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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Test Kitchen: Godiva Red Velvet Cupcake Mix

 
I recently picked up this Godiva Red Velvet Cupcake Mix at an after Valentine's Day sale at Target for about $4 (regular price about $6) and I thought I would give it a try for all of you!
 
 
First of all, there were only two things in the kit: cake mix and chocolate chips.  The mix was only enough for 6 cupcakes, although it didn't say that anywhere on the package.  I only had to add a little oil, water and 1 egg, stir it all together (including the chips) and put it into the oven.
 
 
They took every bit of the 18 minutes recommended to bake, but they did come out looking pretty, didn't they?  I decided to fill and frost them with my own concoctions, so I cut into the centers of each cupcake to  make room for some ganache, and I'm so glad I did, because the chocolate chips were melty and perfectly suspended inside each one (something I always struggled to achieve on my own - was it the chips?) and I popped all 6 middles right into my mouth.


They went well with the cream cheese frosting I made and the cake itself was light and tasty, not artificial tasting or overly red, like so many red velvet cupcakes tend to be.  All in all, I'd say they were a success, but I don't think I'd pay full price for just six cupcakes I have to frost myself.  Next: Crumbs Cookies & Cream Cupcake Mix!
 



 


Luck O' The Irish Cream Cupcakes By Baked By Melissa

Baked by Melissa is already celebrating St. Patrick's Day with these Luck O' The Irish Cream cupcakes. Irish Bavarian Cream Stuffing, Irish chocolate icing and green sprinkles and gold sugar crystal topping.


Even if you don't live near a Baked By Melissa location, you can order online and have them shipped to you for upcoming St. Patrick's Day parties.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Cupcake Recipes, Mug Cakes and Pantry Tips: The Latest Posts on Cupcakes.About.com


Check out the latest posts on Cupcakes.About.com 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Rocking Horse Cupcake

This rocking horse cupcake is so creative. Check out the Cupcakes on About.com post on pull-apart cupcakes.
Rocking Horse Cupcake!         I had fun making this cupcake cake creation!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Watch Today's Google Hangout About Baking With Booze Here at 5PM EST

On today's #getbaked, we will be talking about "Baking With Booze".

Our guests: 
  • Meghan McGarry, ButtercreamBlondie.com, (@butrcreamblondi) Meghan McGarry is a pastry chef, professional recipe developer and culinary personality, who loves to glam up desserts. Her popular site, ButtercreamBlondie.com, documents her one-of-a-kind dessert makeovers, and was named one of the Top 10 Baking Blogs of 2014 by Better Homes and Gardens. McGarry’s creations have been featured in major media outlets including Cake Central Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Cooking Channel’s Devour and Raycom Media. With the mantra “Flirt with dessert,” you can be sure Meghan is always baking up something fun and exciting!
  • Leslie Feinberg, Prohibition Bakery: (@ProhibitionBake) is the owner and co-founder of Prohibition Bakery, where they make mini-alcoholic cupcakes in New York City. She’s a lifelong baker and long-time bartender who has gotten many highly regarded New Yorkers extremely drunk. (Leslie will be with us for half the show) 
  • Grace & Tonya, CakeBuzz.us: (@cakebuzzliquor) Grace is the Assistant to The CakeBartender, Sean of Cake Buzz. Grace runs their marketing, social media, Public Relations etc.  She attends to Cake Buzz’s daily business operations so that The CakeBartender can create his masterpiece cakes without being disturbed.  She decorates the cakes, delivers cakes, buys ingredients, conducts Quality Control, etc.  Grace keeps the  “BUZZ” beating in Cake Buzz! 
Your hosts: Babette Pepaj (@bakespace), founder of BakeSpace.com  and Nichelle Stephens (@cupcakeblog), Cupcake Expert on About.com



 

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes With Speculoos Cookie Butter Frosting

Speculoos is a Dutch biscuit typically baked during the Christmas holiday. Lotus makes a Speculoos cookie butter that you can eat any time of the year. Grace Chan made these cupcakes with Speculoos Cookie Butter Frosting.

Ingredients for the frosting:

  • 150g unsalted butter, softened 
  • 1/2 cup cookie butter spread 
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar 
  • 1 tbs milk

Instructions:

1.in a mixer cream together butter until light and creamy. Add cookie butter and cream until blended
2. Add icing sugar and cream on high speed until very light and fluffy. Add the splash of milk and mix until blended
Dark chocolate cupcakes with speculoos cookie butter frosting

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Links: A Dollop of Frosting And More

Rainbow Cupcake Bouquet

Happy Friday, people.  I have been waiting patiently for the internet to stop talking about llamas and dresses.

In the meantime,  check out the links below.

Marlo Scott, owner of Sweet Revenge, is hosting a class on How To Write A Business Plan on Saturday, February 28.

Heather Saffer, who wrote one of my favorite cookbooks, The Dollop Book of Frosting, now has a line of frostings that is being sold in grocery stores. Look for Dollop Frosting in Wegman's and other locations.

Dara Furlow,  the founder of With Love From Brooklyn,  has just launched a crowdfunding campaign on Barnraiser to start a sweet subscription service.

Alan Richardson and Karen Tack have a new cake art book coming out, "Cake My Day" and they're doing a pre-order contest. You can win some nice stuff.

Babette Pepaj and I are doing our next #GETBAKED Google Hangout/web chat about baking with booze this Sunday, March 1st.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Baking with Booze: Get Baked w/ BakeSpace.com And Cupcakes Take the Cake

Our next Google Hangout/live web show will this Sunday, March 1st. To kick off March and since St. Patrick's Day is coming up, Babette of Bakespace and I will be talking about Baking With Booze. We will be joined by Prohibition Bakery co-owner Leslie and two other guests.