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June Monthly Competition

30 Jun

Another month – done!  That’s  11 so far.  Crazy.  And 334 cupcakes down.  Only 31 to go.  Even crazier!  Let’s see which cupcakes are competing this month:

Cannoli Cupcakes



Cracker Jack Cupcakes



Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes



Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes



Let’s see which one “takes the cake”.  (yeah.  cheesy.  I know.)

Thanks again to our Cupcake Panel: Cam, Jon and Eric.  And a huge thanks to my hubby, Ken, for all filming and original music.  Check back tomorrow when I start in on our final month!!

Day 334 – Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes

30 Jun

It’s the last day of the month!  Wow.  I can’t believe there’s only 1 month left for My Year of Cupcakes!  That’s insane.  Don’t worry though.  The blog will continue.  Just not with a cupcake a day…

But, for today, we have a special aka different kind of cupcake.  Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes (recipe below from Feed Your Awesome Machine).  Anything that can manage to sound healthy but still have “Triple Chocolate” in the name sounds good to me!

Chocolate-Avocado-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Avocado-cupc

The cupcakes are super moist! They thick, but in a gooey, fudgy way, not a dry way. They have a somewhat bitter chocolate flavor. No avocado flavor, which I was wondering about. But not very sweet either.


The frosting is thick and creamy. It is very, very strong! It tastes so strongly of bittersweet chocolate, I’m a little surprised. I was hoping that a bit of the coconut milk flavor would come out, but not at all! Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!

Chocolate-Avocado-Vegan     Mini-Choc-Avocado-Vegan

Together the cupcake does balance out a little bit of the frosting, but it’s still the strongest part for sure. The cupcake almost fades away completely against the frosting, which is a shame because the cupcake is quite good too. I’d say frost lightly. Both parts are pretty yummy, but not equal in strength. For a vegan cupcake, I am really impressed! This could easily stand up to other “regular” cupcakes I’ve tasted!


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 17.5



Triple Chocolate & Avocado Vegan Cupcakes (recipe from Feed Your Awesome Machine)

Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes:

  • 190g (1.5 cups) whole grain wheat or spelt flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 60g (1/4 cup) coconut oil or butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • 240g (¾ cup) pure maple syrup (not imitation syrup)
  • 60g ripe avocado flesh (equivalent to about ½ medium avocado)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider or plain white vinegar
  • 60g chopped dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)

Whipped Chocolate Ganache:

  • 250ml (1 cup) coconut milk
  • 226g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids minimum)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

For directions visit Feed Your Awesome Machine.

*Tomorrow: Cotton Candy Cupcakes*

Weekly Winner #44

29 Jun

This was another variety-filled week!  Rounding out a variety-filled month.  It was also a really fun week.

Banana Cupcakes


Ice Cream Cupcakes


Cherry Coke Cupcakes


Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes


Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes


Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes


Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes


And, with 20 points, the winner is…


The Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes from Baker by Nature.  Check out that tasty day here.  And, check back tomorrow to see how it does in the Monthly Competition against these cupcakes:

Cannoli Cupcakes


Cracker Jack Cupcakes


Caramel Macchiato Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes




Day 333 – Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes

29 Jun

I was definitely feeling a lack of chocolate this week.  So these Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes (recipe below from Baker by Nature) were kind of a last minute addition, but I’m hoping they were a good one!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are extremely soft and moist. They have a sweet chocolate flavor. Almost dark, but not bitter. Just a rich chocolate.


The filling is thick and gooey. It has a sweet cream flavor with lots of coconut thrown into the mix. Simple and sweet.


The frosting is extremely sweet! Very sugary. With a nice, light coconut flavor.

Note: It says to mix in the flaked coconut, then pipe onto the cupcakes. It makes for some messy piping, but it works…technically.

Chocolate-Coconut-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Coconut

The cupcake and filling balance the sweetness in the frosting nicely. It’s still sweet, don’t get me wrong. Quite sweet. This cupcake is very soft and smooth overall. Pretty ooey gooey too. It’s rich, but not heavy, which is hard to do in a cupcake.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 20



Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes (recipe from Baker by Nature)

Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup boiling water

Coconut Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces sweetened shredded coconut

Coconut Buttercream:

  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, very soft
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut, divided

For directions visit Baker by Nature.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Avocado Vegan Cupcakes*

Day 332 – Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

28 Jun

Some days just require something sweet.  And maybe a little tart.  Not to mention, who doesn’t love orange cream desserts?  So, these Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes (recipe below from Kara’s Party Ideas) were a must-try.

