Category Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

carrot cake cupcakes

Chris’ birthday happened recently, and knowing how much he loves carrot cake, I wanted to make him carrot cake cupcakes to celebrate. He has always raved about how much he loves his mom’s famous recipe, and due to many failed attempts to get it from her, I had to resort to finding my own recipe online. I decided to go with the one that had the most ratings on Allrecipes.com. I took some of the advice from the comments and made a few alterations, such as including brown sugar, nutmeg, and extra cinnamon. I also prefer baking with coconut oil as it is a healthy fat, so I used refined (virtually flavorless) coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. 

To mine and his delight, the cupcakes turned out absolutely deliciously and this will definitely be my go-to recipe going forward. I used a cream che...

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Peach Cobbler Cupcakes

Note to self: do not stray from trusted cupcake recipe!

I don’t know why I decided to try a new recipe instead of playing around with my trusty base cupcake recipe, but I did, and it was a sad failure (in my opinion). Unfortunately, the cake itself came out very dense and somewhat bland and flavorless. Sad panda! 🙁

So while I won’t be sharing a recipe with you in this post, I will share some of the processes I used, because I’m certain that if the cake base were correct, these cupcakes would have been fantastic! 

  1. Finely chop a fresh peach into pea-sized pieces. Use about 2/3 of a chopped peach in the batter.
  2. After filling batter into cupcake liners, sprinkle on some cinnamon brown sugar mixture and swirl it around with a toothpick.
  3. Add the other 1/3 of the chopped peach pieces into van...
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Minnie Mouse Cupcakes

I am absolutely terrible at remembering to take photos – of my cupcakes and baked treats, and of fun life events and memories in general. It’s something I always look back and regret. But! Such is life. 

Anyway, I was commissioned to make cupcakes for my adorable niece’s 2nd birthday yesterday, and the theme was Minnie Mouse. So I got some mini Oreos for ears and red sugar bows for a simple but cute decoration. Unfortunately, this is the best photo I’ve got of a cupcake!

minnie mouse cupcake

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Wedding Cupcakes

wedding mini cupcakes with gold

In lieu of a gift, my little sister asked if I could make cupcakes for her wedding. Because I found full size wedding cupcakes to be so darn time consuming, I promised to make the wedding cupcakes on the condition that they be mini cupcakes. 

WOW what a difference it makes to do minis! I completed baking exactly 200 cupcakes in only 2.5 hours by making 4 batches of cake. Frosting them took only about 2 hours as well. Here’s what I made:

1 batch of...

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How to make chia gel for baking

Now I’m forgetting how I first heard about the use of chia seeds in baking, but since then, I’ve used it a number of times, mostly in my cupcakes. Chia gel makes a great substitute for the oil or butter in the recipe because it’s very low calorie and has Omega 3s, fiber, and antioxidants!

I recommend replacing only up to 50% of the fat (butter or oil) in your recipe because the texture/consistency can be compromised if you replace 100% of the fat with chia gel.

How to make chia gel

It’s so easy! To make 1/4 cup chia gel, stir together 1/4 cup water and 2 teapoons chia seeds in a bowl. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes and you’ll have a gel that’s ready to use! 

1/4 cup chia gel contains about 40-50 calories (compared to about 400 in butter and 480 in vegetable oil!)

Note that adding chia g...

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Crumbs Cupcake Mix in a Box

crumbs homemade cupcakes sprinkle vanilla

It may not be a popular opinion, but I used to LOVE Crumbs cupcake and would look forward to visiting their shop(s) on every visit I made to New York. The news of Crumbs going out of business was saddening, but I got over it. 

Then one day I was shopping at Target when I spotted this cake mix! I never buy boxed cake mix, but this one was intriguing and I had to try it, so it was my impulse buy of the day. 

Yesterday, I finally got around to making them and these are my thoughts on the process:

  • The cake batter was SO easy to make! Wow, what a difference it makes not having to measure out flour, sugar, baking soda, etc. Ha!
  • The cake batter calls for 2/3 cup vegetable oil, which I don’t usually like using in my cooking...
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Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Drizzle

chocolate cupcakes with caramel drizzle

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve baked cupcakes! But it felt so good and put me in such a good mood last night! 🙂 It’s my amazing coworker Michelle’s last day at work today and we are going to miss her dearly, so I thought I’d send her off with one last taste of my baked goods. Because my chocolate cupcakes are always a hit (not trying to toot my own horn) I chose that flavor to make. To add a little twist, I wanted to drizzle some homemade caramel sauce over the top.

So I baked my classic chocolate cake recipe:

Chocolate cupcakes
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup white sugar
  2. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 3/4 teaspoon baking powde...
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Paleo Pumpkin Muffins

Of course I decide to blog this recipe after my coworkers have devoured all of the muffins and I realize I didn’t get a photo. Typical me.

With it being fall and pumpkin flavor being everywhere, I decided to purchase a can of pumpkin and keep it on my shelf. Of course, it didn’t last long, because I decided to try my hand at paleo pumpkin muffins over the weekend. I didn’t see any recipes that intrigued me, so instead, I took the paleo banana muffin recipe from PaleOMG and altered it. And because I happened to have some toffee bits that I had previously purchased to keep on my shelf, I decided to add those, too.

If you like the taste of real pumpkin (not just “pumpkin spice”) then you will love these muffins! Be sure to bake them a little longer than you might think in order to fully co...

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Hostess Cupcakes

chocolate hostess cupcakes

I must admit, it has been quite some time since I’ve baked cupcakes. I have been baking a little here and there. My sister and I made this chocolate chip cookie cake we found on Pinterest and it is to die for. I will definitely be making it again!

My coworker’s birthday was over the weekend and I took it as an excuse to bake so that he could be surprised with some delicious treats come Monday (today). I have been wanting to bake these so I thought I may as well do it now!

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220 Wedding Cucpakes

chocolate wedding cupcakes

Several months ago, a friend asked if I might consider baking cupcakes for her wedding. This is something I have never done before (mass quantities) so I was very hesitant and told her I needed to think about it a bit.

After returning to her with a ‘yes’, I began calculating required quantities of ingredients and costs (and was pretty spot-on with pricing, by the way!). The only part I was unsure of was how long this would take. I gave myself an entire Saturday, the day before her wedding, for baking. Due to deposits and insurance and fees, I opted not to rent a kitchen and bake at the bride’s mother’s house instead because she has two ovens. I really would have liked to have two mixers!

Five hours of baking, four hours of frosting, and two shaky arms later, I had completed my task! I mad...

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