopefully converting this recipe to grams and milliliters is not too difficult.

The Basic Ingredient Conversion Cheat Sheet is one of several free resources I provide in my Sweet Resource Library.  You can gain full access here.

Basic Ingredient Conversion Cheat Sheet

The Cake

Oh, this blue velvet cake seems familiar? Well, it should! The eggless version we just made a few weeks ago for the Wonder Woman Eggfree Red Velvet Cupcakes. A few changes though, obviously. This blue velvet cake has eggs and blue food coloring instead of red. However, they share the same great taste.

The addition of blueberries does not change the consistency of the cake but they do add a nice fruity perk and may bulk up your batter to make a few more cupcakes than usual.

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

That Frosting Though

The frosting is sweet and sour and oh so blue! Seriously though, not only does it taste AMAZING but the scent permeates and makes you start craving those slushies and Blow Pops. I might have to start slathering this stuff on everything!

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

To Top It Off

You may have noticed those blueberries on top don’t exactly look natural. I spruced those babies up to be as glam as Beauty Bae. A spritz of Wilton Silver Color Mist and they are shimmering and glowing. Little Cakeasaurus Rex (the kiddo) got to eat my leftover berries. He loved that they were shiny and said he felt like he was eating fancy food.

Who doesn’t love a glimmering blueberry?

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes

How Do You Do Blue?

Are you absolutely in love with these Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes? Is there any way you could make them MORE blue? Let me know your ideas in the comments.

If you love them, let Miamii know you love her cupcakes too at Beauty Bae. I know she would love to hear from you!

Stay true, stay blue and make life taste sweeter!

 

 

Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes
Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A custom recipe creation for Beauty Bae's Miamii Monsour. A mixture of sweet and tart swirled into this Blue Velvet cupcake chocked full of blueberries and topped with a blue raspberry cream cheese frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes
Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A custom recipe creation for Beauty Bae's Miamii Monsour. A mixture of sweet and tart swirled into this Blue Velvet cupcake chocked full of blueberries and topped with a blue raspberry cream cheese frosting.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes
Blue Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Blueberry Blue Velvet Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit Line a cupcake tin with 24 liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter, eggs, and sugar together.
  3. In a small bowl, use a spoon to mix food coloring, salt and cocoa into a paste. Wet food coloring will want to bead up. Press spoon firmly against bottom of the bowl to press coloring into cocoa. Keep blending until a paste-like consistancy is formed. This may mean adding a bit more coloring as needed.
  4. Add colored cocoa to the sugar mixture. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together flour and baking soda.
  6. Add flour mixture a little at a time to the sugar mixture, alternating with the addition of the buttermilk. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  7. Fold in vinegar and vanilla extract using a spatula. Do not over mix.
  8. Fold in blueberries gently.
  9. Fill each cupcake tin 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on rack before icing.
Blue Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer with a whisk attchment, beat softened cream cheese unti smooth.
  2. Add dry Jell-o mix directly to the cream cheese. Beat on medium- high to high speed until well blended.
  3. Add the milk to the cream cheese mixture a little at a time. Mix on medium-high speed. Frosting will become more wet.
  4. Add sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time. Beat on medium-high speed until frosting becomes thick and fluffy.
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Total Solar Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes

Celebrating the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, I have created for you a Total Solar Eclipse lemon cupcake with a blackberry cream cheese filling and blackberry buttercream frosting.

Total Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes

 

Happy Thursday Loves!

I know I usually don’t post my cupcake recipes until Friday but I wanted you to have enough time this weekend to get these whipped up before the big event Monday.

Total Solar Eclipse

If you are in the US, a very special event is happening this Monday and is the inspiration for this cupcake.

This Monday, August 21, the United States will be experiencing a total solar eclipse spanning from coast to coast. The last time the United States experienced a solar eclipse crossing the Atlantic to the Pacific like this was June 8, 1918.

Band of Totality

The band of totality (the region where the total eclipse will be most visible) will be a seventy-mile wide band that stretches from South Carolina to Oregon. The states the band will cross through are as follows: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon (1).

Of course, the band of totality will be sweeping right through North Carolina (my old home state) while I’m sitting down here in Florida viewing only a partial eclipse.

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NASA

My family thoroughly enjoys space wonders just like this. I mean, my husband and I did get married in a planetarium after all.

Just a few weeks ago we visited the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral and were able to have first-hand experience with NASA and their explorations.  That is a post for a different day though.

However, if you are interested in learning more about the solar eclipse, NASA is an awesome resource and you can learn all about what to expect during the eclipse. They also advise how to view the eclipse safely.

*WARNING: For your safety, please know that looking directly at the sun is extremely dangerous. Even sunglasses and tanning goggles are not adequate protection for viewing the eclipse. Please make sure to only use approved viewing glasses or make your own NASA approved viewing box here.*

Total Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes

Inspiration

Whether you are planning a fun eclipse party or you just want to have a fun treat for the family, I created an eclipse inspired cupcake just for you. These tasty treats can be enjoyed for outside viewing or inside viewing online.

Blame it on living in Florida but while the rest of the US is gearing up for pumpkin spice season, I am still in the dead heat of ninety-five-degree summer. I am still in the mood for those light and refreshing summer fruit flavors. What about you? Are you still enjoying the warm rays of summer or are you ready to get your pumpkin season on?

Total Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes

Lemons and Blackberries

Thinking about fresh fruits and sunshine, I immediately decided to make the base of the cupcake a tart yellow lemon cake.

The lemon zest and additional lemon juice really bump up the tart citrus flavor of these cupcakes.

All in the Filling

To soothe out the tartness and also add more to our eclipse theme I thought it would be neat to fill the center with a blackberry cream cheese filling.

The idea here was to make the base of the cupcake be like the sun. I knew I would be demonstrating the eclipse with the icing but I wanted another way to turn these lemon cupcakes into distinctly Total Solar Eclipse cupcakes.

After filling the cupcake tin half full of lemon cake batter, use a piping bag to squirt just a little nickel sized dot of blackberry filling in the middle. With any luck, it will create a circular or even a crescent shape inside the cupcake. When it is cut open, you will get a nice viewable cupcake eclipse.

