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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cupcakes with Mrs. Doubtfire ♥



I have to share my Mrs Doubtfire cupcakes with you and all of the world ♥




When I made these cupcakes, I laughed and cried.





After I heard the tragic news about the death of Robin Williams, my intuition told me I needed to collaborate with Robin Williams in the kitchen.  So I invited one of my favorite ladies from my childhood (Mrs. Doubtfire) and her swirls of grey curly  hair, oversized grey glasses,to my kitchen.  And the cake scene, oh of course the famous cake scene was re-enacted in our baking collaboration. (upper left cupcake)   Something told me that even in the darkness, people needed to chuckle a little bit.  There have been many words said, many tabloids posted, they won't stop.  But the echoes of my giggles in the kitchen after baking and bringing Mrs Doubtfire back to life in the form of a cupcake spoke much louder than any words could. ♥ 






Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I am a Cupcake Fairy Godmother!

This is dedicated to my friend Alicia in California. Remember her? I flew out to her a few years ago when she was getting married (see the blog story here).
She recently found out she is expecting a baby girl, and this is her adorable little baby bump ♥

And when I made these stenciled baby shower cupcakes, I thought they might match her belly perfectly.



A sweet baby girl, already leaving a trail of sparkly footprints (in the belly..and soon on her own path in the world).  




Yesterday...  I received this wonderful surprise in the mail, and it made me think about something interesting:
A thank you letter from Daisy Troop 2289 with a custom made cupcake patch!
The girls from the troop designed this Amanda Cupcake patch after taking one of my classes, and now they proudly wear the patch on their sashes!  This by far was one of the best presents I have ever received in the mail.   That's when I realized I too, am on a maternal journey in my very own way. I am a cupcake fairy godmother to all these girls and all the babies/kids I meet along this cupcake journey!  But you know what else is awesome about this "cupcake fairy godmother" responsibility? All the moms and mommies and daddies to be that I meet along the way.  I share the excitement with them every time they visit me or I create a custom cupcake order for them. Maybe Alicia will ask me to be the cupcake fairy godmother for her baby girl?! I hope so.

See these two?  They are husband and wife. Lizzi and Alex Brockmann.
They drove out to my cupcake mansion in the snow (as you can see above) and ordered an item off of my secret menu.  A wish (and wishes are free at The Cupcake Mansion). All you have to do is ask for a handful of sprinkles to take outside and throw in the wind and make a wish. Lizzi didn't tell me what her wish was when she was throwing the sprinkles until her wish came true ♥  Lizzi is wishing in this photo..to have a baby..and she recently revealed to me that her wish came true. She is pregnant! 


Since I am over 2000 miles away from Alicia during a precious time in her life, my hope through this blog is to share some fun cupcake ideas/recipes with her, and maybe someone who loves her can try to recreate their own cupcake love and it can be expressed to her across the miles!  (and what's really awesome..now you can try these too).

Some Cupcake Fairy Godmother Inspiration: 

BEEHIVE CUPCAKES ♥

Cupcakes are Lemon Sundrop flavored. (easy bake at home recipe below!)    Can you tell..it's a girl?! I filled a disposable piping bag with my buttercream frosting (see recipe below). The tip I used was a giant 1A round tip to swirl dreamy fat beehive swirls on top of the cupcake.  The colors used: Americolor Electric Yellow and Americolor Electric Pink. ♥ The bees on the top are made out of yellow fondant, white heart shaped sprinkles for the wings, and a chocolate jimmie for the stinger.  The stripes are drawn on with a black edible ink marker.  You can also buy pre-made bees as pictured above too if you want a quicker option!  The pre-made bees are by Wilton and are sold at cake decorating supply stores ♥

Mini Baby Bump Cupcakes ♥
These were for a boy. You can tell because the heart on the belly is blue! (but you could easily change it to pink).  How I made these:  2 mini cupcakes, and one large cupcake for body shape! I stuck them all close enough together to make "mini baby bump" cupcake cakes! People are always making big Baby Bump cakes lately..I figured I'd give baby belly cupcakes a shot:

Baby Reveal Cupcakes (It's a boy):
I filled the inside of each vanilla cupcake with sky blue frosting for the boy (using Americolor Gel Paste.  If it was for a girl, you could use Electric Pink Gel Paste by Americolor).  The top of the cupcake is a heart..divided between pink and blue ♥ Is it a girl..or a boy?  I've heard it truly doesn't matter because you'll love him/her no matter what (that's why I made the heart)!


