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

Blueberry Banana Bread

Kick your banana bread up a notch with some sweet blueberries and a crunchy topping!  This recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread is made in only one-bowl, is super simple and will transform your ordinary banana bread into something amazingly delicious!

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I’ve had three over-ripe bananas on my counter for at least a week.  Today was definitely the last day I could even possibly think about using them in a bread before they went completely black! I’ve made banana bread a million times before, so I wanted to do something a little different with this recipe. But… it’s Sunday afternoon (obviously it’s not Sunday still… but it was when I wrote this hah!) and I didn’t want a huge mess in my kitchen or a big baking project!

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So, I found a recipe by tablespoon that looked perfect! Only one mixing bowl (okay, two bowls cause you need one to melt the butter in… but only one mixing bowl) is needed for this recipe… which I think is my favorite part about this recipe.  Well, that and how delicious this bread is! The subtle hint of cinnamon paired with the bananas and the burst of flavor and juice from the blueberries… holy cow.

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SO so so so good! I knew the blueberries would add a whole new level of flavor to the banana bread, but I had no idea I’d love it this much!

And don’t get me started on the topped.  Okay… maybe I will brag about it for a second.  This oatmeal, sugar, and flour topping adds a crunch that just puts this bread over the top delicious! I don’t know why I haven’t used something like this before on the top of a banana bread.  It’s so good!  I love too that because it was a thin layer of topping on top of the batter, that it doesn’t flake off when I cut the bread.  Nothing I hate more than slicing into a piece of bread and all the topping falls off!

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If you’re in need of a quick, easy and delicious way to use up the ripe bananas in your house… definitely give this bread a try!

Happy Baking!

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Blueberry Banana Bread
 
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Serves: 1 loaf of bread
Ingredients
Bread
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (plus a few extra for the top)
Topping
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup quick oats
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease, flour and line with parchment paper a loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl combine the mashed bananas, cinnamon, sugar, salt, egg and melted butter until completely incorporated.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the water and baking soda and add it to the large bowl. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the flour and fold until all most completely incorporated.
  5. Add the blueberries and mix gently until evenly distributed.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in your prepared pan.
  7. In a small bowl, stir together all the topping ingredients until combined.
  8. Scoop small dollops of the topping across the top of the batter in the pan. Use the back of a fork to gently spread the topping evenly. NOTE: The topping will not completely cover the batter, but you don't want any large holes.
  9. Press 5-6 blueberries into the batter on top. This is optional, but when it's done baking, it will create a great presentation!
  10. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before removing to to cool on a wire rack.
  12. Cut into slices and serve with coffee or tea.
Notes
Recipe originally from Table Spoon

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!

{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!

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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.

{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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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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Espresso Truffles

Espresso Truffles made from richly flavored espresso ganache covered in dark chocolate and crushed espresso flakes make for an indulgent dessert!

Espresso Truffles: Espresso ganache covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with ground espresso beans!  | JavaCupcake.com

Every once in a while I surprise myself with the things I come up with.  These espresso truffles are one of those surprises.  See, I wasn’t planning on making these for you.  They were a bi-product of the mini mocha macarons I made a few weeks back.  I had extra filling from the macarons, perfectly good ganache and I couldn’t’ for the life of me throw away.  I asked on Facebook for suggestions of what to make with the extra chocolate and I got a lot of great ideas, but…

I decided to make truffles.

Decadent, rich, espresso truffles.

Espresso Truffles: Espresso ganache covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with ground espresso beans!  | JavaCupcake.com

Making these truffles was really quite simple.  I simple rolled chilled ganache into balls, covered them in melted chocolate and then topped them with ground espresso beans.  The process couldn’t have been quicker or easier.

And the result… decadence with every bite.

Espresso Truffles: Espresso ganache covered in dark chocolate and sprinkled with ground espresso beans!  | JavaCupcake.com

If you’ve never seen an espresso grinder before… well, you’re not the only one.  I found the grinder in a Lindt store in Berlin.  There were two kinds actually, one espresso and one sugar and chocolate.  Of course, I brought home both.  You may have seen them in the Berlin giveaway I just hosted with Erin of Texanerin Baking.

There are dozens of ways you could use this espresso grinder, I mean the possibilities are endless.   On top of cookies before baking, garnishing cupcakes and cakes, in your coffee for a little extra kick.  Anywhere you’d want that bite of coffee flavor, use this grinder!

Everyone needs one in their kitchen.

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One bite of these melt-in-your-mouth espresso truffles will leave you wanting more… and more…. and more.  They have a dark chocolate taste, a creamy texture, and a rich coffee flavor that is so incredibly delicious and indulgent.

Enjoy!

Espresso Truffles
 
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Serves: 2-3 dozen truffles
Ingredients
  • 120g semi-sweet chocolate - I used Lindt 70% schokolade
  • 120ml or ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • ½ T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ T vanilla extract
  • 80g semi-sweet chocolate - Again, used Lindt 70% schokolade
  • Lindt chocolate/espresso grinder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Chop up the 120g chocolate and place in a glass bowl.
  2. In a small sauce pan, combine the espresso powder and cream with a whisk. Heat the cream and espresso together over high heat until it comes to a rolling simmer.
  3. Pour the hot milk over the chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. DO NOT STIR!
  4. Add the vanilla extract and butter and stir with a rubber spatula SLOWLY until all the chocolate has melted. NOTE: Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl several times to ensure everything has been incorporated.
  5. Pound the bowl on the counter 3-4 times to remove any air bubbles.
  6. Allow the chocolate to cool, uncovered, until it reaches room temperature and begins to solidify. This should take 3-4 hours.
  7. Line a flat baking sheet with wax paper.
  8. Once the chocolate is solid, roll 1in balls of chocolate in your hands and place on the wax paper.
  9. Freeze the balls for 2-3 hours or until completely firm and very cold.
  10. Melt 80g chocolate over a double boiler.
  11. One at a time, drop the cold balls into the melted chocolate. Move around with a fork to cover completely. Lift the chocolate with the fork and tap any excess.
  12. Place the covered chocolate on the wax paper and immediately grind the chocolate/espresso over the top of the truffle. NOTE: If you don't have a chocolate/espresso grinder, you can top the truffles with anything else you'd like. Chocolate jimmies, a coffee bean, sea salt. The melted chocolate will harden very quickly - if you're going to top the truffles with something, be quick about it!
  13. Allow the melted chocolate to set completely before serving the truffles. If not serving immediately, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Remove 30 minutes prior to serving.

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!

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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.