Total Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes

Over the Moon

Now, for the Total Solar Eclipse cupcakes, I wanted to alter the color of the icing so as to make it more resemble the moon passing in front of our lemon cupcake sun. But, unaltered, our icing would be a gorgeous pink color and would be very desirable when making these cupcakes for any other occasion.

This moon like effect is also why I chose to use a  Wilton 402-2001 No. 2A Round Decorating Tip, Multicolor to create a round puffed look rather than my usual swirl. I used the same tip for a similar effect on my Free the Nipple Black Forest Cupcakes.

If you find the plain moon icing a bit boring or unattractive, you can always dress it up with a little lemon zest sprinkled over or even a blackberry perched on top.

Total Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes

Why is this not a thing?

As excited as I am for this unique phenomenon, I am surprised I have not seen many advertisers jump at the opportunity to bank on this event.  I did see some very humorous and clever advertising by Chiquita though and their “banana sun”.

My friend Brooks, over at OurParentPlace, and I were just discussing this the other day. Why hasn’t Eclipse gum jumped on this opportunity? I mean, it is in their name!

Brooks is an awesome momma that writes about the unique intersectionality of mental health and parenting. She has first-hand experience with both and helps support other moms dealing with similar issues.  She also resides right in the middle of the band of totality! (I’m so jealous!)

Total Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes

Let me hear from you in the comments. Are you in the band of totality? Will you be hosting your own eclipse soiree? What do you think of these Total Solar Eclipse cupcakes and what other thematic goodies could you put with them? Let me know down below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cofield, Calla and Tariq Malik. “Total Solar Eclipse 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)”. https://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html.Space.com, 15 08 2017.
Full Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes
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Celebrating the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, I have created for you a Full Eclipse tart lemon cupcake with a soothing blackberry cream cheese filling and sweet blackberry buttercream frosting.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Full Eclipse Lemon and Blackberry Cupcakes
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Celebrating the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, I have created for you a Full Eclipse tart lemon cupcake with a soothing blackberry cream cheese filling and sweet blackberry buttercream frosting.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Lemon Cupcake
Blackberry Cream Cheese Filling
Blackberry Butter Cream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Lemon Cupcake
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter, and sugar together.
  2. Add eggs to the sugar mixture one at a time mixing on medium speed until well blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour baking soda and salt.
  4. Add a third of the flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Then add half of the Greek yogurt. Alternate between the flour mixture and Greek yogurt until all ingredients are used. Mix thoroughly on medium speed.
  5. With a spatula, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure batter is well mixed. Fold in lemon zest and lemon juice.
  6. Fill lined cupcake tin half full. Squeeze dolup of blackberry filling into the center of each cupcake. Spoon lemon batter over the blackberry filling.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on baking rack.
Blackberry Filling
  1. In a blender, blend together the creamcheese, egg and sugar.
  2. Add a cup of blackberries and mix thoroughly.
  3. Add food coloring a drop at a time to reach desired color.
  4. Spoon filling into piping bag to easily fill centers of cupcakes.
Blackberry Butter Cream
  1. In a large mixing bowl, using the whisk attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter and shortening on medium speed for about two minutes.
  2. Add lemon juice and blackberry puree to butter mixture. Beat on medium speed until well blended.
  3. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mixing thoroughly between additions.
  4. Fold in lemon extract.
  5. Wait for cupcakes to cool before frosting.
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Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

A rich egg free red velvet cupcake with a sweet cream cheese butter cream and Wonder Woman gum paste topper.

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Wonder Woman

When I hear “Wonder Woman” I can not help but think of my mother. I specifically think of her pre-marital years when she would win costume contests dressed as the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman with her long raven locks and star spangled bathing suit. I envision a young woman full of determination and willing to take on any challenge in order to achieve her clearly defined goals. Wonder Woman represents strength and power, justice and beauty.

Perhaps, that is my definition of every Wonder Woman: A woman full of determination and willing to take on any challenge in order to achieve her clearly defined goals. With the latest release of the Wonder Woman movie, how could young girls not look to Diana (Wonder Woman’s alter ego) as a role model?

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

This week’s cupcake was specially created just for one of these young girls.

When I first began communicating with Ashley Spang from GrowingSpangs, I had not yet fully connected all of the dots. One look at her About the Author page and I knew we were two peas from a similar pod. She has a beautiful daughter, Olivia, who will be turning two in September. We wanted to make a cupcake that incorporated her interests and available for Mom to make in time for the big day. The Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcake is Olivia’s cupcake. It is developed for her and the Wonder Woman I know she will become.

As for connecting the dots, my mother, the Wonder Woman mentioned above, and another close relative (who coincidentally is also named Olivia and a Wonder Woman in her own right) are both celebrating their birthdays this month. This Wonder Woman Red Velvet cupcake can celebrate all of the strong and powerful women we have working every day to achieve their goals.

On With the Cake

One of the specifications for Olivia’s cupcake was that it must be egg free. For this recipe, I easily substituted a half cup of applesauce in place of what would normally be two eggs. This leaves the batter looking a little wet but after baking, the cake is just as moist and delicious as always.

I particularly love this recipe because it is so easy to remember. The steps are simple: cream, paste, add and fold.

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes Infographic

Cream

In your favorite electric mixer, cream the butter, sugar, and applesauce. The applesauce makes this step a little less creamy but the process is the same.

Paste

In a separate bowl, we are going to create a paste of the food coloring, salt, and cocoa. This sounds easy enough but I’m telling you now food coloring and cocoa do not like to turn to paste easily. The food coloring, especially liquid drops, like to bead up and roll off the cocoa.

The best way to really make the paste is to take the back of a spoon and press the color droplets into the cocoa firmly and smear it across the bottom of the bowl. Just keep at it until the cocoa is well coated in food coloring.

Add

Adding the flour and buttermilk to the mixture thickens up the batter. Alternate between adding the flour and baking soda mixture and the buttermilk, mixing thoroughly after each addition.

Fold

This is where the chemistry happens. Fold in the vinegar and the vanilla extract. Be mindful not to over mix the batter. You just want to fold it in enough to allow the vinegar to interact with the baking soda.

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Bake

How simple was that? I love recipes that are easy to remember because it ensures I keep coming back to them. Throw those beautiful blood red cakes in the oven and bake for about twenty-five minutes at 350 degrees.

