Posts tagged cupcakes
Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Even though it's still August, I'm counting down the days till Fall. With Fall, comes pumpkin spice EVERY. THING. There are pumpkin spice cookies, pumpkin spice lattes, and of course, pumpkin spice cupcakes. I have also seen pumpkin spice hand lotion! I need to get my pumpkin spice game on so I'm getting a head start with my favorite super-moist-utterly-delicious-and-extremely-simple pumpkin spice cupcake recipe with a traditional fluffy and smooth cream cheese frosting.

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Mocha Cupcake with Italian Meringue Coffee Frosting

The end of Summer is near. While I am counting down the days when school starts again, I'm spending the remaining few days of summer vacation with them, testing and baking various cupcake recipes. When I say baking with my kids, I mean them licking the spatulas and bowls clean, and leaving a bigger mess for me to clean. Fun times.

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Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

The best strawberries are the ones you grow yourself. They taste incredibly sweeter than store-bought strawberries. The ones I grow are super tiny, but they are packed with great strawberry flavor. Every day during the summer, I harvest strawberries as soon as they ripen because I learned that if I don't get to them first, other critters will. Sometimes there are way too many strawberries to eat at once so I usually cook them down into a thick sauce and store it for future use in various desserts.

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Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream

This beautiful frosting needs very little introduction. It’s a rich and silky frosting that’s not too overly sweet like so many frosting recipes, especially store-bought frosting. It also holds up great for intricate pipping designs too.

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The Elvis: Banana Cupcake with Peanut Butter Swiss Meringue Frosting & Bacon

Super moist banana cupcakes, topped with a Swiss meringue peanut butter frosting. This meringue buttercream frosting is super light yet ridiculously creamy without an overpowering sweetness. If you have only tried store-bought frosting, you are going to be pleasantly surprised with this meringue buttercream.

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Strawberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

This strawberry frosting is a Swiss Meringue Buttercream, made from egg whites and butter. They are light and fluffy from the egg whites and rich and creamy from the butter. They are not thick and overly sweet as in American buttercream, which relies heavily on butter/cream cheese and powdered sugar.

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Italian Meringue-Style Mocha Buttercream

Swiss and Italian buttercreams take a bit more preparation, but the end result is so worth it. They are great as fillings and frostings on cakes. Because they are also so stable, they are great for intricate pipping.

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Toasted Topping Crumble

For these apple pie cupcakes, I made a traditional apple pie filling with Granny Smith apples and a vanilla cinnamon cupcake batter. I initially planned on frosting the cupcakes but I loved the look of the apple pie filling poking out at the top. I omitted the frosting entirely and simply add a toasted walnut crumble to the top of the cake. The result? It was heavenly.

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Carrot Cupcake with Caramelized Walnuts

I love hiding vegetables inside sweet treats. These wonderfully moist carrot cupcake are topped with a rich cream cheese frosting. Here we can have our cake and eat our vegetable too!

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