Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes

Celebrate your next birthday with these delicious, colorful Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes!  Full of rainbow jimmies and topped with whipped chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles, these fun treats are sure to make any birthday great!

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Since I already made Matty an awesome Toy Story themed checkerborad birthday cake and Alien cupcakes, I wanted to make something a little simpler for his actual birthday.   Last year, I made stacked, funetti cookies filled with buttercream for his actually birthday… so this year I decided to go on the same theme and make funfetti cupcakes!

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These little cups of cake are filled with rainbow jimmies, topped with a simply delicious whipped chocolate buttercream and decorated with rainbow sprinkles! I thought originally about making a vanilla buttercream to top the funfetti cupcakes, but I decided I wanted to add a little more flavor to the mix and knew that the chocolate would be perfect! I could still dress up the frosting with lots of fun rainbow sprinkles!

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The batter was so super easy to make.  The recipe for the cake comes from one of my favorite baking blogs, Sally’s Baking Addiction.   What drew me to this recipe was the fact that there was no need for a stand mixer to make the batter.  I’m all about homemade that doesn’t require creaming the butter and sugar and getting my stand mixer all messy!  (Although, I’m still going to have to use it for the frosting!) Sally’s recipe is simple and so easy to put together… and the batter, I could eat it by the spoonful!

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I think this recipe may actually turn out to be my “go-to” vanilla recipe.  It’s so simple and so good!  Next time I might even add a little vanilla bean to the batter punch up the vanilla flavor.  Or maybe even use almond flavoring for something different.   This recipe would even be great with fresh fruit in the batter or added to the middle of the cupcakes after baking.  The possibles are endless with this recipe! Thanks, Sally, for another great recipe!

So, if you’re in need of an easy, super delicious and really fun cupcake… these Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes are for you!

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Interested in these awesome liners?  They’re from my favorite party supply shop, Sweets & Treats Boutique! They are grease-proof which means the color will stay bright, bold and beautiful after baking!  Don’t these look wonderful?

Happy Baking!

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Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 3+ dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Funfetti Cupcakes
  • 3⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup rainbow jimmies
Whipped Chocolate Buttercream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar
  • ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ¾-1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles
Instructions
Funfetti Cupcakes
  1. In a large, glass bowl, melt the butter in your microwave.
  2. While it's melting, in another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Once the butter has melted, add the sugar and whisk until combined. Set aside for 2-3 minutes or until slightly cooled.
  4. Add the sour cream and whisk together until smooth.
  5. Pour in the milk and vanilla and whisk until combined and smooth.
  6. Add the flour and fold with a spatula until just combined. Switch to a whisk and stir quickly 7-8 times to break up most of the clumps. There will still be clumps in the batter, but do not over mix.
  7. Pour in the rainbow jimmies and GENTLY fold 4-5 times until combined. You don't want to overwork the batter with the jimmies... the color will run off the jimmies into the batter if you do.
  8. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool completely before frosting.
Whipped Chocolate Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the sugar and mix on high until combined.
  3. Mix in ¼ cup heavy cream, salt and vanilla.
  4. Add remaining sugar and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add up to ¾ cup more heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. I like a light, smooth, airy buttercream, so I added all the whipping cream.
  6. Beat on high for 2 minutes until light and fluffy and the color has lightened.
Assembly
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cooled cupcake.
  2. Garnish the frosting generously with rainbow sprinkles on all sides.
Notes

Toy Story Checkerboard Cake

Surprise your family and friends with your baking skills by making this Toy Story themed checkerboard petal cake!  With a little work, preparation and time… you can make a cake that will WOW everyone!

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

This is the final post in the Toy Story themed party series!  And, I’m pretty certain I’ve saved the best for last with this Toy Story Checkerboard Cake! In case you missed the rest of the series… you can find them here:

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

Although this cake look really impressive, it was really quite simple to make.  It just took some planning, patience and time to execute.

There were two main techniques of baking and decorating that I used for this cake.  First was the checkerboard pattern I used on the inside of the cake.  At Matty’s party, people actually thought I cut out little pieces of cake and reassembled it back together with frosting.

