After living in Memphis for nearly 7 years I finally realized how much I am not used to cold weather anymore. Thankfully the temperatures were in the 50s and 60s over the weekend while my apartment was packed up into storage, but it promptly plummeted. Unfortunately my warmest coat is hidden away in some box because I didn’t look at the weather forecast before packing. For having a PhD I do some silly things sometimes.
This kind of weather calls from serious amounts of hot beverages and food. I say that and realize these cupcakes are not as warm as a cup of hot chocolate but they certainly will warm your heart. I’ve had White Hot Chocolate Cupcakes on my to-do list for way too long, I think since last winter. But I finally tackled them and a good thing too because they were a huge hit! People were calling dibs on the remaining last few.
The more I pack, the more stuff I realize I have (and wonder how more than one person could have ever survived living in this apartment). In an effort to reduce the unnecessary clutter, as is typical with packing/moving, I have a separate set of boxes that are being filled with things to donate or give away. Some of it is stuff that I have debated donating in the past but somehow convinced myself to hold on to. Just goes to show that you should trust your instincts when you cannot answer the question, “when will I need/wear this?” Of course then there are things like my highschool tennis hoodies that even though I never wear them I refuse to donate them.
Which brings me to the items in my fridge that I cling on to because I don’t like to waste things and think that I will find some purpose for it in another recipe, only to be pushed to the back and lost. Then much later it is found without knowledge of what it was in the first place. Thankfully I found a purpose for the meyer lemon curd before it suffered the same fate – stuffed into a vanilla cupcake! Yes, I know I could’ve just eaten it straight up but that wouldn’t have been as fun because these cupcakes also happen to make just enough for two. Got any leftover frosting lying around? Perfect time to use it! I somehow did not have any so I whipped up a miniature batch of white chocolate buttercream.
Two years ago: Broccoli Quiche
Three years ago: Pizza Dough
MEYER LEMON CURD CUPCAKES FOR TWO
1 egg white
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 heaping tsp baking powder
1-1/2 Tbsp milk
1-2 Tbsp meyer lemon curd
1 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
0.5 oz. white chocolate, melted
1/2-1 tsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 2 liners.
- In a small bowl, add egg white and sugar and whisk until combined. Add in vanilla and melted butter and stir until mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt and stir until smooth. Stir in milk. Divide batter equally between the 2 cupcake liners.
- Bake at 350 for 12-16 minutes, or until cake is set. Let cool completely.
- While the cupcakes cool prepare the frosting: In a small bowl, cream butter with an electric mixer until fluffy, then add vanilla. Add in powdered sugar on low speed. Add in melted white chocolate and beat until incorporated. To reach desired consistency, add in milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time with mixer on low speed, until it reaches desired consistency.
- Using a paring knife, cut out the core of the cooled cupcakes. Fill with meyer lemon curd. Cut off the tops of the removed cored and place on top of filling. Frost and decorate with sprinkles if desired.
On Sunday I told you about how I had the pleasure of meeting and baking with Heather Saffer of Dollop the day before. She was incredibly nice and very easy to get along with. It was cool to talk about her experiences in the food world – being on Cupcake Wars, owning a cupcake shop, and having a cookbook. It’s interesting how different it is from just having a food blog, living in my own little world.
Funny thing was when she said that despite all of her experience, she thinks that I am more of a baker than she is! I don’t know about that but I do tend to be a bit of a control freak when it comes to baking and cooking, so I may have taken over when we were baking together without meaning to. Oops! Thankfully I don’t think it phased her as she gave me one of her Dollop “fr<3sting” shirts when she departed – yay!!! So thoughtful! I wish I had thought of it and I would’ve given her a Spiffy Cookie necklace. Just dropping the ball left and right haha.
Today I am sharing one of the recipes we made together – mini pistachio cupcakes with a dark chocolate ganache. After much deliberation on what we should make, the pistachio dark chocolate toffee I found at Trader Joe’s inspired me and made the decision easy. We also made flourless brownies with pistachios, because why not?
