Black Forest Cupcakes

Made with an authentic recipe & German ingredients, these Black Forest Cupcakes are a delicious alternative to the traditional Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Cake of Germany!

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You can’t be in Germany without eating Black Forest Cake at least once, if not dozens of times. For almost 100 years, this cake has been a favorite of Germans and chocolate & cherry lovers around the world.

The cake gets it’s name from the region it was created in, the Black Forest and features one of the areas biggest crops. Cherries! The Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte or Black Forest Cake is made with layers of chocolate cake filled with cherries soaked in a cherry brandy (Kirschwasser) and fresh whipped cream topped with cherries and chocolate shavings.

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There is a mandate in Germany that states that if Kirschwasser is not used in this cake, it can not be called a Black Forest Cake. In fact, most people who make Black Forest Cakes or cupcakes in the United States aren’t actually making an authentic BFC. In the USA, a basic chocolate cake, canned cherry filling and whipped cream or buttercream frosting are typically used but are a poor substitute for what should really be in a Black Forest Cake.

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The chocolate cake in an authentic Black Forest Cake is made with egg whites, very little chocolate and no butter.   It’s not overly sweet, yet still rich, moist and full of flavor.  The filling begins with sour cherries from the Black Forest region of Germany that have been soaked in a clear cherry brandy called Kirschwasser.  And finally, the whipped cream is light, not too sweet and is garnished with chocolate shavings and a cherry.

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A traditional cake is made in layers, but since I was transforming this recipe into a cupcake, I decided layers might not be so easy.  To assemble these cupcakes, I cored the center of each cupcake with a small serrated knife (1).  I then filled each hole in the cupcakes with the Kirschwasser soaked cherries until they were overflowing (2).  Fresh whipped cream was piped onto the top of each cupcake then then rimmed with chocolate shavings (3).  Finally, a fresh, locally grown cherry was placed on top of the whipped cream (4).

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I shared these cupcakes with my next door neighbor is who German and she said they were her favorite dessert I’ve shared with her so far.  And I’ve shared a lot of things!  She said the flavor and texture were exactly how they were supposed to be… not overly sweet, full of that authentic Kirshwasser and cherry flavor.  Yay! If I could impress my German friend with these, I know they’re a winner!

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A note about the ingredients:  The only ingredients that may be hard to find are the sour cherries and Kirshwasser.  If you can’t find any of the clear liquor at your local store, try substituting a clear cherry brandy instead.  They key here is to use a clear, cherry flavored liquor to soak the cherries in.  As for the cherries themselves, DO NOT use cherry pie filling.  Try finding sour cherries that are sold in a jar in cherry juice.  You don’t want filling or any of the canned cherry pie goup on your cherries.  These are two of the biggest mistakes made when Americans replicate this recipe.

With that being said, these cupcakes are OUT OF THIS WORLD amazing and I really hope you try them!

Happy Baking!