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

No no no no no no no.  It’s SO much simpler than that.  All I needed to accomplish the checkerboard effect was four cake rounds in two colors and two sizes of biscuit/cookie cutters.

I cut out rings of cake and then simple moved the rings from one color to another, creating a pattern.  I stacked the cakes with a thin amount of frosting between each later and crumb coated the entire outside with frosting.

The decorating technique I used is called the Petal technique because you’re creating petals of frosting all around the cake.   I’ve made this style of cake only once before, but it was a huge success and really quite easy.  So I knew that I could make this cake with the same styling and it would turn out perfectly!

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

For the cake itself, I used i am baker’s recipe for The Perfect White Cake.  I’ve used this recipe before and I’m certain I’ll use it again.  It’s really a delicious recipe and the cake holds up really well to decorating!

Everyone at the party thought my cake was a huge hit.  And most importantly, the birthday boy loved it!  Every time he sees pictures of it, he says Buzz Buzz Buzz and does the happy-toddler-dance!  It’s super cute.

{Tutorial} Toy Story themed vanilla Checkerboard Cake frosted with vanilla buttercreaming decorated using the Petal Technique | JavaCupcake.com

I really hope you take the opportunity to try these cake baking and decorating techniques!  And please, don’t feel overwhelmed either… they really are not that difficult and I hope that my directions below are clear and help give you the confidence to make it yourself!

If you love this cake, please PIN it to Pinterest and share it on Facebook with your friends!  I’d love to hear about it if you try these techniques with your cakes too! Please, send me pictures!!

Happy Baking!

Toy Story Checkerboard Cake
 
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Serves: 1 6in round checkerboard cake
Ingredients
Checkerboard Cake
  • i am baker's Perfect White Cake - for the recipe CLICK HERE
  • Green & blue gel food coloring
  • 6in round cake pans
  • 4in & 2in round cookie/biscuit cutters
Buttercream
  • Vanilla buttercream - for the recipe CLICK HERE
  • Green & blue gel food coloring
  • 2 Large round piping tips
  • 2 small round piping tip
  • 4 disposable pastry/piping bags
  • Yellow gel food coloring
Instructions
Checkerboard Cake
  1. Prepare the cake batter as directed in i am baker's recipe (link above).
  2. Instead of the 8in pans in her recipe, grease and flour 2 6in pans. You can also line them with parchment paper if your cakes like to stick to your pans.
  3. Using a kitchen scale, measure by weight half of the batter and color it green.
  4. Color the remaining half of the batter blue.
  5. Spread each color into it's own prepared cake pan.
  6. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Baking times vary depending on oven)
  7. Allow to cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely.
Buttercream
  1. Prepare the buttercream as directed in the recipe in the link above. Just to be safe, you'll want to double the recipe so you have enough to work with. You'll probably have extra, but that's better than not having enough.
  2. NOTE: The coloring of the buttercream will happen later in the assembly process.
Assembly
  1. Prepare the cake layers by trimming off the domed top of the cake. Cut horizontally into each cake layer to make two even pieces. You'll want two green and two blue layers of the same size.
  2. Use the cookie cutters to cut 4in and 2in rings out of each layer of cake.
  3. Take the cake pieces apart.
  4. Reassemble the cake pieces so that each color is alternating. Blue green blue. Green blue green. You'll have two layers of each pattern once they have been reassembled.
  5. Place a piece of wax paper on your rotating cake stand and set one layer of cake down.
  6. With the white buttercream, spread a thin layer on top of the first layer of cake.
  7. Place the second layer of cake down, making sure the outside ring is the opposite color of the first layer. Spread another thin layer of frosting on top.
  8. Repeat this with the next two layers of cake, making sure the outside rings of cake alternate in color.
  9. Crumb coat the entire cake with white buttercream. Freeze for 20 minutes.
  10. Spread a ½ inch layer of white frosting over the top of the cake. Reserve ⅓ cup of white frosting for later.
  11. Divide the remaining buttercream in half. Color half green & half blue.
  12. Prepare 2 disposable piping bags with the large round tips. Fill one with blue and one with green frosting.
  13. Use the Petal Cake Frosting technique to frost the outside of the cake. Alternating with green & blue frosting with each petal. NOTE: For detailed instructions on how to frost using the petal technique, CLICK HERE FOR THE TUTORIAL .
  14. Color half the reserved frosting yellow and half blue. Fit the piping bags with the small tips and fill them with each color.
  15. Pipe a large number 2 on the top of the cake in yellow frosting and outline it in blue.
  16. Write Happy Birthday with the remaining blue frosting.
  17. Allow the cake to set up in the freezer on the rotating cake stand until firm - about 2 hours.
  18. Gently remove the cake from the stand and place it on the stand you will serve the cake on.
  19. Store the cake covered in the refrigerator until ready 2 hours before serving when you'll remove it to room temperature.

