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Day 250 – Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Buttercream

7 Apr

Monday mornings need just a little extra “happy”.  Don’t they?  I know mine do!  So, what better way to add happy than with some chocolate, some Oreos and some music?  Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Frosting (recipe below from Lick the Bowl Good).

Click the play symbol below to hear today’s Musical Monday selection – “The Beast” written and performed by Bryan Morris.

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are very squishy and very, very sticky. You may wanna give the cups a spray, even if you’re using liners, cause I lost most of my mini when I went to peel them out of the paper. They have a nice, light milk chocolate flavor. A little like a light Devil’s Food cake in taste and texture.

Oreo-Buttercream

The frosting is thick and chunky, so I would definitely use an open frosting tip, cause the Oreo chunks will definitely get caught in anything but a round tip. It’s surprisingly not like an Oreo. And I mean that in a good way. Most Oreo frostings taste like the center of an Oreo. This frosting tastes like a typical vanilla buttercream with Oreo mixed in. It’s different, but yummy.

Note: The recipe calls for half butter and half shortening OR butter. I used all butter. Since, as you know, I’m not a HUGE fan of shortening.

Oreo-Cupcake     Mini-Oreo-Cupcake

The cupcake and frosting meld really seamlessly together. The frosting kind of envelopes the cupcake into it. The Oreo frosting is definitely the strong flavor and the cupcake takes a nice, spongy backseat.

Oreo-Cupcake-top     Mini-Oreo-Cupcake-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

RECIPE

Chocolate Cupcakes with Oreo Frosting (recipe from Lick the Bowl Good)

Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Oreo Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening or butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • 14 Oreos, finely crushed in food processor

For directions visit Lick the Bowl Good.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Cherry Cordial Cupcakes*

Day 236 – Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes

24 Mar

Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes (recipe below from Evil Shenanigans).  I’m not really sure what that means, but I’m excited about it.  And who doesn’t need a little indulgence to start the week off. Right?  Enjoy today’s Musical Monday selection.

Alright, now dig into these!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and cakey. They almost feel dry, but they aren’t. It’s just cause they’re crumbly. They very fudgy with a strong cocoa flavor. They kinda remind me of a flourless chocolate brownie – dense, fudgy and almost a little tartness.

Chocolate-Frosting

The frosting (before adding coconut and pecans) is the consistency of pudding. Smooth and fluffy. The coconut and nuts give it a nice texture. It’s a sweet, very chocolatey frosting with a nice bite from the nuts.

Note: The original recipe has this frosting piped on, but once you mix in the coconut and pecans, that’s not really an option, which is why mine is spread on.

Italian-Wedding-Cupcake     Mini-Italian-Wedding

The frosting is the star of this cupcake. It brings out all the best parts of the cupcake. It lightens it and makes it feel creamier overall. There’s a lot of chocolate in this cupcake, but it’s not overly rich. The coconut and the pecans break it up really nicely with a little crunch and a little bite.

Italian-Wedding-top     Mini-Italian-Wedding-top

Scoring Sheet:

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

RECIPE

Chocolate Italian Wedding Cupcakes (recipe from Evil Shenanigans)

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons crushed cocoa nibs

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup (about 6 ounces)  semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used chips)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups powdered sugar

For directions visit Evil Shenanigans.

*Tomorrow: Lemon Lover Cupcakes*

Day 222 – White Chocolate Cupcakes

10 Mar

On this (probably chilly) Monday morning, I thought we could use a little indulgence.  Maybe a little music.  A truffle.  Some white chocolate.  What do you think? Alright, check out the Musical Monday selection and then check out these White Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe below from The Pampered Chef) — spoiler alert — they’re stuffed with a truffle!

“Sally Brown” written & performed by Ken McQueen III

Alright, time to get indulgent!

White-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cake is a very strange consistency. It’s almost like a thick, soft sugar cookie. A little crumbly, but not dry. It’s got a very even taste. Not stand-out flavors.

White-Chocolate-Frosting

The cake is a very strange consistency. It’s almost like a thick, soft sugar cookie. A little crumbly, but not dry. It’s got a very even taste. Not stand-out flavors.

White-Chocolate-Truffle

If you love white chocolate, this is the cupcake for you. From top to bottom, that’s what this is. My truffle inside still had a little crunch to it, which was nice. Otherwise it’s a smooth, creamy white chocolatey cupcake.

White-Choc-Truffle-half2     White-Choc-Truffle-half1

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 18.5

Half-White-Chocolate

RECIPE

White Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe from The Pampered Chef)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 egg whites, room temperature
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 12 round truffles, unwrapped

Frosting:

  • 6 oz white chocolate for baking, chopped
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

For directions visit The Pampered Chef.

*Tomorrow: Churro Cupcakes*

Day 208 – Nutella Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

24 Feb

These Nutella Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below from The Baking Robot) are for anyone who needs that little extra kick to get their Monday started.  I know.  Trust me.  Mondays can be rough.  Hopefully today’s Musical Monday selection, “The Stone” by Bryan Morris, as well as these cupcakes, get you started off right!

Nutella-Cupcake     Mini-Nutella-Cupcake

These cupcakes are dense and almost on the dry side, but not dry. The tops have a serious crunch to them too. They are super chocolatey and remind me a lot of the cookie part of an Oreo. I don’t really get the Nutella flavor, but I like the flavor I did get!

Strawberry-Frosting

The frosting is thick and creamy. Very easy to pipe, and a pretty off-pink color. It is a definite cream cheese frosting, with a light strawberry flavor.

Nutella-Strawberry     Mini-Nutella-Strawberry

It’s like a strawberry dipped in cream cheese covered in chocolate. Exactly like that. Sweet. Chocolatey. Strawberry-y….If you like these flavors, you’ll love this cupcake!