Ladybug cupcakes:

Everything edible and made by hand! The face made out of an oreo, cut not in half, but about 3/4.  The mouth made out of a red heart sprinkle. Sugar eyes.  M&Ms as the spots.  The antenna are drawn on parchment paper using chocolate candy melts (I cut a hole in the end of a disposable piping bag filled with melted candy melts and drew little lines on a parchment paper lined pan to make the antenna!  I added little heart sprinkles to the top of the antenna while the chocolate was still wet).  Frosting color used:  Super Red ♥

For the NICU Nurses:
Handmade and delivered in person to the NICU nurses at St Elizabeth Hospital here in Appleton, Wisconsin.  NICU nurses are wonderwomen! They should wear capes with their uniforms (and I believe that they are also fairy godmothers) ♥



Lemon Sundrop Cupcakes: (great to use with the beehive cupcakes)
♥Bake At Home Version of Amanda Cupcake's recipe♥

Ingredients:

1 box lemon cake mix
1 cup Sundrop
1 tbl lemon zest (optional)
1 small box instant lemon pudding
1 tsp lemon extract
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs


Directions:

Pour your box mix into stand mixer. Make sure you pour your Sundrop out of the can ahead of time into a bowl or clear measuring cup so it will lose some of its “fizz”. Once this is done, you can add to your box mix. Add box of lemonpudding, in powder form to the mixture. Add lemon extract & oil. Mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes until well blended. Last, add your lemon zest using a spatula. Bake at 350 in cupcake tins (filled about 2/3 full) for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cupcake comes out clean.

Optional: Dip your cupcakes in a lemon sundrop syrup so they have a deeper Sundrop flavor.  Mix 1/2 Cup of lemonsundrop with 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar.  After your cupcakes have cooled, dip the top of each one in your Sundrop syrup. The syrup will saturate the cupcake so the Sundrop flavor is more intense.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting:

1 lb of unsalted butter
5 tbl of heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1-2 tsp lemon extract
2 tsp lemon zest
5 Tablespoons Mountain Dew or Sundrop Soda
Around 8-10 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Cut butter into small squares into a large bowl and blend with mixer until fluffy. Add soda beverage, whipping cream, vanilla, and lemon extract to butter. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn mixer down to low and gradually add powdered sugar until frosting reaches desired consistency (the more powered sugar you add, the thicker the texture of frosting-if frosting is too thick, you can always thin it out with heavy whipping cream so don't be afraid to add powdered sugar!  Frosting pipes out more beautiful when it is on the "stiff" side). Last, add your lemon zest by hand.  

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookie and Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Cookie and Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes 
A story & recipe by Amanda Cupcake
This one is dedicated to my mom. Not only because I love her and it is Mother's Day (I'm at the tail end of it right now).  But also because one of my favorite memories of my mom is the smell of her baking chocolate chip cookies for me after school.  I'd come home from school, walk in the door and immediately be entranced by my mother's chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven.  Or if we were ever baking together, I'd steal the cookie dough right out of the bowl and eat most of it before she could finish baking the cookies. (Tummy ache but so worth it).

Ever since then.. I've loved chocolate chip cookies and chocolate chip cookie dough. Thank you mom!


