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Black and White Cupcakes

Delicious vanilla cake topped with dark chocolate frosting baked in quatrefoil liners make these Black and White Cupcakes perfect for any themed party, birthday or occasion!

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Sometimes, the simplest of things inspires me to bake.  For these cupcakes the inspiration came from the cupcake liners.  These quatrefoil black and white cupcake liners from quatrefoil liners and are my new favorite pattern!

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What makes the liners from STB so wonderful is that they are grease-proof! What does that mean?  Shannon, my friend & owner of STB, has done a lot of research & product testing to find the best paper to bake cupcakes in.  This paper not only holds it’s shape but it keeps it’s bright, vibrant color!  No more buying beautiful liners and having them destroyed during the baking process!

quatrefoil liners liners grease-proof technology produce great looking cupcakes, every time!

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Now, you may be wondering if this is a sponsored post since I’m going on and on and on about these STB liners.  No.. it’s not.  I just really love these liners.  I’ve been a fan of grease-proof liners for a while now.  You may remember me using Sutton Gourmet Paper grease-proof liners a few years ago.  They are just as amazing, but don’t come in quite as many colors or designs.  That’s why I love quatrefoil liners!

With so many colors and patters to choose from, quatrefoil liners makes it easy to be inspired just from their liners!  And… this is how the Black & White Cupcake was born!  Shannon sent me a pack of their newest quatrefoil liners and I was instantly drawn to the simplicity of these liners.  Two contrasting colors coming together beautifully… I knew I had to make a cupcake to reflect that.

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Vanilla cake topped with dark chocolate frosting was the perfect choice for these Black and White Cupcakes.  Adorning the frosting with white sugar pearls gave just the right touch to really send them over the edge!  So simple, so beautiful… and perfectly paired with the black and white quatrefoil liners from quatrefoil liners!

Happy Baking!

Black and White Cupcakes

Black and White Cupcakes

Yield: 20-24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 225g vanilla sugar (1 cup)
  • 175g cake flour, sifted (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup milk

Dark Chocolate Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening (I used Crisco)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (I used Hershey's)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla

Instructions

Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Line cupcake tins with grease-proof liners. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the vanilla sugar, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the soft butter and mix on medium speed for about 3 minutes. The end result of this will be a coarse meal texture.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract. Add this to the flour mixture and mix until smooth. Scrape the bowl to ensure everything is incorporated. NOTE: The mixture will be very thick at this point.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour in the milk and mix until incorporated. Use a rubber spatula to fold the batter a few times and press out any lumps in the batter. NOTE: Be gentle during this process, you don't want to overwork the batter.
  6. Scoop the batter into the cupcake liners just over 1/2 full - Do not overfill!
  7. Bake 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool in the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and shortening until smooth.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar, espresso powder and cocoa powder and mix until combined.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, pour in all of the heavy cream and vanilla. Turn mixer speed up to medium and mix until completely incorporated.
  4. Mix in the remaining powdered sugar. Scrape the bowl down to ensure everything is incorporated.
  5. Mix on high for 30 seconds.
  6. Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M tip with frosting and pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake. Garnish with white sugar pearls.
  7. Store up to 4 days in an air tight container.

 

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Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes

Celebrate your next birthday with these delicious, colorful Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes!  Full of rainbow jimmies and topped with whipped chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles, these fun treats are sure to make any birthday great!

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Since I already made Matty an awesome Toy Story themed checkerborad birthday cake and Alien cupcakes, I wanted to make something a little simpler for his actual birthday.   Last year, I made stacked, funetti cookies filled with buttercream for his actually birthday… so this year I decided to go on the same theme and make funfetti cupcakes!

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These little cups of cake are filled with rainbow jimmies, topped with a simply delicious whipped chocolate buttercream and decorated with rainbow sprinkles! I thought originally about making a vanilla buttercream to top the funfetti cupcakes, but I decided I wanted to add a little more flavor to the mix and knew that the chocolate would be perfect! I could still dress up the frosting with lots of fun rainbow sprinkles!

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The batter was so super easy to make.  The recipe for the cake comes from one of my favorite baking blogs, Sally’s Baking Addiction.   What drew me to this recipe was the fact that there was no need for a stand mixer to make the batter.  I’m all about homemade that doesn’t require creaming the butter and sugar and getting my stand mixer all messy!  (Although, I’m still going to have to use it for the frosting!) Sally’s recipe is simple and so easy to put together… and the batter, I could eat it by the spoonful!

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I think this recipe may actually turn out to be my “go-to” vanilla recipe.  It’s so simple and so good!  Next time I might even add a little vanilla bean to the batter punch up the vanilla flavor.  Or maybe even use almond flavoring for something different.   This recipe would even be great with fresh fruit in the batter or added to the middle of the cupcakes after baking.  The possibles are endless with this recipe! Thanks, Sally, for another great recipe!

