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.

Easy Samoa Cupcakes

Impress your friends with these super easy Samoa Cupcakes!  Made with my tried and true chocolate cake recipe, these cupcakes are topped with a brown sugar frosting, toasted coconut, chocolate drizzle and a Samoa Cookie!

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This past Saturday, my neighbor Doris invited me and the kids over for a BBQ to help the time pass before my husband comes home from Afghanistan.  It was a last minute invite, seeing it was already 4:30pm and I was in my sweat pants with no make-up on so I hesitated at first about coming over.  I mean… it’s one thing to be in sweats in front of my neighbor, but in mixed company… I wasn’t too sure.

After a little convincing, I decided I’d toss the kids over the fence and join the neighbors, their kids and another family for a BBQ dinner.

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My mom taught that when someone invites you for dinner, you bring something to the table.  You don’t come empty handed.   So, I ran into the kitchen and did a quick inventory of what I had on hand to make.  I always have supplies for cupcakes, but what could I throw together that would have that “WOW” factor?

I still had a few boxes of Girl Scout Samoa cookies left, so I decided I’d do a play on those for the cupcakes.

I started with my favorite chocolate cake recipe for the cupcakes.  Then, I topped the cupcakes with a brown sugar frosting.  I didn’t have any caramel, so I wanted to incorporate the flavor of caramel into the frosting… brown sugar was the easiest way to do that.

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While the cupcakes were cooling, I toasted some sweetened coconut and pulled the Hershey’s chocolate syrup out of the fridge to come to room temperate.  I halved a few Samoa cookies and I was ready to put it all together.

On top of the swirl of brown sugar frosting, I sprinkled a generous amount of toasted coconut.  Then, drizzled the chocolate sauce over the coconut and garnished the entire cupcake with half a Samoa Cookie.

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Easy Samoa Cupcakes! The entire process took less than two hours… most of which was spent waiting for the cupcakes to cool enough so the frosting wouldn’t melt!

Happy Baking!

Easy Samoa Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • Use THIS RECIPE for the chocolate cupcakes
  • NOTE: For this recipe I used a caramel flavored brewed coffee
Frosting
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
Garnish
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Samoa cookies, halved
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Make cupcakes according to the directions in THIS RECIPE
Frosting
  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth - about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the cream/milk and beat until smooth, light and fluffy. Add more milk if you desire a looser consistency.
Assembly
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe a swirl of frosting on to each cupcake.
  2. Sprinkle toasted coconut on top then drizzle chocolate sauce over.
  3. Garnish each cupcake with ½ a Girl Scout Samoa Cookie.

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Celebrate this lucky holiday with these festive, fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes!

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A few years back I made green velvet cupcakes topped with Bailey’s Irish cream frosting for St. Patrick’s Day.  It was way back in 2009, the super early days of blogging.The cupcakes turned out really amazing, but my blogging skills lacked just a little bit.  So, if you’re interested in a little giggle… go check out that post!

These cupcakes, however are a LOT better and this post will be more up to my current day standards of blogging.  Pretty pictures.  Nicely written recipe.  Ya know, the works!

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So to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I wanted to use that famous lucky cereal with those marshmallows.  You know, Lucky Charms! But, I didn’t want my cupcakes to be like every other Lucky Charms Cupcakes I’d seen on Pinterest.  So, I took what I liked from a few different recipes and combined them to make these!

The bulk of the recipe comes from The Novice Chef.  I really love how she made cereal milk by letting the cereal just hang out in the milk.  You know, like what’s left in the bowl after you eat all the marshmallows and throw out the cereal bits from your Lucky Charms?  That deliciously sweet cereal milk is what’s is used in this recipe for the moisture.  Genius if you ask me.

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I was actually out of vanilla extract, but I did have maple extract.  I thought it worked perfectly because the maple added a more breakfasty flavor to the entire cupcake.  Perfect combination with the Lucky Charms.

After baking, I did notice that the cupcakes that had less cereal in them puffed up really high.  Some even had a massively big dome on them.  So, if you want a bigger dome, put LESS cereal in your batter.  And to be honest, if I make these again, they will probably only get about a cup of cereal, at the most.

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I’m serving these cupcakes up to the kids at my daughter’s middle school today… a lucky treat for them!

Happy Baking!

Lucky Charms Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 2½ cups Lucky Charms cereal, divided
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
Frosting
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup Lucky Charms cereal and the milk. Allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the cereal & discard. Measure out 1 cup of the milk and discard the rest.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar, oil and maple extract and whisk until completely incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the cereal milk. Begin and end with the flour. Mix until the flour is about 90% mixed into the batter.
  6. Gently fold 1½ cups Lucky Charms cereal into the batter so that it is evenly distributed.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Frosting
  1. In a double-boiler over medium high heat, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar with a whisk.
  2. Constantly whisk the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites have become foamy.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Using a star tip, pipe frosting onto cupcakes
  6. Garnish with Lucky Charms Cereal.
Notes
Recipe originally from The Novice Chef

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 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!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

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!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

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.

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

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!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

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!!

{Tutorial} Toy Story Alien Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

 

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!

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Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes

Red velvet cinnamon and chili cupcakes infused with Red Hots syrup topped with Red Hots buttercream make these Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes a spicy, sweet treat perfect for Valentine’s Day… or any day!

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I haven’t made a cupcake in a while… so I wanted to make something that I had never done before! And since it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought why not make it a themed cupcake… Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes!

