S’more Cupcake

These cupcakes are a super simple recipe with a unique twist. The graham cracker cake is flourless – strictly made with graham cracker crumbs instead of flour. Very interesting. At first I was hesitant because I’ve never tried baking without my beloved flour. I anxiously watched through the oven window wondering if this recipe was a goner. It’s safe to say I was pleasantly surprised. The cupcakes plumped up perfectly.. Almost too perfect, which made me suspicious. Are they as great as they look? Did I mention they smelled delicious? I was just about ready to sink my teeth in this cupcake when I realized I almost forgot the frosting. What’s a s’more without the marshmallow? This marshmallow frosting created some kind of s’more perfection. I lathered up a graham cracker cupcake and finally tried this creation. Yes, it did taste as great as it looked. It was much lighter than your typical cupcake, which was nice for a change. It was airy, flavorful, and rich. It’s something I could definitely make again!

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Ingredients:

2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 tbsp Light Brown Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Eggs
1/2 cup Honey
1 stick Butter – melted
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Milk
1 cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Marshmallow Frosting:

1 stick Butter – room temperature
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Marshmallow Fluff
4 tbsp Heavy Cream

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Super easy directions! Let’s go!

Directions:

Graham Cracker Crumb Cake:

1. Set oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans. Makes about 18-20 cupcakes.

2. In medium bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. (Dry Ingredients)

3. In electric mixer beat eggs and honey until combined. Add butter and vanilla. Continue to beat on medium speed.

Note: Make sure butter is melted.

4. Add dry ingredients to electric mixer. Mix on medium/high speed until combined. Add milk. Continue to mix.

5. Fold in chocolate chips.

Note: This mixture will look loose. Don’t worry. These cupcakes plump up perfectly!

6. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for about 18-20 minutes.

7. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting!

Marshmallow Frosting:

1. In electric mixer beat butter until smooth and creamy.

2. Add powdered sugar and mix on medium/high speed.

Note: It will look thick – don’t worry!

3. Add vanilla extract and continue to mix. Add marshmallow fluff and mix until combined.

4. Add heavy cream. Mix until smooth and fluffy.

5. Frost your cupcakes!

Note: I used Teddy Grahams (Honey) and mini Hershey’s chocolate bars for garnish!

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Enjoy and happy baking!!

– Bayley & Ani

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Ball Cupcakes

Who doesn’t enjoy a peanut butter/chocolate combination? Aside from those with nut allergies, I’m pretty sure we’re all in agreement. Give me the peanut butter and chocolate cupcake now! Wait. I said peanut butter ball. Yes, I rolled peanut butter into a ball and placed it in the middle of a chocolate cupcake. A layer of chocolate, a peanut butter ball, and topped with another generous scoop of chocolate. After all of that action I topped this cupcake with a peanut butter cream cheese frosting. Are you in love with this recipe? In case you haven’t decided I should add I also finished it off with shaved ghirardelli dark chocolate. Have you made your mind up yet? If you’re ready to take on this excitement get your stand mixer ready and your peanut butter at hand.. Ready set go!

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Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups Flour
3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Sour Cream
2 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 stick Butter (8 tbsp) – room temperature
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs

Peanut Butter Ball Filling:

1 cup Powdered Sugar
3/4 cup Peanut Butter – creamy
4 tbsp Butter – room temperature
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Note: It’s best to make the peanut butter balls before the cupcake batter. I prefer making them the night before and refrigerate them overnight. Less dishes to wash!

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 8-ounce package Cream Cheese – room temperature
1 stick Butter – room temperature
1/2-3/4 cup Peanut Butter
3-4 cups Powdered Sugar

Note: Depending how peanut buttery you want your frosting you can add 1/2-3/4 of a cup to your frosting! I added about 3/4 cup.

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Directions:

Peanut Butter Ball Filling:

1. In electric mixer combine flour, powdered sugar, peanut butter, butter, and vanilla and beat on medium speed.

Note: Make sure mixture is well combined before rolling into balls.

2. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls and set aside on baking sheet or parchment paper.

Chocolate Cake:

1. Set oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans. Makes about 18-20 cupcakes.

2. In a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk and set aside.

3. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, stir together sour cream, milk, and vanilla extract. Set aside.

4. In electric mixture beat butter and sugar on medium/high speed until fluffy.

5. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Make sure to scrap down sides.

6. Begin adding flour mixture and sour cream mixture alternatively into electric mixture with butter/sugar combination. Make sure you begin and end with flour mixture.

7. Once batter is combined begin adding a generous tablespoon of the chocolate cake mixture to cupcake cups. Place a peanut butter ball in each cupcake and top with cupcake mixture. Fill about 2/3 full.

8. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing. Make sure cupcakes are completely cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting:

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

2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time and continue to mix on medium speed.

3. Once smooth and creamy begin frosting your cupcakes!!

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Enjoy this brilliantly tasty cupcake! You’ll be ready for the next!

Oh! Don’t worry about that post-cupcake workout. Ani has that covered for you!

Workout ready!

Workout ready!