Inspiration

While you are waiting on those beautiful cupcakes to bake up, head over to GrowingSpangs for some daily inspiration. I love how Ashley thoughtfully and eloquently writes about her family, her faith and what every mom needs: a little encouragement.

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Icing on the Cake

The only real way to eat a red velvet cupcake is to have it paired with cream cheese icing. This Cream Cheese Butter Cream is sweet and creamy and the perfect topping.

The key to this icing is making sure your cream cheese and butter are both softened before creaming them together. No one wants a chunk of butter in their icing. Not just for eating but when you go to decorate the cupcakes, the chunks can get stuck in your decorating tips and make decorating more difficult than it should be.

Decorations

The decorations are really what make this cupcake a Wonder Woman cupcake, right? Exactly! There are plenty of ways you can choose to decorate for a Wonder Woman or superhero themed party. A nice and easy way is to find rings or figures to place on top. I found this great miniature Wonder Woman at the Dollar Tree. Ordering online allows you to order a case for all your cupcakes or party guests without having to travel to different stores and hunt them down.

I used the Cosmos ® 10 Pieces Multicolor DIY Cake Fondant&gumpaste Decorating Modeling Tools Set to cut out the Wonder Woman symbol from rolled gum paste. Unless you are an artist, this can be fairly time-consuming especially if making a lot of cupcakes.

Diana just isn’t Wonder Woman without a little shimmer and pizazz. A brushed coating of Wilton Pearl Dust, Gold-0.05 Ounce (1,4g) adds just the right amount of shimmer to make the symbol sparkle.

Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

Only Love Can Truly Save the World

The above quote is from the newly released Wonder Woman movie but let it also be a compass for us to direct our young girls.

I hope Olivia enjoys her Wonder Woman cupcakes and has a blast at her September birthday party. I also hope that we acknowledge the other wonder women in our lives and celebrate them as well.

Who is the Wonder Woman in your life? What other favorite super heroes would you like me to create a cupcake for? Let me know in the comments below.
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
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A rich egg free red velvet cupcake with a sweet cream cheese butter cream
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Wonder Woman Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A rich egg free red velvet cupcake with a sweet cream cheese butter cream
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
Cream Cheese Butter Cream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Egg Free Red Velvet Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake tin with 24 liners
  2. In a large mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter, applesauce, and sugar together.
  3. In a small bowl, use a spoon to mix food coloring, salt, and cocoa into a paste. Wet food coloring will want to bead up. Press spoon firmly against the bottom of the bowl to press coloring into cocoa. Keep blending until a paste-like consistency is formed. This may mean adding a bit more coloring as needed.
  4. Add colored cocoa to the sugar mixture. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together flour and baking soda.
  6. Add flour mixture a little at a time to the sugar mixture, alternating with the addition of the buttermilk. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  7. Fold in vinegar and vanilla extract using a spatula. Do not over mix.
  8. Fill each cupcake tin 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on rack before icing.
Cream Cheese Butter Cream
  1. In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and cutter until soft and smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar to the cream cheese mixture one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  3. Add salt and vanilla extract and mix on medium high speed until well blended and icing is fluffy.
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Free the Nipple Black Forest Cupcakes

A custom “Free the Nipple” Black Forest Cupcake: A light chocolate cake filled with a juicy Morello cherry filling and topped with heavy whipped cream.

 

A Special Request

Sometimes in my adventures creating cakes for people, I come across a special request. Sometimes this request may seem silly or even vulgar but something deep inside tells me I have to make this cake.

This week is definitely one of those cakes I had to agree to make.

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Free the Nipple

Juniper Woodbury from JuniperWoodbury.com (so easy to remember!) approached me several weeks ago about an idea she had for a cupcake. She very specifically asked me for a “Free the Nipple” custom cupcake recipe for her to feature in her upcoming ebook.

Many of my readers are moms and I’m quite familiar with the “war against the breast” when it comes to breastfeeding in public. But, to be on the safe side, I inquired just to be sure I knew exactly what I was putting my name and brand on.

Free the Nipple Black Forest Cupcakes Cupcakes decorated to look like female anatomy Pink and Brown breast shaped cupcakes with nipples Fleshy boob cupcakes with a red background

Girls Aren’t Funny

Juniper Woodbury is a feminist and humor blogger, comedy writer, and self-proclaimed food enthusiast. She started Girls Aren’t Funny to address sexist problems using humor. She explained that she wanted to create a small recipe book of comedic feminist recipes including and featuring the “Free the Nipple” cupcake. The “Free the Nipple” idea is an all-encompassing one: both supporting breastfeeding and against the over sexualization of female nipples.

As a feminist and comedian (ha! well at least I think I’m funny), I had to get on board. I couldn’t wait to serve up some delicious ta-tas for a good cause.

When I am thinking about a cupcake that totally encompasses what it means to be a woman and the tastes they desire, I can’t help but think of chocolate, cherries and some sort of fruity liqueur. Why not combine them for the sweet rich taste of a Black Forest Cupcake?

This recipe comes in three parts. A recipe in three acts if you will. I know that sounds daunting but I made the last part the super easiest of all. So hang in there and I know you will love the end result.

Black Forest Cupcakes Chocolate cupcake filled with cherry pie filling and topped with whipped cream icing and a cherry. Chocolate cupcake with white icing and chocolate shavings Cherry on top

Act One: The Filling

I had a jar of dark Morello cherries that have probably been sitting in my pantry since the holidays of last year. I used them for their dark burgundy color and because that is what I had on hand. You can use maraschino cherries if you prefer or you can skip this step altogether and just buy some cherry pie filling. Where’s the fun in that?

Heat your cherries with the juice on medium low heat. Add in four tablespoons of granulated sugar and then sift two tablespoons of cornstarch into the mix. Add the Cherry Vodka and you’ll want to stir the cherries periodically. They may seem to still be wet for awhile but the cornstarch thickens the mixture into a pie filling consistency fairly quickly.

Remove the cherries from the heat once you’ve reached desired consistency and stir in your vanilla extract.

You can put the cherries to the side to cool for awhile. I put mine right back into the jar I poured them out of. It gave me more space to work and I recycled the jar.