Orange-Cupcake     Mini-Orange-Cupcake

The cupcakes are moist and a little sticky. They have a sweet, slightly tart citrus flavor.


The frosting is smooth and creamy. Almost a little on the soft side. The zest adds beautiful flecks of orange color. It has a very sweet, slightly tart flavor.

Orange-Creamsicle-Cupcake     Mini-Orange-Creamsicle

Together the orange flavor makes a really strong appearance! It’s still very sweet and sugary, but it also has a very distinct tartness to it. A little bite. The aftertaste sticks around for a bit. Like an orange tends to do.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18



Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes (recipe from Kara’s Party Ideas)


  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 (4oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 2 ¼ cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

For directions visit Kara’s Party Ideas.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes*

Day 331 – Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes

27 Jun

So, I know that sometimes cinnamon is considered a bit of a fall flavor.  But I love it.  All the time.  Seriously.  Pepperidge Farms Cinnamon Swirl bread is pretty much a daily occurrence for me.  So, I couldn’t resist these Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes (recipe below from Life, Love & Sugar).

Cinn-Sugar-Swirl-cupcake     Mini-Cinn-Swirl-Cupcake

The cupcakes are crumbly and maybe a little dry, but the crunch of the cinnamon-sugar takes away from that. It has a nice cinnamon-sugar taste. Not too sweet, not too dull.


The frosting is very, very thick. The frosting is sweet, but not too sugary. The shortening cuts a lot of the sweetness. It’s like a sugary, cinnamon center of an Oreo.

Cinnamon-Sugar-Swirl     Mini-Cinnamon-Sugar

This cupcakes ends up being more like a frosted muffin when it’s all together. It’s still a little on the dry side, and the frosting doesn’t add much moisture. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It has a very strong cinnamon flavor.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18.5



Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes (recipe from Life, Love & Sugar)

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Cinnamon Sugar Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp water or milk


For directions visit Life, Love & Sugar.

*Tomorrow: Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes*

Day 330 – Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

26 Jun

Today is the last day of school here in New York.  To celebrate this momentous occasion, I knew we needed something fun.  Something over the top FUN!  And just wait til you see how fun these Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (recipe below from The Cake Blog) are!


The cupcakes are springy with a good moistness. They have a sweet, vanilla cake flavor. They’re really sweet. But not in a bad way.

Note: I obviously couldn’t find a way to make mini versions of these cupcakes.  So full-sized are the only options.  Darn…


Vanilla Buttercream: The frosting is thick and smooth. It tastes a lot like the inside of an Oreo. Sugary vanilla flavor, with that shortening aftertaste.


The cupcake with the basic vanilla frosting is very, very sweet. It’s got a nice, strong vanilla flavor, with a good texture. Very moist. These would be adorable for any party or summer together. And, if you follow the original blog recipe, you can set up a station with different frosting and topping options. So much fun!


Chocolate Chip Buttercream: This one tastes a little bit like cookie dough, thanks to the sugary sweet frosting, mixed with chocolate chips.


This frosting is smooth and creamy. It tastes a lot like chocolate ice cream. This one is a lot less sweet than the others, thanks to the unsweetened cocoa.


Note: The website has ways to take the Vanilla Buttercream and make it into different frostings. I made 2 of them, but they also have Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberry and Cookies & Cream.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4.5 (So. Cute.)
  • Ease of Making: 4.5 (unless you’re making multiple frostings)
  • TOTAL: 19.5


Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (recipe from The Cake Blog)


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 30 cake cones

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 9 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • pinch salt

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 2 cups vanilla buttercream
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Chocolate Chip Buttercream:

  • 1 cup vanilla buttercream
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

For directions visit The Cake Blog.

