Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes

Happy Birthday Kimmie!  Today I’m helping celebrate the birthday of my sweet blog friend Kimmie of Bake Love Give with these Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes!

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What better way to celebrate the birthday of a friend than with cupcakes… and alcohol.  These Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes are made with a chocolate liquor that adds a rich flavor to the cupcake and the chocolate buttercream.  The ultimate party cupcake!

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I’ve been online friends with Kimmie since almost the beginning of my blogging days.  To be honest, I can’t even remember what brought us together but I do know that she has been super supportive of my blogging career and has become a great friend.  It’s been fun to watch her grow in her blog over the last years.  I’m so thrilled to be helping celebrate her birthday today!

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Make sure to check out these other posts celebrating Kimmie’s birthday!
Happy Birthday to Me by Bake Love Give
Big’ n’ Soft Baked Dark Chocolate Donuts by Cupcake Rehab
Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes by JavaCupcake
Peanut Butter Oreo Truffles by Sarah’s Bake Studio
Raspberries & Cream Pie by Stetted
Brown Butter Crispy Rice Treats by A Less Processed Life
No Bake S’mores Cheesecake by The Seaside Baker

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Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients
Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup chocolate liquor
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Drunken Chocolate Buttercream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate, melted & slightly cooled
  • ¼+ cup chocolate liquor
  • sprinkles, jimmies, anything you want for garnish!
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the liquor, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Drunken Chocolate Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the dark chocolate cocoa powder and mix on medium-high until combined.
  3. Pour in the melted, cool chocolate and mix until combined.
  4. Add the sugar and salt and mix until incorporated. The frosting will be very thick.
  5. Mix in the vanilla extract and chocolate liquor and mix until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again for 20 seconds. Add more liquor if you want a thinner, softer, loser frosting.
  6. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes, scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again for 1 more minute.
Assembly
  1. Using a large round piping tip on a piping bag, pipe a large dollop/mound of frosting onto the top of the cupcake.
  2. Press the cupcake and frosting upside down into a bowl of sprinkles until all of the frosting is covered. Use your hands to shape a dome.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Three words… Cucumbers Tomatoes Onions.  Those three fresh vegetables with a simple dressing make the perfect summer salad!

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My kids love vegetables.  Seriously, my 3 year old son Matthew would eat baby cucumbers every day for his afternoon snack if I let him.  Which, really isn’t a bad thing I just don’t grow cucumbers in my yard and he eats them so fast I run out! But, I do keep a variety of fresh veggies in the fridge stocked and both of my kids have grown up loving their fresh flavors.

This Cucumber Tomato Salad combines three distinct vegetable flavors into one great side dish.  I’m not a huge fan of salad dressings so this salad is dressed simply with olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar and a healthy seasoning of salt and pepper.

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My husband and kids gobbled it up at dinner and we enjoyed the rest at lunch the next day.  This salad is perfect because it can go with almost any summer meal.   Whether you’re hosting a BBQ and need to bring a side or you’re making dinner for your family, it’s the perfect addition to any meal.

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How beautiful does the Cucumber Tomato Salad look next to the hot dog and German potato salad? It’s perfect really.

Enjoy!

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Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 large Roma tomatoes, seeded and quartered
  • ½ large red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 large cucumber, halved long way then sliced into ⅓ inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 slashes of red wine vinegar
  • salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Clean, prep and slice each vegetable and place in a large bowl. Toss together gently.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar over the top. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Toss together until completely coated.
  3. Serve immediately or chill until ready. Use within 2 days.

 

No-Bake Desserts

Although Summer brings us some of the best fresh produce for baking, the heat doesn’t always make it easy.  I’ve teamed up with some super sweet food bloggers to bring you a round-up of some of the most delicious no-bake desserts out there.  So there won’t be any melted frosting or crazy high temperatures in your kitchen to make these desserts!

Enjoy!

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German Potato Salad

Looking for a way to reinvigorate your potato salad?  Try this generations old German Potato Salad recipe made with yellow potatoes, hard boiled eggs and pickles.

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I’ve been pretty lucky with the friends I’ve made while living in Germany.  In particular, my friend Mareile and I not only share a love of coffee and our children (who are only 2 weeks apart) but we also love good food.  Mareile has dual citizenship in both Germany and the USA and has a love for the food from both cultures.