Toy Story Alien Cupcakes

Add excitement and fun to your next Toy Story themed party with these Alien Cupcakes!  By using my simple decorating techniques to make these Toy Story Alien Cupcakes, your guests will “be eternally grateful” for your effort!

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Today is Matty’s 2nd birthday! I can’t believe that 2 years of his life have already come and gone.   It just seems like yesterday that I was celebrating his first birthday with these Sesame Street cupcakes!

Two weekends ago, we celebrated his birthday with a huge joint party with his little friend, Lena.  Lena and Matty are just two weeks apart so it was a treat to be able to celebrate their birthdays together this year! The theme of the party was Toy Story!

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For the Toy Story party, I made a variety of fun, themed desserts including these super cute Alien Cupcakes! I had seen a variety of different ways to make these Alien cupcakes all over the internet, but since I’m in Germany I knew my supplies would be limited.

For the ears and antennae, I used green gummies.  Luckily, Germans love their gummies so I was able to find those easily out on the economy.  I used green gummy rope for the antennae and cut flat rectangle gummies into triangles for the ears.

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The eyes are made from Wilton candy eyes.  If you can’t find these in your local craft store, you could just pipe white dollops of frosting and add a touch of black for the pupils.  Or maybe you could find white candies to use.  The mouth is made with a tube of black decorating gel.  Easy peasy!

One of the best things about making a cupcake like this is that when YOU make them at home, they don’t have to be exactly like mine.  Use what supplies you have at your disposal.  Use what your grocery store carries.  Improvise.   It’s not about taking exactly what I did and recreating it, it’s about making the cupcakes your own with the supplies you have!

To be honest… that’s the most fun part for me!  Figuring out how I can take the inspiration I got from someone else’s creation and turn it into my own! I hope that these Alien Cupcakes can do that for you!

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Here’s more from the Toy Story Party:

And because it wouldn’t be a party if my friends didn’t get a little crazy… here’s Lena’s Mom, Mareile, being silly in her Alien shirt with the Alien cupcakes!!

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Toy Story Alien Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
Frosting
Alien Head
  • Green gummy rope
  • Green flat gummy squares
  • Black decorating gel (in a tube)
  • Candy eyes (I used Wilton brand)
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Prepare the batter as i am baker describes in the recipe link above.
  2. Line cupcake pans with green liners and fill ⅔ with batter.
  3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Once the cupcakes have cooled, core the center of each cupcake out and fill with strawberry jam.
Frosting
  1. Prepare the frosting as directed in the link above.
  2. Tint the frosting green using the gel food coloring.
Assembly
  1. Frost the top of each cupcake with the green frosting making sure to create a flat surface on the top.
  2. Place three candy eyes in the center of the cupcake. Squeeze a circle or squiggly line of black decorating gel under the eyes for the mouth.
  3. Cut the square gummies into triangles and place one above the eyes on the edge of the cupcake. One triangle on each side for the ears.
  4. Cut a ½ in piece of gummy rope and place it in the top, center of the cupcake.
Notes
To make things even simpler, use store bought cake mix for the cupcakes and use pre-made frosting to decorate. Focus on the Alien head and decorating!

Please PIN this image to save these party ideas for later or to share with your friends! THANK YOU!

