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Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake

This post has been sponsored by Coffee-mate® Creamer. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Rich layers of espresso filled chocolate cake topped with whipped cookies and cream buttercream, a drizzle of chocolate ganache and more buttercream make this Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake a decadent dessert sure to please the chocolate lovers in your life!

mocha cookies and cream cake with espresso beans, buttercream, and cookies

Imagine a quiet afternoon with no kids, no distractions and and hour to yourself.  Now, imagine holding a big cup of steaming, hot coffee topped off with Coffee-mate® Cookies & Cream creamer while seated comfortably on the couch under a cozy blanket with a big slice of cake to indulge in.

Sounds like heaven right?

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Let me tell you… it was.  This was me about two weeks ago, right before my kids were home for 13 days (snow days and spring break) enjoying a few cherished moments of silence.

Feeling inspired by my new favorite Coffee-mate Dessert Creamer in the Cookies & Cream flavor, I decided to recreate the magic of that afternoon in cake form.

mocha cookies and cream cake on a stand with a bowl of cookies

However in order to make this Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake I needed a recipe!  I knew I’d start with my chocolate cake recipe, but I needed to kick it up a big notch by adding more espresso to the batter to really bring out the coffee flavor.

Two tablespoons of espresso powder to be exact!

chocolate ganache drips on a mocha cookies and cream cake

Two tablespoons of espresso in one cake means there will truly be a strong coffee flavor to the chocolate cake making it mocha-licious!

The Coffee-mate® Cookies & Cream Creamer reminds me of what it tastes like when I eat a chocolate cream sandwich cookie and dunk it in milk.  I like my cookie extra soaked in milk so it gets mushy and melts in my mouth and the Coffee-mate Cookies & Cream creamer tastes exactly like that… but with coffee!

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To replicate the cookies and cream flavor for the frosting in the Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake, I decided to start with a basic vanilla buttercream recipe.

I would whip the vanilla buttercream until it was light and fluffy and then fold in 16 crushed chocolate cream sandwich cookies!  The cookies would need to be a little chunky so when I bite into the frosting, I get a piece of cookie in several bites.

inside of a mocha cookies and cream cake

To add some pizzazz to the cake, I knew it needed to not only taste good, but it needed to look spectacular!

Drip cake! Yes! Chocolate ganache dripping down the sides of the cake would take this mocha cookies and cream cake over the top!  Swirls of cookies and cream buttercream and a few whole coffee beans on top make the cake perfects!

slice of mocha cookies and cream cake and a cup of coffee

For supplies, I knew I only had one choice of stores to stock up on supplies for this sinfully delicious Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake… Walmart!

What I love about Walmart is that the location in my neighborhood is so close to me making shopping incredibly convenient!  Walmart is my go-to place for easy shopping trips,  especially when I’m on a budget.

mocha cookies and cream cake

 

Did you know that you can get Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers in three different flavors at Walmart?  They’re super easy to find at the store… located with the rest of the coffee creamers in the cold dairy section.  These creamers are NEW and only available seasonally so if you want to try them, you have to act fast!

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You already know I’m sold on the Cookies & Cream flavor but there’s also Toasted Marshmallow Mocha and Coconut Caramel Latte that you won’t want to miss out on either.

And on May 10-13th you might even be lucky enough to try Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers in your local Walmart store!

Find your local Walmart store here: https://www.walmart.com/store/finder

slice of mocha cookies and cream cake

So, the next time you’re sitting down to enjoy a quiet afternoon with your cup of coffee, make sure you’re using Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers… you never know what kind of dessert you’ll be inspired to make next!

Check here for more inspiration and details on the new Coffee-mate Dessert Creamers at Walmart!

slice of mocha cookies and cream cake

I really hope you enjoy this Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake as much as I did, my photographer did and everyone we shared it with!

Happy Baking!

Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake

Mocha Cookies and Cream Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee
  • 2 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup, (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 16 chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Grease, line with parchment paper and flour 2 9-inch cake pans.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the coffee, espresso powder, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into the 2 prepared pans. Each pan should get 3 cups of batter.
  7. Bake 26-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pans to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Once the cakes have cooled, but are still warm, use a cake leveler to cut off the round mound on the top of the cake. Make sure both layers are the same height.
Cookies n' Cream Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and half the cream until smooth.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and salt and mix to combine.  Scrape the bowl.
  3. With the mixer on low, add the remaining cream.  Whip on high speed for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Crush the sandwich cookies until coarse.  Add to the buttercream and mix until just combined.
Chocolate Ganache
  1. In a small pan, heat heavy cream to a simmer.  Do not boil.
  2. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips in a medium bowl.  Let sit for 3 minutes without stirring.
  3. With a spatula, stir slowly until all the chocolate has melted.
  4. Add butter and stir to combine.
  5. Pour into a squeeze bottle.
Assembly
  1. Place the first cooled cake layer on your cake stand/plate, cut side up.  Spread a layer of frosting onto of that layer evenly.
  2. Place the second layer on top, cut side down.  Fill in the sides where the layers come together so that the frosting in the center extends all the way to the edge.
  3. Spread a very thin coat of frosting over the entire cake.  Chill for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Fill a 12in piping bag fitted with an open start tip with frosting.  Use the remaining frosting to completely cover the cake.
  5. Use a straight edge to smooth out the top and edges of the cake.
  6. Using the squeeze bottle, start in the center of the top of the cake and squeeze the ganache in an circular pattern until it just reaches the edge of the cake.  Use a flat edge (spatula or knife) to press the chocolate over the edges causing a drip.  If necessary, squeeze more chocolate on the edges in places that need more dripped chocolate. Allow to set for 10 minutes to set.
  7. Pipe swirls of frosting on top of the cake equally around the edge of the cake.
  8. Garnish with coffee beans.
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Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies

Looking for something a little less tradition for Valentine’s Day? Try these super adorable Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies made with sugar cookies and buttercream!

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I have no reason for making these Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies other than I fell in love with the cookie cutters when I saw them. I mean, fishies and kitties?

YES PLEASE!

Valentine's Day Cat & Fish Cookies | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comThis cute set included a cat head, a cat paw, and a fish. I don’t know which one I loved more, the kitty head or the fishy! Seriously both so adorable!

Have you ever shopped at Charming Charlie?  It’s a jewelry store that also sells the cutest accessories and fun home stuff!  I love them because everything is sorted by color and theme.

I found these adorable cat & fish cookie cutters at my local Charming Charlie and luckily for you they are on clearance on their website now!

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Recipe

I’m not going to write the entire recipe for these cookies Valentine’s Day Cat & Fish Cookies out here because I’ve used this recipe so many times you can find what you need at the links below!

Use a full batch for a lot… double the recipe for a lot more!

Kitty Cookies

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Supplies:

  • White buttercream (a lot)
  • Black buttercream (a little)
  • Pink Buttercream (a little)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tips #4, #1
  • Pink heart candy/sprinkle

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with white frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with pink frosting.
  3. Fit a piping bag with a #1 tip and fill with black frosting.
  4. Outline the kitty head with white. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  5. Using the pink buttercream, pipe two lines to a point for the years.
  6. Using the black buttercream, pipe 2 eyes, whiskers and mouth.
  7. Add the pink heart for the nose.
  8. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

Paw Cookies

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Supplies

  • White buttercream (a lot)
  • Black buttercream (a lot)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #4

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with white frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with black frosting.
  3. Outline the paw with white. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  4. Using the black buttercream, pipe the four “toes” and the palm of the paw.
  5. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

Fish Cookies

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Supplies

  • Black buttercream (a lot)
  • Pink Buttercream (a little)
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tip #4
  • Pink heart candy/sprinkle

Technique:

  1. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with black frosting.
  2. Fit a piping bag with a #4 tip and fill with pink frosting.
  3. Outline the fish with black frosting. Fill in the outline with a back and forth pattern.
  4. Using the pink buttercream, pipe a little half smile/mouth.
  5. Add the pink heart for the eye.
  6. Allow the cookies to set out flat for a few hours so the frosting crusts over.

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Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Show those around you that you love them by making and sharing these deliciously adorable Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies.

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Photos by: Frenchly Photography

It seems as though every holiday my go-to treat to make has become sugar cookies.  I find myself looking for new cookie cutters every time I go to the store, hungry for a shape I don’t have yet!

To be honest, I don’t remember where this set came from or even what brand it is, but I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw it!

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Recently, I was teaching a Blogging 101 class and one of the participants questioned why bloggers write so much before the recipe.  The person complained that they didn’t want to read about bloggers personal lives, they just wanted to get to the recipe.

My response to her was two-fold.

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First, the recipes that bloggers share are FREE to those who visit their blog.   The only cost to the reader is a few seconds to scroll through to the bottom to get to the recipe.