Mareile was nice enough to share her families recipe for potato salad with me.  She told me the recipe comes from her Mom’s grandma… which means it’s 4 generations old!

The biggest difference between German and American potato salad is that German potato salad is usually served warm, not chilled.  Mareile’s recipe doesn’t call for it to be served warm, but I found it was best when it wasn’t chilled.  Meaning the salad was best when served at room temperature.  Another difference is that American potato salad uses a lot of mayonnaise, but you’ll find none of that in this recipe.

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Let’s talk about a few of the ingredients…

First, the potatoes.  The key to this potato salad is to use a firm, yellow potato and to generously season it with salt while it cooks.  I know a third cup of salt seems like a lot to cook with, but trust me you’ll never boil potatoes without it ever again.  The salt brings and adds so much flavor to the potatoes that you’ll want to eat them by the spoonful as soon as they get out of the boiling water.  Also, make sure not to over cook the potatoes.  You want them soft, yet firm still.  We don’t want a mashed potato salad here.

Fleischwurst.  You may be wondering what the heck it is.  Basically, it’s the German version of bologna.  It’s a mild pork sausage that you can easily buy at any deli in Germany.  If you’re making this salad in the USA, you could sub your favorite bologna, mild sausage or even bacon.  There’s no wrong choice here.

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Since there’s no mayo in this salad dressing, Schmand is used to tie it all together.  Schmand is basically German sour cream and any sour cream, greek yogurt or white creamy sauce could be subbed. Just don’t use mayo. You don’t need much of it in this recipe, so I suggest starting with a couple tablespoons and going from there.

I shared this recipe with my neighbor who is also German and she loved it, ate the entire bowl I gave her to sample then asked for the recipe.  I’d say that’s a winning recipe!

Enjoy!

German Potato Salad
 
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Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1kg firm yellow potatoes
  • ⅓ cup salt
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 330g jar of dill pickles (185g of actual pickles)
  • 50ml of pickle juice
  • 200g Fleischwurst, 5mm slices (or a mild sausage or bologna)
  • 4 Tbsp Schmand (sour cream)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the potatoes into 1 inch pieces and put them into a large pot with the ⅓ cup of salt.
  2. Cook the potatoes over high heat until they are al dente or not completely cooked and still a bit firm. Strain the water from the potatoes and let them cool completely.
  3. While the potatoes are cooling, dice 4 of the eggs and the pickles into small cubes. Slice the fleischwurst into bite size pieces or strips. There is no wrong or right way to cut these ingredients, you just don't want them so small you can't taste or see them or so big they are too large to eat in a bite.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the al dente potatoes, diced eggs, pickles and sliced fleischwurst. Add 50ml of pickle juice from the pickle jar, the schmand and salt/pepper to taste. Gently fold together to combine until coated completely.
  5. Spoon salad into your serving bowl. Slice the remaining hard boiled eggs and garnish the top with them.

 

The Ultimate Chili Dog

It’s National Hot Dog Day!  Let’s celebrate with my simple, delicious Ultimate Chili Dog!

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With just a few delicious ingredients and 8 simple steps, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the Ultimate Chili Dog!

Enjoy!


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  • Hot dog buns
  • Hot dogs
  • Chili, warm
  • Shredded cheese (I used a 3 cheese blend)
  • Diced onions (I used red and white)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced jalapenos
  • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Grill the hot dogs until perfectly plump and hot.
  2. Place a hot dog in the center of the bun.
  3. Scoop warm chili onto the hot dog. Make sure it gets down the sides of the dog onto the bun as well.
  4. In this order top the hot dog with shredded cheese, diced onions, diced tomatoes, and diced jalapenos.
  5. Spread a line of sour cream over the top.
  6. Enjoy!

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Bake Bright Grease Proof Liners – See the Difference!

Why settle for cupcake liners that allow the oil and grease of your cupcakes to soak through?  Why settle for a beautiful cupcake liner that you can’t enjoy after you bake in it because the design has disappeared?  You don’t have to settle any more!

