TThe simplest recipes sometimes make the best recipes and that’s no exception for these delicious Peanut Butter Cupcakes!
This post and recipe was created for #SummerDessertWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always opinions are 100% mine.
Welcome to the first #SummerDessertWeek event hosted by Angie from Big Bear’s Wife. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us for this week long event of desserts and giveaways.
You’re going to love what we have in store for you.
There are 25 amazing bloggers participating in this year’s event! Throughout the week we’ll be share tons of fantastic summer dessert recipes with you.
With over 70 recipes being shared this week we just know that you’re going to find a new summer favorite! Plus, don’t forget that we have 6 (six) great giveaways for you this week thanks to our amazing sponsors!
Scroll down to the bottom to take a look!
For me, summer isn’t complete without ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream! However, since I’m kinda obsessed with cupcakes I figured why not combine the two and make Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!
I’ve had a cupcake cone baking rack sitting in my closet for a couple years now and just never got around to using it.
#SummerDessertWeek was the perfect reason to combine my love ice cream and cupcakes and use the rack!
My Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are super simple to make because I combine store ready and homemade.
To me, just because I use a box mix doesn’t make my dessert any less amazing or homemade! I just think of it as a time and sanity saving measure!
The sponsored products from our #SummerDessertWeek that I used in my Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes are:
At first, my kids didn’t think these were actually make of cake and frosting, they thought they were real ice cream cones!
It wasn’t until I turned the cones sideways and showed them they didn’t fall apart that they believed me!
So, if you’re wanting a fun dessert this summer for your kids, make my super cute, super delicious Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes!
Photos by: Frenchly Photography
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
- 1 box funfetti cake mix + ingredients to make it listed on on the box
- 24 ice cream cones
- cupcake cone baking rack
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1lb powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- gel food coloring in pink, teal, and purple
- Sweet Treats sprinkles
- Wilton 1M piping tip & disposable piping bags
- Preheat oven then make the cake batter according to directions on the box.
- Place the cupcake cone baking rack on a baking sheet and insert the cones. Fill each cone half way with batter. Bake according to cupcake instructions on the box.
- Once out of the oven, cool completely before frosting.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
- Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract plus 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Beat until smooth making sure to scrape the bowl.
- Add enough of the remaining heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency of buttercream.
- Separate buttercream into 4 bowls. Using the gel coloring, color 3 of the bowls leaving 1 white.
- Fill the piping bag with frosting fitted with a 1M piping tip. For a swirl color, add two colors to the bag.
- Pipe swirls of frosting on top of each cupcake cone.
- Decorate with Sweet Treats sprinkles!
Check out the amazing #SummerDessertWeek recipes from our bloggers today!
Ice Cream Recipes:
No Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream from Big Bear’s Wife
No Churn Cherry Crisp Ice Cream from Miss in the Kitchen
No-Churn Peanut Butter Lovers Ice Cream from Home Sweet Homestead
No Churn Banana Walnut Ice Cream from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Grilled Pineapple Ring Rum Sundae from Daily Dish Recipes
Creamy No Churn Peach Ice Cream from 4 Sons ‘R’ Us
Pies of Summer:
Lattice Topped Blueberry Peach Pie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Coconut Key Lime Pie from The Domestic Kitchen
Berry Cherry Pie from A Blender Mom
Sweet Summertime Cakes:
Cherry Almond Cake from Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine
Homemade Angel Food Cake with Sugared Berries from Me and My Pink Mixer
Cherry Vanilla Poke Cake from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Gooey Nutella Microwave Mug Cake from For the Love of Food
No Bake Treats:
Blueberry Coconut Gelato Pie from The Whimsy One
Blueberry Parfait from Bowl Me Over
Churro Bites with Mexican Chocolate Dipping Sauce from Love Bakes Good Cakes
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes from The JavaCupcake Blog
Blueberry Limencello Cobbler from Sweet ReciPeas
Blueberry Biscuits from Fake Ginger
Blueberry Crumb Bars from Southern Plate
Cherry Struesel Muffins from My Baking Heart
Rustic Cherry Galette from Jen Around the World
Roasted Cherry Meringue Fool from Cooking In Stilettos
Cherry Rosemary Cobbler from The Spiffy Cookie
Cherry Almond Cobbler from Southern From Scratch
Disclaimer: These posts and recipes are part of the week long event, #SummerDessertWeek but all opinions are 100% mine!
These wonderful sponsors provided the prize packs for our giveaways and also sent samples and products to the #SummerDessertWeek bloggers to use in their recipes.
I think I found the BEST cupcakes in Virginia at Confections Cupcakery in Manassas!
It was by chance that I found out about Confections Cupcakery. I was meeting a colleague half way between our offices in Manassas, VA at a Starbucks when as I was pulling in to the parking lot I noticed a huge cupcakes sign in the window across the street.
