Cupcake Tuesday-Malted Chocolate

Have you ever had a whooper (the candy, not the burger)?  I really like whoppers, in moderation.

I also really like really enjoy a chocolate malt, oh my goodness yum.

Basically the theme here is that I really like malted chocolate flavor.  Malt is a flavor that is so easily added and it makes things taste so delicious!

These just plain chocolate cupcakes are spruced up a bit with the addition of a small amount of malt.

Malt is also added to the cream cheese frosting, it makes them smell like a milkshake.  Yum, just rethinking these cupcakes makes me so hungry!

Are you ready to get started?  This is going to be a painless experience, I promise!

Malted Chocolate Cupcakes

makes 24 cupcakes

2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 tablespoons malted milk powder

vanilla

salt

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 and line two cupcake pans.

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to whip together the butter and sugar, this will take about two minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating until well incorporated.

Add in the cocoa powder and the malted milk powder and mix until smooth.

Now add vanilla, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

Measure out your flour and your sour cream.  Add 1/3 of the flour and mix until just incorporated.  Add 1/2 of the sour cream and mix.  Once the sour cream is mixed in, add another 1/3 of the flour followed by the last of the sour cream and finally the last of the flour.

Scrape the sides of the bowls and give the batter one last mix.

Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 of the way full and bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove from pan and allow to cool.

Malted Cream Cheese Frosting

2 blocks cream cheese

1 stick butter

1 tablespoon malted milk

3-4 cups powdered sugar

In a medium bowl add in the cream cheese and butter.  Whip using a mixer for about 2 minutes.

Add in the malted milk and continue to mix.  While the mixer is on slow start adding the powdered sugar about 1/2 cup at a time.

Continue to add the powdered sugar until the frosting has reach your desired texture, I prefer for mine to be just thick enough to pipe.

Once the cupcakes are cooled, pipe or spread the frosting on to the cupcakes.

Top with crushed whoppers if desired.

Enjoy!

Love,

Keely

 

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Sunday School-Crepe Cake

It’s Sunday!  Today is a day to sleep in (or go to church, but that is the beauty of my church meeting on Tuesday nights, I still get to sleep in on Sunday) have brunch, play outside, do some shopping, make a big dinner and have dessert.

It’s the dessert part (and I guess if you stretch it the brunch part) that I’m aiming at here.

Sunday’s are my favorite days.  I never really realized that until I started going to my Tuesday night church but it’s such a great day!  I love to get creative on Sundays, spend time with people on Sundays

Have you ever heard of a crepe cake?  Well I saw some on Pinterest and it seemed easy enough so I decided to just go for it.  You just need crepes, and filling of choice (I used ganache, Nutella and salted caramel).  Here’s what it looked like.

Ah, drippy, salted caramel.  I love you, oh so much!

Making crepes is way easier than people claim.  All you need is a pan and some butter and a batter, easy as pie (actually far EASIER than pie).

Simple, wonderful layers.

We’re going to start with the ganache, and then the caramel, cause that’s really the order things need to be done in.

Chocolate Ganache

3/4 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup heavy cream

vanilla

Set up a double boiler and add in your chocolate chips and heavy cream.

Cook over medium heat and stir frequently until the chocolate is mostly melted.  When there are just a few chocolate chunks left, remove from the heat and continue to stir until completely smooth.  Add the vanilla.  Set aside and allow to cool.

Salted Caramel Sauce

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

1/2 cup room temperature heavy cream

vanilla

In a medium sauce pan briefly stir together the sugar, salt, water and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Allow to boil for 8-10 minutes or until the liquid turns an amber color.  Keep an eye on this, you do not want it burn!

As soon as it turns a dark amber, remove from the heat.  Slowly add the room temperature cream, stirring constantly.  It will boil up, just keep stirring.

Once the mixture has come together, add a dash of vanilla and allow to cool.

Simple Crepes

adapted from She Knows

2 cup flour

4 eggs

1 cup water

1 cup milk

salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 cup melted butter

In a large bowl mix together all liquid ingredients (this everything but the flour).  Whisk together until the eggs are well incorporated.

Slowly add the flour and whisk until well incorporated.

(See that was easy).

Spray your non-stick pan and pre-heat it over medium-high heat.

Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out the batter into the middle of the pan.  Swirl the pan around to spread out the crepe.  Allow to cook until the edges barely turn brown.

Use your thinnest spatula (or your awesome flipping talents…it’s all in the wrist) to flip to the other side and cook for another minute or so.

Slide out of the pan and onto a plate.

This is where the fun starts.

To be totally honest the easiest way to build this is to do it while the crepes are cooking (finish one crepe, layer with ganache while another one is cooking, so on and so forth).  So let’s do that.

Take that first crepe and spread some ganache on it.  Now keep cooking crepe number 2.  Slide that on top, spread on ganache (or caramel, or Nutella, you can decide on the ratios).  Nice work, just keep stacking!

Congrats you did it!  Now pour any left over caramel all over the top of that.  Nice work, add some extra sea salt for good measure and hazelnut whipped cream if you’re feeling super adventurous.

Wow that looks amazing.  You enjoy that! You earned it!

Love,

Keely

Weekly Wrap Up

Happy Friday!  It’s almost the weekend, we’ve almost made it!

