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Easy 4th of July Cupcakes

These Easy 4th of July Cupcakes are not only delicious, but they are simple to put together and will help you celebrate our nation’s independence with style!

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I believe that a cupcake isn’t just a personal size portion of cake with some frosting smeared on top.   I believe that an individual cupcake should be as beautiful on its own as an entire cake is.

To achieve this, I start thinking about the cupcake from bottom to top.  First, I plan which grease proof liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique will best fit the theme.  For these 4th of July cupcakes, I decided the only way to go was with red and blue liners.

To compliment the liners and to keep the patriotic theme going, I baked blue and red velvet cake in their coordinating liners.

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I topped each cupcake with crisp, white whipped cream buttercream and a combination of red, white and blue sprinkles and jimmies.  To complete the cupcake, each cupcake is topped with a red, white or blue patriotic M&M.

Pure patriotic perfection.

I wish you all a happy & safe 4th of July!

Easy 4th of July Cupcakes

Easy 4th of July Cupcakes

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 18 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix + ingredients on the box
  • 1 box blue velvet cake mix + ingredients on the box

Frosting

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 lbs powdered sugar
  • 4 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • red & blue liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique
  • red, white, and blue sugar crystals and/or jimmies
  • 1 bag of patriotic M&M candies

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Prepare the cupcakes according to the directions on the box. Bake the red in the red liners and the blue in the blue liners.

Frosting

  1. Whip the butter, sugar, vanilla and half the cream together until smooth.
  2. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and whip again.
  3. Add the remaining heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. You may not need all of the cream if you want it thicker or add more if you want it softer.
  4. Add the salt.
  5. Whip for 3-4 minutes or until smooth and fluffy.

Assembly

  1. Using a Wilton 1M (medium open star tip), pipe swirls of frosting onto each cooled cupcake.
  2. Top immediately with red, white and blue sprinkles/jimmies.
  3. Top each cupcake with one patriotic M&M candy.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Surprise the Minecraft fan in your life with this simple and fun Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake!

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Earlier this week, I shared with you the princess pull-apart cupcake cake I made for Emily’s 6th birthday.  Today, I’ve got her twin brother’s Minecraft Sword pull-apart cupcake cake for you!

Say hello and happy birthday to Jakob!  His mom Amy hosted a big party with classmates at a local jump house and it was a blast!!

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Jakob’s cupcake cake was a little more labor intensive than Emily’s princess one.  The same amount of planning went into putting his cake together, it just took a bit more time.

The bulk of the work went into piping the frosting to look like pixels, just like in Minecraft!

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Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Supplies

Assembly

  1. Cover the foam board with the wrapping paper making a smooth, clean surface to place the cupcakes on.
  2. Make the buttercream frosting and tint it to the color you want.  (See recipe below)
  3. Fit medium star piping tip onto the piping bag and fill with light blue buttercream.Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake {Recipe & Tutorial} | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com
  4. Start with the light blue frosting and pipe 5 small stars across a cupcake (in a black liner) down the center of the cupcake.  Repeat filling the top of the cupcake with stars until you have 25 stars shaped in a square.  You want to make SIX 6 light blue cupcakes in black liners.
  5. Repeat this piping process with the dark blue frosting and make TWELVE 12 dark blue cupcakes in black liners.
  6. Finally, with the dark brown frosting, pipe 5×5 rows of stars onto cupcakes in the gold liners.  You’ll have a total of NINE 9 brown cupcakes in gold liners.
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  7. Using the photos as a guide, line up the cupcakes on your prepared foam board.  If you’re traveling, apply a small dollop of frosting to the bottom of each cupcake to attach it to the board.  This will act like glue and prevent the cupcakes from sliding.
  8. Be sure to be mindful of direction you place each cupcake, you want them to all be facing the same direction and uniform.

Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Ingredients

Crustable Buttercream

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening (I used Crisco)
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • gel food coloring
  • 2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder

Instructions

Frosting

  1. In your stand mixer, whip together the butter and shortening until combined.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  3. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the heavy cream. Whip until smooth.
  4. If the frosting is too thick, add 1 Tbsp more cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Whip on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  6. Reserve half the frosting for the brown and set aside.
  7. Add a SMALL amount of blue gel coloring to the remaining white and whip until combined.
  8. Decorating the 6 light blue cupcakes.
  9. Add more gel coloring until you get a deep dark turquoise blue and whip until combined. Let the color sit in the frosting for 5-10 minutes before piping, it will turn deep and dark in color.