Yup, that’s it… just a finger flick… flick…flick.  In my world, for tried and true recipes like these Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies, a flick… flick… flick is a pretty darn good rate!

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Second, in order for readers like her to actually find the recipe on sites like Google or Pinterest, the bloggers need to follow certain rules.  For example, to get listed on the first page of a Google search, a blogger must have the best Search Engine Optimization including a minimum number of words and photos per post.

Bloggers don’t do this for free.

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You mean I don’t share recipes just because I have all kinds of free time?

That’s laughable.  I follow good SEO so that I get a LOT of people coming to my site.  The more people coming to my site the more the ads on my site make money and in turn… the more new recipes I can create!

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So if you’ve read this post thus far… I say THANK YOU!  Thank you for helping me earn a living by doing what I love… sharing recipes with people like you!

If you’re interested in a few more awesome sugar cookie ideas… check out:

Happy Baking!

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients

Sugar Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cookie cutters

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles

Instructions

Sugar Cookies

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 hours or over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out Valentine shapes and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into bowls and color with the gel coloring

 

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Wonder Woman Cookies

Celebrate the super hero in your life with these easy to make Wonder Woman Cookies!

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A few months ago, one of my clients for my consulting business asked if I would make custom Wonder Woman Cookies for an upcoming fundraiser for their colleague who is battling cancer.  Of course I said yes!

Immediately, I got to work designing and planning these cookies.

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The cookies had to be PERFECT!

Since I don’t use royal icing, I had to come up with a design that could be easily made using buttercream frosting.  Simple, but on theme was my goal.

I looked at a lot of images of Wonder Woman, other cookies that have been made, and finally decided on this!

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I used my go-go sugar cookie recipe for the dough.  The buttercream, however, has added shortening because I wanted them to crust over and not get smushed during transport or while individually wrapped.

I also wanted to add a personal touch to the cookies, so I made a cookie in all blue with the recipients name on them.  Super simple to make, but still on theme and totes adorbs!

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Overall, I’m really happy with how these Wonder Woman cookies turned out and I’m thrilled I could be a part of such a great event for a deserving woman!

Wonder Woman Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 6 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • round cookie cutter

Buttercream

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • gel food coloring in red, yellow, and blue
  • white candy stars
  • small round piping tip (Wilton #4)

Instructions

Cookies

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and freeze 2 hours or chill over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out with round cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate frosting into three bowls. Color the frosting in red, yellow, and blue.

Assembly

  1. Attach the small round piping tip to a piping bag and fill with the frosting. Repeat for the other two colors.
  2. Begin by piping the outline of the middle, yellow section of the design. Fill it in with back and forth strokes of buttercream.
  3. Repeat with the blue on the bottom and red on the top.
  4. Using tweezers, place the white stars onto the blue frosting.
  5. Allow cookies to set for several hours or over night so the frosting hardens before storing.

 

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Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Squeeze out every last minute of summer fun with these easy to make Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies!

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If you’ve been a follower of my blog for the last few years, you’ll know that I love this recipe for sugar cookies!

I’ve made buttercream rose sugar cookies, baseball sugar cookies, pretzel cinnamon sugar cookies,  donut sugar cookies,  stamped sugar cookies, and classic frosted sugar cookies… just to name a few!

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My husband thinks I’m a little obsessed with it because I’m always searching for new cookie cutters to buy when we’re out shopping just so I can make this dough again!

The most recent cookie cutter purchase was in this super cute ice cream cone shape!  I love the way jenny cookies bakeshop decorates their ice cream cone sugar cookies and was inspired to make my version.

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I’m not a huge fan of royal icing on sugar cookies, so I exclusively use buttercream to decorate cookies.  I love the flavor of buttercream so much more than royal icing and I feel like you get a much more rustic looking cookie – which I like!

To make these cookies, you’ll need these three tools to be successful…

  • Ice cream cone cookie cutter
  • Small round piping tip
  • Small star piping tip

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Unlike royal icing, buttercream doesn’t “flood”.    You’ll need to cover the entire cookie by piping the frosting on.

Traditionally, sugar cookies were frosted by spreading the buttercream with a knife or spatula, however it’s difficult to achieve a finished look with that technique.

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Piping the buttercream onto the cookies using different piping tips allows you to get detailed with your design and create some super cute cookies.  These ice cream cone sugar cookies were pretty quick to put together and the result is total cuteness!

So get out there and squeeze the last few days of sunshine and fun out of the summer and whip up a batch of these ice cream cone sugar cookies for your kids!

