Sponge Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

It’s been about a month since we welcomed our sweet little baby boy and admittedly, I’ve started to have a daily cup of coffee. I’m still trying to limit my caffeine intake, so I never really finish my morning cup. I get disappointed sometimes tossing out my coffee, so I wanted to put it to good use and make some mocha buttercream frosting to accompany a cupcake. Cupcake Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks softened butter 1 cup cane sugar 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour 1 tablespoon warm water…

Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

There are days when I just get random cravings and this happens to be one of them. I was really craving a chocolate chip cookie, but wanted to try something a little different. So why not try making a chocolate chip cupcake? Yields: 2 dozen Cook Time: 25 minutes Ingredients: 3 1/4 cups sifted non-self rising cake flour 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 3/4 cups sugar 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 5 large egg…

A Very Special Lime Cupcake

My oldest and dearest friend, Catherine, is relocating to Richmond,VA.  As much as I’m gonna miss her, I know she and her husband are moving for the right reasons and it’s the best decision for them. So her husband’s friends are doing a little dinner party to wish them adieu. My contribution is pseudo key lime cupcakes. Catherine grew up in Florida, so I felt that a key lime cupcake would be a bit nostalgic and cater to her sweet tooth. Serving Size: 12 cupcakes Bake Time: 25 minutes Cupcake…

Sponge cupcakes with real jam!!

My new years resolution this year is to give up corn syrup. I figured it’d be pretty easy to accomplish since I try to eat organically and naturally as much as possible. And since I have a  huge sweet tooth, I’ve been able to give up the daily trips to the vending machine and stopped walking down the candy aisle at the grocery store. However, one love of mine that’s been tough giving up is jam!! I love that sweet ooey gooey goodness and especially with my crazy travel schedule…

A State of Pure Chocolate Bliss

Since I’ve started my whole baking adventure, I only have 2 cupcake recipes under my belt. I realized that I tend to make the same recipes over and over cause it’s was I’m comfortable with. So I challenged myself to try something a little different and branch out. One of my favorite cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcakes is their chocolate ganache, so why not attempt a version of it at home! And not only am I gonna attempt something new, but the chocolate on chocolate combo really excited my taste buds…

Third time is the charm for Tiramisu cupcakes!

We had planned an Italian-themed dinner for Saturday night. The main entrees came out amazingly delicious, we made linguine alla carbanaro and chicken marsala. I’d like to take a moment to pat ourselves on the back for a successful dinner! Future blog entry about the entree will be coming later. But the main point of this post is the interesting day I had on Saturday trying to make the dessert — tiramisu cupcakes. I never thought I’d spend an entire day baking, and baking the same exact recipe! I had…

Trying to master the signature swirl

I’ve been a fan of cupcakes all my life! How can you not love receiving an individual cupcake, it’s your very own dessert that you do not have to share with a single person! When I was working in Bethesda, there was this bakery right next to our building, I remember going there pretty much on a weekly basis to get their delicious hazelnut cupcake. I remember the cake being so delicious and chocolaty, and the hazelnut frosting was perfect, even topped off with a little hazelnut on top. It was…