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I have tested hundreds of liners over the last 6 years of baking cupcakes and I have come to several conclusions.  Not all cupcake liners are made the same!  The past weekend I made my rich dark chocolate cake in Wilton cupcake liners and in Sweets & Treats Boutique liners.  I wanted to see the difference side by side and really compare the pros and cons of the two liners.

Wilton Cupcake Liners:

PRO:

  • The Wilton cupcake liners come in hundreds of colors and patterns for all holidays and occasions.
  • They are sold in almost every grocery store, craft store and baking supply store.

CON:

  • The Wilton cupcake liners are NOT grease-proof.
  • The grease/oils from the cake seep through the paper making the outside greasy and messy.
  • The color and design of the liners do not stay bright and/or visible when baking a dark color cake batter because of the oils that have seeped through the paper.Wilton Liners vs Sweets & Treats Boutique Liners - Whose are the best?  Find out on JavaCupcake.com

Sweets & Treats Boutique Cupcake Liners:

PRO:

  • The Sweets & Treats Boutique cupcake liners ARE grease-proof.
  • When baking dark colored cake, these liners keep their color and pattern with little to no oil soaking through the paper.
  • The STB liners come in a large variety of trendy patterns and colors.
  • These liners are priced reasonably for the amazing value of the product.

CON:

  • The STB liners do not come in many floral or holiday patterns.  (This is just my personal preference – although it doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of the product.  I’d just like to see some cute snowflakes at winter or eggs at Easter, etc).

THE VERDICT:

Personally,  when I purchase cupcake liners that have colors or patterns on them it’s for a reason – to coordinate with the theme of the cupcake and/or party they are for.  I hate spending money on a product that is useless.  And that’s how I feel the Wilton liners are… useless.  You can see the difference in the photo above.

The Wilton liner on the left is wet from grease and has not maintained it’s color or pattern.  However, the Sweets & Treats Boutique liner is almost completely dry and it’s color is bright!  Why would you ever want to bake your cupcake in anything other than STB after seeing this?

FULL DISCLOSURE:

I met the owner of Sweets & Treats Boutique, Shannon, online a few years ago through a fellow baking blogger and we instantly became friends.  Shannon has sent me so many of her liners over the years to try that I’m pretty much stocked for life, but let me reassure you that our friendship does not change the fact that I think her liners are better than any other on the market.

Shannon has a passion for her business and she works every day to make it better.  Shannon saw how dark my chocolate cake baked in her liners and she was determined to come up with a product even better than what she already had.  A cupcake liner that could stand up to even my chocolate cupcake recipe.  And guess what… Shannon did it.

MEET THE NEW STB LINER:

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The cupcake on the left is baked in a mini Wilton cupcake liner and on the right is the new and improved grease proof bake bright liner from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  ZERO grease comes through this paper leaving 100% of the color and design visible.  How amazing is that?

Don’t worry… the cupcake liners will be folded and formed when they’re ready to be sold to the public… I tested the paper out for Shannon with my chocolate cake recipe and giving her feedback on the results.  But seriously though, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Sweets  & Treats Boutique Bake Bright Grease Proof Liners time and time again prove to be the best in the industry at keeping their shape and color, even with the toughest of batters like my chocolate cake!

And one more awesome thing… all the new liners in the new #BakeBright Grease Proof liners will be made 100% in the USA! How amazing is that!?

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Try #BakeBright Liners Yourself!

And to prove to you how amazing the STB liners are, Shannon has offered a $25 Store Credit to two of readers so you can try them too!  Simply fill out the form below to be entered to WIN!

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Sweets & Treats Boutique provided me with the mini cupcake liners to test but all the opinions are my own.

White Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream Cake

Celebrate your next birthday with this perfect-for-summer White Chocolate Espresso Ice Cream Cake!

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If you’ve been following JavaCucpake for the last four years you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of my local gelato store Pinguino Eis in Grafenwoehr, Germany.  Last September, Phillip (the owner) and Luca allowed me into their store to view the process of making the gelato.  It was so fascinating to see the process first hand how they make the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever had.

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Recently, Pinguino Eis began offering ice cream cakes or Eiskuchen in addition to all the other deliciousness they serve at their cafe.   This happened to be perfect timing because my husband Dave requested and ice cream cake for his birthday!