With all the holiday baking going on right now, I find myself longing for those traditional holidays recipes but at the same time love trying out new things. I have dabbled a little with coconut oil in my baking and cooking and decided to give LouAna Pure Coconut Oil a try in some of my holiday recipes. Coconut oil is the latest buzz ingredient with a neutral flavor and aroma which allows for its incredible versatility. It is a natural alternative to butter and other oils, and contains zero trans-fat. While other oils and butter are high in artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and low in HDL cholesterol (known as “good” cholesterol), coconut oil has been proven to actually raise HDL levels in the body.
I decided to try this oil out in two different ways in one recipe – Hazelnut Baci Cupcakes which consist of hazelnut cupcakes topped with Nutella buttercream, chopped hazelnuts and even white chocolate Baci. Side note: Baci is the Italian word for “kisses” and the name for a truffle filled with milk chocolate, hazelnut gianduia, and a whole hazelnut, and coated with dark chocolate. I first experienced these little nuggets while on a trip to Italy with my highschool Italian class. In the U.S. I typically have only been able to find them at stores like Home Goods, and recently stumbled upon the white chocolate variety. I knew instantly that something special had to be made with them.
For these cupcakes, coconut oil was used in place of the canola oil and butter in the batter and even some of the butter in the frosting. The end result was a soft, fluffy cupcake topped with creamy frosting, and admirers that were clueless to the switch. These cupcakes may not be diet friendly, but I am a sucker for cutting out even minimal amounts of guilt from my baking and cooking. When you cannot taste the difference, why not make those little substitutions?
Two years ago: Blizzard Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
If you are like me, the winding down of yet another college football season makes me sad. Some of you couldn’t care less but I’m going to tell you why you should – peanut butter and chocolate Saturdays are coming to a close. Regardless of the outcome of the Big Ten Championship game tonight, Ohio State will be playing in a bowl game. Which means that after today there is only one PB+C Saturday left and I know how many of you care about that combination.
These little cupcakes are a bit unorthodox for a Buckeye treat, using white chocolate instead of regular, but sometimes it’s good to change things up. I even made mini cupcakes instead of regular sized ones in order to appease all the people in my life that like to cut every dessert portion I serve in half (Stephanie). Not to mention my obsession with baking things in mini muffin pans recently, such as the wonton cups and mousse cookie cups. These mini white chocolate-peanut butter cupcakes are topped off with a white chocolate buttercream and a dose of spirited sprinkles. I’ll share if you can finish the end of this chant: “O-H!”
What do you think I should make for the last PB+C Saturday of the season?
One year ago: Cranberry Fritters
If you recall, last week I posted a savory recipe for a Chicken & Sweet Potato Potpie using the Baker’s Secret 9-inch pie pan. Today I am sharing a sweet recipe using their muffin/cupcake pans because who doesn’t enjoy a good festive cupcake?
The combination of pumpkin and chocolate is not visited enough, in my opinion. I discovered the joy of those two flavors mixed together when I made the Pumpkin Kissed Gingerbread Brownies. This time they come together in the form of a cupcake, with a cinnamon buttercream. Complete with fall leaves sprinkles.
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Halloween is nearly upon us. Take control of your own little monsters and whip up these zombie cupcakes together, using many of your favorite candies!
This sweet post comes to us courtesy of Ben DeMeter from ACandyStore.com. When he’s not creating delicious content for the ACS Blog, Ben is doggedly pursuing his campaign to get cake accepted as one of the major dietary food groups. He currently lives in Houston, TX.
Zombies have been feasting on humanity for decades. This Halloween, it’s time to strike back. Let the undead menace discover what it’s like to be gnawed on by whipping up a batch of these Horror Show Pistachio Zombie Cupcakes. Green, delicious and shockingly easy to make, they’re sure to be a hit at your next holiday party.
I based this recipe for off of the Pistachio Pudding Cupcakes Recipe from EatLiveRun. There are only three ingredients in the cupcakes themselves, which makes them a can’t-miss for amateur bakers or parents with “little helpers.” Add some whipped pistachio buttercream frosting and a few candy decorations and you’ve got soft and spongy treats that both look and taste good enough to raise the dead.