Black Forest Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 8 medium egg whites
  • 200g super fine sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 200g all-purpose flour (minus 3 Tbsp)
  • 3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 8 medium egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp Kirschwasser
Filling
  • 680g jar of sour cherries in juice, divided
  • ⅓ cup cherry juice from the jar
  • 3 Tbsp corn starch
  • 45g super fine sugar
  • ¼ cup Kirschwasser
Topping
  • 800ml heavy whipping cream, very cold
  • 1 packet powder gelatin
  • 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 40g powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Kirschwasser
  • 1 cup chocolate shavings
  • 24 fresh cherries
  • Disposable piping bag fitted with a large closed star tip
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 2 cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, measure out 200g of flour. Remove 3 Tablespoons of flour and replace with 3 Tablespoons of the cocoa powder. Add the baking powder. Sift all three ingredients together two times. Set aside.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks together with the Kirschwasser. Set aside.
  4. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites on medium-high speed until it begins to foam. Add the cream of tartar and continue whipping.
  5. One Tablespoon at a time, add the sugar, mixing for 10-15 seconds between each addition.
  6. Continue to whip the eggs until glossy and stiff peaks have formed.
  7. Gently add the egg yolks and flour mixture to the whipped egg whites. Fold until combined but do not overmix and deflate the batter.
  8. Fill cupcake liners at least ¾ full. The cupcakes will puff up nicely, but will slightly deflate with cooled, so you want to make sure you get them pretty full with batter.
  9. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow cupcakes to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Cupcakes will feel very light and be fragile... handle with care!
Filling
  1. Drain the juice from the cherries into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together ⅓ cup of the cherry juice from the jar and the sugar in a large pan and bring to a gentle simmer.
  3. Add the corn starch and whisk until combined.
  4. Add the cherries and bring to a boil, gently stirring. Remove from the heat as soon as it begins to boil and thicken.
  5. Stir gently a few times to coat all the cherries. Pour in the Kirschwasser and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to come to room temperature and thicken.
Topping
  1. In a small sauce pan, whisk together the gelatin packet and cold water and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, heat pan on low and whisk until gelatin is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the cold heavy cream. Begin to whip the cream on medium high speed. NOTE: You may need a splash guard because the cream will get EVERYWHERE if you whip too fast!
  3. Once the cream begins to get fluffy, slowly add powdered sugar. Mix in the kirschwasser and gelatin.
  4. Whip the cream until stiff then fill the piping bag with the whipped cream.
Assembly
  1. Core the center of each cupcake using a knife with a serrated edge.
  2. Fill the hole generously with the cherry filling. It's okay if it comes out the top!
  3. Pipe a single swirl onto the cupcake. Sprinkle chocolate shavings onto the edges of the swirl. Pipe one large, round dollop of frosting on top of that first swirl.
  4. Garnish with a fresh cherry.
  5. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve! They will stay fresh for 2 days!
Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from Bavarian Kitchen .

Easy Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

Need a quick cupcake that is not only delicious, but will impress? Try these Easy Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes made with box cake mix, strawberry jam and a simple frosting recipe! Perfect for Spring!

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Tonight is my first Troop FRG Meeting as the FRG Leader.  Though out the deployment we had Squadron meetings which I was just an attendee… not running.  So it’s a big night for me!  If you’re not farmiliar with the FRG, it stands for Family Readiness Group.  Basically, the FRG supports the families of the soldiers in the unit.  We provide support in many ways from providing community information and unit information to hosting social events and fundraisers.  We also provide resources for spouses, children and parents of our soldiers.

The picture below was taken earlier this week at the 2/2 CR Volunteer Recognition Reception where all of the lovely ladies here (including me!) were recognized for their service to the unit during our recent deployment. A fabulous group of women doing all kinds of amazing things for the soldiers and their families.  A true honor to be able to know & serve with them.

Fox Troop, 2/2 CR FRG Volunteers 2013-2014

I’ve been the FRG Leader in every unit that Dave has been in since we’ve been married and the first meeting is always a big deal for me.  It’s my introduction to the soldiers and their families and I always like to make a great impression with them! What better way to make a good impress than with cupcakes?

I didn’t want to spend hours on a difficult recipe, so I used a box cake mix for the cupcakes (can’t get much easier than that!), a jar of my favorite strawberry jam for the filling and whipped up a lemon frosting that required little work to make!

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What makes a simple-to-bake cupcake impressive?  Presentation! To make these Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes special, I used yellow quarterfoil grease-proof liners from Sweets & Treats Boutiqe to bake the cupcakes in.  This created a super cute base for the cupcakes, plus it set the color theme for the cupcakes!

Next, I used a Wilton 1M piping tip to pipe the frosting onto the cupcake.  This is my favorite way to decorate the cupcakes with little work but great impact!  Perfect swirls every time with this piping tip. Finally, I sprinkled the top of the cupcakes with sugar balls in yellow.

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A little bit of work creates a super delicious cupcake!  I’m sure everyone at the meeting will enjoy these tonight!