So, if you’re in need of an easy, super delicious and really fun cupcake… these Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes are for you!

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Interested in these awesome liners?  They’re from my favorite party supply shop, Sweets & Treats Boutique! They are grease-proof which means the color will stay bright, bold and beautiful after baking!  Don’t these look wonderful?

Happy Baking!

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Chocolate Funfetti Cupcakes

Yield: 3+ dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

Funfetti Cupcakes

  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 cup rainbow jimmies

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2lbs powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 3/4-1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Instructions

Funfetti Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a large, glass bowl, melt the butter in your microwave.
  3. While it's melting, in another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Once the butter has melted, add the sugar and whisk until combined. Set aside for 2-3 minutes or until slightly cooled.
  5. Add the sour cream and whisk together until smooth.
  6. Pour in the milk and vanilla and whisk until combined and smooth.
  7. Add the eggs and whisk until completely incorporated.
  8. Add the flour and fold with a spatula until just combined. Switch to a whisk and stir quickly 7-8 times to break up most of the clumps. There will still be clumps in the batter, but do not over mix.
  9. Pour in the rainbow jimmies and GENTLY fold 4-5 times until combined. You don't want to overwork the batter with the jimmies... the color will run off the jimmies into the batter if you do.
  10. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool completely before frosting.

Whipped Chocolate Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. Add half the sugar and mix on high until combined.
  3. Mix in 1/4 cup heavy cream, salt and vanilla.
  4. Add remaining sugar and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add up to 3/4 cup more heavy cream until you reach your desired consistency. I like a light, smooth, airy buttercream, so I added all the whipping cream.
  6. Beat on high for 2 minutes until light and fluffy and the color has lightened.

Assembly

  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cooled cupcake.
  2. Garnish the frosting generously with rainbow sprinkles on all sides.

Notes

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Toy Story Alien Cupcakes

Add excitement and fun to your next Toy Story themed party with these Alien Cupcakes!  By using my simple decorating techniques to make these Toy Story Alien Cupcakes, your guests will “be eternally grateful” for your effort!

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Today is Matty’s 2nd birthday! I can’t believe that 2 years of his life have already come and gone.   It just seems like yesterday that I was celebrating his first birthday with these Sesame Street cupcakes!

Two weekends ago, we celebrated his birthday with a huge joint party with his little friend, Lena.  Lena and Matty are just two weeks apart so it was a treat to be able to celebrate their birthdays together this year! The theme of the party was Toy Story!

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For the Toy Story party, I made a variety of fun, themed desserts including these super cute Alien Cupcakes! I had seen a variety of different ways to make these Alien cupcakes all over the internet, but since I’m in Germany I knew my supplies would be limited.

For the ears and antennae, I used green gummies.  Luckily, Germans love their gummies so I was able to find those easily out on the economy.  I used green gummy rope for the antennae and cut flat rectangle gummies into triangles for the ears.

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The eyes are made from Wilton candy eyes.  If you can’t find these in your local craft store, you could just pipe white dollops of frosting and add a touch of black for the pupils.  Or maybe you could find white candies to use.  The mouth is made with a tube of black decorating gel.  Easy peasy!

One of the best things about making a cupcake like this is that when YOU make them at home, they don’t have to be exactly like mine.  Use what supplies you have at your disposal.  Use what your grocery store carries.  Improvise.   It’s not about taking exactly what I did and recreating it, it’s about making the cupcakes your own with the supplies you have!

To be honest… that’s the most fun part for me!  Figuring out how I can take the inspiration I got from someone else’s creation and turn it into my own! I hope that these Alien Cupcakes can do that for you!

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Here’s more from the Toy Story Party:

And because it wouldn’t be a party if my friends didn’t get a little crazy… here’s Lena’s Mom, Mareile, being silly in her Alien shirt with the Alien cupcakes!!

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Toy Story Alien Cupcakes

Toy Story Alien Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • i am baker's recipe for The Perfect White Cake - CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE
  • Strawberry jam

Frosting

  • Vanilla Buttercream - CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE
  • Green gel food coloring

Alien Head

  • Green gummy rope
  • Green flat gummy squares
  • Black decorating gel (in a tube)
  • Candy eyes (I used Wilton brand)

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Prepare the batter as i am baker describes in the recipe link above.
  2. Line cupcake pans with green liners and fill 2/3 with batter.
  3. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Once the cupcakes have cooled, core the center of each cupcake out and fill with strawberry jam.

Frosting

  1. Prepare the frosting as directed in the link above.
  2. Tint the frosting green using the gel food coloring.

Assembly

  1. Frost the top of each cupcake with the green frosting making sure to create a flat surface on the top.
  2. Place three candy eyes in the center of the cupcake. Squeeze a circle or squiggly line of black decorating gel under the eyes for the mouth.
  3. Cut the square gummies into triangles and place one above the eyes on the edge of the cupcake. One triangle on each side for the ears.
  4. Cut a 1/2 in piece of gummy rope and place it in the top, center of the cupcake.