Brown cupcakes

  1. Add 2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder to the reserved frosting and whip until combined.
  2. If the frosting is too stiff, add a small splash of heavy cream to slightly loosen.
  3. Allow the frosting to set for 5 minutes to deepen in color.

 

 

Princess Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

This pull-apart cupcake cake is perfect for the princess loving kid in your life!

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My friend Amy has twins who needed cakes for their joint birthday party.  Emily and Jakob requested cakes for their birthday this year, but their party was being held at a local bouncy gym.  When Amy asked me to help her figure out the cake situation, I suggested cupcake cakes!

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Typically, I’m not a fan of these types of cakes.  The grocery stores sell them and typically smear frosting over the top of a dozen cupcakes and call it good.  I did not want these cakes to look like that.  Cupcakes are perfect for parties because they are already portioned out sizes and no cutting or plates are needed!

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For Emily’s cake, we decided on a princess theme.  We found a few photos online that were on inspiration and went from there!  These cupcakes can be made in any flavor, but the frosting should be a white based frosting so that it can be dyed pink or whatever color princess dress your little one wants.

Princess pull-apart cupcake cake

Supplies

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Assembly

  1. Cover the foam board with the wrapping paper making a smooth, clean surface to place the cupcakes on.
  2. Make the buttercream frosting and tint it to the color you want.  (See recipe below)
  3. Fit 1M piping tip onto the piping bag and fill with buttercream.
  4. Pipe a swirl onto the cupcake creating a rose shape.  To do this, do not lift the piping bag when swirling the frosting, leave it flush to the surface of the cupcake.  Lindsay Ann Bakes has a great video tutorial for this technique!
  5. Using this photo as a guide, begin arranging the frosted cupcakes onto the covered board.  Place a pea sized amount of frosting to the bottom of the cupcake to act as “glue” before place it on the board.  Doing this will make sure your cupcakes don’t roll around if you need to transport the cupcake cake. Princess pull-apart cupcake cake {Recipe & Tutorial} | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com
  6. Using tweezers, place the sugar pearls in a swooping pattern on the bottom row of the cupcakes.  This will create a pretty trim on the bottom of the princess cake.  Optionally, you can add 5-6 pearls to the center of each cupcake.
  7. For the belt, I chose two types of crystal sliders from the craft store.  The first was a set of 4 large flowers and was 3 sets of smaller flowers.  I attached three of the large flowers together and added a strand of four smaller flowers to each side.  This made the belt long enough to cross the “waist” of the dress.  Princess pull-apart cupcake cake {Recipe & Tutorial} | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com
  8. If you have any crystal flowers remaining, use them to decorate the base row of cupcakes creating beautiful embellishments like on a bottom of a dress. Princess pull-apart cupcake cake {Recipe & Tutorial} | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.com
  9. Finally, place the tiara at the top of the cake.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Coming next week… Jakob’s Minecraft sword pull-apart cake!

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Princess Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Princess Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake

Ingredients

Crustable Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup shortening (I used Crisco)
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. In your stand mixer, whip together the butter and shortening until combined.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
  3. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the heavy cream. Whip until smooth.
  4. If the frosting is too thick, add 1 Tbsp more cream until you reach your desired consistency.
  5. Add a dollop of pink gel and whip until combined. Add more to reach the color you want.
  6. Whip on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.

 

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Flower Pot Cupcakes

Spring is here and these Flower Pot Cupcakes will make the perfect dessert for a garden party or Spring soiree!

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I subscribe to Cake Style on YouTube and one of their recent videos featuring piped cosmos flowers placed onto a layer cake inspired me to make these cupcakes!

So, I taught myself to pipe cosmos flowers and made these super cute Flower Pot Cupcakes…

With a video too! (Scroll to the bottom)

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These cupcakes aren’t for beginners, unfortunately.  You’ll need to know how to use a piping bag and a some experience working with buttercream.

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 dozen Sweets & Treats Boutique Bake Bright cupcake liners
  • 1 dozen cupcakes made with Pillsbury Funfetti Vibrant Green Cupcake and Cake Mix (8.25 oz. pouch) + the ingredients needed to bake them
  • Vanilla buttercream – I used this recipe
  • Wilton dyes in – green, yellow, & two other colors of your choice for flowers
  • Disposable piping bags & small couplers
  • Wilton tips #102, #3, #233, #67
  • Flower nail
  • Parchment squares
  • Baking sheet

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I really love how the Sweets & Treats Boutique green dot liners really add to the overall look of the cupcake! I’m a firm believer that the cupcake shouldn’t just look pretty on top where the frosting is, but the it should be cute from top to bottom!