And that's where these cupcakes come from. A true love for a dessert that once was not a cupcake. (Take something that was once not a cupcake and turn it into a cupcake, it is magical).  You get all of the best worlds here.  A Baked Cupcake, An Eggless Cookie Dough filling (with M&Ms and chocolate chips folded in), and a Cookie Dough Frosting.  I placed each chocolate chip on top of each swirl of Cookie Dough frosting by hand so the cupcakes would look just like chocolate chip cookies ♥  This cupcake is loaded..with mostly love.


This picture is proof that I bake love inside of my cupcakes.  A heart shape appeared in my egg yolk the other day. I caught it with my camera just in time.   If this isn't a sign that baking has a greater power than just making cute & pretty little sweets in your kitchen, I don't know what is!


You can add more powdered sugar to your cookie dough frosting to thicken it up, and scoop out a big scoop of this indulgence onto each of your cupcakes (just like how you scoop the cookie dough out of the bowl with your spoon).  I call these my monster cookie dough cupcakes. You can really fold in anything you want to the cookie dough frosting at the end to make it the type of cookie dough you love (I use M&Ms of all flavors and chocolate chips). 


They are so monster-ific that I gave some of them sugar eyes like real monsters!



The monster cookie dough cupcakes are like a double dessert. The cookie dough on the top that you can eat with a spoon.. but don't forget, there is a cupcake under that scoop of cookie dough for you to finish.  What separates this cookie dough frosting from regular cookie dough and turns it into frosting are the ingredients used: Brown Sugar, Almond milk, Malted Milk Powder, and Powdered Sugar instead of Granulated Sugar.

For all of you who eat the cookie dough instead of the cookie..Try this at home:

Cookie Dough Frosting Recipe

(Swirl it or Scoop it onto your favorite vanilla or chocolate cupcake)

Had to post this picture, mainly because it is fun!

Ingredients:
1 Cup Butter (softened)
1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Flour
3 Tablespoons Chocolate Malt Powder
¾ Cup of Brown Sugar
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
½ tsp salt
2 Tablespoons Milk or Almond Milk
+M&Ms & Chocolate Chips,any other ingredients you want to add

This recipe is really simple.  Combine all the ingredients together (except for the powdered sugar and M&Ms, Chocolate Chips) using the flat beater attachment in a stand mixer until creamy.  Gradually add powdered sugar.  For a creamy dreamy swirl like on the chocolate chip cookie cupcakes, you will want to add about 3-4 cups powdered sugar.  Do not fold in any chocolate chips or M&Ms into this version of the frosting since you will be using a piping bag to swirl it onto the top of the cupcake.   For the monster cookie dough frosting, add as much powdered sugar as needed to reach desired thickness for scooping frosting on top of the cupcake.  At the end, fold in M&Ms and chocolate chips or any other ingredients you want to add to the cookie dough frosting.

Decor:

For Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes:  
You will need:  
1 bowl of creamy dreamy cookie dough frosting
1 bowl of thick monster cookie dough frosting to use as filling.  
Chocolate Chips
Cupcakes to decorate in flavor of your choice

Core out the center of each cupcake using an apple corer or a cupcake corer.  Fill each cupcake with the thick mosnter cookie dough frosting.  Fill a disposable piping bag with the creamy dreamy cookie dough frosting and pipe onto the top of your cupcake.   Add little chocolate chips by hand to the top of your cupcake as pictured above to make your cupcake look like a chocolate chip cookie!

For Monster Cookie Dough Cupcakes:
You will need:
1 big bucket of thick monster cookie dough frosting to use as filling
Ice Cream scoop
Cupcakes to decorate in flavor of your choice.

Spray an ice cream scoop with non-stick canola oil spray.  Scoop the cookie dough frosting out of the bucket right on top of each cupcake, just like you'd do with ice cream.

They are so pretty, can you really eat them?
Of course you can.

Love you forever mom. You inspire me everyday in new ways that I am always discovering.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cotton Candy Cupcake Recipe!