Notes

To make things even simpler, use store bought cake mix for the cupcakes and use pre-made frosting to decorate. Focus on the Alien head and decorating!

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Vanilla Cupcakes

I’ve thought a lot about what makes the perfect vanilla cupcake… will it be moist? dense? crumbly? cakey? white? cream? vanilla beans? extract? I’ve tried a lot of recipes, but none really taste like vanilla… just plain cake.

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I posed this question to you on Facebook & Twitter, “What ingredients make up the perfect vanilla cupcake?”… and this is what you said:

  • vanilla bean powder
  • vanilla beans
  • coconut flour paired with a good vanilla bean extract
  • vinegar
  • homemade vanilla extract
  • whipped egg whites folded into the batter
  • box of vanilla pudding mix

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Yesterday, I ventured into the kitchen to make a vanilla cupcake that truly tasted like vanilla.  I began with Sweetapolita’s recipe for vanilla cake and added my own spin on it to really bring out the vanilla flavor.  I did things like steep the milk in vanilla beans, use my homemade vanilla extract and vanilla sugar and of course use the seeds of 2 fresh Madagascar vanilla beans.

And, after tasting them… I’m pretty darn certain that these are one of the most delicious vanilla cupcakes I’ve ever tasted!  I’m definitely adding this recipe to the rotation!

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PS… Love these liners?  I got them from Sutton Gourmet Paper!!

 

Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

Yield: 18-20 cupcakes
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Ingredients

Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup milk steeped with 2 vanilla beans/pods and strained/cooled
  • 1/4 sour cream, room temperature
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp Madagascar vanilla bean extract
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted 3 times
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/8 cup Madagascar vanilla bean sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, soft & at room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable shortening

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 pound powdered sugar, SIFTED
  • 1 Tbsp Madagascar vanilla bean extract
  • 1/4 cup Madagascar vanilla bean infused milk/cream, room temperature (use same method as used for the cupcakes)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Split 2 Madagascar vanilla beans and scrape out the seeds. Combine the pods and seeds in a small sauce pan with 1 cup of milk and bring to a simmer over med-high heat while whisking constantly. Remove from heat as soon as it begins to bubble and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup for the buttercream.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  3. In a small bowl , whisk together the egg whites, egg, vanilla extract, 1/4 cup of the vanilla milk and sour cream. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, sift the cake flour three times. Add the baking powder, salt and sugar and sift two additional times.
  5. 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.
  6. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the remaining 1/2 cup vanilla milk and mix until just combined. It will be thick. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  2. One cup at a time, add the sifted powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and salt and mix until combined.
  4. Add 2 Tbsp of the milk and beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until frosting is smooth and fluffy. Add more milk if necessary to reach your desired consistency. NOTE: Make sure to add as many as the vanilla bean seeds as you can to the frosting!

 

Rainbow Funfetti Birthday Cake Oreo Cupcakes

Being out here in Germany has its disadvantages.  As a baker, the lack of access to seasonal and special products that my favorite companies make is a huge disadvantage.  So when Oreo celebrated it’s 100th birthday with special confetti cake flavored Oreos I BEGGED my friends back home to send me some.  Luckily, one fantastic friend (CARRIE!) sent me TWO packages of these special cookies!

When I first opened the bag, I noticed the smell… they were different from the regular Oreos.  Then, I tasted them.  OH EM GEE.  They taste like birthday cake!  Those Oreo people are GENIUS!

So, into my cupcakes these cookies went.  I made a basic vanilla cupcake batter, added a birthday Oreo to the bottom of each cupcake and filled the batter with funfetti rainbow sprinkles.  I then topped the cupcake with a basic vanilla cream cheese buttercream topped with more funfetti rainbow sprinkles and a birthday Oreo!

Simple.  Cute.  Delicious.

Rainbow Funfetti Birthday Cake Oreo Cupcakes

Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Happy Birthday to Oreo!

Ingredients

Rainbow Funfetti Cupcakes

  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup rainbow jimmies
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, soft/room temperature
  • 12 birthday Oreo cookies

Rainbow Cream Cheese Buttercream

  • 2oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2-4 Tbsp heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • Wilton food color, gel - various colors
  • rainbow jimmies

Instructions

Rainbow Funfetti Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. Separate egg whites and whisk together with milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the softened butter and half the milk mixture and mix on medium until combined.
  5. Pour in the remaining milk mixture and mix on high until combined, about 10-15 seconds. DO NOT OVER MIX! Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  6. Gently fold in the funfetti jimmies, 4-5 strokes.
  7. Place one Oreo at the bottom of each cupcake liner. Fill the liner 2/3 full with batter.
  8. Bake 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool in pan for 4-5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

Rainbow Cream Cheese Buttercream

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla and salt and mix until combined.
  4. Mix in 2 Tbsp of vanilla. Add more, if necessary, to get your desired consistency.
  5. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Separate buttercream into 4 small bowls. Add color and mix until combined.