Happy Baking!

Easy Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1 box Vanilla/White Cake Mix + ingredients on box
Filling
  • 1 jar of your favorite strawberry jam
Lemon Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, soft
  • 2lbs powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream (plus up to ¼ cup more)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 drops Wilton yellow food gel coloring
  • yellow sugar candies, for garnish
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Prepare the cake batter as instructed on the box. Bake as cupcakes according to the box directions.
  2. Cool completely before filling & frosting.
Filling
  1. Core cooled cupcakes & fill with your favorite strawberry jam.
Lemon Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  3. Mix in the lemon extract and half the heavy cream and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and salt and mix until incorporated.
  5. Beat on high for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the rest of the heavy cream, food gel coloring and beat for 2-3 minutes or until the frosting is light and fluffy. Add more heavy cream if you want a thinner, softer frosting.
  7. Using a Wilton 1M tip attached to a piping bag, fill the bag with frosting then pipe swirls of frosting onto each filled cupcake. Top with yellow sugar candies for garnish.

Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes

Tart lime caked filled with rum infused raspberry filling topped with fresh mint buttercream make these Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes the perfect treat! Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com My neighbors are getting ready to move back to the USA are downsizing a lot of their stuff before they leave… including their alcohol supply.  SCORE for us! They gave us a giant bottle of Bacardi rum and over the weekend, my husband made his favorite drink with the rum… Mojitos! Raspberry Mojitos - Fresh lime, mint, raspberry and rum! | JavaCupcake.comI’m not sure how he came across the recipe for raspberry mojitos, but while we were cooking dinner last night, Dave hands me one (get the recipe here!).  Oh. Em. Gee it was delicious! And it got me to thinking!  I bet I could transform these flavors into a cupcake! Lime, raspberry, mint and rum.  That’s too easy!  Plus, I have’t been posting too many cupcakes on my blog and I was about due for a new recipe. Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.comSo… the idea for a these Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes was born! The cake is packed full of lime flavor including sugar that was infused with oils of lime zest and freshly squeezed lime juice.  The raspberry filling was made with rum and reduced over heat to cook off all the alcohol. Topping the cupcake is a mint buttercream which is whipped to airy perfection.  The entire cupcake is topped with a fresh mint sprig and a whole raspberry. Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.comCupcake Awesomeness! If you’re worried about the alcohol content in these cupcakes, don’t be.  There is a very small amount of rum in the raspberry filling and it should all cook off when you make it.  So if you wanted to make these cupcakes for a family friendly party… no worries!  The flavor of rum is subtle by design! Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com Before I even had a chance to take pictures of these cupcakes, my husband was scheming to get his hands on them!  They’re pretty darn delicious. Seriously delicious.  Like, I couldn’t just eat one, delicious.  Like, I’d probably eat a dozen of them myself if I didn’t need to fit into a ball gown this weekend! hehe Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Happy Baking!

Sweets & Treats BoutiqueLove the liners on my cupcakes?  They’re grease-proof liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  These are my new favorite pattern, quarterfoil! Make sure to stop by Sweets & Treats Boutique and pick up a pack for yourself!

PS… Check back on Thursday for the recipe for the inspiration for these cupcakes, the Raspberry Mojito!