GASP!! It was a cupcake shop! I knew I had to stop inside!
At first glance, Confections seemed like a typical American cupcake store full of cute baking and cupcake decorations. The smell was so sweet and inviting! I couldn’t wait to see what kind of cupcakes they had behind the counter!
Their kitchen/prep area was actually out in the open, which I love when cupcake shops have that set up! I love being able to watch the bakers and decorators practice their craft. It’s inspiring and I love seeing the techniques others use.
Their shelves were fully stocked with a wide range of cupcake flavors and because I’m me, I couldn’t just pick one or two. I got a dozen. One of 12 different flavors!
It was just before Easter, so I made sure to pick the cupcake ready for the Spring holiday. The rest were a variety of vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter, and fruit.
From top to bottom, left to right…
OREO, Lime, Marshmallow Sundae
Triple Chocolate, Strawberry, PB Cup (filled)
Chocolate Raspberry, Red Velvet, Easter
Maple Bacon, Rocky Road, Orange
What makes these cupcakes the BEST CUPCAKES IN VIRGINIA ?
- SIZE: Compared to others, these cupcakes are just the right size. Not too big and not too small. The ratio of cake to frosting is exactly how I like it… about 1/3 frosting to 2/3 cake.
- FLAVOR: Each cupcake I tasted actually tasted like what its name said. They didn’t taste artificial and the flavor combinations were perfect. I loved that they had the basics but the special flavors were a bit fancy without being too over the top.
- CAKE: The cake on these cupcakes was moist with the perfect crumb. They were sturdy enough to hold up to the frosting without being overly dense.
- FROSTING: American buttercream – not too sweet and not too buttery. The frosting on these cupcakes was so delicious that I could have licked it all off and eaten it alone… which I never do!
- APPEARANCE: For me, these are exactly what cupcakes should look like. The cakes themselves are similar in size, even with the different recipes. The frosting on top is a perfect swirl or dollop and even though they are garnished differently, they still feel uniform – you know they’ve come from the same bakery. Simple, delicious, and beautiful.
My Personal Favorites:
I’m a sucker for a good Oreo cupcake and this does not disappoint! The cake is rich and the creamy Oreo frosting is the perfect topper!
OMG. This Peanut Butter Cup cupcake is filled with even more delicious peanut butter goodness! It’s heaven. Sinful… but heavenly.
I’ve been on a lime kick lately and their Lime cupcake is the perfect combination of tart and sweet! Plus the cute little gummy on top adds a sweet extra kick of tarty goodness!
If you’re in Northern Virginia – you must swing by Manassas and try these cupcakes for yourself!
Have you ever hosted a child’s birthday party at home? Have you ever wondered how to stop 15 sugar-filled children running around your kitchen and climbing on your gloss dining table and chairs? Instead of hosting your child’s next birthday at home, why not bring the party to their school?! Use this How to Host a Paw Patrol Party at School guide for inspiration and recipes!
Sometimes hosting a party for your kids can be stressful! Figuring out where and when to host the party to get the greatest number of children to attend can be a chore! If your child’s school allows it, have their next party at their school. You can speak to the school about what the party will involve. If you suggest the idea of having inflatables for the kids to play on in the playground and the school agrees with it, you could get in touch with that family friend who is a kids party planner and speak to them and see if you can use the inflatables that they purchased through companies like JungleJumps. The earlier you plan this party, the more you can do to make this party so much fun for the kids! School parties mean that all your child’s friends will be there, plenty of tables and chairs, plus teachers to help! For Matty’s 5th birthday this year, we had his Paw Patrol Party at his school! It was one of the most fun parties I’ve ever hosted for him so I wanted to create a guide so that you can host a Paw Patrol Party at school too!
In this guide, you’ll get ideas for…
- Party Shirts
- Table Settings & Party Decor
- Snack Ideas
- Dessert Table w/ Recipes
- Party Games & Favors
- Thank you Note/Group Photo
Let’s get started!
Having your child wear a shirt in the theme of the party just adds another simple dimension of fun to the entire look at feel of the event.
In the past, I’ve done matching shirts for my entire immediate family, but this year I decided to just get the birthday boy one shirt of his own to wear.
A few weeks before the party, I searched on ETSY for a birthday shirt in the Paw Patrol theme that Matty could wear to his party. I contacted Mending Life Together and asked if they could make Matty’s shirt and get it to me in time.
They worked with me to get it done and I had the shirt in time for the party!
Table Settings & Party Decor
I’m a firm believer in saving myself time, energy and stress. Which is exactly why I don’t stress about buying out Party City of plates, napkins, cups, balloons, and confetti in the theme of my party!