To make rainbow frosting:

  1. Prepare a large piping bag and a star tip.
  2. Spoon in a dollop of each color into the bag, pressing it against the side of the bag to make room for the other colors. Continue layering in the colors into the bag.
  3. Slowly press the frosting out of the star tip. Be careful not to press too hard, you don't want the colors to mix too much and come out brown.

To Assemble:

  1. Pipe a swirl of rainbow frosting on top of each cooled cupcake.
  2. Garnish with rainbow jimmies and half a birthday Oreo.

PS… I was in a hurry and didn’t bring my eggs and milk to room temperature and didn’t bake them quite long enough, so my cupcakes didn’t rise like I wanted them to.  🙁 Bummer.  Make sure yours are room temperature and be patient!!

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Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Rich buttermilk and vanilla bean cake in purple, yellow and green make these Mardi Gras cupcakes topped with Reese’s mini cupcakes the perfect party treat! Mardi Gras Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com In February 2012, AFN Bavaria here in Germany is hosted me for a 2 hour segment to talk cupcakes and baking!  And, well… since it’s Mardi Gras season, I thought it’d be a perfect reason to bring the DJ’s some party cupcakes!

Because I needed to color the batter, I needed a basic white cake batter to start with.  So, I whipped up a simple vanilla buttermilk cupcake.  But… you know me, nothing I do is ever basic.  These cupcakes have my favorite Madagascar vanilla beans, buttermilk and some added sour cream for flavor.  There is nothing basic about the flavor of these bad boys! Mardi Gras Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com I topped the cupcakes with  a cinnamon cream cheese frosting then embellished them with Mardi Gras colored sprinkles and mini cupcakes made with Reese’s peanut butter cups.   This is a simple, fun way to dress up your cupcakes for a party!

You don’t just have to make these cupcakes for Mardi Gras either… they could be made in green and red for Christmas.  They could be made in pink and white for Valentine’s Day or even Green for St. Patrick’s day.  The possibilities are quiet endless! So, if you’re looking for a fun, simple, yet delicious cupcake to serve at your Mardi Gras party… make these Mardi Gras Cupcakes!

They’ll be sure to impress your party guests!

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Happy Baking!

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

Yield: 2 dozen cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

These cupcakes are ready to PARTY for Mardi Gras!

Ingredients

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • the seeds of 2 Madagascar vanilla beans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups Buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Green, Purple and Yellow food coloring gel (I used Wilton brand)

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • green, purple and yellow sprinkles
  • Mini Reese's peanut butter cups
  • purple gel food coloring

Instructions

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with white liners.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes.
  3. While that is creaming, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the buttermilk, vanilla beans, vanilla extract and sour cream. Whisk until combined. It will look lumpy, which is okay.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the butter/sugar and mix on medium speed. Scrape the sides of the bowl and make sure everything is incorporated. NOTE: It will look curdled. DO NOT FRET! It will smooth out once you add the flour.
  6. Add all the flour at once and mix on low to medium speed until smooth. Don't over mix!!
  7. Separate batter evenly into three bowls.
  8. Add food coloring and mix until uniform in color.
  9. Using a tablespoon, scoop one color into the liner against one edge. Quickly, scoop the second color next to/overlapping the first color. Finally, add the third color. NOTE: By the time you get to scooping the third color, you should still be able to see a 1/3 of the bottom of the liner.
  10. Add another smaller scoop of each color until the liners are 1/2-2/3 full. NOTE: Do not fill these more than 2/3 full. They puff up nicely and you don't want overflow!
  11. Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Rotate pan after 12 minutes.
  12. Cool in pans for 7-8 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting and decorating.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
  2. /4lb at a time, add the powdered sugar. After the first addition, add the vanilla extract and cinnamon. Beat until smooth.
  3. After the next additions of powdered sugar, add whipping cream and beat on high until smooth. After the last addition of sugar, add enough cream until you get your desired consistency.
  4. Add the pinch of salt and beat on high for 5 minutes.

Assembly

  1. Reserve 1/2 cup of frosting and tint with purple food coloring gel. Put it in a piping bag with a small star tip. Set aside.
  2. Using the white frosting and a large star tip, pipe a swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake. Embellish with sprinkles and jimmies.
  3. Put a swirl of the purple frosting on top of the Reese's pb cups and embellish with sprinkles and jimmies. (You want it to look like a mini cupcake.)
  4. Place a Reese's cup on top of each cupcake, off center.
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