Black Forest Cupcakes Chocolate cupcake filled with cherry pie filling and topped with whipped cream icing and a cherry. Chocolate cupcake with white icing and chocolate shavings Cherry on top

Act Two: The Cake

This cake is so fun to make. In the electric mixer, throw your six room temperature eggs and beat them on high speed for one minute. Then add in the sugar. Now, here is the fun part. Turn your mixer on high and just leave it for a while. Seriously! You want to let those eggs beat up until they are the consistency of pudding or a mousse.

I have never had a recipe where I could just walk away from the mixer before. This one you can! The eggs need to mix on high speed for about eight minutes. That doesn’t sound like long but in the cake world, it makes me super happy to have my KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Stand Mixers – Empire Red to do all the work for me.

When the eggs are ready, just fold in the flour and cocoa. The idea here is to not over mix the batter. We don’t want to deflate the eggs we just spent so much time fluffing. Then fold in the butter and vanilla extract.

It is important that the butter is melted and cooled before pouring it into the batter.

If it isn’t melted, it won’t mix into the batter. If it isn’t cooled, it will want to deflate the eggs. Make sure to scrape and fold from the bottom to make sure the butter is not pooling at the bottom of the bowl.

Black Forest Cupcakes Chocolate cupcake filled with cherry pie filling

Filling the Cakes

You can use a special cupcake plunger like this one from Wilton: Wilton 2103-5354 Cupcake Corer, White. Or you can cut it out with a knife and scoop it out like I did. I am pretty sure I used this same technique for the Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. Why would you purchase a tool when you can just cut it out? The best answer is a time saver. I am pretty notorious for doing things the hard way just because I am stubborn.  You don’t have to be that way!

After scooping, spoon a bit of your cherry filling into each hole. Spoon as much as you can fit in the hole you’ve created. Don’t worry if it mounds on top a bit, we will cover that with frosting.

Black Forest Cupcakes Chocolate cupcake filled with cherry pie filling and topped with whipped cream icing and a cherry. Chocolate cupcake with white icing and chocolate shavings Cherry on top

Act Three: The Finale

Remember when I said I’d make this the easy part? There are two ways to make the frosting for this recipe. One is the more difficult way. I will post the ingredients for it down below. The other is the best and easiest way to make icing ever! Wilton makes a Wilton Vanilla Whipped Icing Mix and all of your Whipped Icing dreams come true. Just follow the directions on the box. Literally, the only direction is to add ice cold water to the mix and whip it until it is fluffy. How cool is that?!

Now, for a little added flavor, I did add one tablespoon of Cherry Vodka to the Wilton Whipped Icing Mix. This stuff is so great that the addition did not affect the consistency at all!

Freeing the Nipples

The “Free the Nipple” cupcakes were decorated especially for the occasion. Using fondant and Wilton gel coloring I blended the colors together to relatively believable skin tones. When working with fondant and gel colors, I always try to start with a little bit of color and build up to darker ones. It is much easier to make a color darker than it is to lighten it.

I would love to say that I recorded exactly how much of each gel color I used to create these colors, but alas I did not. I placed a toothpick into the gel color and then added it to the fondant. However, I can tell you which gel colors I used so you have a base to start from.

The brown nippled breast used a combination of the Wilton Gel Brown and the Wilton Gel Copper. The pink nippled breast used a combination of the Wilton Gel Pink and the Wilton Gel Golden Yellow.

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It looks like Wilton has thought of everything! If you do not want to mix your own colors, Wilton has the Wilton 710-2314 Decorator Preferred Natural Skin Tone Fondant already premixed into four generic skin tone shades.

Shape the fondant into your desired shape. In this case, circular breasts to cover the top of the cupcake plus a circular areola and nipple for the top. And then let them be free!

Alternate Decorating

If you are just wanting a beautiful Black Forest Cupcake without all the nip slip, I have an alternative for you. Pipe that fluffy white whipped icing into billowy clouds over top your cherry filled chocolate cupcakes. Sprinkle a few shavings of your favorite dark chocolate and plop a shiny cherry right on top!

It may be more conservative but you’ll see just as many happy faces with this traditional decoration as you do with the nipple version.

Black Forest Cupcakes Chocolate cupcake filled with cherry pie filling and topped with whipped cream icing and a cherry. Chocolate cupcake with white icing and chocolate shavings Cherry on top

Don’t Forget

Don’t forget to check out Juniper’s ebook featuring this recipe and many others. You can get ahold of your own copy here.

I would love to see your versions of the “Free the Nipple” cupcake!

If you aren’t that bold yet, then don’t hesitate to make the traditional Black Forest Cupcake version.

Let me know in the comments.

Are you a feminist? Is this exactly the type of recipe you’ve been waiting for?

Free the Nipple to make life taste sweeter!

 

 

 

Black Forest Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A light chocolate cake filled with a juicy Morello cherry filling and topped with a Cherry Vodka flavored heavy whipped cream.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Black Forest Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A light chocolate cake filled with a juicy Morello cherry filling and topped with a Cherry Vodka flavored heavy whipped cream.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Cherry Filling
Chocolate Cupcake
Cherry Whipped Cream Icing
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Cherry Filling
  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat cherries with juice on medium low heat.
  2. Add in granulated sugar and then sift cornstarch into the mix.
  3. Add the Cherry Vodka and you'll want to stir the cherries periodically. They may seem to still be wet for awhile but the cornstarch thickens the mixture into a pie filling consistency fairly quickly.
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. With an electric mixer, in a large bowl beat the eggs on high for one minute.
  2. Add sugar to the eggs and beat on high for eight full minutes. Eggs will become fluffy with the consistency of pudding or mousse.
  3. Fold in flour and cocoa. Do not over mix or the batter will deflate.
  4. Fold in cooled melted butter and vanilla extract. Make sure to scoop and fold from the bottom so butter does not pool at the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Spoon into a lined cupcake tin, filling the cups 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. When cupcakes have cooled, core the centers and fill with Cherry Filling.
Cherry Whipped Cream Icing
  1. In an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat heavy cream and powdered sugar on high until stiff peaks form (about 8 minutes).
  2. Fold in Cherry Vodka.
  3. Pipe Icing into billowy cloud on top of cupcakes. Sprinkle dark chocolate shavings and place a cherry on top for decoration.
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Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes

Almost Legendary Apple Bacon cupcakes are apple cupcakes chocked full of bacon and topped with a Maple Cream Cheese Icing.

