Category Archives: Cakes/Cupcakes/Muffins

EASTER ~ MALTED EGG CUPCAKES

 

I look forward to Easter each year because I know the stores will be stocking Malted Eggs.  I just love them!

If you follow my blog, you may have seen my recipe for Malted Egg Rice Krispies Treats.  These little treats disappear so fast. This is probably because I grab a spoon and eat most of it before it even makes it to  square dish I used to make the bars!

With my love of these malted eggs in mind, I tried to create a cupcake that has the same malt goodness.  As I have stated before, I am not a huge chocolate fan.  If you are, you may want to substitute the malted vanilla cupcake or frosting with malted chocolate.  The chocolate malt powder can be found next to the regular malt powder in you local store.  In my local Walmart, it is located next to the hot chocolate.

CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES W/ STRAWBERRY FROSTING

I love chocolate covered strawberries and eat them more often than I should.

Sometimes I am so impatient that I just melt me a big old bowl of chocolate and grab a handful of juicy red strawberries and start dipping.  This girl is not waiting for some chocolate to harden on a strawberry.

My love for this wonderful flavor combination is the reason for these chocolate cupcakes & starwberry cupcakes.

For the chocolate cake, I use the same recipe that I use for my Hot Fudge Sundae cupcakes.  It’s  the recipe that I use for almost all of my chocolate cupcakes.  It’s super quick and easy and starts out with a chocolate cake mix.

BLUEBERRY – LIME CUPCAKES

blueberry lime cupcakes 4

I made some Very Berry Blueberry Cupcakes the other day and wanted to try tweaking the recipe by adding lime.  I like these lime/blueberry cupcake even more than the original blueberry cupcakes.  I love they way the tartness of the lime complements the sweetness of the blueberries.

In this recipe, I made lime cupcakes with a blueberry filling and topped with a blueberry & lime buttercream frosting.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box white or yellow cake mix + ingredients on box

ADD

  • 1 box (3.4oz)  instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tablespoon of lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice

In mixing bowl, add cake mix plus ingredients listed on the box.  Before mixing, add dry pudding mix, lime zest, and lime juice.

Mix and bake according to directions on the cake mix box.

 

 

If you don’t happen to have blueberry jam laying around your house, here is the recipe for the sauce:blueberry2 copy

Blueberry Sauce:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice

Add blueberries, sugar, and lemon/ lime juice to a small sauce pot.  Stir well and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes.

While the sauce is cooling, take a teaspoon or small spoon and scoop out a small hole in the center of the cupcake.

Fill these holes with your blueberry sauce allowing some to flow over the top.

Top with blueberry/lime  frosting.  If you plan to pipe your frosting onto you cupcakes, you will need to run your blueberry sauce through a food processor or blender. Otherwise, the blueberries will clog your piping tip.

VERY BERRY BLUEBERRY CUPCAKES

Very Berry blueberry cupcakes

Don’t these blueberry cupcakes look delicious?  Well, they are!  These are very berry blueberry cupcakes because the cake is filled with blueberries, covered with a blueberry sauce, and topped with a blueberry frosting.

While I was in the blueberry cupcake mood, I also made Blueberry /Lemon Cupcake HERE.  It’s amazing !

For this recipe, I used a white cake mix.  Feel free to use your favorite cake recipe instead.  I made the cake mix according to directions adding 1/4 cup of blueberry jam and pudding mix to the mixture.  I wanted to add a little blueberry taste but not overwhelm it.  Never fear, if you don’t have jam, by all means, use fresh blueberries or blueberry pie filling.

Very Berry blueberry cupcakes

BLUEBERRY CUPCAKE INGREDIENTS

  • Make cake mix according to directions.
  • 1 box (3.4oz) vanilla or cheesecake pudding mix (I love using cheesecake pudding mix)
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream
  • Add 1/4 – 1/3 cup of blueberry jam.   If you don’t have jam laying around, you can use 1 to 1 1/2 cups of fresh blueberries.

HOT FUDGE CAKE (aka. Chocolate Cobbler)

HOT FUDGE CAKE

I can’t tell you how good this Hot Fudge Cake taste.  The soft moist chocolaty cake with this creamy, delicious fudge sauce.  I have seen this cake called Chocolate Cobbler but I always think of cobbler as having a pie-like crust and I just can’t associate this piece of chocolate heaven with a cobbler.

If  you follow my blog, you will notice that I make a lot of my cakes & cupcakes using a cake mix and then adding wonderful extras to take it to the next level and make it taste like homemade.  In this recipe, everything is made from scratch.  I just don’t think you could achieve the same taste using a cake mix.  It’s so easy to make and can be easily made by items in your pantry.

HOT FUDGE CAKE

Here is what you will need:

CAKE INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup sour cream *

CAKE INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl using a  mixer, combine the ¾ cup of the granulated sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Stir in milk, melted butter, and vanilla; mix until smooth.
  3. Spread the batter into a lightly greased 2-quart dish.

*NOTE:  If you don’t have the sour cream, you can leave it out and the cake will turn out fine.  The sour cream takes the taste of the cake to the next level so use it if you have any in  your fridge.

Once you have you cake batter in the bottom of your dish, it’s time to start making the good stuff – the fudge.  

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