I wish all lotions, soaps, etc came in bottles that did not use pumps or wands. Why? Because they NEVER reach all the way to the bottom, forcing you to either throw away several uses of perfectly good product, or feel like a penny-pincher for trying to scrape out every last bit. I fall into the latter category and I am not ashamed. I bought the stuff and you better believe I am going to use every last drop that I can get. People say that when I am no longer living on a grad student stipend, my time and effort won’t be worth it anymore but I disagree. It’s less about the money and more about the fact that I don’t like to waste things. This is true of food items as well, as I am constantly finding ways to use up leftover ingredients from a recipe that did not use it all. I call it resourceful.
Anyway, that rant has little to do with these cupcakes although the heavy cream I used for the frosting was leftover from all my ice cream adventures last week. I made these cupcakes for Beth’s non-baby shower themed lunch (she’s not into the whole baby shower/gift opening thing even though she’s about to pop). When I asked what flavor cupcakes she was craving she said orange or something tropical, but nothing fancy. Well you know I can’t make a cupcake and not make it a least a little special, so I made orange creamsicle cupcakes with a swirl of two different frostings on top: orange and vanilla buttercreams. And in case the flavor wasn’t obvious enough I topped them off with orange gummies.
Welcome to #IceCreamWeek! Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina have teamed up with more than 20 of their blog friends to bring you a week full of ice cream treats, including a special ice cream giveaway, and our party week ends TODAY! Prepare to have your taste buds tempted with some of the best ice cream treats around! Make sure you enter the giveaway for a Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker and two fabulous ice cream cookbooks so that you can join in on the ice cream fun!
Today we are celebrating Jen of Juanita’s Cocina‘s Birthday with an Ice Cream Party! To show her some love, we invite you all to head over to her website today to wish her the happiest of birthdays. You can also stop by her Facebook wall to wish her a Happy Birthday there as well!
No birthday is complete without some sprinkles so for the party today I brought funfetti ice cream on top of individual funfetti krispie treats, which are what I decided to call funfetti ice cream krispie cupcakes because, well, they look like cupcakes! You can either pick them up and shove them into your face, or be more civilized and use a spoon or fork. Actually I think this treat is a great time to use a spork.
If you’d like to check out today’s #IceCreamWeek recipes, drool over the blogs below:
Mint Chocolate Chip Brownie Ice Cream Cake by Cravings of a Lunatic
Ice Cream Crunch Cake by Juanita’s Cocina
Birthday Ice Cream Bombe by girlichef
Japanese Yuzu Citrus Ice Cream by Ninja Baker
Coconut-Key Lime Pie Ice Cream Cups by The Kitchen is My Playground
Salted Caramel Ice Cream by Cookistry
Chocolate Malt Ice Cream Cake by Food Babbles
Funfetti Ice Cream Krispie Cupcakes by The Spiffy Cookie
Brownie Fudge Ripple Ice Cream by Poet in the Pantry
Please join us today, Saturday, August 17th at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) for our PinChatLive Event happening simultaneously on Pinterest and G+. We’ll be announcing the winners of our giveaway and talking ice cream! Please join us for our Ice Cream Social at 2 pm! We have ice cream cookbooks up for grabs. We also have 10 Ben & Jerry’s Swag Prizes up for grabs. So check out our Pinterest Board, #IceCreamWeek during the event at 2 p.m. today to win one of these amazing prizes!
One year ago: Dark Chocolate Black Cherry Oatmeal Cookie-wiches
I have a bad habit of forgetting about Cinco de Mayo every year because my birthday is the day before and it is also Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you). I pretty much have the most amazing birthday ever, right? But when I was contacted by Karla of Truco Enterprises recently, asking if I’d like to try out any On The Border products, I knew it was a sign that I wouldn’t be missing out on posting any recipes for the holiday this year.
Of course, the first thing I was drawn to was the strawberry margarita mix. What’s Cinco de Mayo without a good margarita in hand? As a bonus, On The Border’s margarita mixes are made with all natural flavors and juices, setting them apart from many other manufacturers. After seeing many different margarita cupcake recipes, I knew I had to try making a strawberry margarita cupcake with their mix. And I have to say, they taste fantastic and look brilliant! I even gave them a sugar rim just like the drink itself. Obviously these are not kid friendly cupcakes since they do contain small amounts of tequila, but you can substitute with extra margarita mix if you want a “virgin” cupcake.
These are actually displayed in a huge margarita glass that I own, and will likely need to fill it up with the actual strawberry margarita beverage with the remaining mix on Sunday! Yummy