Hey, guys!

As promised, I am bringing you delicious cupcake recipes straight from my kitchen. This particular recipe is one I have been perfecting for the past five years.  The first time I made Apple Bacon Cupcakes was for a potluck at my old call center job.

They looked so pretty without icing, I didn’t even bother frosting them. I will heed warning, without frosting they could easily pass as muffins and someone could mistake them for being healthy. There’s my disclaimer.

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What makes this recipe nearly legendary?

My coworkers fell in love with these scrumptious little Apple Bacon cakes and began asking for them on a regular basis.  Since then, they have always been a favorite and people ask me for them again and again.

Every time I made them, I would tweak the recipe just a bit until I found the perfect apple to bacon ratio for maximum tastefulness. What makes these cupcakes really over the top is all the bacon.

Two Pounds of Bacon!

Not only are they garnished with a piece of crispy bacon but there is also a pound of that crumbled bacon in the cake batter itself. The salty bacon is balanced well with the light sweetness of the apple.

Today, the recipe is fairly easy and I include a frosting that pairs well with the flavor combinations. I would hate for someone to mistake them for muffins and think they were diet approved. However, the flavors are certainly ones that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late night snack time.

How to make Apple Bacon Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and go ahead and shred those Gala apples. This is the most time-consuming part of this process. Once the oven is preheated, place one pound of bacon on a cookie sheet. As much as I love cookies, bacon is a far better use of these pans.

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

Of course, you could fry up your bacon the old fashion way but this way saves time and allows you to cook quite a bit at once without fear of bacon burns. You know, those burns you get when you are frying bacon with minimal clothing on and inevitably grease splatters out on tender bits of exposed skin.

If you are planning on making the icing and garnish as well, now would be the time to throw the other pound of bacon on a cookie sheet too.  Let your bacon cook until it looks like you’re desired preference of crispiness. I usually just let it crisp up while I mix up the other ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl…

In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients of all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and sugar. Set this bowl to the side while we prepare the wet ingredients.

Mix together the wet ingredients of softened unsalted butter, vanilla extract, eggs and buttermilk in a separate mixing bowl. On low speed, pour your wet ingredients into your dry ones and mix until thick batter forms. Now you can add in your apples. The batter will be lumpy and that is completely okay. It is about to get a lot lumpier.

When your bacon is to your crispiness liking, pull it out and let it cool on the cookie sheets. If you are wondering what to do if you don’t like your bacon crispy, that is completely fine. It can be a bit chewy just remember it is going inside your cupcake and might make your cake chewy too.  Let the bacon cool until it is cool enough to crumble easily in your hands. If it is chewy, grab the kitchen shears and cut into small pieces. Add bacon to the batter and stir on low until well mixed.

This recipe makes approximately twenty-four cupcakes. Place paper cupcake liners in two cupcake trays and spray with cooking spray. It may sound weird to do both but the liners are so much easier to remove when sprayed a little. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from pans and let cool to prepare for icing and garnish.

How to make the Maple Cream Cheese Icing:

In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing until the icing forms a semi thick consistency. Mix in the maple syrup and add cinnamon. I am a fan of the cinnamon and like seeing the little specks in the icing to add dimension.

The bacon cooked earlier should be nice and cool by now. You can use either your hands or kitchen scissors to cut the strips of bacon into 1-2 inch pieces. I try to find the crispier pieces for garnish because they hold up better for presentation.

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And like my grandmother always says, food is 90% presentation. Gently place the salty crunchy piggy pieces on top of each cake. And ta da! You have delicious beautiful cakes perfect for any time of day or night. Whether you are winning over co-workers or welcoming neighbors or just feeding the family, these Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes are sure to satisfy.

 

Are you needing a perfect potluck contribution? Let me know what you and your coworkers think of this recipe in the comments below!

Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes
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Apple cupcakes chocked full of bacon and topped with a Maple Cream Cheese Icing.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Apple cupcakes chocked full of bacon and topped with a Maple Cream Cheese Icing.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes
Maple Cream Cheese Icing
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake bacon on a cookie sheet until desired crispiness. Set aside and let cool. Keep oven set at 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients of all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and sugar.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the wet ingredients of softened unsalted butter, vanilla extract, eggs and buttermilk.
  4. On low speed, pour your wet ingredients into your dry ones and mix until a thick batter forms and all ingredients are well mixed.
  5. Crumble cooled bacon and fold bacon and apples into mix. Mix on low speed until well blended.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. A toothpick inserted will come out clean. Cool on baking rack.
Maple Cream Cheese Icing
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook bacon to desired crispiness. Set aside and let cool.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing until the icing forms a semi thick consistency.
  4. Add the maple syrup and add cinnamon. Mix until well blended.
  5. Ice cupcakes and garnish with bacon. Bacon can be crumbled over top or can be broken into 1-2 inch pieces and placed on top.
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Baby Z’s Perfectly Pear Cupcake

Baby Z’s Perfectly Pear cupcake is a Cinnamon Pear cupcake with Pear Butter Cream Icing and topped with Banana flavored cereal puffs.

I am so excited to share with you this special cupcake for a special little one. Her favorites: pears and cereal puffs are key ingredients for this custom cupcake recipe.

I met Gina through the Facebook group Bloggers Supporting Each Other. She is a lifestyle blogger for the modern momma over at Momm(a)Musing. Immediately, I could tell she was a fun loving mom like me. I only wish I had her inspirational words of wisdom when I first gave birth to Little Cakeasaurus Rex. She provides encouragement and amusement for all young mothers and those soon to be.

Gina is the proud Momma of Baby Z. Baby Z has been known to be a picky eater but I hope that a few of her favorite flavors will make this cupcake a favorite as well. You can learn all about Gina’s parenting journey and all about little Baby Z at Mommamusing.com.

The Inspiration

With Baby Z in mind, I went to work to create a custom cupcake just for her and hopefully Momma will be pleased too. Her favorite flavors are pears. She also enjoys the baby cereal puffs. I have not met a baby yet that didn’t love shoveling these in by the fist full. These two favorites were the inspiration for Baby Z’s Perfectly Pear Cupcake.

