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Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes - Rich chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with decadent peanut butter Butterfinger buttercream and a chocolate Butterfinger candy. A Butterfinger lovers dream! | JavaCupcake.com

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake filled with creamy chocolate ganache topped with decadent peanut butter Butterfinger buttercream and a chocolate Butterfinger candy make these Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes a Butterfinger lovers dream!

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Inspiration for new cupcakes flavors and combinations comes from unexpected places.  These Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes were born when my daughter’s music teacher reached out and asked if I’d make something for his wife’s birthday.  He told me that his wife absolutely loves Butterfinger candy bars and asked if I could make something like the Butterfinger ice cream cake he saw on my blog.

An ice cream cake might be a bit difficult for my daughter to transport to school with her, so we agreed on a cupcake version!

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These deluxe Butterfinger cupcakes started with my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe that I use every time I make chocolate cake or cupcakes.  It bakes up perfectly every time I use it.

Filling these cupcakes are a creamy, rich chocolate ganache that just oozes out of the center of the cupcake when you take a bite into it.

Topping the cupcake is my perfect peanut butter buttercream with the addition of chopped Butterfinger candy bars and a mini Butterfinger on top.

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Butterfinger cupcake perfection.

Enjoy!

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Deluxe Butterfinger Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cucpakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Ganache Filling

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 200g heavy cream

Peanut Butter Butterfinger Frosting

  • 3 regular size Butterfinger bars
  • 24 mini Butterfingers (these come in a bag unwrapped)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 heaping cup creamy peanut butter (I use JIF)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  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. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Ganache Filling

  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces and place in a small glass bowl.
  2. Heat the heavy cream in a small sauce pan until just simmering.
  3. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for about 3 minutes.
  4. Stir slowly until all the chocolate has melted.
  5. Allow the ganache to almost cool completely to room temperature before piping into the cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Butterfinger Buttercream

  1. In your food processor set to high, crush the 3 Butterfinger bars until they are in very fine pieces.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter for 2-3 minutes. You want the color to lighten by a few shades.
  3. Add the powdered sugar, scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Pour in the heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl again.
  5. Mix in the salt.
  6. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream has become light and fluffy.
  7. Add the crushed Butterfingers and mix until combined.

Assembly

  1. Fit a piping bag with a Wilton #230 bismarck piping tip and fill with ganache.
  2. Press the piping tip into the center of each cupcake and fill the cupcake with ganache.
  3. Using a large round piping tip fitted on a piping bag filled with buttercream, pipe large swirls of frosting on the top of each cupcake.
  4. Garnish with a mini Butterfinger candy bar.

 

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White Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

White chocolate cake filled with white chocolate ganache topped with whipped Nutella buttercream make these cupcakes the perfect cupcake to satisfy your sweet tooth!

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A  couple months ago, my husband Dave transitioned into the Warrior Transition Unit – Europe.  The WTU is a special unit in the Army that specializes in helping injured soldiers get well or transition out of the Army.   After 11 years serving on active duty, 2 deployments to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan and countless hours of training, Dave suffers from combat related PTSD, TBI (traumatic brain injury), anxiety, depression, nightmares, sleepless nights… just to name a few.

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So when Dave asked if I would make cupcakes for him to bring to his combat stress support group, well… of course I said yes.  Anything I can do to help bring a little bit of joy, comfort and happiness to these injured soldiers I’m more than happy to do.

Dave’s two favorite flavors are white chocolate and Nutella so what better opportunity to make a cupcake filled with his favorites.  Thus this White Chocolate Nutella Cupcake was born!

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The base of this cupcake starts with a white chocolate cake that has chunks of white chocolate folded into the batter.  Filling the cake is a simple to make, yet rich and delicious white chocolate ganache.  Topping these cupcakes is a whipped Nutella buttercream, white chocolate shavings and a hazelnut wafer cookie.

The best part about these cupcakes though… Dave frosted and decorated every last one of them.   He’s pretty darn good with a piping bag!

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I think my favorite bite of these cupcakes was one where I got a bit of the white chocolate ganache and a bit of the Nutella buttercream.  Creamy, delicious goodness.

When Dave brought them to his group and the soldiers could hardly believe Dave helped make them… let alone frost them.   Needless to say, they were a huge hit and everyone loved them.

Enjoy!

White Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

White Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 14 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, deseeded
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 100g white chocolate, roughly chopped

Filling

  • 200g heavy cream
  • 200g white chocolate

Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 heaping cup Nutella
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • White chocolate, for shavings
  • Hazelnut wafer cookies

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla bean seeds and mix until combined
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the egg whites, milk and vanilla. Pour this in 4-5 parts into the egg/butter mixture mixing well after each addition.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix only until just combined. Make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated but do not overmix the batter.
  6. Fold the chopped chocolate into the batter.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
  8. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. After the cupcakes have cooled, core the center out of each cupcake.

Filling

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces and place in a small glass bowl.
  2. Heat the cream until just bubbling, but do not boil.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for a few minutes. Stir gently with a rubber spatula until all the chocolate has melted. Set aside to cool.
  4. Once cooled, fill the hole of each cupcake with ganache.

Frosting

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the Nutella and butter for 2-3 minutes. You want the color to lighten by a few shades.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, scrape the sides of the bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Pour in the heavy cream and beat until smooth. Scrape the bowl again.
  4. Mix in the salt.
  5. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until the buttercream has become light and fluffy.
  6. Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M piping tip with buttercream and pipe swirls of frosting on to each cupcake.
  7. Top with shaved pieces of white chocolate and a hazelnut wafer cookie.

 

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How to Host a Slime Party

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Imagine being asked by Nickelodeon and Walmart to create a Slime Moment with your kids to get excited for the upcoming Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28!

Now also imagine that you’re a blogger who can’t do anything small.

And then imagine that you live in Germany where you don’t have access to amazing stores like Walmart to buy your supplies.

In my world, that’s a challenge worth accepting! You can imagine how excited I was when I was chosen as one of 5 bloggers to participate in this project with Nickelodeon and Walmart and my wheels started turning with all kinds of awesome plans, recipes and decorating ideas!

Follow #ReadySetSlime on Twitter and Instagram for more fun!

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How to Host a Slime Party

Instead of creating a slime moment for just my two kids, I invited two of my friends who have six school age children between them to join us.  Three moms, one dad and eight kids make for a fun afternoon of slime!

For this Slime Party, we made slime-filled cupcakes then got messy with some easy DIY slime and finally we finished the afternoon with a goodie bag of homemade slime-filled chocolates!  Loads of fun for all ages!

First, watch this video and then read below for all the details to Host a Slime Party! Enjoy!

Set the Scene!

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Before the party even began, I had to Set the Scene!  This was super fun to plan!  Lime green everything!  Here’s what I gathered for the party:

  • Lime green vinyl table cover, napkins and cups – I got this at my local drug store, but you can find them at Walmart too!
  • Glass milk jars –  I drink a lot of those bottled coffee drinks from that one super popular coffee joint… so I saved a bunch of those jars, took off the labels and cleaned them out.  Instant milk jars!
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  • Lime green polka dot paper straws & treat bags – I ordered these online from Sweets  & Treats Boutique, but I’m certain you could find similar at Walmart!
  • Cake stand – I’ve had this white cake stand for a while, but you could use a glass stand or lime green if you had one!  I think it adds a fun focal point to the table and makes a display for the finished product!

You don’t have to gather everything I did, just use what you have at home!  If you go to Walmart and you don’t see exactly what I found, no worries… just pick out from the selection they do have.  Get your creative juices flowing!

Slime Filled Cupcakes

Filling and decorating cupcakes is fun for kids of all ages!  At my Slime party, kids from ages 3 to 15 got in on the fun… Moms too!  Before the party, I made a few dozen cupcakes and frosting ahead of time and prepared the slime filling.

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Oh, you’ll never guess what I used for the slime filling either!  LIME CURD!  Seriously.  I’ve seen other cupcakes before that have used frosting or gel for the slime, but I wanted something more delicious and less full of chemicals.  Seriously genius if I do say so myself!

Supplies:

  • Cupcakes & buttercreamI used this recipe and tinted the frosting green with leaf green gel coloring.  Bake the cupcakes in green liners.  I got these polka dot liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique, but you can find similar at Walmart.
  • Lime Curd – see recipe below
  • Disposable piping bags and round piping tips in both small and large sizes.

