Archive for October, 2010

PostHeaderIcon More Halloween Sugar Cookies!

Can you tell I love Halloween!? Well, I do! :) Who doesn’t love a reason to eat sweets the entire month of October?

I absolutely love how these spider web and pumpkin cookies turned out! I love how vibrant the colors are! And the spiders on the spider webs…..too dang cute!

What are you doing for Halloween? I’ve had my Halloween planned since September! My husband and I will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters while watching IT (by Stephen King)! Since I just finished the book I’m super excited to watch it!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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PostHeaderIcon Candy Corn Cupcakes

I’ll admit it, I do not like candy corn. There, I said it! But these cupcakes do not taste like candy corn, they only look like candy corn since the cupcake base is yellow and orange and topped with white frosting. The cupcake base is my favorite vanilla bean cupcake and it’s topped with delicious buttercream frosting!

These would be great for a Halloween party or a Birthday party in October!

Please contact me if you’re interested in ordering!

To make these I used my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe and vanilla buttercream frosting recipe.

I just colored half of the cupcake batter orange and the other half yellow. Then fill the cupcake liners with the yellow batter first and top with the orange batter. Bake as directed and top with buttercream frosting!

Easy and adorable!

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PostHeaderIcon Halloween Sugar Cookies

I love Halloween and anything related to it (cool weather, comfy sweatshirts, sweets, etc)! I usually get in the Halloween spirit mid-September. That’s pretty early, I know, but you tend to get in the Halloween spirit if you hang your decorations up early (say…..mid-September).

I love how these cookies turned out! After I made them I remembered all of the other Halloween cookie cutters that I have -

* Spider web

* Pumpkin

* Witch hat

* Ghost

* Scary black cat (with a big puffy tail!) :)

* ….and a bunch for Thanksgiving/fall as well (acorn, turkey)

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    PostHeaderIcon Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

    These are literally one of THE BEST cupcakes I have ever had! The cupcake base is so chocolatey it reminds me of a brownie (the best brownie I’ve ever had)! My husband doesn’t like chocolate cupcakes (weird, right?) but when he tried these he ate THREE of them right in a row! (The cupcakes pictured above are mini but he ate three full-size cupcakes!) :) The buttercream frosting on top is quite literally the perfect combination to the base.

    These are a must-try!

    Amazing Chocolate Cupcakes

    Yield: 24 cupcakes
    Ingredients:

    For the cupcakes:
    1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 tsp. espresso powder
    1 cup boiling water
    ½ cup sour cream
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1¼ cups all-purpose flour
    ¾ tsp. baking soda
    ½ tsp. salt
    16 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1¾ cups sugar
    2 large eggs

    Directions:

    To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners (24 total).  Combine the cocoa powder and espresso powder in a small bowl.  Add the boiling water and whisk until the mixture is smooth.  Set aside and let cool to room temperature.  Once cool, whisk in the sour cream and vanilla extract.

    Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.  Stir together with a fork to combine; set aside.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.  Beat in the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed.

    With the mixer on low speed, mix in the dry ingredients in three additions, alternately with the cocoa-sour cream mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.  Beat each addition just until incorporated.  Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Source: Annie’s Eats

    My Favorite Vanilla Buttercream Frosting!

    Yield: enough frosting for 24 cupcakes

    Ingredients:

    1 stick unsalted butter, softened

    6 cups confectioners’ sugar

    pinch of salt

    2 Tablespoons vanilla extract

    1/2 cup heavy cream

    Directions:

    In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds.

    Slowly add the rest of the ingredients a little at a time. I usually start by adding a cup of confectioners’ sugar along with the salt and vanilla extract. Then I add 1/4 cup heavy cream, slowly add in more confectioners’ sugar and heavy cream until all 6 cups (or so) of confectioners’ sugar and 1/2 cup of heavy cream are added. (Do not add all 6 cups of confectioners’ sugar at once or you’ll have a mess)

    Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down the bowl once or twice.

    Decorate cooled cupcakes as desired.

    Source: Melissa Bakes Original

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