Baby Z’s custom cupcake is a pear cupcake with pear icing. If you think that sounds like too much pear, you’d be wrong. Even though fresh pears are super juicy and flavorful, they have a very mild flavor when cooked.

So, even though these cupcakes are full of pears, you may not realize it just by taste alone. Some recipes use applesauce as an alternative for eggs and oil in baking recipes. The flavor of the baked goodie doesn’t suddenly taste like apples. For this recipe, the pureed pears performed like the applesauce in those other recipes. The cake does not have a distinct pear flavor nor do we need eggs or oil for this recipe.

To me, the flavor of the Perfectly Pear cupcake closely resembles that of a spice cake. It has a little cinnamon flavor and a muffin like consistency that makes it perfect as a breakfast cake. I may or may not have had one for breakfast.

Making the Cake

Baby Z's Pear Cupcake with Pear Icing
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Cinnamon Pear cupcake with Pear Butter Cream Icing and topped with Banana flavored cereal puffs
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Baby Z's Pear Cupcake with Pear Icing
Print Recipe
Cinnamon Pear cupcake with Pear Butter Cream Icing and topped with Banana flavored cereal puffs
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
Pear Cupcakes
Pear Butter Cream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Cinnamon Pear Cupcake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer and paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Add vanilla extract to butter mixture.
  4. In a blender, puree 2-3 whole pears to make 2 cups of puree.
  5. Add Pear puree to butter mixture. Mix on low speed until pear puree is mixed in. Batter may look like it is separating.
  6. Add flour mixture into pear mixture a cup at a time, making sure ingredients are well blended after each addition.
  7. Line cupcake tin with 24 liners. Fill the cups 3/4 full and bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Toothpick will come out clean when done. Remove from cupcake tin and cool on baking rack.
Pear Butter Cream Icing
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar on medium high speed for about 4 minutes until fluffy.
  2. Add salt, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix until well blended.
  3. Add pear puree and whipping cream. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add additional powdered sugar as necessary to thicken Icing to desirable consistency.
  5. Pipe icing on to cooled cupcakes. Sprinkle baby cereal puffs off the top for decoration and an added crunch.
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Just like we pureed the kiwis for Vera’s Peach Spice Cupcakes with Kiwi Sparkler Icing, I used the Nutri Ninja cups from my Ninja Mega Kitchen System (Blender, Processor, Nutri Ninja Cups) BL770 to quickly puree the pears. I just peel them and de-seed them and then the blender does all the work. A couple pulses and I have perfect pear puree. Now, I pureed my own, but if you are making these for a baby like Baby Z, then you may have pear baby food around that would work just as well.

Remember Baby Z’s second favorite? Cereal Puffs! After icing these Perfectly Pear Cupcakes, I decided to add banana flavored cereal puffs to the top. They add dimension, texture and an added crunch to this pear cupcake. Your little one may want to pluck them off and eat them individually. That is fine by me but I like the crunch.

In all honesty, had I found pear cereal puffs, they would have probably sent this cupcake over the top. Banana was the flavor I found that I thought would best go with our Perfectly Pear cupcake. They are a bit different for a cupcake but I really couldn’t resist and I LOVE the extra crunch. I mean it, the crunch takes the cake!

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Baby Z’s cupcake needed to be cute and feminine. I found these beautiful butterfly cupcake liners at the Dollar Tree. They have party supplies for almost every occasion and you don’t end up spending an arm and a leg.

 

Don’t forget to let Gina know how much you loved Baby Z’s cupcakes at Momm(a)Musing. Do you have a little one at home that would love these Perfectly Pear cupcakes? Let me know in the comments below and  follow me on Pinterest so you can have all your favorite recipes at your fingertips.

Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

When we don’t have the time to sip on our Unicorn frappuccinos, sometimes when we’re at home we like to add a little kick of Kahlua to our cup of Joe. Kahlua, coffee and,… what is it missing? Oh yes! Chocolate!

 

Hey guys!

This recipe may look familiar. I have posted it before but I wanted to bring it to you again in a much easier to read format. It is also so delicious that it needed to be brought back into my kitchen this week.

We often see Kahlua added into mixed drinks at a bar but not often added into our brownie or cupcake recipes. It really is a shame. I think Kahlua adds the perfect coffee flavor to enhance all the chocolate recipes. This one is no exception.

Feel free to have a Kahlua mixed drink while baking. Just drink and bake responsibly of course.

First, we will start with a basic rich chocolate cupcake recipe but add a twist. I promise there is nothing basic about it especially after adding a good helping of Kahlua. 

Similar to many cupcake recipes, the ingredients are divided into two groups: the wet ones and the dry ones. For the most part anyway.

When I am exploring a new recipe one of the first things I try to do is determine which bowl should be my mixer bowl and which is not. I can not stand putting my eggs in the wrong bowl and having to switch to my stand mixer later.

I know, I’m sure the professionals out there are saying I should thoroughly read through a recipe before I start mixing. Who has time for that? I barely make it through the ingredient list. Ha!

To clarify, go ahead and put your eggs, sugar, and vegetable oil in your stand mixer bowl and that will from hence forth be your Wet Ingredients. In your other mixing bowl, whisk together the Dry Ingredients.

Alternate mixing in the Dry Ingredients first into the Wet Ingredients and then adding the buttermilk. You will do this two to three times both starting and ending with the Dry Ingredients.

I save the coffee, Kahlua and vanilla extract for last. Mix in the coffee and Kahlua while still using the mixer on low to medium speed. Everything should be well blended to make that magical cupcake chemistry happen.

You can remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in the vanilla extract. I find that the vanilla extract tends to get lost in the batter if it is over mixed.

Once your cakes are good and liquored with that Kahlua tastiness, you will want to bake them at 350° for about 15-20 minutes. A toothpick poked into the middle may not come out completely clean. Don’t worry. A few crumbles attached to the toothpick are completely okay.  Just make sure it doesn’t come out with wet batter attached because that would not be tasty.

Keep an eye on those cupcakes though because the cake for this recipe will come out like brownies with a crispy outer edge and gooey center.  The perfect consistency if you ask me.  Though absolutely delicious (especially for us brownie lovers), a little refrigeration helps firm the cupcakes up in order to help with adding our surprise centers.