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Toy Story Cookies – Sheriff Woody’s Star & Jessie’s Hat

Creating a Toy Story themed birthday party doesn’t have to be difficult!  Just use the recipes and techniques described in this post to create  delicious, easy and crowd-pleasing Toy Story Cookies!

Toy Story Party:  Sherriff Woody's Star Cookies & Jessie's Hat Cookies

One of the most fun things I made for Matty’s Toy Story themed birthday party were the cookies.  These Sheriff Woody Star cookies & Jessie’s Hat cookies really brought the theme of the party to life on the dessert table!

And they were so simple to make!

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They did, however, take a bit of time and planning to put together.   But, once I sat down to assemble them all, it was really quite easy!  My daughter, Emily, who is 14 actually decorated every single one of Sheriff Woody Star cookies!  If she can do it… you can too!

The cookies are made from my favorite sugar cookie recipe that I’ve shared on my blog over and over again… so I’m not going to post that recipe here.  But, you can find it here and here and here!

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The kids at Matty’s 2nd birthday part absolutely LOVED these cookies… almost as much as they loved the cake and cupcakes!  The red hats were I think they’re favorite.  I think they were drawn to the bright red color.  I mean, if I were a preschooler or toddler, I would be too.

The Sheriff Woody’s Stars though… they were Matty’s favorite.

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In case you missed it… here’s the main post about the Toy Story Party.  There will be three more posts coming next week that will teach you how to make the S’mores Pops and Donut Push-Ups, the Alien cupcakes and the Checkerboard cake!  I’ll also be updating this post as well as the main post with all the links to these recipes and tutorials!

I really hope that my ideas and creations help to inspire you to create a Toy Story themed party for your little ones.   It’s really not as difficult as you may think to pull off a themed party like that that will truly WOW everyone in attendance!

Enjoy!

Toy Story Cookies – Sheriff Woody
 
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Serves: 5-6 dozen cookies
Ingredients
Sheriff Woody's Star
  • 2 star shaped cookie cutters - 1 3in and 1 1in
  • Yellow sugar crystals/sprinkles
  • Yellow M&M candies
  • Buttercream
Jessie's Hat
  • 2 round cookie cutters - 1 3in and 1 1in
  • Red gel food coloring
  • Wilton #4 piping tip & disposable bag
Instructions
  1. Prepare cookie dough as instructed in the link above.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Roll cookie dough ⅛in thick and cut out equal numbers of large/small stars and large small/circles. Place them on prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 5-6 minutes and remove to cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Prepare buttercream as instructed in the link above.
Sheriff Woody's Hat Assembly
  1. Completely cover the top of one small star cookie with buttercream. Press the cookie into a bowl of the yellow sugar crystals until completely covered.
  2. Spread a small amount of frosting onto the under side of the star cookie then press onto a large star cookie.
  3. Put a small dollop of frosting onto each corner/tip of the star and press a yellow M&M onto it.
  4. Allow the frosting to dry for several hours before stacking in an air tight container until ready to eat.
Jessie's Hat Assembly
  1. Prepare the piping bag with the Wilton #4 piping tip. Place 1½ cups of buttercream into the bag and set aside.
  2. Using the red food gel coloring, color the remaining buttercream red. Allow the buttercream to set out for about 15 minutes so that the red color has time to soak into the frosting and really turn a dark red color.
  3. Frost the tops of the large round cookies with the red buttercream and set aside.
  4. Frost the tops of the small round cookies with buttercream.
  5. Piping a small amount of white frosting along the bottom edge of the small round cookie then gently press onto the top of the large frosting cookie, making sure it's centered.
  6. Pipe a small border around the edge of the red frosting on the large cookie and add hash marks to create the look of the stitching on Jessie's hat.
  7. Allow the frosting to set up on the cookies for several hours before stacking in an air tight container.
Notes
Cookies will last up to a week if stored in an air tight container.

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They Say It’s Your Birthday…

…Well it’s my birthday too!  Yes, today is my 36th 29th birthday! Horray!