At the party store save yourself the hassle and buy the following on theme:
- Plates and napkins*
- Table covers*
- Silverware & cups*
- Cake/cupcake stand
- Tissue paper tassels
Get creative with the items you choose. They all don’t have to be on theme exactly, however they should all be in the same color family.
At the Paw Patrol Party, I set the table with a red table cover so that the plates and napkins would stand out against it. I choose blue cups to offset the red add another color to the table.
Simple and perfect for 5 year olds!
Planning the decor for a party for 5-year-old kids is pretty easy. They are really only impressed if their favorite characters are plastered everywhere! I only care how easy it is to clean up after the party!
Two balloon bouquets lined each side of the table to add height to the overall look and feel of the party. I also sprinkled Paw Patrol themed confetti across the center of the table & dessert table to add a little more fun!
Since this party was happening during snack time at school, I knew that my snack should be fun but also have a healthy component.
For this party, I served:
- Paw Patrol fruit snacks
- Paw shaped Cheetos
- Mini apples
- Blue juice
Every party I host always has some type of dessert table display. For this Paw Patrol Party, I kept it simple since we were at school.
I improvised with shelving and furniture that was already in the classroom to create my Dessert Table! I cut a Paw Patrol plastic table cover to fit the shelving and sprinkles confetti over the top.
To add height and dimension to the table, I placed a small box under the table cover in the center in turn creating a higher focal point for the cake which was the centerpiece of the display.
The cake is always the star of the party. Candles are put on top and the first slice is always for the birthday boy. Since I don’t work a lot with fondant or modeling chocolate, I decided to buy a Paw Patrol toy to top the cake.
Frosting the cake in a solid color and adding simple piping embellishments allowed the topper of the cake to shine and still look clean and professional!
The cake is a funfetti box cake mix with a homemade chocolate frosting and whipped vanilla buttercream tinted blue on the outside. The red balls on top are gum balls I got at in the bulk section at the party store.
The same funfetti box cake mix was used for the cupcakes. I baked the cupcakes in Paw Patrol liners I found at the party store. The cupcakes are topped with the same chocolate frosting used on the cake and cookies.
One of the easiest ways to create another dessert on theme of your party is to make roll & cut sugar cookies using a themed cookie cutter! For this Paw Patrol Party I used a dog bone shape cutter and frosted the cookies in chocolate frosting.
I displayed the dog bone cookies on a cake stand with blue ribbon to tie in more colors from the party.
The cookies were made with my tried and true sugar cookie recipe and topped with chocolate frosting (the same used in the cake & cupcakes). I used a Wilton #4 piping tip to outline and fill the cookies with frosting.
Party Games & Favors
I know how short kid’s attention spans can be so I combined the party favors and games into one activity.
I set up three stations for the kids to go to.
Paw Patrol themed small toys, games, rules, rings, etc from the party store.
Small paper bags and markers.
Each child will write their name on the bag then answer a fun/silly question before getting to pick out 2-3 items from each bowl.
Paw Patrol themed candy plus bulk candy in the colors of the party – all from the party store.
Small paper bags and markers.
Each child will write their name on the bag then answer a fun/silly question before getting to pick out 2-3 items from each bowl.
Paw Patrol temporary tattoos from the party store.
Thank You Note & Group Picture
At the conclusion of the party, arrange the children with the balloons for a fun group picture! This photo can be printed and included in the thank you notes to all the children who attended the party!
Since this party was at school and on a quick timeline (only an hour for the party), I had to be realistic about the activities I had planned. If I would have had another hour to fill, I would have included an arts/crafts project and a group game that got them up and moving.
The kids had a great time and the teachers were super happy they had an easy Friday afternoon. Really, the most important thing is that my son Matty felt special.
At the end of the party he hugged me and said, “Mom, you’re the best.” So yeah, I consider this party a success!
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When a cupcake blogger takes a trip to New York City for the first time, it’s written in the rules that she’s got to visit the place that started the entire cupcake craze… Magnolia Bakery.
Feb 2-5, 2017, I took my first trip to New York City! On my bucket list was to visit the birth place of the cupcake craze… Magnolia Bakery!
Now, you may be asking how did Magnolia Bakery start the cupcake craze? Well, it all started with Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City filmed a seen for SATC outside Magnolia eating one of their cupcakes.
Instantly, the country became crazy for cupcakes and the sweet revolution began!
The front of the bakery was filled with pastel colors, bunting, and lots of decor for Valentine’s Day. The only thing lacking were a few tables and chairs to enjoy a cup of coffee and a cupcake.
Immediately, I went straight for the case of cupcakes! Three cases filled with the regular flavors plus the Sunday special.
It was hard to choose which ones I wanted to take home to the family to try!
I knew for sure I needed a funfetti cupcake for Matty, I wanted PB&J, and the remaining I’d get a variety so I could get a general feel for the flavors and textures of their cake & frosting.