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Instructions

  1. Prepare the green cake mix as instructed on the package and bake them in the Sweets & Treats Bake Bright green dot liners.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
  2. Separate the buttercream into two… 2/3 in one bowl and 1/3 in another.
  3. Separate the 2/3 buttercream into three equal parts.  Leave one white and color the other two any color you want for the flowers.
  4. Separate the 1/3 buttercream in two parts, 2/3 and 1/3.  Color the 1/3 yellow and the 2/3 green.
  5. Fit the piping bag with the #102 small petal tip and fill the piping bag with the first color.
  6. Place a dab of frosting onto a parchment square and place it on the flower nail.  Pipe 7-8 petals onto the square, spinning the flower nail as you pipe.  (See the video for more details)  Place the flower onto the baking sheet.  Repeat with the other two colors of buttercream until you’ve made at least 3-5 flowers per cupcake.  (For more details on how to pipe the flowers, see the Cake Style video that inspired me to make these cupcakes)
  7. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #3 small round tip with the yellow buttercream.  Pipe 6-8 dots of yellow into the center of each flower. (See the video for more details)
  8. Freeze all the flowers until they are firm.
  9. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #233 grass tip with the green buttercream.  Pipe little shoots of grass onto the top of each cupcake.  (See the video for more details)
  10. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #67 leaf tip with green buttercream.  Pipe dabs of frosting onto the top of the grass.  This will act like the glue to hold on the flowers.
  11. Working with 3-5 flowers at a time out of the freezer, gently peel each flower off the parchment square and place it onto the cupcake.  Place as many as you like in whatever way you feel looks best. (See video for more details)
  12. Pipe leaves with the green buttercream around the flowers.
  13. Repeat until all the cupcakes are covered.

NOTE: The flowers get soft very quickly, so keep them chilled until you are ready to place them on the cupcake.

I am so super in love with how well these cupcakes turned out.  Piping the flowers first, chilling them and then placing them on top created the perfect little pot of flowers!

When the buttercream flowers come to room temperature, they meld onto each other making it impossible to tell how they were place on the cupcakes! I had people amazed and how I made these!

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So whether you’re hosting a garden party, a bake sale or just want to make something adorable, these Flower Pot Cupcakes are perfect for all your cupcake needs!

Happy Baking!

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Bunny Cupcakes

Being a busy Mom coming up with cute, delicious desserts for Easter can sometimes be a daunting task.  These semi-homemade Bunny Cupcakes are not only adorable, but they are sure to make everyone jump for joy on Easter!

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I have realized that sometimes, it’s okay if everything I bake isn’t 100% homemade.  It doesn’t make me less of a baker, less of a mother and it surely doesn’t mean what I bake isn’t going to taste delicious! So for Easter this year, I decided to focus on making my cupcakes super cute by turning them into bunnies!

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Here are a few of the things you’ll need for these cupcakes.  You don’t have to use exactly these items or these brands… just use what you have access to at the stores near you!

You’ll need:

  • Cake mix & all the ingredients to make the cake
  • Marshmallows
  • Black sugar pearls, spring colored jimmies, and pink sugar crystals
  • Small pink jelly beans
  • Sweets & Treats Boutique pink dot Bake Bright cupcake liners
  • Scissors
  • Frosting (not pictured)

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After the cupcakes are baked and before you begin frosting the cupcakes, you’ll need to prepare the marshmallow ears for the bunnies.

  1. Hold the marshmallow by the flat edges.
  2. Using clean scissors, cut across the marshmallow from one corner to the opposite corner.
  3. Press the exposed side of the marshmallow into a bowl of pink sugar crystals.
  4. Set the two halves aside in pairs so they can be easily placed onto the cupcakes later.

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Putting together the Bunny Cupcakes is super simple! Pipe a dollop of frosting to the top of each cupcake, use the tweezers to place each black sugar pearl eye and press in a pink jelly bean for a nose! Easy peasy!