Nutella-Strawberry-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

RECIPE

Nutella Cupcakes with Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe from The Baking Robot)

Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk

Frosting:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz (1 package) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp freeze-dried strawberries, pulverized to powder in food processor
  • 1/2 tsp imitation strawberry extract

For directions visit The Baking Robot.

*Tomorrow: Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes*

Day 201 – Devils Food Cupcakes

17 Feb

Okay.  So, yes, today is President’s Day.  But, it is NOT actually George Washington’s birthday, like your calendar might have told you.  His actual birthday is this Saturday (aka February 22nd).  So, check back that day for a cupcake in his honor.  Instead, today, I give you a little indulgence and a little chocolate.  Devil’s Food Cupcakes (recipe below from Food Network).  And…a little tune!

Thanks to Paul for sharing that amazing song!  And now, onto the cupcakes!

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are beautiful. Both the full-sized and the minis bake up exactly like you want a cupcake to bake. They are crumbly and quite dry though. They have a really nice chocolate flavor, but it’s hard to get past the dryness.

Chocolate-ganache

I think I probably added a touch too much milk, so my frosting is between a frosting and a glaze, but it tastes like it’s supposed to. It has a strong chocolate flavor. A little sweet and very rich.

Devil's-Food-Cupcake     Mini-Devil's-Food

Because the frosting is so moist, the cupcakes don’t seem quite as dry as they did by themselves. But, it is still an extremely dry cupcake! The chocolatey flavor is really nice. Very rich and the 2 chocolates complement each other really well.

Devil's-Food-top     Mini-Devil's-Food-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 4 (even with 3 parts)
  • TOTAL: 18

RECIPE

Devil’s Food Cupcakes (recipe from Food Network)

Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup whole-grain pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup natural cocoa
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white

Icing:

  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 tbsp nonfat milk
  • 1 1/2 oz dark chocolate

For the squiggle:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar

For directions visit Food Network.

*Tomorrow: Fruity Pebble Cupcakes*

Day 187 – Double Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes

3 Feb

Some cupcakes are just so pretty.  I mean.  So.  Pretty.  I always hope that they’ll turn out for me.  And, I have to say, I’m pretty happy with how these Double Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe below from A Cup of Sugar… A Pinch of Salt) turned out!  I hope you enjoy today’s Musical Monday selection, featuring Nikki Allred.  It is one of my favorite songs, of all time.  It’s so perfect for us touring actors!

Now, dig in to these beauties!

Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are extremely dense and springy. They have a bittersweet chocolate taste, not too sweet at all.

Chocolate-Swirl-Frosting

The frostings are both thick and creamy and very easy to pipe. The white chocolate has a nice, light white chocolate flavor. Fairly sugary. The chocolate one is a very tasty chocolate buttercream. It almost has the flavor of a chocolate mousse or chocolate pudding. Very yummy.

Double-Choc-Truffle-cake

I didn’t even attempt minis, as the truffles in the center are the entire size of the cup. I don’t have the frosting tool it called for. I piped the chocolate into one half of a piping bag, the white chocolate into the other half.

Double-Choc-Truffle-Cupcake

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 5
  • Ease of Making: 3
  • TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

Double Truffle Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe from A Cup of Sugar… A Pinch of Salt)

Cupcakes

  • 4 1/2 ounces high-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 6 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 truffles (these can be “non-pretty” such as the Lindt balls)

Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

White Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 6 ounces white chocolate or 6 ounces white baking bar, melted and cooled
  • 3 -5 tablespoons heavy cream

to garnish

  • 12 additional truffles (pretty ones!)

For directions visit A Cup of Sugar… A Pinch of Salt.

*Tomorrow: Caramel Cupcakes*

Day 180 – Tiramisu Cupcakes

27 Jan

Mmmm mmm.  I love tiramisu.  The cream, the espresso, the ladyfingers.  Yum, yum, yum!  So, these Tiramisu Cupcakes (recipe below from Cupcake Project) were a no-brainer.  Enjoy the song below and enjoy these cupcakes!

“Inner Swagger” by Marcus Lewis Band

Ladyfinger-Cupcake     Mini-Ladyfinger

The cupcakes are extremely dense and sticky.  I had to keep in mind that they’re really more of a cookie than a cake. Cause, as a cake, they’re kinda weird. They have a good sweet vanilla flavor. They just don’t taste like they’re meant to be a cupcake.

Note: Be sure not to overfill the cupcakes. They are very chewy and can easily distract from the overall tiramisu texture. You want a fairly thin cupcake. I used my small ice cream scoop aka cookie dough scoop.

Egg-Cream

The egg cream is thick and easy to spread.  It has a very yummy, sweet flavor! Dangerously tasty. Like a custard filling, but with that sweet mascarpone flavor.

Tiramisu-Cupcake     Mini-Tiramisu

Together, with the thin ladyfinger cupcake, the rum coffee, the egg cream, whipped cream and chocolate on top this is one tasty cupcake! It’s a legit tiramisu flavor. No doubt what it’s supposed to be. But it a tasty little treat for sure! It’s sweet with that nice hint off coffee, rum and chocolate.

Tiramisu-Cupcake-above     Mini-Tiramisu-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 4.5
  • Appearance: 5
  • Ease of Making: 3 (again, more time-consuming than difficult)
  • TOTAL: 20

RECIPE

Tiramisu Cupcakes (recipe from Cupcake Project)

Ladyfinger Cupcakes:

  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 tbsp + 2/3 C white sugar
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Fillings/Toppings:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • a small amount of dark chocolate for chocolate curls (optional)

For directions visit Cupcakes Project.

*Tomorrow: Bailey’s Cupcakes*
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