My picture taking has significantly slowed these past few weeks, I’m sorry!  I don’t know what ‘s going on with that, but I still have some great moments to share with you today!

Nothing super exciting has happened this week, and it’s been SO busy but it’s been good.

I would also like to take a moment to thank you so much for all of your support this week!  It’s been a record week here on Hair Bows and Butter, I am so surprised and so blessed for all of your support!

Green River Ordinance!  Amazing live, such a great show.  If they come to your city you should definitely go see them!

A pretty summer pasta salad, leftovers from Father’s day, yum!

I got this great headband from Petunia Blooms, check out her store, it’s amazing!

Martini Monday!  My roommate and are going to start a new tradition (just one each ;)).

My lovely roomie!  Cheers to Martini Monday!

Creme brulee cupcakes? Yes please!  Look for the recipe on Friday, June 29 over on Dragonflight Dreams.

Waiting at the courthouse…so bored!

My friends and I went and saw Pirates of the Caribbean in a parking lot, super fun!  They went all out, check out the pirate ship!

Mini bundts!  Yes please!  If you live in Denver, Birds and Belles is having their grand opening party TONIGHT at 6 and these will all be there!  Yum! (Nutella and salted caramel, spiced apple and blackberry, maple bacon chocolate and spicy mango!)

Hope you enjoy!  Can’t wait to see what this next week holds!

Love,

Keely

Aunie Sauce

Cupcake Tuesday-Gluten Free!

So for all of you gluten-free people out there I’m sure you don’t want to hear this, but I’m sad for you! I can’t imagine a life without those perfect baked goods and I’m sure that blogs like mine that just throw them in your face are frustrating to you.

Alas! I have a recipe for YOU! Yes you! And I think that all of your gluten eating friends will also LOVE these cupcakes.

They’re a wonderful balance of chocolate and orange with just a hint of raspberry in the frosting. Oh, and the frosting is pretty bomb, you can’t really go wrong when you mix cream cheese with whipped cream. Oh boy you should be so excited right now, I know I am!

Before we get started, would you ever guess that those are gluten-free? I mean look at how cute they are! Just don’t tell anyone and no one will ever know! (It can be our little secret :))

Also, here’s the deal with this recipe. I get super stressed out when baking gluten-free for someone who NEEDS gluten free! I freak out about contamination from my non-gluten-free kitchen, so I clean all the bowls like two times before I use them, oh and I can’t use my sponge because I use that ALL THE TIME to wash gluten-filled bowls. I also grabbed a clean kitchen towel to wipe everything with, and has anyone else ever noticed that collection of flour on their stand mixer!?! What is that, that needs to go before any of this can happen. Oh and just to be safe, I had this pan from IKEA that has a slightly different shape, I had only used it once so it is now officially dubbed my “Gluten-free-cupcake-pan.” Done.

Ok, so after our little freak out, everything is clean and ready to go! So let’s get going!

Orange Chocolate Gluten-Free Cupcakes

makes 12 cupcakes

Adapted from My Life At Arnold’s

3/4 cup brown rice flour

3/4 cup arrowroot powder

1/2 cup cocoa

1 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons guar gum

1 cup warm water

3 tablespoons oil

vanilla

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

2 eggs

zest of 1 orange

The best part about gluten-free baking is that it is incredibly hard to over mix (there is no gluten to develop). I love it! I also love that most recipes can be made with a whisk instead of a mixer.

Preheat oven to 325.

In a medium bowl combine all the dry ingredients (if you don’t have guar gum on hand you can use 1 teaspoon xantham gum. I didn’t have xantham gum and guar gum was cheaper, thus the substitution.)

In a second bowl, combine all the wet ingredients except the eggs.

Add the eggs directly to the dry ingredients, whisk a little bit. (I did this because I was a little bit nervous about the warm water/egg situation).

Finally, pour in the wet ingredients and whisk. Whisk for a while (2-3 minutes).

Put in a line cupcake pan (about 2 oz. in each liner) about bake for 25 minutes.

Success! I was jumping with joy when I pulled these out, I never expect that kind of rise from gluten-free baking.

Raspberry-Orange Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

adapted from Joy the Baker

1/3 cup heavy cream

4 ounces cream cheese

2 tablespoons agave

1 teaspoon raspberry jam

1 teaspoon orange zest

In a small bowl whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks.

In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese, agave, jam and orange zest until smooth and light.

Add half of the whipped cream and fold into the cream cheese mixture. Once mixed in add the second half of the whipped cream and gently combine.

Pipe onto to cooled cupcakes and top with a raspberry (optional).

Enjoy!

Love,

Keely

Cupcake Tuesday-Mocha Cupcakes!

I shared a photo with you in a Book Club Wrap Up of Mocha Cupcakes a while ago.

I made the mistake of pinning this picture before posting this recipe and brought several Pinterest folks to the page in hopes of a recipe only to be disappointed. I apologize if this was you, so to make up for it, I am bringing you a recipe!

These cupcakes are delicious, not too sweet and not too bitter.  The coffee isn’t an overwhelming flavor but just a nice compliment to the chocolate flavor.

I love putting a ganache filling in my chocolate cupcakes.  It keeps them very moist and adds another layer of chocolate flavor.

So here we go.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes

2 sticks butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup cocoa powder

2 1/4 cupcakes flour

1 cup sour cream

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

salt

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