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Directions:

  1. Core the center of each cupcake and fill with lime curd.
  2. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip with frosting.  Fill another piping bag fitted with a small round tip with lime curd.
  3. Fill each cupcake using a spoon with lime curd.  Top the cupcake with a swirl of frosting then garnish with lime curd that oozes down the side of the cupcake.

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After the kids all decorated one cupcake just like this, I let them go crazy with the frosting, curd and sprinkles!  They came up with some pretty creative cupcakes!  I’m certain that they could have decorated cupcakes for hours if I had more frosting and cupcakes!

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How to Host a Slime Party: Lime Curd

How to Host a Slime Party: Lime Curd

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 oz unsalted butter
  • 3 large limes (or 4 smaller ones)

Instructions

  1. Zest & squeeze the limes and set aside.
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the butter on medium heat.
  3. Add the sugar, lime juice and zest, whisking until smooth.
  4. Bring to a soft, slow simmer (but NOT a boil) and add eggs and whisk thoroughly. Stir constantly until thickened. Make sure not to boil or bring the heat too high, you don’t want to cook the eggs.
  5. Cook until the curd sticks to the back of a wooden spoon and is nice and thick (approx 10 mins).
  6. Transfer to an air tight container and cool in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  7. Stores for up to a week in the refrigerator.

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After the fun of decorating cupcakes, it was time to get messy!  Since I have a young child, I wanted to make a slime that was non-toxic in case Matty wanted to put it in his mouth.  So, I found a recipe for slime that included only corn starch, water and a little food coloring.

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This recipe makes enough for one child to play with, double, triple or quadruple to make more! At our party, each child shared a double batch!

Supplies:

  • 1 cup of corn starch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 sealable sandwich bag
  • green liquid coloring
  • small bowls

Directions:

  1. In the sealable bag, mix the corn starch, coloring and water together until it forms a paste.
  2. Pour the paste into a small bowl.
  3. Have fun!  The faster you move, the harder it is to work with the slime, slower movements and the slime moves!

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So you know how I said I made this non-toxic for my little one… well, he only played with the slime for about 2 minutes.  Apparently, he doesn’t like getting messy.  hehe

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Slime Filled Chocolates

As a treat for everyone to go home with, I made slime-filled chocolates ahead of time.  Don’t worry, they aren’t really filled with slime, it’s white chocolate!

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Supplies:

  • Candy molds
  • Semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted – enough to make the chocolates according to the specifications on the candy mold package.
  • White chocolate ganache filling – see recipe below
  • Green sugar crystals

Directions:

  1. Fill each mold with a tablespoon of melted chocolate.  Tip and turn the mold to move the chocolate around the inside of the mold being careful not to get any chocolate above the top edge.  Flip the mold upside down and let any extra chocolate drip out.  Place the mold in the freezer until the chocolate has set, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Fill each mold with the ganache filling until just full leaving a small edge on the top.  Place back in the freezer until the ganache is firm, about 20 minutes.
  3. Reheat chocolate if necessary then use a spoon to cover the tops of the chocolates.  Press the back of the spoon on the top and pull up in the center,  this will create a finished look to your chocolate.  Sprinkle with green sugar crystals.  Chill for at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.

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How to Host a Slime Party: Green White Chocolate Ganache Filling

How to Host a Slime Party: Green White Chocolate Ganache Filling

Yield: 2 cups
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 9 oz white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • green gel food coloring

Instructions

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium glass bowl.
  2. In a small, heavy sauce pan heat the heavy cream until just boiling/simmering.
  3. Pour hot cream slowly over the white chocolate and let sit for 3 minutes without touching. With a rubber spatula, stir the ganache until all the chocolate has melted and is smooth.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract and the green gel food coloring.
  5. Chill until set or about 2-3 hours.

Doesn’t all this look like loads of fun? I know it got me excited to tune into the Kids’ Choice Awards 2015 on Nickelodeon! Follow #KCA on Twitter for all the fun this Saturday, March 28!!

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

I know, I know… Valentine’s Day is over.  But really, how many of us still have a box or two of conversation hearts in our house?  I know I do.  And really, I don’t know if I could stand to eat one more of them!  So, why not take inspiration from those little heart shaped candies and make some sweet Conversation Heart Cupcakes?

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I’ve wanted to try a “surprise inside” cupcake ever since I got i am bakers book “Surprise Inside Cakes”.  The entire process seemed so simple that I thought I could surely create a heart surprise in a cupcake!