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Before my day even began, my 14 year old daughter, Emily, woke me before she left for school to sing me Happy Birthday.  It’s a tradition in my family that everyone gets sung to on their birthday.  Near or far, we make it happen.  So, this morning, Emily was the first to sing Happy Birthday to me!  Such a sweet gift from my baby girl.

My day officially started an hour later when I rolled out of bed with the sun shining through my window and a blanket of snow covering my neighborhood.  Just when I thought all the snow had melted, Mother Nature brought us more!  It was a beautiful sight from my window this morning! (I posted a pic of the snow on Instagram!)

My baby boy, Matty, woke up in a super good mood full of snuggle and love.  I love it when he’s in a happy mood in the mornings! He brings such joy and happiness to my day when he’s happy!  Great way to start my birthday!

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And then the best thing happened.  My husband called me from Afghanistan to with me a Happy Birthday and to tell me he loves me.  He told me that today, he had  an American flag flown over the Forward Operating Base he’s stationed at in my honor.  It’ll fly over the FOB for 24 hours and tomorrow he’ll take a few pictures of the flag and of him taking it down.  When he comes home, the flag will come with him and will have an official certificate saying where and when it was on the flagpole in Afghanistan.  What a an amazingly special birthday gift!   I am such a lucky woman to have a thoughtful, loving and brave Husband!

UPDATE:  Here are a few of the pictures! Aren’t they great?  I’m so proud to be married to such an amazing American soldier!

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On the agenda for my birthday… do a little laundry, take a hot bath and spend the evening with good friends over dinner and cake!

Cake! Yes, of course there will be cake!

I absolutely LOVE my chocolate cake recipe. I know I’ve said it a million times before, but it’s the best chocolate cake I’ve ever had.  Moist, rich, and full of chocolate flavor.  It holds up perfectly to any frosting and is just so YUM!

So, for my birthday cake this year I made three layers of my favorite chocolate cake.  I used my Double Chocolate Layer Cake recipe and divided the cake in three 8in cake pans to bake.    I filled the cake with my Perfect Peanut Butter Buttercream… both layers inside.  To frost and decorate the outside of the cake, I made a double batch of my Mom’s chocolate fudge frosting recipe.    I had extra peanut butter and fudge frosting, but no worries… it won’t go to waste!  Finally, I decorated the edges with a simple piped scallop edge and topped the cake with chopped Reese’s!

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It’s a peanut butter and chocolate lovers dream cake.

And I’m not gonna lie.  I’ve made this cake before… well maybe not exactly this cake.  But the chocolate peanut butter combo I’ve made before.  But this one… it’s pretty darn amazing with both the peanut butter buttercream and fudge frosting.

Recipes to make my Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake:

So, besides my hubby not being here… it’s been a pretty darn good birthday!  Here’s to another great year of life!

Oh… and because I just learned how to make them… here’s a fun GIF of me serving a piece of this cake!

Enjoy!

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Happy 1st Birthday Matthew!

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

I’ve been awake since 0530, too excited to sleep.  Today is the first birthday of my baby boy, Matthew! One year ago today, via c-section, my sweet little man was born in Weiden, Germany at 8:31am.  Matthew William weighed 5lbs 12oz and was 19.5 inches long.

Matty was so tiny when he was born, it’s almost hard to believe that in just a year later, he’s grown into such a little man!  I’m sure he’s well over 20lbs now and at least 23in long… we’ll find out for sure tomorrow at his 1 year check-up though!

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

We started celebrating Matty’s birthday in the middle of February with a birthday photo session with Allie Beardsley Photography.   Allie did Matty’s birth pictures too so I was super excited when she was able to take his 1st birthday pictures as well.

For this photo session, I needed a great cake for Matty to eat, smash and get messy with!  I knew it just had to be pretty for pictures, so I made a yellow cake and frosted it with a flour frosting.  Pretty basic.

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

To decorate the cake, I went with the theme of his party – Sesame Street!  Since I’ve never done any kind of formal cake decorating I knew I had to keep things simple.  I colored the frosting in orange, yellow, green and blue then added a yellow border along the edges of the cake.  I used the green frosting to make the Sesame Street sign, outlined it in yellow then piped Matthew and the #1 on it.  I used the remaining colored frosting to pipe dots along the side of the cake.  Overall, I think it turned out pretty darn cute!  And… Matty had a BLAST smashing it and eating it!