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You don’t have to do accent cupcakes, but I couldn’t resist buying these spring colored jimmies at the store when I saw them.   I only did 4 of the cupcakes covered in these jimmies, but it really adds a fun pop of color to the cupcakes!

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I have been obsessively buying cake stands since moving back to the USA.   Home Goods, Michaels and Target have both had some inexpensive and super cute stands that I had to have!  The pastel colors coordinate perfectly with the Bunny Cupcakes.

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A bouquet of fresh cut daffodils, a few porcelain bunnies, and a few decorative eggs from Germany completely the display.  The best part about putting together a display like this is that you don’t have to do it exactly like mine. Use what you have in your home, put out the decorations you love and make it beautiful!  No need to go out and buy anything new!

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I shared these cupcakes with my new neighbors.  They have 3 girls and she reported back to me that they were a huge hit! That’s always the best feeling when you make something and your friends and family get true joy from them!

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I really hope you give these a try for your family!  They’re perfect for Easter, Spring or the bunny lover in your life!

Happy Baking!

Bunny Cupcakes

Bunny Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • Sweets & Treats Boutique Pink Dot Bake Bright Liners
  • 1 box of Pillsbury Spring Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2lb powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Decorations

  • 24 large marshmallows
  • pink sugar crystals
  • black sugar pearls
  • small pink jelly beans
  • Spring colors jimmies

Other Supplies

  • large round piping tip
  • large piping bag
  • scissors
  • tweezers

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Prepare the cupcake batter according to the directions on the box.
  2. Line cupcake pan with Sweets & Treats Boutique Bake Bright liners.
  3. Fill the liners 1/2 full and bake according to box directions.
  4. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.

Frosting

  1. Beat together the butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt and half the cream and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the remaining cream in and beat on high for 4 minutes.

Decorations

  1. Pour the sugar crystals into a bowl.
  2. Cut each marshmallow in half from corner to corner. Press the exposed area into the sugar crystals. These marshmallows will be the bunny ears. Set the ears aside in pairs so when you put them on the cupcakes, the ears match.

Assembly

  1. Fill the piping bag fitted with the large round tip with frosting.
  2. Squeeze a dollop of frosting multiReplace" id="1133" data-gr-id="1133">onto the top of each cupcake.
  3. Press a pair of ears onto the frosting.
  4. Using the tweezers, place two black sugar pearls on the "face" for eyes. Press a pink jelly bean almost all the way in under the eyes for a nose.
  5. For accent cupcakes, squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the top of a cupcake. Completely cover the top of each cupcake with Spring colors jimmies.

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Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

Don’t be fooled, these aren’t your average red velvet cupcakes.  These Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes are made with an entire pack of Red Velvet Oreo Cookies and topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting.   The ultimate in red velvet goodness!

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Earlier this week, I shared the recipe for the pipeable cream cheese frosting that top these cupcakes.   I knew that I had stumbled upon something amazing with that frosting so I wanted to share it separately from the cupcake recipe.

These Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes begin with a traditional red velvet cake base but are brought to the next level with the addition of red velvet Oreo cookies!

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If you love Oreos and you love red velvet cake, then this cupcake is for you! Seriously… it’s so good.  I am not a red velvet fan or a cream cheese frosting fan.  However, these two together in one cupcake was something special.  Seriously special.

Emily asked if I’d make it for her birthday… in December!  Ha!

The cupcake liners are Gold Bake Bright liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  Don’t they look amazing on these cupcakes?  When I moved from Germany to Virginia, I reorganized my entire baking cabinet and tossed out all the liners that weren’t from STB!  I love them THAT much!

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Happy Baking!

Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 16 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

  • 1 package of Red Velvet Oreo Cookies
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red gel food coloring

Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Frosting Recipe & Instructions
  • Red Velvet Oreos
  • Gold sugar pears

Instructions

Red Velvet Oreo Cupcakes

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F degrees and line a cupcake pan with Bake Bright cupcake liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the egg, sugar, buttermilk, oil, yogurt and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add it to the wet and mix only until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold 3-5 times to ensure everything is incorporated.
  4. Chop 2/3 of the Red Velvet Oreos (2 of the 3 rows) into small chunks (I quartered them). Fold the chunks and all the crumbs into the batter.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the tops of the cupcakes are firm and a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting & Assembly

  1. Prepare the frosting following these instructions.
  2. Using a Wilton 1M tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  3. Cut an Oreo in half and place on top of the frosting.
  4. Garnish with gold sugar pears.

 

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