Bayley & Ani

Cannoli Cupcakes

A cannoli cupcake!? Yes I know, sounds too good to be true but it isn’t! These cupcakes are a brilliant combination of moist vanilla cake, smooth cannoli filling, and a light cocoa whipped cream. Every aspect of this cupcake screams perfection. I enjoy this cupcake because it’s filling, yet light at the same time. The frosting is so tasty I could eat it spoonful after spoonful. Don’t get me wrong, a buttercream or cream cheese frosting is delicious but they’re much heavier. This whipped cream frosting hits the spot! Definitely a must try! Also, if you’re a cannoli lover this cupcake was made for you.

Get ready! Another simple recipe..

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Salted Butter (room temperature)
2 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Sour Cream

Cannoli Cream Topping:

2/3 cup Mascarpone Cheese
2/3 cup Ricotta Cheese (strained slightly)
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
5 tbsp Powdered Sugar

Chocolate Whipped Cream Topping:

1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (for garnish)

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Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3. Beat butter and sugar on medium speed in electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs into mixture one at a time on low speed. Mix in sour cream and vanilla. Occasionally scrape down sides of the bowl. Slowly begin adding flour mixture, again scrapping down sides.

4. Once mixture is smooth, begin dividing batter among 12 cupcake cups.

Note: This batter is very thick compared to other recipes – don’t be startled! Also this recipe only makes 12 cupcakes.

5. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Once finished, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes in cupcake pan before removing from pan.

Cannoli Cream Topping:

1. In a small to medium mixing bowl mix ricotta and mascarpone. Blend together using a spatula. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Continue to mix vigorously until creamy and smooth.

Note: To strain ricotta, place ricotta onto a layer of paper towels. Wrap it up and squeeze gently to remove any excess liquid. (The ricotta I used did not require straining because there wasn’t much excess liquid)

Chocolate Whipped Cream:

1. In electric mixer, mix heavy cream, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and vanilla on low speed. Increase speed to medium-high and whip until stiff peaks form.

Assembling:

1. Spread about 1 1/2 tbsp of cannoli filling over the top of each cupcake.

2. Pipe chocolate whipped cream over the cannoli filling layer.

3. Garnish with mini chocolate chips!

Note: Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

I really enjoyed making these cupcakes. They turned out exactly how I imaged they would. Once finished and garnished they were beautiful!

Delicious!

Delicious!

Enjoy! Promise you cannoli lovers will be pleased.

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!

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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!

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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!

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Enjoy!

These cupcakes won’t disappoint!

-Bayley & Ani

Super Easy Banana Cupcakes

I love using Pinterest to find cupcake recipes which is where I found this awesome one for Banana Cupcakes! This recipe is super simple, convenient, and most of all delicious. It’s simple because the ingredients are easy to find. Anything I didn’t already have I found right at my local grocery store. It’s convenient because like I previously said, I found most of the ingredients already in my house! (Inexpensive also!) Lastly, it’s delicious! I think the cupcakes are pretty self explanatory as to why they’re so delicious. Who doesn’t like bananas?

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Ingredients:
2-2/3 cups of All Purpose Flour
1 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 sticks of Butter – room temperature
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Bananas, mashed (ripe bananas)
1/2 cup Buttermilk
1 cup Coconut (shredded) – I didn’t use coconut because I knew someone with a coconut allergy – perfect with or without

Directions:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk your flour, baking soda, & salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl (LOVE my KitchenAid Stand Mixer) beat butter. Add sugar and beat for a few minutes. Add eggs, one at a time at low speed, then add vanilla. This mixture should look smooth – now add your mashed bananas.

3. Now begin adding flour mixture (dry ingredients) and buttermilk alternatively, beginning and ending with your dry ingredients.

4. Begin filling your cupcake cups (about 2/3 full). You should fill about 18-20 cupcake cups. Bake for about 18 minutes.
helpful hint: I prefer using PaperChef Culinary Parchment Large Baking Cups! Nothing sticks – awesome!

5. Once removed from the oven and cupcake pan let cool completely before frosting – trust me it’ll slide right off!

Note: I have tweaked this recipe to make it my own!

What’s a cupcake without the frosting, right? I made a Cream Cheese Frosting which is by far my favorite and the easiest frosting to make. This frosting is perfect for this Banana Cupcake recipe because it doesn’t overpower the banana flavor. People have asked why I didn’t think to use a banana frosting. I think a banana frosting takes away from the fresh banana taste!

So you’re almost there… I bet you’re excited for the finished product! I promise you’ll go back for more.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Ingredients:
1 stick Butter – room temperature
1 8 oz package of Cream Cheese – room temperature
2-3 cups of Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

helpful hint: Remember any brand of cream cheese and butter works! I use my market’s store brand. Less expensive for the same great product.

Directions:
1. Using your electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl periodically.

2. Add vanilla and continue mixing. Slowly begin adding powdered sugar at a low speed. Trust me it will fly everywhere if the speed is too high.

3. Once your frosting is thick and creamy (to your desire) begin frosting your cupcakes!

(I added yellow sprinkles just for some color!)

YAY! You’re finished. I hope this recipe worked for you and I hope you enjoy your cupcakes! If anyone has any feedback for me comment below! Thanks!

– Bayley & Ani