We chatted with Ariana (co-owner) about the flavors we wanted and she wrote down all the details.  Dave had a vision of her perfect ice cream cake and we knew that vision could be fulfilled by our friends at Pinguino!

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From bottom to top…

  • Cookie crust
  • White chocolate gelato
  • Espresso gelato
  • Toffee bits & almonds on the side
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Chocolate covered espresso beans
  • More toffee bits  & almonds on top

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Can can think of anything more delicious than this?  Not only is all their gelato fresh made daily, but the entire cake was made by hand from scratch!  This is why I love living in Germany so much.  Everything is made by hand with love.  It’s just the only way they know how to do things here.

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A big thanks to Phillip, Ariana, Luca and the entire crew at Pinguino Eis for helping make Dave’s birthday so special!

Visit Pinguino Eis on Facebook for more info about location and hours!

 

Ritter Sport ChocoShop – Waldenbuch, Germany

If you love chocolate and you’re in Europe you must take the time to visit the Ritter Sport Chocolate Factory, Museum and Store in Waldenbuch, Germany.  It is a chocolate lovers paradise!

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On my husband’s bucket-list of places to see before we leave Germany was the Ritter Sport Factory & Store in Waldenbuch, Germany.  I went to the Ritter Sport store in Berlin a few years ago with friends, but my husband was deployed and couldn’t come. Boo.  So, our family made sure to stop for a visit on our last vacation!

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The Ritter Sport Factory has a beautiful art museum that is full of art inspired by the square.  In the museum you’ll find Marli Hoppe-Ritter’s collection of contemporary geometric and abstract art in the museum building designed by the Swiss architect Max Dudler.*   It’s fascinating and really quite fun to see so many bright colors and shapes.  Matty, who is three, loved picking out the square shapes in the art and found all the bright colors fascinating to look at.  I wasn’t allowed to take any pictures of the art, so you’ll just have to take my word for it!

*from the Ritter Sport website

In addition to the museum, Ritter also has workshop for kids and a cafe.  An experience for the entire family!

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Upon walking into the Ritter Sport ChocoShop, I felt a rush of excitement and joy as I was surrounded by chocolate!  It was overwhelming and exciting all at once and I couldn’t wait to explore the store.

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Shelves lined the store from wall to wall filled with every flavor of Ritter Sport chocolate you could ever imagine.  Classic flavors like Alpenmilch (chocolate made with milk from cows raised in the German Alps) to adult flavors like Honig-Salz-Mandel (chocolate with honey, salt and almonds) and Rum Trauben Nuss (chocolate with rum, grapes, and hazelnuts).

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Chocolate as far as the eye could see.  Around every corner was a new flavor to explore!

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One of my favorite surprises in the store were the tall, thin boxes filled with chocolate squares reaching one meter long!  An entire meter of chocolate!  Oh my!  Of course, I needed a photo-op with the meter-o-chocolate! HA!

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One of my favorite parts about the ChocoShop was the bright colors.  Everywhere I turned it was a rainbow.

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The store even had a cookbook full of recipes to make using Ritter Sport chocolate!  I walked out of the store without buying this and I totally regret it!

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Tucked into the back of the store was a special room.  The room that had everyone excited and frantic.  The Reject Room.  Well, that’s not the official name, but that’s what I called it because it was full of the chocolate that wasn’t good enough to sell in the store.  The imperfect chocolate.  The defect chocolate.  The ugly chocolate.

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But really, do you care what your chocolate looks like when you eat it?  I don’t.  So… I bought a lot of chocolate from this room.  It was SO CHEAP.  Seriously.  Pennies.  I was in heaven.  Blocks of 4 bars wrapped in paper just for me?  Yes, please.  I’ll take 3!

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In this room was also chocolate sold in bulk.  Bags and bags of bars of chocolate they just made too many of ready for me to take home and eat.  Grab and go.

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There were even bulk bags of the mini bars of chocolate.  I can’t even.  Seriously.  What’s this?  A huge basket full of tubs of hazelnut spread (aka the Ritter Sport version of Nutella).  Yeah.  Tubs for days.  I could have bought all of those too.