Tonight we’re celebrating Matthew’s official birthday with mini chocolate chip cookie cakes.  I’ll be writing about them and the Sesame Street cupcakes I’m making for his big birthday party at the end of the month… so stay tuned for that!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATTY PANTS!!! MOMMY LOVES YOU SO MUCH!!!! 

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

And just because this picture is one of my absolute favorites – I had to share it with you! I ordered us matching Sesame Street birthday shirts to wear for all of Matty’s parties. On each shirt they had all the different nicknames we call Matthew – and of course, on his shirt, it says his name!

I ordered these shirts from Cheaper Than Shirt on ETSY. They were super easy to have custom made and were really reasonably priced! Plus – the people who run the shop were super nice and they shipped fast!

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

Photo Credit: Allie Beardsley Photography

PB&J Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes

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Today is my 35th 29th birthday and to celebrate I made cupcakes!  Peanut Butter & Jelly Chocolate cupcakes to be exact!

But… before I get to the cupcakes, I have to tell you a story… a sad, sad story.  You see, yesterday I had big lofty plans to make myself a super fancy birthday cake.  It was going to be three layers of Valhrona chocolate cake filled with fresh raspberries and topped with a Disaronno buttercream.   It was a fail.

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I mean, the cake tasted really good.  The raspberry filling was AMAZING.  But when it came time to assemble the cake, it was just so moist that it fell apart as soon as I filled and stacked it.  I was rushing.  I didn’t want to chill the cake layers first.  It was a disaster.  Everyone who was following my struggle on my Facebook page suggested that I turn the cake into a trifle… but, by the time I had calmed down from being so mad… it was too late.  The cake was in the trash.  Bummer.

You know – it’s probably a good thing though that I had to start over, because if we’re being honest here… that cake isn’t what I really wanted.  Huh?  You might be saying to yourself?  What?  Yah… I know.  I’m a little nutty.  I wanted the same ole chocolate cake I’ve made a hundred times before.  That dark chocolate cake that is so efffffffing delicious, I dream about it when I haven’t had it in a while.  And yeah- that’s what I should have made yesterday.

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So this morning… I did.  I got up early and whipped up a dozen dark chocolate cupcakes using my most favorite cupcake recipe.  I then filled those cupcakes with the raspberry filling I made for yesterdays cake and then topped it all off with my favorite peanut butter buttercream.

Since I’ve made all of these ingredients on my blog before… I’m not going to rewrite everything here… instead, I’ll just give you links and explain to you how I assembled them all.

FYI- those liners I’m using came from Sweets & Treats Boutique!  They sent me a sampler pack and I can’t stop using them! I LOVE how they look with chocolate cupcakes and I love the variety in designs!

Oh – and that fork? Isn’t it TO DIE FOR?  Goozeberry Hill custom made it for me!!  I absolutely LOVE it!  You can have your own custom made… just go HERE!

Enjoy!

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PB&J Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes
 
Three of my favorite things in one great cupcake - Chocolate, Raspberry & Peanut Butter!
Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Chocolate Cake
Raspberry Filling
Peanut Butter Buttercream
  • Recipe & Instructions **You'll only need half of this recipe
  • Fresh raspberries & birthday sprinkles for garnish
Instructions
  1. Make cupcakes as directed in recipe above.
  2. Prepare the raspberry filling while the cupcakes are baking and allow to cool complete.
  3. Core each cupcake using an apple corer.
  4. Fill cupcakes with cooled raspberry filling.
  5. Make buttercream as directed in recipe above.
  6. Using a large star tip, pipe the frosting onto each cupcake.
  7. Garnish with birthday sprinkles and a fresh raspberry on top.

And cause he’s so darn cute… I had to share a picture of Matthew! He’s 11 months old and practicing for his 1st birthday by licking the peanut butter buttercream off the beater!  I love this baby boy!

Baby JavaCupcake licking the peanut butter buttercream from the beater - too cute for words!