Raspberry Mojito Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 16-18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Lime Cupcakes
  • 1¾ cup cake flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • zest of 2 limes
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • Wilton Leaf Green Gel Food Coloring
Rum Raspberry Filling
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 3 Tbsp white rum (I used Bacardi)
  • 1 Tbsp Chambord raspberry liquor (optional)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
Whipped Mint Frosting
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening (I used Crisco)
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp mint extract
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • mint sprigs (enough to top each cupcake)
  • fresh raspberries (enough to top each cupcake)
Instructions
Lime Cupcakes
  1. Get out your eggs and buttermilk to bring to room temperature 30 minutes before you begin.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F degrees and line your cupcake pan with liners.
  3. Zest the 2 limes into a small prep bowl and pour the sugar over it. Using the back of a rubber spatula, press the sugar into the lime zest until the sugar has become fluffy and fragrant. This process should take 2-3 minutes.
  4. In a medium prep bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cold, cubed butter on high until smooth.
  6. Add the lime sugar and beat until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes. NOTE: The butter and sugar will not become light and fluffy because of the oils in the lime.
  7. One at a time, add the eggs and mix on medium-high for 30 seconds after each addition making sure to scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated.
  8. Add the lime juice and mix in. NOTE: The mixture will look curdled, but don't worry... this is normal.
  9. Using a toothpick, add a small dollop of the gel coloring and mix until the color is uniform. Scape the bowl down to make sure all the batter has been dyed.
  10. In three parts, add the flour with the mixer on low speed. Between each addition of flour, add half the buttermilk. After the last amount of flour has been added, turn the mixer off and scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and fold in the remaining flour. Turn the mixer back on to medium-high speed for 10 seconds. DO NOT OVERMIX!
  11. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full with batter.
  12. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  13. Cool cupcakes in pan for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Rum Raspberry Filling
  1. While the cupcakes are cooling, prepare the raspberry rum filling.
  2. In a medium frying pan, stir together the raspberries, sugar, rum, Chambord (optional) and salt over medium high heat.
  3. Cook until the berries break down completely and the mixture begins to bubble, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook until the mixture has reduced by about ⅓-1/2 and has become thicker. Stir constantly during this process.
  5. Pour mixture into a glass bowl and set aside to cool. To speed up the cooling process, place the bowl in the refrigerator.
Whipped Mint Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and shortening.
  2. Add the powdered sugar mix on medium for about 30 seconds. Add half the heavy cream and beat on medium high until smooth.
  3. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and then mix in the mint extract and salt.
  4. Add the remaining heavy cream and beat on high for 3-4 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
Assembly
  1. Core the center of each cupcake using and apple corer.
  2. Fill the hole with raspberry filling, pressing the filling down to the bottom of the cupcake. Fill the hole with enough filling so that it is flush with the top of the cupcake.
  3. Fill a piping bag fitted with a round piping tip with the buttercream.
  4. Pipe a swirl of buttercream onto each cupcake.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig and fresh raspberry.
  6. Serve immediately.

Peaches n’ Cream Cupcakes

Bloggers helping bloggers. It’s a great thing.  Last month, I had six amazing posts from some super bloggers step in for me here on JavaCupcake while my family transitioned to live without our soldier.   This time… it’s my turn to help out another blogger.

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Mallory of Total Noms got married this past weekend.  I love weddings.  Maybe, it’s because I never had one… maybe it’s because I love the idea of sharing the love you have for another person openly, in front of everyone who matters to you… professing your commitment to that person.   Everything about that… I love.  So, when Mallory reached out to the blogging community for guest posts on her blog while she went on her honeymoon… I jumped at the chance to help her out!

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A couple weeks ago the peaches here in Germany were literally falling from the trees.  There were so many that were ripe for the picking and my friend Mareile did just that.  She brought me a bag of the “extra” peaches that she couldn’t use… the extras equaled about 20lbs worth of peaches.  So… I made a peach crumble pie and I made Peaches n’ Cream Cupcakes.  But, these cupcakes were going to be special, for Mallory and her readers.

So… head on over to Total Noms and check out the Peaches n’ Cream Cupcakes I made for Mallory.  Tell her I sent ya and please, wish her a big CONGRATULATIONS on her marriage!

I can’t wait to see the pictures of your wedding Mallory!!

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Maple Pear Cupcakes

Maple syrup marinated pears bring these spiced cupcakes to the next level by adding an intense amount of flavor!   Oh, and did I mention the roasted pear buttercream? It’s Pure Pear Perfection!

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I know, it’s not technically Fall yet… but the weather here in Bavaria is telling me it’s time to put the flipflops away and break out the hoodies and Chuck Taylors.   The cloudy skies and cooler temperatures also tell me it’s time to start my Fall baking!