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There was one section of the Reject Room that I couldn’t get a picture of because there were people crowded in front of it the entire time.  It’s for good reason too… this section had all the test bars.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Test Bars.  Flavors that Ritter was testing out for possible future sale.  Flavors you’ll never find anywhere else.  Flavors like…

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Wiesse Zimt Crisp.  I mean white chocolate with cinnamon crispies inside.  Have you ever heard of such deliciousness before?  I seriously hope this become a staple Ritter Sport flavor because it was so incredibly delicious.  Also in the test bar section was Schoko Brownie (chocolate brownie), Haselnuss (hazelnut), and Aprikose Holenderblute (apricot elderflower).  My husband was in love with the elderflower bar as it was unlike anything he’d ever put in his mouth before.  So good.

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We picked out as much chocolate as we thought we needed and went to the register to pay.  All of this for only €20.  We went back three more times to get more.

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Including this super cute tote bag.  Living in Germany you tend to collect a lot of canvas bags.  When I saw this one it went in my cart.  Done deal.

For more info about the Ritter Sport Factory, Museum and Store make sure to goto their website!  So much info there to help you plan your trip!

Address:
Ritter Sport
Alfred Ritter- Str. 27
71111 Waldenbuch
phone: +49 (0)7157 974 74

Hours:
SchokoAusstellung – Chocolate Exhibition
Monday to Friday: 0800 – 1830
Saturday: 0900 – 1800
Sunday: 1100 – 1800

SchokoShop – Chocolate Store
Monday to Friday: 0800 – 1830
Saturday: 0900 – 1800

Museum Ritter – Art Museum
Tuesday – Sunday: 1100-1800

Museum Cafe
October – March: Daily 0900-1800
April – September: Daily 0900-1900

All sites are closed on: Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, 1. May, Whit Sunday, 24. – 26. December, 31. December, January 1 & 6

Parking and Admission:
Parking is free.
Admission to the museum is €6 for adults. See their website for more pricing info.

GIVEAWAY!

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You know I wouldn’t goto the Ritter Sport ChocoShop without getting some for my readers!  I picked up 8 test bars, 6 mini bars of my all time favorite Ritter chocolate Goldshatz and a 10 year anniversary bar.  You won’t find any of these in the USA, that’s for sure!

The test bars include 2 each of Weiss Zimt Crisp, Haselnuss, Schoko Brownie and Aprikose Holenderblute.  The anniversary bar is a is a chocolate bar with crispies (knusper) and tortilla chips.  Crazy, I know.

Open to USA and Germany mailing addresses only.  Fill out the entry form below.  Winner will be chosen July 22, 2105.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cupcakes

Kick your banana bread up a notch by transforming them into these delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cupcakes!

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There is not an awesome reason why I made these cupcakes.  I just had a few bananas that were super ripe and wanted to use them up.  Really, I was bored with traditional banana bread and decided to come up with a new recipe to use over ripe bananas.

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That and I wanted to take pictures of the cupcakes next to my new silk peonies.  Which I am obsessed with this summer.  Peonies are my favorite summer flower and I love having them fresh for as long as I can during the summer.

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Since I had these bright pink silk peonies, I knew I needed to bake whatever I was making in the pink grease proof bake bright liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  I mean seriously, how cute are these liners?

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So for the cupcakes I used a basic banana bread recipe for the cake and added chocolate chips to it.  I mean seriously, everything is better with chocolate chips.  Under the cake is a cookie crust made with Nilla Wafers.  So yum.  Finally, the cupcake is topped with a dollop of cream cheese frosting and a crunchy topping.  So much nom nom nom happening in this cupcake it’s almost too much to handle!

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So between these pretty amazing tasting cupcakes and my peonies, I managed to take 100 pictures of them.  I know, a little over board but whatever.  It makes me happy.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Crust
  • 6oz Nilla Wafers
  • 5oz melted unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
Cupcakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Frosting
  • 8oz room temperature cream cheese
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream
Topping
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Instructions
Crust
  1. Line a cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a food processor, pulse together all the ingredients until combined.
  3. Press a tablespoon of the crust into each liner and press flat with the bottom of a glass or spoon.
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar until well combined.
  4. Mass the ripe bananas and add it to the wet mixture.
  5. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and fold until almost all the flour is wet.
  6. Add the milk and continue to mix until combined. Do not over mix!
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  8. Fill the cupcake liners almost to the top with the batter.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before cooling on a wire rack completely.
Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the sugar and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. Add 1-2 tbsp of cream until you get your desired consistency. Mix until combined.
  4. Using a large round tip on a piping bag, squeeze a dollop of frosting onto each cupcake.
Topping
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until it has come together.
  3. Crumble the dough onto a baking sheet in large chunks. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Once cool to the touch, bread into smaller pieces to crumble on top of the frosting.