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I used the basic white cake recipe from i am baker, which you can find in her book.   I tinted some of the frosting pink and baked it thing in a large pan.  Once it was cool, I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut heart cake shapes out to put inside of the cupcakes.

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I wasn’t sure if these hearts would dry out when I baked them a second time, but I am happy to report that they were as moist as the white cake!  Each bite of these conversation heart cupcakes provides a surprise inside heart.  Fun, huh?

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So if you’ve got some extra conversation hearts in your house, whip up a batch of these cupcakes.  They don’t have to be all pink and girlie either, they can be in any fun color you want… just like mine!

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Conversation Heart Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (clear is best)
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 5 large egg whites, room temperature
  • pink gel food coloring
  • heart cookie cutter

Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • purple & green gel food coloring
  • Conversation hearts
  • purple & green sugar crystals

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper, grease and flour.
  2. Sift together the cake flour, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. In a measuring cup combine the milk and extracts.
  5. Add about a third of the flour mixture to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined. Then, add half the liquid and mix in slowly. Repeat with the next third of the flour mixture and half of the liquid. Finally, add the remaining flour and mix until no more lumps of flour remain.
  6. Pour the batter into a large bowl and clean out your mixer bowl making sure it is completely clean and dry.
  7. In the bowl of your mixer, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold the egg whites into the batter and continue folding until combined. Be careful not to deflate the egg whites too much or to over mix the batter.
  8. Remove about 1/3 of the batter to another bowl and add the pink food coloring, mixing very gently until uniform in color.
  9. Spread the pink batter evenly into the prepared 9x13 pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Once the pink cake has cooled, use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.
  11. Line your cupcake pans with liners. I used fun heart liners to continue the theme.
  12. Place about 1 Tbsp of white batter in the bottom of the liner then place a cake heart standing up into the batter. Spoon white batter around the heart until it's almost completely covered. Repeat until all the batter and hearts are gone.
  13. Bake each pan at 350F degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the white batter. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, salt, half the cream and extract and mix until combined.
  2. Add the remaining cream and beat on high for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Remove about 1/4 of the buttercream and tint green. Color the remaining buttercream purple.
  4. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip with the purple buttercream. Pipe a swirl of frosting onto each cupcake then sprinkle with purple sugar crystals.
  5. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large open star, multi-pronged tip with the green buttercream. Squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the purple buttercream on each cupcake. Top with green sugar crystals and a conversation heart candy.

Notes

Cake recipe from i am baker.

 

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Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes

September 11, 2001 is a day that changed the face of America forever.  Today, on the 13th anniversary of the attack on America at the World Trade Center in New York City, let’s take a moment to remember those lives lost and to thank the First Responders who selflessly put themselves into harms way to save those they could.  Let’s not also forget the military men and women who, since 9/11, have put their countries safety first and have fought vigilantly to bring the terrorists who attached us to justice.

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There is no way that a cupcake can ever be enough to thank the first responders for what that did on 9/11 and in the weeks following.  There is no way a cupcake could should ever be used to celebrate 9/11.  But, maybe this cupcake could serve as a reminder of all the great things that America is, was and is still to become.

Because really… what’s greater in American than apple pie?

Let these Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes serve as a beacon of light, love and joy on a solemn day and remind us of what is great in America.

My Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes are a light cinnamon cupcake filled with apple pie filling and topped with a light whipped cream.  Simple, easy and so delicious.

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Thank you to all those First Responders on 9/11.  Thank you to the men and women in the military who fight to keep us free.  And to those who lost their lives…. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Grease-proof cupcake liners are from Sweets & Treats Boutique.

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Yield: 18 cupcakes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 sour cream
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted 3 times
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/8 cup sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, soft & at room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable shortening

Apple Pie Filling

  • 3 large tart apples, cored and diced small
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup sugar (depending on the sweetness you want)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Whipped Cream Topping

  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a small bowl , whisk together the egg whites, egg, vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of the milk and sour cream. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the cake flour three times. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves,baking powder, salt and sugar and sift two additional times.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour mixture with the butter and shortening on medium speed for about 30 seconds or until it looks finely clumped.
  5. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the remaining 1/2 cup milk and mix until just combined. It will be thick. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
  6. Add the egg mixture in three parts, mixing for 20 seconds on medium speed and scraping the sides of the bowl between each addition. NOTE: DO NOT OVER MIX the batter. You want it to be smooth with all the ingredients incorporated.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 17-19 minutes, rotating pan after 12 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean when they are done.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Apple Pie Filling