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Photos by Frenchly Photography.

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Ice Cream Cone Sugar Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 6 minutes

Ingredients

Cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ice cream cone cookie cutter

Buttercream Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • gel food coloring
  • sprinkles
  • Wilton tip #2 (very small round) and #21 (small star)

Instructions

Cookies

  1. Cookies
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  5. Mix in the vanilla.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  8. Cover with plastic and freeze 2 hours or chill over night.
  9. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  10. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out with ice cream cone cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  11. Bake for 6 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  12. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. Buttercream
  14. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  15. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  16. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  17. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  18. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  19. Separate frosting into two bowls. Add color to one bowl and stir to completely incorporate. Add the cocoa powder to the other bowl stir to completely incorporate.

Assembly

  1. Attach the small round piping tip to a piping bag and fill with the brown frosting.
  2. Pipe the outline of a "V" shape onto the cone part of the cookie. Fill in the triangle with back and forth horizontal lines of frosting.
  3. Attach the small star tip to a piping bag and fill with the colored frosting.
  4. Pipe a row of three small swirls just at the top of the cone, overlapping slightly. Repeat with a row of two and finish with one swirl on top.
  5. Decorate with sprinkles!
  6. Allow cookies to set for several hours or over night so the frosting hardens before storing.

 

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How to make Buttercream Succulents

Spring has sprung and succulents are everywhere!  Not only can you grow these beauties, but you can learn how to make buttercream succulents with this simple tutorial! How to make Buttercream Succulents | javacupcake.com

Most of you know I’m originally from Seattle and the inspiration for this blog came from the other foodies in the region.  Specifically Jenny Keller of jenny cookies.

Jenny and I met in 2010 when I enlisted her help to make cupcakes for the Cupcakes Take the Cake 6th Birthday Bash.   However, it wasn’t her cupcakes that I was a fan of… it was her sugar cookies and her use of buttercream instead of royal icing.

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A couple years ago I put together a tutorial for royal icing flowers and more recently a tutorial for buttercream flowers for flower pot cupcakes.   Buttercream succulents wouldn’t be too hard to make since I knew already how to make the other flowers.

I watched a few video tutorials, used pictures from jenny cookies Instagram feed for inspiration and got to creating!

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How to make Buttercream Succulents

Tools:

These are the tools I used to help me make the buttercream succulents.  You may find other tips or tools are better for you.  There is really no right or wrong way to do this!

  • Sugar cookies or cakes
  • Buttercream
  • Gel food colors
  • Bowls and spatulas
  • Disposable piping bags
  • Piping tips – Leaf tip (65), pedal tip (102, 104), semicircle/moon (81), star (4b)
  • Couplers
  • Flower nail
  • Parchment squares
  • Cookie sheet
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towel or kitchen towel
  • Freezer/Refrigerator

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Prepare your Work Space

Before you begin piping buttercream succulents, you’ll want to prepare your work space.  Follow these simple steps to ensuring you’re ready!

  • Bake & cool completely cookies/cake.
  • Make buttercream and separate into smaller bowls.
  • Clear off a table or counter space.  You’ll need lots of room to place your flowers once they are piped.Color the buttercream with gel food colors in your desired succulent colors.  (Get creative!!)
  • Attach couplers to piping bags and fill with buttercream.If you don’t have parchment squares, cut parchment paper into 2-inch squares.
  • Arrange your work space how it’s comfortable to you.  I put the large baking sheet on the right with the filled buttercream bags and parchment squares off to my left.  Directly in front of me was for building the flower on the nail.

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Pipe Buttercream Succulents

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’m just going to share with you the amazing tutorial from CAKE STYLE I used to learn to make my buttercream succulents.

I also watched the Wilton Succulents Tutorial and found it helpful!

Assemble Cookies & Cakes

  1. Chill buttercream succulents until they are firm.
  2. Place a small dollop of buttercream where you’ll be placing the succulent.
  3. Carefully peel succulent away from the parchment paper and place it gently onto the dollop of buttercream.
  4. Continue placing succulents until you feel there is enough.
  5. Fill in the holes between the succulents with remaining buttercream in your piping bags.  Get creative with this!  There is no right or wrong way!
  6. Serve and enjoy!

How to make Buttercream Succulents | javacupcake.com

Let me know if you make any buttercream succulents!  I’d love to see how yours turn out!

Happy Baking!

Photography by Fanette Rickert Photography.

How to make Buttercream Succulents | javacupcake.com

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