When I think of Fall I typically go for apples… I mean, apples go with everything and everyone loves them.  But… I’ve made them before.  A couple times.

I’m so over apples.

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So, I’ve moved on to pears!  I love how soft, yet still firm pears are… it’s like they melt in your mouth when you take a bite into them!  So these cupcakes are full of giant chunks of melt-in-your-mouth pear goodness.

Oh, did I mention that those pears got a 2 hour marinade in spices and pure maple syrup first? Ohhhhhhhhhh my! Yes!

Finally, these cupcakes are topped with a roasted pear buttercream.  Yeah… you read that correct. ROASTED PEAR BUTTERCREAM!?!? Oh yeah, I went there.

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Run to the store, get 4 pears and be prepared to have the most pearlicious cupcake ever!

Enjoy!

NOTE: Ok – in an attempt to be completely transparent, I need to confess something about these cupcakes.  After I made them and put the frosting… I ate one.  It was then I realized I should have paired a different frosting with this cake.  Now, don’t get me wrong… this frosting is super yummy! It’s just a bit sweet and too heavy for this cake.  Next time I make this cake… I think I’ll pair it with a light cinnamon whipped cream.  Light, not too sweet but still delicious… a frosting that won’t overpower the deliciousness of the pear cake!

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Cupcakes liners courtesy of Sweets  & Treats Boutique!

Maple Pear Cupcakes
 
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Maple syrup marinated pears fill these cupcakes while roasted pear buttercream tops them. Pure Pear Perfection.
Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Maple Pear Cupcakes
  • 2 medium pears, peeled, cored & diced (1½ cups diced)
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup (NOT breakfast syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups cake flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened & cubed
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Pear Buttercream
  • 1 medium pear
  • ⅛ tsp nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (NOT breakfast syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp pure honey
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 lb + 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • Cooked pears (about 3 Tbsp)
  • heavy cream - to desired consistency
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • pinch of Green gel food coloring (optional)
  • Thin sliced pear - for garnish
Instructions
Maple Pear Cupcakes
  1. Peel, core and dice the pears and place in an 8x8 dish.
  2. Sprinkle the nutmeg and cinnamon over the pears. Pour the maple syrup and vanilla over pears also. Stir it all together until the pears are well coated.
  3. Sit on the counter, uncovered, for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  5. In the bowl of your stand mixer, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Turn the mixer on low and mix for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the butter, vanilla and sour cream and mix until the flour mixture is no longer wet.
  7. Add the eggs one at a time and mix after each egg until incorporated. Scrape the sides & bottom of the bowl to make sure everything has been mixed.
  8. Fold in the mainating pears and all the juices in the pan.
  9. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full with batter.
  10. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until they are golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Pear Buttercream
  1. Peal, core and dice the pear and place it in a small saute pan over medium heat. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and honey and mix.
  2. Once the pears begin to soften, press a fork into each piece of pear to break it up. You don't want mushy pears, but soft small pieces.
  3. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want the sauce to thicken and turn a dark golden caramel color.
  4. Remove from the heat the pears to another bowl to cool. If you're short on time, pop the pears in the fridge to cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. Once the pears have cooled, in the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  6. Add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time and beat until incorporated.
  7. Add the cooked pears and mix in. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat on high for 1 minute.
  8. One teaspoon at a time, add the heavy cream. Mix well each time you add more. Add enough cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  9. Mix in the salt.
  10. At this time, add the green food coloring. Use just enough to get a light, yet bright green color. This step is optional.
  11. Beat the buttercream on high for 1-2 minutes or until it has become light and fluffy.
  12. If the buttercream is thin, chill in fridge for about 10 minutes before piping.
Assembly
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip fitted on a disposable piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  2. Top with thin slices of pear for garnish.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Bakingdom's Pear Hazelnut Cupcakes.