*Tomorrow: Cinnamon Sugar Swirl Cupcakes*

Day 329 – Cherry Coke Cupcakes

25 Jun

I love Cherry Coke.  To be fair, I’m more of a Pepsi person, if you’re talking about plain soda.  But, for whatever reason when the cherry flavor is added, I change to Coke.  So I had to give these Cherry Coke Cupcakes (recipe below from Simply Stacie) a try!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are moist and chewy. They have a sweet chocolate. Maybe a hint of cherry, but nothing strong until you get to the cherry-filled center. That’s got a really strong cherry flavor.

Note: I wonder what might happen if you chopped up the cherry and put pieces in instead. To spread out the cherry flavor.


The glaze is thick and smooth for a glaze. It has a very sweet Coca Cola flavor. Like a candy version of Coke.


Whipped cream. That’s about it. Sweet. Creamy. Simple.

Cherry-Coke-Cupcake     Mini-Cherry-Coke-Cupcake

This cupcake is smooth and sweet. The chocolate is still the strongest flavor, other than the cherry center. It’s very sweet. The glaze gives it a stronger Coca Cola flavor, but the sugar and the chocolate still prevail.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4 (glaze and whipped cream)
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4 (even with 3 parts, very simple)
  • TOTAL: 18.5



Cherry Coke Cupcakes (recipe from Simply Stacie)


  • 1½ cup flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 8 tbsp butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup Coca-Cola
  • ¼ tsp maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Maraschino cherries, stemless


  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp Coca-Cola


  • ⅔ cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 tbsp icing sugar
  • Maraschino cherries

For directions visit Simply Stacie.

*Tomorrow: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes*

Day 328 – Ice Cream Cupcakes

24 Jun

Well.  It’s officially summer.  No denying it.  Now, not every day has been roasty toasty, but we’ve definitely had a couple (I’m sure you have too).  So why not cool down a bit with these Ice Cream Cupcakes (recipe below from Bubbly Nature Creations)?

Pink-Cupcake     Mini-Pink-Cupcake

The cupcakes are very dense and really chewy. They have a plain but sweet taste. No distinct flavor, just sweet.


The frosting is soft but stable. It is pretty much whipped cream. In taste and feel. It’ll last a little longer than regular whipped cream (thanks to the added gelatin). But it doesn’t change the flavor. Sweet, vanilla cream.

Ice-Cream-Cupcake     Mini-Ice-Cream-Cupcake

The ice cream plus the freezing makes the cupcake quite tough. But, the ice cream and whipped cream really lighten it up. The strawberry ice cream seems to come out as the strongest flavor overall. And the sprinkles (both in the ice cream and on top of the cupcake) add a nice texture balance. This is a sweet, sticky, fun cupcake. Very bright and colorful. Good for a party. And you can vary the ice cream flavors, depending on your preference!


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 3.5
  • TOTAL: 18



Ice Cream Cupcakes (recipe from Bubbly Nature Creations)


  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 4 drops pink food coloring or 2 drops food color paste
  • vanilla ice cream
  • strawberry ice cream

Whipped Cream Frosting:

  • 1½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ tsp. Unflavored Gelatin
  • 4 tsp. water

For directions visit Bubbly Nature Creations.

*Tomorrow: Cherry Coke Cupcakes*

Day 327 – Banana Cupcakes

23 Jun

With such a wild and crazy week last week, I decided this week needed to start with something a little simpler.  A couple of classic flavors: Banana and Chocolate.  Yum!  Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting (recipe below from My Recipes).

Banana-Cupcake     Mini-Banana-Cupcake

The cupcake is fairly squishy and very moist (aka sticky). It tastes a bit like a very sweet banana muffin. The banana flavor is very strong. As is the sugar…


The frosting is thick. A little like a whipped ganache frosting. It has a strong, sweet chocolate flavor. You could vary the kind of chocolate, depending on your personal taste.

Banana-Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Banana-Chocolate

Together this cupcake is thick and chewy. The frosting just adds to the thickness of the cupcake. Makes it feel like there should be peanut butter involved somehow…which there easily could be and it’d blend right in with the flavors! It’s sweet, but the chocolate cuts through a little of that. Mostly it’s reminiscent of a good, frosted muffin.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18



Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting (recipe from My Recipes)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 4 ounces chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For directions visit My Recipes.

*Tomorrow: Ice Cream Cupcakes*

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