Blueberry Pancake Cupcakes!

I’m a huge breakfast fan! One place I can always count on satisfying those cravings are my beloved diners. I love diners because I can order breakfast anytime of the day without judgement (well maybe a little judgement from my not-so-breakfast-loving boyfriend) BUT that doesn’t matter because as long as I can order some pancakes there are no worries! Who doesn’t want a tall stack of blueberry pancakes anyway? Blueberry pancakes may be one of my all time favorite breakfast foods which is why I’m extremely excited to introduce this recipe. A blueberry pancake cupcake with maple frosting. Too good to be true? (Can you tell I’m hungry?) With that said – let’s get started with this yet again super simple recipe. I was thrilled I didn’t need to run out to the grocery store for anything. The ingredients are familiar enough that they are probably packed away in your refrigerator and cupboards. Let’s go!

pancake cupcake 1

Ingredients:

1 cup Butter – room temperature
1 1/2 cup Sugar
3 Eggs
2 Egg Whites
3 1/2 cup Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 cup Sour Cream
1/3 cup Milk
1 tbsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries

Note: I used fresh whole nutmeg and fresh blueberries!

Maple Buttercream Frosting:

2 sticks Butter – room temperature
1 8oz package Cream Cheese – room temperature
4 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Maple Syrup

Note: You can add less or more maple syrup depending how strong you’d like the maple flavor! Also, I used fresh blueberries and cinnamon sugar for decoration.

pancake cupcake 2

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pan. Makes a little over 2 dozen cupcakes.

2. In electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Once light and fluffy add eggs and egg whites one at a time until each is fully incorporated.

3. In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon.

4. Combine wet ingredients together – milk, sour cream, and vanilla. Set aside.

5. Add flour mixture to electric mixer in three additions, alternating with milk, sour cream, and vanilla.

6. Fold blueberries into mixture.

7. Fill cupcake cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing. Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

Maple Buttercream Frosting:

1. In electric mixer beat cream cheese and butter on medium/high speed until smooth.

2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Continue to mix on low/medium speed.

3. Add maple syrup and vanilla extract. Continue to mix until combined.

4. Make sure cupcakes are cool before frosting.

5. Decorate cupcakes as desired!

pancake cupcake 3

ani green bow

Have fun and enjoy! You’ll love this breakfast inspired treat!

Bayley & Ani

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Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

Happy Valentine’s Day! These cupcakes are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for everyone and anyone! I love a chocolate/raspberry combination – definitely one of my all time favorites. This dark chocolate cake is simple, yet rich in flavor. The raspberry curd filling is phenomenal. It’s a sweet, yet slightly bitter curd which adds a special touch. The vanilla buttercream is incredible. If you enjoy a generous amount of vanilla then this is your cupcake. Overall, these chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla flavors work wonderfully together – the perfect combination!

Get ready to make a unique cupcake. I say unique because this isn’t your everyday cupcake. It takes time to develop these powerful flavors and trust me; when you try one you’ll know it was worth it.

Rasp Choc

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Regular Brewed Coffee
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 cup Butter
1/2 cup Cocoa Powder (Dark Chocolate Cocoa works great for these dark chocolate cupcakes)
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Flour
2 cups Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 tsp Salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup Sour Cream

Vanilla Buttercream:

1 cup Butter (room temperature)
1 8 oz. package Cream Cheese (room temperature)
2 lbs Powdered Sugar (typically the size of a regular bag)
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp Salt

Raspberry Curd:

1 stick Butter
2 1/2 cups Fresh or Frozen Raspberries (I used frozen – cheaper & they taste just as great!)
6 Egg Yolks
3/4 cup Sugar
1/8 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Lemon Juice

Note: I suggest making the raspberry curd before the cupcakes because you should cool and refrigerate before filling.

Rasp Choc 3

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners. Makes about 20-24 cupcakes.

2. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Once melted whisk in cocoa powder until smooth. Add heavy cream, coffee, and vanilla extract and continue to whisk until combined. Heat until a slight simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

3. In a medium-large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.

4. In electric mixer, combine sour cream and eggs. Mix on medium speed.

5. Slowly pour cocoa mixture into egg/sour cream mixture and mix until smooth.

Note: Make sure you add the cocoa mixture slowly! You don’t want to risk cooking the eggs. I spaced it out between three minutes.

6. Once cocoa mixture and egg/sour cream mixture is combined begin adding flour mixture. Add flour mixture in three parts. Mix until smooth and creamy.

Note: Remember to scrap down sides periodically.

7. Fill cupcake cups and bake for 18-20 minutes.

8. Let cool in cupcake pan for a few minutes before removing.

Vanilla Buttercream:

1. In electric mixer, cream butter and cream cheese on medium/high speed.

2. Begin adding powdered sugar one cup at a time. Mix on medium/high speed.

3. Add vanilla extract and salt.

4. Add heavy cream and continue to mix on medium/high speed until creamy and smooth.

Raspberry Curd:

1. Melt butter in medium sauce pan over medium heat.

2. Add sugar, raspberries, egg yolks, and salt. Stir constantly until sugar is dissolved and raspberries are completely broken down.