{Guest Post} Peachy Keen Cupcakes

Heather of Heather’s Dish is on the blog today sharing these amazing Peachy Keen Cupcakes with you!  Don’t those slices of peach on top make you want to jump through the computer and eat them!?

Peachy Keen Cupcakes by Heather's Dish for JavaCupcake.com

THANK YOU Heather, for creating this cupcake and recipe for me!  It’s an amazing feeling to have the love and support of the blogging community during this difficult time! Be sure to check out Heather’s blog and thank her for such a sweet recipe!

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Y’all, I am just so honored to be posting on Betsy’s blog today!  The sacrifices her husband and her whole family make for our country – well, it truly does bring tears to my eyes. And the fact that she was able to reach out and get so much love and support from such an incredible community of bloggers?  Well, let’s just say that while I haven’t had to work through deployment, I too have experienced that love and support during hard times and there truly aren’t words to express my gratitude.

So let’s talk peaches, shall we?  As a native Texan I grew up enamored with the sweet and juicy stone fruit that came out of Fredericksburg, Texas during the dog days of summer.  Sure, I grew up and lived in West Texas, but those trips to the Hill Country always meant that we’d get to sink our teeth into those sweet peaches, which would always yield a peach-juice beard on everyone who surrendered to that sweet summer treat.  As a proper Texas girl I think it’s safe to say that that’s the only kind of “beard” a gal should have, and I’d gladly wear mine around til the peaches were gone!

Peahcy Keen Cupcakes by Heather's Dish for JavaCupcake.com

These days I live in the South where sweet juicy fruit is still abundant and just oh-so-delicious.  I mean really, what a blessing to eat so well during these hot summer months!  To celebrate (and maybe to use some peaches we inevitably didn’t have the time to eat immediately) I thought what better way to celebrate Betsy’s family, summer and this beautiful community than stuff cupcakes full of peaches and slather on some cream cheese frosting.

I mean really, that’s a celebration.  So let’s get on it!

Peachy Keen Cupcakes
 
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Ingredients
For the cupcakes
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peach puree (2-3 large peaches, peeled and pureed in a food processor or blender)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 large peaches, peeled and finely diced
  • zest of one large orange
For the cream cheese frosting
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
For the cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a muffin pan with cups and brush the rim lightly with oil.
  3. For the cupcakes, cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the peach puree and Greek yogurt and mix until well incorporated.
  6. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  7. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.
  8. Toss the diced peaches and orange zest with 1 tablespoon flour and then fold into the batter until evenly distributed.
  9. Scoop the cupcakes by ¼ cup each into the lined muffin cups.
  10. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until just done.
  11. Let cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting
  1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla, mixing until smooth.
  3. If a thinner texture is desired, add the milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  4. Spread the frosting evenly on the cupcakes.

Heather DisarroHeather Disarro is a native Texan who now lives in Little Rock with her husband, son, and two rambunctious labs. She graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006 with a degree in Restaurant/Hotel/Institutional Management and English. After forays in the restaurant, fashion and outdoor apparel industries, her passion for food, writing, photography and travel led her to begin a food- and life-based blog, Heather’s Dish, where she blogs on a daily basis. She also coordinates a blog dedicated to encouraging women to see their own true beauty, FacesofBeauty.org, which is run solely from individual contributions. In her free time, you can find Heather working out, playing hide-and-seek with her son, kneading bread or hiking with her family. She is a wife, mother, storyteller, writer, hopeful crafter, and all-around completely blessed!

Connect with Heather here: TwitterFacebookPinterestInstagramGoogle+ YouTube or her Blog, Heather’s Dish

 

Dark Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

I’m super excited to share these Dark Chocolate Banana Cupcakes with you today!  Why, you may be asking?? Well… it’s because these cupcakes are a part of a guest post I wrote for Christi at Love from the Oven.

Dark Chocolate Banana Cupcakes by JavaCupcake.com

These cupcakes are a dark chocolate cake with banana chunks running through the cake… making it so moist.  The frosting is a dark chocolate frosting and instead of milk or cream, I use banana to moisten it.