 

Glitter and Gold Glam Gift Wrapping

When giving gifts, the packaging should be just as special as the gift itself.  With just a little preparation, the right supplies and these Glitter and Gold Glam Gift Wrapping ideas, you can make your gifts beautiful inside and out!

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For the last few months, I’ve partnered with Tiny Prints to create some amazing things.   First, they helped me host My Favorite Things Party and now I’m using their products to create these beautifully wrapped gifts.

I’ve put together some basic tips to planning your gift wrapping and it’s being featured on the Tiny Prints Blog today!  Head on over to Tiny Prints to see the full tutorial and get some ideas for create your own Glitter & Gold Glam Gift Wrapping!

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CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL POST on the TINY PRINTS BLOG!

DIY Paper Bows

Paper Bows add flair and charm to gift wrapping and create a fun touch in home decor.  Use this simple tutorial to create one-of-a-kind  DIY Paper Bows! DIY Paper Bows - A Complete Tutorial by JavaCupcake.com

I love giving the gift of baked goods to friends and family.  Since I take so much time and care into making sure what I’m gifting is perfect,  I really want to make sure the outside is beautiful too!  These DIY Paper Bows can dress up any gift with just a few supplies and simple steps.  Any color paper can be used which makes them so versatile!

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See how amazing this package looks with the addition of a gold paper bow?  It’s super easy, you just need a few supplies and about 5-10 minutes to make your own!

Supplies:

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Here’s what you’ll need…

  • Thick card stock paper
  • DIY Paper Bow Template (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil

Instructions:

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  1. Cut out the pattern from the template.
  2. Trace each piece on to the card stock.
  3. Cut out each piece of the pattern.DIY Paper Bow Tutorial | JavaCupcake.com
  4. Squeeze a dollop of glue onto the center of the largest piece.
  5. Fold over each end until it meets at the glue in the middle.
  6. Using your fingers, hold the ends together until the glue has dried and it doesn’t fall apart.  (If you want to make more than one at a time, you can secure them with a paper clip and set aside to dry while you work on more)DIY Paper Bow Tutorial | JavaCupcake.com
  7. Squeeze a dollop of glue onto the center of the other large piece.
  8. Press the folded bow down onto the glue and hold until it dries and doesn’t come apart and is dry.  (Again, if you’re making several, secure with a paper clip and make more while it dries.)DIY Paper Bow Tutorial | JavaCupcake.com
  9. Flip the bow over and squeeze a dollop on the center.
  10. Wrap the smallest piece around the center of the bow until it meets at the glue.
  11. Press gently and hold until it dries.

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Coming Wednesday I’ll be sharing a complete tutorial to create an entire gift wrap presentation with the DIY Paper Bow as the star!!!

Fourth of July Soiree

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National via Mode Media.

Fourth of July is right around the corner… are you ready? Here are some fun, easy ways you can celebrate America’s Independence by hosting a Fourth of July Soiree!Fourth of July Soiree | JavaCupcake.com

Planning for this party was pretty easy since our Nation’s colors are Red, White and Blue.  To mix things up a bit, I decided to go with a light blue instead of the traditional dark blue for the party color scheme.

I set the table with a red table cloth with a white runner and set out light blue coasters around the table for drinks.  The table centerpiece is made of several tissue paper tassels placed around a short 8 inch round cake plate to add height.  I topped the cake plate with a white painted mason jar and silk flowers.   Simple, festive and super cute!

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For the food, I had to go with a classic… hot dogs!  I had my husband grill up my favorite Hebrew National All Beef Franks for the soiree and then served them with a variety of toppings.  Ketchup, mustard, onions, tomatoes, and relish… just to name a few!

Keeping with the patriotic theme, I served a red, white and blue fruit salad.  This side was super easy to toss together and features fresh sliced strawberries, bananas and blueberries topped with watermelon cut into star shapes.  I used a small cookie cutter to cut the melon.