Cotton Candy Cupcakes that look like...
Clouds!  Like when you stare at the sky, and you make all these shapes out of clouds because you are wonderful at using your imagination.  Or Clouds of Cotton Candy, so light and fluffy that you can't believe that they are real (because it does melt in your mouth and disappear after you eat it never to be seen again.).

I'm going to share my bake-at-home version of cotton candy cupcake recipe with you kiddos today (and yes I said kiddos because you are all kids at heart)!

Decor:

I use a Wilton 4B Tip inserted into the end of a disposable piping bag to create the Cotton Candy Dreamy Puffy Fantasy Cloud like swirl effect on top of my cupcake. 

I insert the tip into the end of a disposable piping bag,cut off the end and pipe little multi-color swirls of frosting all over the top of my cupcake.  The best colors to use as a rainbow cotton candy swirl are a dot of Americolor Sky Blue (for a pastel cotton candy blue color), a dot or two of Americolor Electric Pink, and a dot of Americolor Royal Purple.  Think light and fluffy for your colors.  You only need 3 base colors because the colors will mix together once they are in your piping bag and create other light and fluffy colors! To learn how to create the rainbow frosting swirl effect, you can read my Vanilla Rainbow Cupcake blog tutorial here:  Fantasy Vanilla Almond Rainbow Cupcakes!


The actual inside of the cupcake is a rainbow too. And I baked little shreds of cotton candy inside the cupcake. When you bake these, your kitchen will smell so nostalgic.  I wish I could take this scent with me everywhere. I piped little colors on top of each other inside of the rainbow cupcake using 3 different disposable piping bags full of different colors. 

 I always change up the color combos, this one was kind of fun too.
Using Americolor gel pastes, Teal, Fuschia, and Royal Purple♥
(Scratch N Sniff. Just kidding, I wish I could somehow make this happen)!


The number one reason I do these little swirly swirls of cotton candy inspired frosting on top of my cupcakes instead of putting real cotton candy on top...


Which I've also done before and looks amazing at first..


(so pretty, right?!)

Is because.. the cotton candy eventually reacts with the frosting and dissolves into a liquidy sticky mess on top of your cupcake and you'd never know that it once was cotton candy!  However..if you are going to serve your cotton candy cupcakes to be eaten right away, it does looks super pretty when you "float" a piece of cotton candy like a cloud on top of each cupcake.

If you want the clouds to stay puffy for extended periods of fun, I'd recommend my fluffy cotton candy cloud frosting technique!


You aren't limited to only making your cotton candy cupcakes look like cotton candy though! Think of what cotton candy swirls look like in your own imagination.  I came up with purple poodles!


Or Lorax tree cake pops. (Truffula cake pops).  These were made by dipping a cotton candy rainbow cake pop into candy melts of truffula-esque candy melt colors.  Then I took a toothpick and added more candy melt to the outside of the pop, swirling and adding tons o fun texture to the pop.  These look like Cotton Candy too!

You are a cupcake superhero. I believe it.
So here is the recipe.
Pour yourself an epic glitterized superhero coffee, and go for it.
COTTON CANDY RAINBOW CUPCAKES What you will need:
Ingredients: (Makes appx 18 Cupcakes)
1 Box of White Cake Mix
1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
1 ¼ Cup Buttermilk (instead of water)
4 Eggs
1 Tsp Cotton Candy Liquid “Extract” (found at local cake supply stores) and/or one packet of blue Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Frosting Flavor
1 small (3 or 4 oz) box of White Chocolate Pudding, Dry in Powder Form
Cotton Candy, ready to tear up into small pieces & bake inside of cupcake.

