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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Cupcake Tuesday-Apple Spice and Blackberry

Oh I am so excited about this recipe!  This has been dubbed my several as their favorite cupcake I’ve ever made (wow, that’s a HUGE thing to say seeing as how I’ve made most of my friends so many!).

It’s really very simple, but it’s a perfect blend of flavors that just wake up your mouth and say “hey, don’t I taste DELICIOUS?!?” Get ready, cause we’re doing it!

(also isn’t that little banner so fun?  I used an app called Labelbox, once you add the banner you export it straight to Instagram!)

Apple Spice Cupcakes

makes 24 cupcakes

2 sticks butter room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

vanilla

salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 1/2 cups flour

1 cup applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 and line 2 cupcake pans.

Ok, don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you (it’s just a lot of spices is all, but it is called an apple SPICE cake, it’ll be delicious I promise.

Beat the butter in a medium bowl with the sugar.  Beat until smooth and a bit fluffy.  Add in the eggs, one at a time and beat until well incorporated.

At this point you need to add vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and all spice.  Blend all of that in a bit, see that was painless.  I bet it already smells amazing in your house!

Now add the baking soda and powder to your flour, this makes things easier (especially if you’re using a stand mixer).

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, when that is just incorporated add in 1/2 of your applesauce, followed by 1/3 of the flour, then 1/2 of the apple sauce and the last 1/3 of the flour.  Wow, that looks way more complicated than it is!

Scoop mixture into cupcake pan (about two ounces per cup or 2/3 of the way full).

Bake for 15-18 minutes and then let cool.

Blackberry Curd

this is just yum!

1 stick butter

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups blackberries

5 egg yolks (put those whites in a freezer and make some meringue)

This is super easy, you just can’t leave it, but what else are you planning on doing while those cupcakes are in the oven.

Start by separating your eggs (this just makes things easier later).

In a large pan melt the stick of butter.

Drop the temperature to medium-high once the butter is melted, add in the sugar and stir.  Once the sugar is incorporated, drop in all of those delicious blackberries (if there aren’t fresh around you can use frozen).

Stir those in and mash them a bit, the goal is the juice, nothing else really matters.

Now that all of that is ready to go and nice and hot we’re going to take the leap and add in those egg yolks.  Whisk, whisk like nobody’s business, you do not want those yolks to curdle!

Ok, we made it!  Bring to a boil and cook over medium-high heat for about 10 mintues stirring frequently (I use a nice wooden spoon for this part).  You’ll know that the curd is done when it passes the spoon test (it should coat the back of your wooden spoon and when you run your finger through it, it should stay in place.)

Take it off of the heat and pour through a sieve into another bowl.  Make sure to really mash at those blackberries and get every drop of deliciousness out of them.

After this stage I usually pour my curd into a squeeze bottle and pop it in the fridge, but you can keep in in a bowl just make sure to lay some plastic wrap right on it.

Cream Cheese Frosting

2 sticks cream cheese

1 stick butter (room temperature)

3ish cups powdered sugar

Cream the cream cheese and butter together until fluffy.

Slowly add the powdered sugar in until you reach a consistency you like and a taste that isn’t too sweet.

That’s it, it’s really that simple.

Ok, so now grab those cooled cupcakes and cut out a little hole in the middle of them.

Put about a half teaspoon of curd in each cupcake (this is where a squeeze bottle will come in handy but you can totes use a ziploc bag).

Using a piping bag, frosting the cupcakes (it’s ok if some of the filling squeezes out under the frosting, it looks gorgeous so just don’t fret).

Then drizzle the top with some more curd (because that stuff is just too good, oh and you might have leftover, just put it on toast, or a biscuit).

If you have some more berries on hand plop one of those on top.

Done!

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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Whimsical Wednesday-Week 5

So I have the keys to my new apartment!  I’m super excited, it’s so beautiful and lovely (I’ll share pictures once there is stuff in there and it’s organized a bit :)).

Moving, of course, means that there needs to be a housewarming party!  My roommate and I have already chatted (briefly, but long enough) about making that party mustache themed because, well, mustaches are AWESOME!

I’m super excited, hopefully we’ll have a party in a few weeks and I can share some of pictures with you!

So this week I collected a few mustache ideas for the party, so be prepared what you are about to experience is MUSTACHE MADNESS!

Attaching a mustache to a straw, how genius!  (No link, I think someone just took a picture of a magazine page…)

I believe that is a mustache ring which is amazing, AND the little tiny mustache on her finger nail is so adorbs I love it! (Don’t think I have the talent to accomplish that however…)

I love this idea!  Attaching a mustache to hang from some sunglass, perfect for a photo booth situation.

These finger tattoos (maybe stickers?) from Urban Outfiters are amazing.  It’s the perfect way to give everyone a mustache for the night 🙂

Cookies!  So here’s the deal, I’m horrid at making sugar cookies and there is no way mine would ever look like this, but they certainly are amazing!

This little mustache necklace is perfect 🙂  So cute and classy!

A great way to have some fun, put a mustache on a cup.  This one is from Urban Outfitters, but I’m sure I can do it myself 🙂

And last but not least, no party of mine would be complete without cupcakes, so why not go for the mustache cupcakes! (The little monocle is too cute!)

This is making me so excited!

Excuse me…I have to go start planning my party 🙂

Love,

Keely