As soon as I got home from my trip, I couldn’t wait to open the box and dig into the cupcakes!
When I try cupcakes, I share with my family. So we all sat around my coffee table and we got to sampling!
First up was the Funfetti Cupcake!
This vanilla cupcake was filled with funfetti sprinkles and topped with vanilla buttercream and more funfetti sprinkles!
The cake was moist and the buttercream sweet! Matty LOVED this cupcake and I have to say I was a fan too!
Next up was Red Velvet!
Mahonia’s red velvet cupcakes are made red with cocoa, vanilla and a little southern mystery, with its own special whipped vanilla icing.
The whipped vanilla icing was so smooth and creamy. One of the smoothest icing I’ve ever had actually. This was a solid red velvet cupcake.
After red velvet we tried the Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake.
These moist chocolate cupcakes had a smooth velvety texture and dark chocolate flavor, chocolate buttercream and assorted sprinkles.
The chocolate buttercream tasted like fudge and was my favorite part about this cupcake!
Next up…. Vanilla Cupcake!
This old-fashioned vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream topped sprinkles did not disappoint. If you’re looking for a great basic cupcake, Magnolia Bakery does a great job at that!
My favorite is up next… Peanut Butter & Jelly.
This cupcake was made with a peanut butter cake filled with jelly and topped with peanut butter buttercream and chunks of peanuts. The frosting was packed full of peanut butter flavor without being too thick or rich.
The only thing I would change about this cupcake would to have more jelly filling. I only got one or two bites with the jelly and I would have liked to have every bite include the jelly.
Last but not least, the Vanilla Chocolate Cupcake.
These old-fashioned vanilla cupcakes are topped with chocolate buttercream and are classically delicious. This is the same fudge-like frosting on the chocolate cupcake so I definitely enjoyed that.
Overall, I’d have to say I enjoyed the cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. They were classic, well made, and had great flavor.
Were they the best cupcakes I’ve ever had? No. However, I’m still glad I went to the bakery to get some. Now, I just need to visit Billy’s Bakery, Butter Lane, and Baked by Melissa.
I think a road trip to NYC is in my future this Spring!
Have you been to Magnolia Bakery? I’d love to know what you thought of their cupcakes!
Are you looking for a delicious summer treat? These Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are packed full of fresh berries and topped with a delicious whipped cream and are prefect the perfect dessert for summer!
It’s been a minute since I’ve posted a new recipe. Starting the Fellowship Program at Dog Tag, Inc has taken up more of my time than I imagined it would and I’ve found myself savoring every free moment with my family and getting as much sleep as possible.
There was no reason to make these cupcakes other than I had a bit of free time just as the fellowship was beginning and I wanted to get in the kitchen and bake!
I started with a shortcake cupcake recipe from Damn Delicious as the base of this cupcake. I doubled the recipe and decided to top it with fresh whipped cream instead of buttercream.
When I think of how I like to eat strawberry shortcake it’s always topped with fresh whipped cream. These cupcakes could be no exception.
Instead of using plain whipped cream though, I made a strawberry syrup to add to the cream to give it a sweet, subtle flavor. When I shared these cupcakes with the fellows at Dog Tag the frosting got rave reviews!
With strawberries in season now, I highly recommend making these Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes. They are simple to make and oh so yummy!
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
Strawberry Whipped Cream
- 10 strawberries, diced
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 3-4 Tbsp sugar
- 18 strawberries, halved
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cupcake pan with Sweets & Treats Boutique pink dot grease proof liners.
- In a large bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, gently cream together the sugar, eggs and vanilla for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the vegetable oil and melted butter and mix until combined.
- In another bowl, toss the diced strawberries in 2 Tbsp of the sifted flour mixture.
- Add the sifted flour mixture and milk alternately in 3 parts beginning and ending with the flour. Mis only until just incorporated.
- Add strawberries and gently fold by hand to combine.
- Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter.
- Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Strawberry Whipped Cream
- In a shallow pan, combine the water, 1/4 cup sugar, and 10 diced strawberries and cook over medium-high heat until the sugar melts.
- With a spoon or potato masher, mash the berries until no more chunks remain and the mixture is mostly liquid.
- Cook over medium high heat until the sauce thickens and reduces by about half.
- Immediately strain the sauce to remove any chunks of berry that remains.
- Allow the remaining syrup to cool completely in the refrigerator.
- In a chilled bowl for your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the heavy cream, chilled strawberry syrup and sugar with the mixer on low.
- Turn the mixer to high and whip until semi-stiff peaks form. You want the whipped cream to hold its shape when piped onto the cupcakes.
- Using an open round tip fitted to a piping bag filled with whipped cream frosting, pipe swirls of frosting on to each cupcake.
- Topped each cupcake with half a strawberry.
- Serve immediately or store chilled for up to 2 days.