For Colored Rainbow Batter:
♥Electric Pink Gel Paste Color (I use the brand Americolor in the squeeze bottles)
♥Royal Purple or Electric Purple Gel Paste Colo♥Sky Blue Gel Paste Color (with this color, optional—Blue Cotton Candy Flavor Mix-found in baking aisle at local grocery stores)

For piping the rainbow batter inside cupcake liners
: 3 Disposable Decorating Bags
Directions:
1.    Preheat the oven to 325.
2.    Line cupcake tins with cupcake papers.
3.    Blend all ingredients (except colors) together for about 2 minutes in your mixer.
4.    Take out 3 separate bowls and pour about 1 1/2 Cups of white batter in each bowl.
5.    Squeeze three drops of the Electric Pink color into one of the bowls.
6.    Squeeze three drops of the Purple color into one of the bowls.
7.    Squeeze three drops of the Sky Blue color into one of the bowls.  Optional:  Add half a 0.10 oz packet of blue Cotton Candy flavor mix to this color batter during this step. This will give your cupcake a boost of cotton candy flavor.
8.    Fill one disposable decorating bag with Electric Pink Batter and cut a small hole at the end for piping.
9.    Fill a second disposable decorating bag with your Purple batter and cut a small hole at the end for piping.
10.  Fill a third disposable decorating bag with your Sky Blue Batter and cut a small hole at the end for piping.
11.  Cover the bottom of your cupcake liner with a small amount of pink cupcake batter, using your piping bag to pipe the batter out neatly.
12.  Tear a piece of cotton candy off and place on top of pink batter, this will bake inside the cupcake and give your cupcake flavor.
13.  Repeat by piping purple batter on top of cotton candy & pink batter.
14.  Repeat by piping sky blue batter on top of your purple batter.
15.  Continue to repeat alternating between rainbow color batter until your cupcake liner is about ½ full.
16.  Bake at 325 for about 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
17.  Let cool before decorating, but if the temptation strikes-cut into the cupcake! A beautiful rainbow cotton candy surprise inside of the cupcake!


COTTON CANDY FROSTING:

Ingredients: (Frosts appx 18-20 Cupcakes)
7 oz Marshmallow Cream at room temperature.
2 Cups Unsalted Butter, softened but not melted.
3 Teaspoons liquid Cotton Candy “Extract” (found at local cake decorating supply stores)
and/or Duncan Hines Cotton Candy Frosting Flavor
6-8 Cups Powdered Sugar

For Decorating:
Piping Bags & French Pastry Tip.
Optional: Cotton Candy & Hologram Silver Disco Dust

Colors needed to make your frosting look like puffy cotton candy peaks on top of cupcake:
Electric Pink Color Gel
Sky Blue Color Gel(add one whole 0.10 oz packet of Blue Cotton Candy Frosting Flavor Mix to this color).
Plain White Frosting

Instructions:
1.  In stand mixer using flat beater attachment,  whip Marshmallow Cream & Unsalted Butter until creamy.
2.  Add Cotton Candy Flavoring to Butter & Marshmallow Cream base.
3.  Gradually add Powdered Sugar until you reach desired frosting thickness (less for creamier frosting, more powdered sugar for stiffer frosting—better for piping ).
4.  Separate Frosting into 3 bowls, just like you did with the cupcake batter.  In one bowl, add 2-3 drops of electric pink. Repeat in 2nd bowl with Sky Blue but make sure you add one whole .10 oz packet of Blue Cotton Candy Frosting Flavor Mix to this color.  Add already made white frosting to 3rd bowl.   If you want colors to be brighter-add more color per bowl. This is up to you!  You don't need purple color here because pink, sky blue & white will eventually pipe out a purple color as you decorate.
5.  To pipe a rainbow colored “cotton candy” inspired peak on top of cupcake:  Cut opening at the end point of disposable piping bag and slide French pastry tip down through the hole.
6.  Stack each color of frosting on top of each other inside of the piping bag. (Pink, Sky Blue, White).7.  Pipe little peaks as shown in picture to resemble Cotton Candy Peaks!8.  Optional:  Tear off pieces of cotton candy and set on top of frosting swirls. Serve immediately if decorating with real cotton candy, since cottoncandy will wilt into the frosting.