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Finally, I made a big plate of nachos… red, white and blue nachos!  I melted white pepperjack cheese over blue corn tortilla chips then topped it all with fresh diced onions and tomatoes.   Served it with a tomato salsa and these nachos were ready to party!

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Note: The combination of franks and these toppings may not be Kosher.

During the party, my guests enjoyed the food while rocking out to the best of the best patriotic music.  Here’s what was on my playlist!

“Born in the USA” – Bruce Springsteen
“R.O.C.K. in the USA” – John Cougar Mellencamp
“American Girl” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
“Our Country” – John Cougar Mellencamp
“Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z/Alicia Keys
“American Boy” – Estelle (feat. Kanye West)
“Rockin’ in the Free World” – Neil Young
“American Woman” – Lenny Kravitz
“Living in America” – James Brown
“Ragged Old Flag” – Johnny Cash
“Independence Day” – Bruce Springsteen
“New York, New York” – Frank Sinatra
“American Pie” – Don McLean
“America” – Simon & Garfunkel
“Carolina In My Mind” – James Taylor
“An American Trilogy” – Elvis Presley
“New York City Boy” – Pet Shop Boys
“Georgia On My Mind” – Willie Nelson
“4th of July” – Shooter Jennings
“Sweet Home Alabama” – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“Philadelphia Freedom” – Elton John
“Surfin’ USA” – The Beach Boys

How will you be celebrating the Fourth of July this year?

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AuthorLogoWhat makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (And what doesn’t). We’re choosy about what goes into our franks – we use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-‐‐products. When your hot dog is Kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit facebook.com/hebrewnatonal.

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Kick Off Summer with a Hot Dog BBQ


This post is sponsored by Hebrew National via Mode Media.

Summer is finally here and what better way to kick off the season than by throwing a back yard BBQ for your family and friends?  But not just any BBQ… a hot dog BBQ!

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I planned and hosted this BBQ in just one day using the party decor I already had on hand.  I recycled several tissue paper tassels from other garlands to make the yellow, red and white garland for my party and had a few red paper lanterns then hung them all from the planter rods in my back yard.

Keeping the theme going, I served yellow lemonade in yellow cups with fun red paper straws and red and white napkins.  I only used the yellow, white and clear serving plates and bowls from my kitchen for the hot dog condiments.   A big plate of watermelon rounded out the table’s colors perfectly.

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This BBQ was going to be all hot dogs and I used my favorite Hebrew National All-Beef Franks as the stars of the party.  These hot dogs are my go-to every time my family wants to BBQ.  They’re juicy and full of flavor!

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For this BBQ, I wanted to offer four options of toppings for these hot dogs.  I decided on a classic, my husband’s favorite with pickles, my family’s favorite with caramelized peppers and onions and a German-inspired variation.

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The Classic:  This hot dog is a favorite that everyone can love.  Top your Hebrew National All-Beef Frank with mustard, ketchup and relish.  Simple perfection.

The Pickle Spear:  My husband had a hot dog like this a few years back in Seattle and wanted me to recreate it.  This Hebrew National All-Beef Frank is accompanied with a pickle spear, diced tomatoes and onions, yellow mustard and celery seed.  The pickle adds a tangy crunch while the celery seeds adds a hint of an earthy taste to the hot dog.

The Italian: If you love Italian food, you’ll love this hot dog! Caramelized onion and bell peppers with a tomato sauce are surprisingly delicious toppings for the Hebrew National All-Beef Frank.

The Kraut: Inspired by German cuisine, this Hebrew National All-Beef Frank is topped with warm sauerkraut and a coarse, dark German mustard.  If you love German food, you’ll love this hot dog!

Please note that some of the above topping combinations may not be Kosher.

As the summer gets going, elevate your back yard BBQ with a few of these delicious hot dog toppings and party decor ideas!  It’s fun, easy and your family and friends will love the care and time you took into planning it for them as they shove these delicious dogs in their mouth!

AuthorLogoWhat makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (And what doesn’t). We’re choosy about what goes into our franks – we use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-‐‐products. When your hot dog is Kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit facebook.com/hebrewnational.