Surprise centers?!

That’s right! A sweet and slightly tart surprise to balance all of that rich chocolate. This is where the cherry pie filling comes in to play.

After chilling, it is time to cut holes in your beautiful cakes. Oh no! It will be okay. The taste is worth the price of beauty on this one. There are plunger type utensils that will core your cupcakes for you. Using this utensil would probably make my job a whole lot easier. But, you know me, I like to take the extra difficult route and then tell you all about it.

 I just take my handy-dandy kitchen knife and do my best to cut a round pocket into the cake. Be careful not to cut too low to the bottom of your cupcake. We don’t want the cherry falling out! It also doesn’t need to be huge, just large enough to hold one cherry and a little bit of the pie filling jelly.

If you do it my way, this can certainly be a time-consuming process but it is worth it. After spooning a cherry into each pocket, just replace the cake hole over top. It doesn’t matter if it is pretty or even the cake hole from the same cake. Icing will cover up the imperfections and no one will notice when they are sinking their teeth into decadence.

I have been making quite a few butter creams lately and maybe you thought they were my favorite. They’re not! Sure a Butter Cream has its place but the star of the show is usually a light fluffy creamy cream cheese icing. Think about it. Your favorite cake? Probably Red Velvet. Why? The cream cheese frosting!

I’m kidding. I have no idea which is your favorite cake. However, that Red Velvet is a favorite to many so just keep that in mind here.

 

The magic of the cream cheese icing is that it provides that balance for your taste buds. Of course we all have our sweet tooths (teeth) and we love indulging in those deep rich chocolate flavors but we need that life raft of cream cheese icing to bring us back to our senses.

 A sweet cake, I feel, deserves a milder icing so as not to give you a toothache. With all the overly sweet elements of this cake, it can become heavily sweet very quickly.  The cream cheese icing moderates that sweetness and adds a bit of pep with the coffee grounds that complement the Kahlua flavor in the cake.

Much like those frappuccinos from our favorite coffee shop, I like more sugar and cream than I do actual coffee. Even my coffee grounds are flavored. I prefer light and flavored coffee like vanilla or French vanilla and that is usually what I have on hand. You are certainly welcome to switch out the type of coffee grounds for any that you prefer. Those flavors are already flavors you enjoy so there is no harm done in adding them to your icing. I would love to know what you think of the icing with a more robust coffee used in the icing. 

After icing, your cakes are perfect the way they are.

I wanted to add to that sentence but really they are perfect. But, if you insist on beautiful presentation, adding a cherry to the top is the perfect detail. It provides the perfect preview of what is to come inside.

The can of pie filling from earlier still has half a can of cherries left. We are not wasteful. We use those cherries and call them decoration. Just plop one of those babies on top and now you have a picture perfect dessert that all of your chocolate lovers will enjoy. Your coffee lovers will it enjoy it too. So will your Kahlua lovers. Also, your cherry lovers. I bet they’d enjoy this recipe as well. 

Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below. I am always curious to know how yours turned out and if you made any changes. Let me know down below!

Thanks for making life taste sweeter!

Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
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Moist chocolate cupcakes rich with coffee and Kahlua flavors. The cherry filling adds just the right amount of tartness to round out a mouthful of flavor. Creamy Coffee Cream Cheese Icing balances the flavors and brings it all together.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Moist chocolate cupcakes rich with coffee and Kahlua flavors. The cherry filling adds just the right amount of tartness to round out a mouthful of flavor. Creamy Coffee Cream Cheese Icing balances the flavors and brings it all together.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes
Coffee Cream Cheese Icing
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the sugar and eggs on low speed.
  2. Add the vegetable oil to the egg and sugar mixture and mix thoroughly.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Alternating between the dry ingredients and the buttermilk, add about a third at a time to the egg mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  5. Add in the coffee and Kahlua and mix on low speed.
  6. Fold in vanilla extract with a spatula.
  7. Fill lined baking cups 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes. A toothpick inserted may not come out completely clean. Crumbles are ok, wet cake batter is not.
  8. Refrigerate cupcakes for about 30 minutes or until they are cool to the touch.
  9. Cut a small hole in the middle of each cupcake. This can be done with a cake plunger/corer or just a knife and spoon. Save the scooped out holes.
  10. Spoon cherry pie filling into the cupcake holes. Make sure to include at least one cherry and some of the pie filling jelly. Save remaining pie filling cherries for topping. Replace the cake holes over top of the cherry and await for icing.
Coffee Cream Cheese Icing
  1. In a large mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, cream the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  2. Add evaporated milk and mix until well blended.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing on low to medium speed. the icing will start to make a smoother consistency.
  4. Add coffee grounds, vanilla extract and salt and mix on medium speed until all ingredients are well mixed. Icing should be creamy consistency.
  5. Frost cupcakes and add a cherry from the Cherry pie filling to the top of the cake to complete.
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Vera’s Peach Spice Cupcakes with Kiwi Sparkler Icing

A super sweet collaboration with Vera from Voice of Vera inspired a whole new world of connections and custom cupcake creations. This Peach Spice Cupcake with Kiwi Sparkler Icing was created just for her.

The Inspiration

One of my favorite things to do is to go gift shopping for someone special. I like the feeling of thinking about them and thinking about what they would enjoy while searching the aisles. Many times, a type of candy , a specific animal or a figurine will remind me of a memory we shared together.

Baking isn’t much different. I was making Little Cakeasaurus Rex his Chunky Monkey Cupcakes and I was thinking about him the entire time. Thoughts of his monkey toes curling around my finger when he was a baby and how he would even hold his bottle with his feet spun around my mind like the batter around the beater.

I decided it might be fun to start connecting my recipes to people. How neat would it be to connect with other inspiring and adventurous people and create a custom cupcake flavor representative of who they are and what they do?

Who is Vera?

I was discussing this idea with Vera from Voice of Vera and she was excited to start swapping recipes and have me make a custom cupcake recipe for her.

Vera is a creative mom of four and blogs about her adventures including fashion and DIY.  One of my favorite things about her blog is that it is full of inspiration and her uplifting motto says it all:  “The best is yet to come!”