3. Cook at a low simmer for 10 minutes or until mixture has thickened.

4. Add lemon juice.

5. Strain mixture through a coarse strainer over a medium bowl. Press as much liquid out of the mixture. Goal is to separate the liquid from the seeds.

6. Let curd cool for an hour or two before covering and refrigerating.

Rasp Choc 2

Note: I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate squares for garnish! They’re perfect for a finishing touch.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! Once you make it the first time I guarantee you’ll be getting requests real soon!

Ani cupcakes

Ani in her lovely cupcake apron!

My little helper and I hope you have fun baking! We’ll be thinking about our next recipe!

Bayley & Ani

Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes

It’s not easy turning down a peanut butter oreo, so it’s definitely not easy to turn down a peanut butter oreo cupcake! (Trust me, no one has turned these down.) The cake is moist and rich. The frosting is sweet and the finely chopped peanut butter oreos add the perfect amount of crunch. The oreo on top is, uh, it’s a peanut butter oreo – enough said. You’re going to love this recipe and this cupcake! Peanut Butter lovers get ready!

cupcake single PB

Ingredients:

1 cup Butter
1 1/2 cups Brewed Coffee
1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Cocoa Powder
2/3 cup Sour Cream
2 Eggs
2 cups Sugar
2 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
20 Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies – finely crushed

Peanut Butter Oreo Buttercream:

1 cup Butter – room temperature
1 1/2 cups Peanut Butter
4 cups Powdered Sugar
3/4 cup Heavy Cream
1/8 tsp Salt
10 Peanut Butter Oreo Cookies – finely crushed

PB Cupcake

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans. Makes 24 cupcakes.

2. In a medium microwave safe bowl, melt butter in microwave for 1 minute on high.

3. Add coffee, cocoa powder, and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.

4. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt together.

5. In electric mixer, mix sour cream and eggs.

6. Slowly add chocolate mixture to the sour cream mixture. (make sure you add slowly)

7. Add flour mixture to wet mixture in increments.

8. Fold in crushed Oreos.

9. Fill cupcake cups about 2/3 full and bake for 20 minutes.

Note: Allow to cool before frosting – It’s best to leave them in the pan for 5-7 minutes before removing.

Peanut Butter Oreo Buttercream:

1. In electric mixer, cream peanut butter and butter together for about 2 minutes.

Note: Make sure you scrape down sides several times.

2. Add powdered sugar and mix on medium.

3. Add heavy cream and salt. Continue to mix until smooth and fluffy. Beat on high for 1-2 minutes.

4. Fold in finely crushed Oreos.

Note: I use a Wilton Open Star Tip to pipe my frosting – #6B. It’s best to use an open tip because small pieces of the cookie will get caught if not.

5. Top with a piece of a Peanut Butter Oreo.

PB Cupcake 2

Enjoy this peanut buttery perfection!

Bayley & Ani

Cinnamon Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

I’m really in need of some pleasant weather. Living in Upstate New York, January isn’t a very promising month. Fortunately, this week I’ve had the privilege of enjoying some New Jersey weather which is surprisingly about 10-15 degrees warmer with no snow in sight! It’s been great and it has reminded me of an Upstate New York autumn day. I bet you’re wondering why I’m talking about the weather. Well it’s inspired me to whip up these wonderful seasonal cupcakes! These cupcakes are so rich and savory I promise they’ll leave you wanting more! And of course, like the rest of my recipes, they’re simple!

cupcake 1

Ingredients:
3 cups All-Purpose Flour
4 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
4 Eggs
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Orange Juice
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Vegetable Oil
2 cups Apples (finely chopped)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a medium size bowl mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

3. In a separate mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugars until creamy and smooth. Beat in the orange juice, vanilla extract, and vegetable oil. Add flour mixture slowly. Once the mixture is well combined and smooth add the chopped apples.

4. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Make sure cupcakes are completely cooled before frosting!

cupcake3

Ready to make some frosting? This Caramel Buttercream recipe is one of my favorites because, yet again, simple! Most recipes instruct you to make your own caramel sauce which is alright but it’s much more involved and requires more of your valuable time. I make my frosting with a caramel sauce already made and available! Yes, I buy Smuckers Caramel Sauce and it’s awesome!

Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:
1 cup Butter
1/3 cup Caramel Sauce
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Powdered Sugar
Pinch of Kosher Salt

Directions:
1. Beat butter in electric mixer for 1 minute (until smooth).

2. Add caramel sauce and vanilla extract. Continue to beat for about 2 minutes.

3. Add powdered sugar (in increments) and salt. Continue to beat, increasing speed or until smooth.

4. Frost your cupcakes!

cupcake 2

Enjoy!

These cupcakes won’t disappoint!

-Bayley & Ani