  1. In a frying pan on medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the diced apples and stir until coated with butter.
  2. Sprinkle over the sugar and cinnamon and stir until coated.
  3. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. Cook over medium-high heat until the apples begin to soften and their juices begin to come out, stirring often. NOTE: You want the apples to still be slightly firm, so try not to cook them too long. The sauce around the apples will also need to thicken during this time. This will take about 15 minutes, give or take 5-10 minutes.
  5. Once you've reached your desired tenderness in the apples and the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.

Whipped Cream Topping

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream on high speed for about 1 minute.
  2. With the mixer still running, slowly add the sugar and vanilla.
  3. Continue beating until the whipped cream is stiff.

Assembly

  1. Core the center of each cupcake out.
  2. Fill generously with the apple pie filling.
  3. Top with a swirl or dollop of whipped cream.
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S’mores Cupcakes

Rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker crumble topped with whipped marshmallow frosting, Hershey’s chocolate and a dusting of graham cracker crumbs make these the most epic S’mores Cupcakes you’ll ever have!

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It’s been almost two years since my neighbor (and now best friend!) Chasity enjoyed my cupcakes for the first time.  Two summers ago, she had an end-of-the summer BBQ in her back yard and we roasted marshmallows for s’mores.  It had been forever since I had s’mores and it inspired me to make cupcakes…  S’mores Cupcakes!

I brought those cupcakes to Chasity and they instantly became her favorite!  She still talks about them to this day!!  So, when it was time for Chasity to leave Germany and move back to the USA, she requested I make them again for her!

S'mores Cupcakes - rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker topped with whipped marshmallow frosting. Hershey's chocolate and graham cracker crumbs!  | JavaCupcake.com

This time though, I wanted to make them a little fancier.  The first round were delicious, but they weren’t as “pretty” as I like to make my cupcakes.  I love a gorgeous swirl of frosting on top of the cupcake and I love using liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  So, that’s exactly what I did with these cupcakes. I just think they turned out absolutely beautiful!  Well… as beautiful as a cupcake can be!! hehe

Instead of having a graham cracker crust and a cracker on top, I decided to fill the cupcake with the same mixture that I’d use if I were making a graham cracker crust.  I packed that filling in tight so when you took a bite, the filling would be firm like a pie crust.

S'mores Cupcakes - rich chocolate cake filled with graham cracker topped with whipped marshmallow frosting. Hershey's chocolate and graham cracker crumbs!  | JavaCupcake.com

The frosting is a marshmallow frosting and a s’mores cupcake wouldn’t be complete with a Hershey’s chocolate!  So, I topped each cupcake with a chunk of that delicious Hershey’s milk chocolate and a dusting of graham cracker.

Perfect!  And… Chasity loved them! 🙂

One of the hardest parts of military life is saying goodbye to those friends you’ve become so close with.  So close, they’re family.  Chasity… I love you and I am so thankful for the friendship we shared!  I couldn’t have had a better neighbor, friend and now sister! <3  Good luck to you in the USA and you will be missed every day!

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S’mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcake

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 Tbsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Graham Cracker Filling

  • 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp sugar

Marshmallow Frosting

  • 1 7oz jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream/milk

Garnish

  • 1 bar Hershey's chocolate
  • Reserved graham cracker crumbs

Instructions

Chocolate Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  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. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Graham Cracker Filling

  1. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar. Mix together until completely incorporated.
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup for garnish.

Marshmallow Frosting

  1. Cream together the butter and marshmallow fluff.
  2. Add the sugar, vanilla and salt and mix on high until combined.
  3. Add enough cream until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Beat on high for 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Assembly & Garnish

  1. Using an apple corer, remove the center of each cupcake.
  2. Fill each cupcake with the graham cracker filling. Pack the filling tightly into each cupcake by pressing down and adding more until the filling reaches the top.
  3. Using a Wilton 1M tip fitted on a piping bag, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  4. Place 1/2 a square of chocolate onto the top of the frosting.
  5. Sprinkle reserved graham cracker filling onto the frosting.
  6. Keep stored in an air tight container up to a week.
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