Chocolate + Banana = YUM!

Make sure you check out the recipe and my entire guest post over at Love From the Oven!  Oh… and while you’re there, make sure to check out all the rest of the amazing treats that Christi comes up with!  She’s one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to blogging!

Sprinkles Will Fly: Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

Sprinkles Will Fly: A Cupcake Couture Blog Party featuring Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting by JavaCupcake.comIt’s time to celebrate the 4th of July! The Independence of the USA – a great American holiday! And what better way to celebrate than with cupcakes! I’m super excited to be a part of another Blog Party featuring so many delicious cupcakes wrapped in Bella Cupcake Couture!

23 blogs created 23 different cupcakes all dressed in patriotic cupcake wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture… all with one purpose… to INSPIRE YOU to create these at home for your friends and family on the 4th of July!  We wanted to show you how easy it is to make a delicious cupcake and make it beautiful for your party too!

Make sure to check out all the other blogs to see their creations!  There are some seriously yummy looking cupcakes here!

Sprinkles will Fly: A Cupcake Couture Blog Party!An American Cupcake in London
Bella Cupcake Couture
Chronicles of a Foodie
Creative Food
Cupcake Project
Cupcakes Take the Cake
Diary of a Mad Hausfrau
Haniela’s
Hoosier Homemade
Hungry Happenings
In Katrina’s Kitchen
Inside BruCrew Life
Java Cupcake
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Love From the Oven
Make Bake Celebrate
Not Just a Mommy
Not Your Mommas Cookie
Pint Sized Baker
Sugar Swings! Serve Some
The Baking Cup
The Decorated Cookie

 

The cupcakes I created for this party were Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes!  Yum!  Rich red velvet cake filled with cherry pie filling and topped with a coconut cream cheese frosting.  The red cake and white frosting paired with the blue and white wrappers from Bella Cupcake Couture make the perfect patriotic treat!

Since these will be served at a backyard BBQ, I wanted to keep the setup super simple.  I displayed the cupcakes on a glass plate and used a two tier stand to set the plates on. I wanted the backdrop of the cupcakes to be the green grass, the yard, the blue sky and the party.  Very informal, but still super pretty.

Sprinkles Will Fly: A Cupcake Couture Blog Party featuring Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting by JavaCupcake.com

Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients
Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp red liquid food coloring (about one small bottle)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 12oz cans Lucky Leaf Cherry Pie Filling
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 8oz package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • upto ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp coconut extract
  • fresh cherries, for garnish
  • red & blue sugar crystals, for garnish
  • Bella Cupcake Couture cupcake wrappers
Instructions
Cherry Red Velvet Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until incorporated after each egg.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the red food coloring, cocoa powder and vanilla extract until it turns into a paste.
  5. Add this paste to the butter and eggs and mix until combined.
  6. Add the flour and buttermilk, alternating. Begin and end with the flour. Mix only until just combined.
  7. Mix in the vinegar. Do not over mix the batter!
  8. Scoop batter ⅔ full into the prepared liners.
  9. Bake 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool in pans for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time and mix until smooth after each addition.
  3. Mix in the coconut extract.
  4. One tablespoon at a time, add the coconut milk. Mix after each addition. You may or may not need all the milk. Add only enough until you reach your desired consistency. Once you reach that consistency, mix for 1 minute.
  5. Allow frosting to rest for a few minutes before frosting cupcakes.
Assembly
  1. Core out the center of each cupcake using an apple corer.
  2. Fill each cupcake with the cherry pie filling.
  3. Using the Wilton 1M closed star tip, frosting swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Sprinkle the tops of the frosting with red & blue sugar crystals.
  5. Place a fresh cherry, stem included, on top.
  6. Before serving, place each cupcake in a Bella Cupcake Couture cupcake wrapper.
Notes
Do not overfill the cupcake liners with batter. These cupcakes puff up with big domes if you put less, rather than more, batter into each cup.

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