When she described her favorite flavors as being sweet, tart and fruity, the recipe practically wrote itself. I knew I needed something fun and flavorful for this awesome woman.

Custom Cupcake Creation

When the warm weather comes around, I can’t help but get a taste for fresh tropical fruit. Pineapples, kiwis, raspberries,you name it, I love them!

Growing up in North Carolina, our summer vacation was always a four hour trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Along the way, the family tradition was always to stop at a fruit stand and grab a basket full of big juicy South Carolina peaches. One bite of that peach and you would have sweet syrupy juice dripping down your chin. That sweet nostalgic flavor equates to summer for me. Now that we are knee deep into summer vacation, I am having an intense hankering for that sweet peach deliciousness.

This Peach Spice Cupcake recipe satisfies all of those tropical fruit cravings and has the added bonus of reminding me of a cocktail.

Peaches check off the sweet and fruity requirements for Vera’s custom cupcake. Now, I needed that tart flavor to bring it all together.

 

Peach and Kiwi

Peaches and kiwis? I know, right?! Who knew? The fact is, peaches have such a sugary taste to them that I felt a peach cupcake in the middle of summer desperately needed a complementary tart icing.

Kiwis provided the tartness to balance this recipe and make it the perfect sweet, tart and fruity flavor we were looking for.

 

A Kiwi Sparkler is a summer cocktail that includes kiwi and peach scnapps. How perfect?! The peach schnapps is what I would use to tie the kiwi icing to its peachy cupcake counterpart.

Now, I used Florida peaches for the Peach Spice Cupcake. Florida peaches are much smaller and less juicy than their Georgia and South Carolina relatives. They still provided that popping peach flavor though which is all I needed.

However, the difference is important. Pay attention!

Important!

If you are using a juicier peach for your baking endeavors, you may need to make adjustments to the recipe. If your ingredients are too wet, your cupcakes will shrink or sink in the middle. To offset this, you can either bump up your dry ingredients accordingly or you can just reduce the amount of peaches you use.
Personally, I would just do the latter. Adding in less peaches is way easier than adjusting the rest of the recipe and if they are that juicy, you won’t be losing any of the flavor.

Let’s get started!

Go ahead and set your oven to our favorite temperature of 350 degrees. Now is a good time to go ahead and put cute cupcake liners in your tin. You can get colorful and thematic ones here.

In a large mixing bowl, beat your butter and sugar on medium speed until nice and smooth. Then, add in your egg, vanilla and rum. The rum is going to make your batter look pretty wet and runny. It may also make it look like it is separating. It is okay and it won’t be ugly for long.

In a separate bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients. This is your flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger. It doesn’t matter how many cupcakes I make, every time I add in the baking soda, salt and baking powder, I always feel like I am about to create a science experiment. I mean, I am a culinary chemist to some extent.

 

Usually a recipe like this will use buttermilk to mix alternately with the dry ingredients. I decided to try something a little different by using Greek yogurt instead. The step works out about the same.

Pour about a third of your dry ingredients into your wet batter mix. Mix on low speed until well blended. Then add in half of the Greek yogurt and blend again. Keep alternating until you finish with the last third of the dry ingredients. Mix until well blended but do not over mix.

Fold in the peaches with a spatula and spoon batter into cupcake liners. You want to fill the cups three-fourths of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty-four to twenty-eight minutes. Mine were done at about twenty-six minutes. Just keep an eye out on them and check with a toothpick. The toothpick should come out clean when the cupcakes are ready.

Now for the Icing!

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and shortening together until smooth. This is easily accomplished with a whisk attachment for a stand mixer, but I’ve been successful using my old hand-me-down GE hand mixer too.  To make sure the icing stays smooth and silky, sift the powdered sugar in to the bowl one cup at a time, beating between each cup.

In a blender, blend about three kiwis into a puree. Peel the kiwis first with a potato peeler, leaving just the fleshy green fruit. I used the Ninja Blender to make the puree. Two presses of the pulse button and the kiwis are liquefied into a tart puree.

The kiwi puree definitely resembles baby food at this point. I thought it might make the icing a strange pea green color but the  white powdered sugar lightens the color tremendously. Add the kiwi puree, salt, peach schnapps and vanilla extract to the powdered sugar mixture. You will want to mix that on medium speed until well blended.

Sift the last cup of powdered sugar into the mixing bowl and mix on medium speed. Your icing will be smooth and almost silky feeling. There will be some specks from the kiwi seeds mixed throughout the icing.

 

Now it is time to enjoy.

Top those juicy sweet Peach Spice cupcakes with the Kiwi Sparkler icing and you have the perfect summer treat. I hope you love the sweet, tart and fruity flavors of this unique cupcake.

Make sure to head over to Voice of Vera and let her know how much you love her custom cupcake flavor.

If you are interested in developing your own custom flavor or having me develop one for you, please leave a comment below. I’d love to connect to with you!

This is how we make life taste sweeter together!

 

Peach Spice Cupcakes with Kiwi Sparkler Icing
Print Recipe
Juicy sweet peach spice cupcake with chunks of real peaches topped with a tart Kiwi Sparkler icing.
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Peach Spice Cupcakes with Kiwi Sparkler Icing
Print Recipe
Juicy sweet peach spice cupcake with chunks of real peaches topped with a tart Kiwi Sparkler icing.
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Peach Spice Cupcakes
Kiwi Sparkler Icing
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Peach Spice Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add egg, vanilla extract and rum to butter mixture. Mix on medium until blended. The rum will make the batter separate. It will not look pretty but it will be okay in the end.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and ginger.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, alternating with the Greek yogurt. Start and end with the dry ingredients.
  5. Fold in chopped peaches and spoon into a lined cupcake tin 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 24-28 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from tins and cool on rack.
Kiwi Sparkler Icing
  1. Beat butter and shortening with a whisk attachment on medium speed until smooth.
  2. Add two cups of powdered sugar sifted, one cup at a time. Mix well between additions.
  3. In a blender, puree three kiwis to make 1/2 a cup of puree.
  4. Add kiwi puree, salt, peach schnapps and vanilla extract to the powdered sugar mixture. Mix on medium speed until smooth.
  5. Add last cup of powdered sugar to the mixture and beat on medium to high speed until icing is smooth and silky.
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