Red Hots or Cinnamon Imperials candies are the prefect little spicy red candy to decorate cupcakes or cookies with but often times are used only at Christmas.  I know I’ve used them for years to decorate our holiday cookies with.  But since they’re red in color, I knew they’d be a great addition to any Valentine dessert!

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I didn’t just want to toss the candies into the batter and call it good… I wanted really get the spicy flavor of the candies into the cake.  So, I made a simple syrup out of the cinnamon candies and drizzled it over the cupcakes.  This way the spicy flavor would soak into the cupcake and would be a prominent flavor! I also used that same syrup in the buttercream frosting and added a bit of chili powder for more of a spicy kick!

Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

These are some seriously unique cupcakes.  And they definitely aren’t for the faint of heart… they’ve got a kick with all the chili powder and cinnamon red hots in them!

If you’re looking for something unique and different, then these are the cupcakes for you.  Flavor wise, they truly are one of the most different cupcakes I’ve ever made.  They aren’t really chocolate… they aren’t really red velvet… they pack a punch of spice and there’s this syrup glaze on top that leaves your mouth going WOOOAAAAAH!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Enjoy!

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Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1½ cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz liquid red food coloring
  • 1 cup milk + 2 tsp vinegar (let sit for 5 minutes before using)
Red Hot Syrup
  • 1 cup cinnamon imperials or Red Hots candies
  • ½ cup water
Red Hot Buttercream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar, sifted
  • ¼ cup Red Hots syrup
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ cup - ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
Red Hot Velvet Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, chili powder and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar and vegetable oil.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and whisk together until smooth.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla extract, red food coloring and cocoa powder until it makes a paste. Add this to the batter and whisk until completely combined.
  6. Mix in the milk and whisk until incorporated.
  7. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the wet. Using a spoon or rubber spatula, fold/stir gently until no more flour is visible, but not completely mixed. Do not overmix!
  8. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full with batter.
  9. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Red Hot Syrup
  1. In a small sauce pan, bring the water and candies to a boil, stirring constantly until all the candies have dissolved.
  2. Reduce to low-medium heat and simmer until the syrup has reduced and is thick.
Red Hot Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Add the chili powder, salt, and Red Hots syrup and beat until incorporated.
  4. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  5. Start with ¼ cup of heavy cream and mix until combined. Add up to ¼ cup (or more) until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Beat buttercream on high for 2 minutes.
Assembly
  1. After cupcakes have cooled, pokes several holes in the top of each cupcake with a toothpick.
  2. Spoon over a few teaspoons of Red Hots syrup on the top of each cupcake allowing the syrup to soak into the cake and holes.
  3. Pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Top with a Red Hots candy.

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

These Sweet Potato Cupcakes aren’t your ordinary cupcake! They are filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar then are topped with a marshmallow frosting and are sure to please the sweet potato-lover in your life!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting | JavaCupcake.com

I am in love with sweet potatoes.   Seriously.  I could probably eat them several times a week with dinner if my family would let me!  hehe  Typically, I just roast them with a little olive oil, salt/pepper and a few assorted herbs.  My husband wants me to add honey – but I think they’re sweet enough without!  And… as a matter of fact, I’m eating sweet potatoes with my lunch as I write this post – left over from last night’s dinner! HA! :)

As the holiday’s went on, I noticed sweet potatoes being made into casseroles, pies, donuts and all kinds of delicious goodies.  BUT – I did not sweet a sweet potato cupcake.  So of course, I needed to make one!

Since I had huge success with the pumpkin cupcakes, I thought… why reinvent the wheel?  Why develop a completely new recipe when I’ve already got one that I could adapt for these sweet potato cupcakes!  So… that’s exactly what I did!

Of course, you can’t top sweet potatoes with anything other than marshmallows!  I topped these cupcakes with a light and fluffy marshmallow frosting that’s super simple to make and looks like a white cloud on top of the cupcakes!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting | JavaCupcake.com

I hope that you can set aside some time to make these sweet potato cupcakes before the holiday season is over!  They’re really worth the effort not only because of the unique flavors but because they are actually really quite delicious!

Oh… now that I think about it, you should make these for your New Years Eve party!! YES!  You could totally decorate them with fun colors and use liners like the green ones I used from Sweets & Treats Boutique!! YES! Do it!!!  Your friends will be WOWed at your NYE party!

Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes
 
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Serves: 18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Sweet Potato Cupcakes
  • 1⅔ all-purpose cup flour
  • ½ light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (I used canned with no added spices)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
Marshmallow Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (sifted before measuring)
  • 1 7oz jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • sugar pears or sprinkles, for garnish
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until combined. NOTE: Make sure all the brown sugar chunks have been broken up.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Add the sour cream, sweet potato puree, vanilla extract and oil and whisk until smooth. NOTE: No lumps of sweet potato or sour cream should be left after whisking.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry flour mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula until all the dry has been incorporated into the wet. NOTE: Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to sure everything has been combined. DO NOT OVER MIX.
  5. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Once all the liners have been filled, tap the pan on the counter 2-3 times help settle the batter into the cups and release any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Leave cupcakes in the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Marshmallow Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and marshmallow fluff and beat on high for 1 minute.
  3. Add the heavy cream and beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Toss in the salt and mix until incorporated.
  5. Using a large open star tip, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  6. Garnish with sugar pearls or sprinkles