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Day 299 – Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes

26 May

Today is Memorial Day (here in the US).  Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US for remembering the men and women who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  Below are a few pictures we got the last time we were in Washington, DC (with cupcakes, of course), that I thought reflected Memorial Day.

The Washington Monument

Washington-Monument

The World War II Memorial

WW2-memorial

And the Freedom Plaza

Freedom-plaza

For today’s cupcakes, I chose something somewhat “All American”.  Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.  It’s a classic, let’s face it.  Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes (recipe below from Passion for Baking).  (The recipe is in Norwegian.  You’ll need to use Google Translate to translate it to English.  I’ve translated the ingredients below, but not the directions.)

Cheesecake-Cupcake     Mini-Cheesecake-Cupcake

The cupcakes are crumbly and quite crunchy. Almost like eating a cookie instead of a cupcake. Even more so in flavor. They taste like a sugar cookie. Sweet and vanilla. I don’t get a lot of the cheesecake or strawberry flavors. But it’s sweet and tasty.

Note: The recipe called for 4.3 ml of ice cream. Which comes out to a little less than a teaspoon. I went ahead and assumed (based on the pictures on the blog) that it wasn’t an accurate number. If it was 4.3 dl that comes out to a little less than 2 cups, which seems more likely. So that’s what I did.

Cheesecake-Frosting

The frosting is thick and smooth. It’s extremely sweet and sugary. With just a hint or aftertaste of the white chocolate.

Note: The original blog gave 2 different ways to frost. One was a rose (which I’ve tried before….somewhat successfully). The other was this ruffle look. Mine didn’t come out quite as pretty as the original baker, so please check them out!

Strawberry-Cheesecake     Mini-Strawberry-Cheesecake

The frosting brings a welcome creaminess to the dryness of the cupcake. Together it tastes almost like a sugar cookie with a white chocolate frosting on it. Very similar. Just in cupcake form. Sugary and sweet. Good flavors. Just a little odd in the texture department.

Cheesecake-top

Scoring Sheet:

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

Mini-Cheesecake-top

RECIPE

Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes (recipe from Passion for Baking)

Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes:

  • 200 g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4.3 ml Ben & Jerry’s Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream (see tasting notes above)
  • 6.5 dl flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups sugar

White Chocolate Frosting: (recipe can be found here)

  • 4 dl powdered sugar
  • 230 g butter
  • 200 g white chocolate
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For directions visit Passion for Baking.

*Tomorrow: Kumquat Cupcakes with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting*

Day 293 – Half-Baked Cupcakes

20 May

Can you every really go wrong with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream?  I mean, c’mon.  They’ve got something for everyone.  Fruit, chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough.  And, if you choose correctly, usually more than one of those flavors at a time.  Like these Ben & Jerry’s-inspired Half-Baked Cupcakes (recipe below from Life in a Peanut Shell).  Chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough…yum!

Chocolate-Vanilla-Cake     Mini-Chocolate-Vanilla-cake

The cupcakes are dense and sticky. The cake flavors run together a bit. The vanilla cake has a bit of a pound cake flavor, while the chocolate is a very faint chocolate flavor. It almost tastes like artificial chocolate to me, which is an odd taste.

Note: The vanilla batter is much thicker than the chocolate batter, so make sure not to overfill, otherwise swirling is a challenge.

Cookie-Dough

The cookie dough is creamy and smooth, just like chocolate chip cookie dough should be. The recipe indicates that it should “crumble” though, and mine definitely didn’t crumble. I had to use my hands and just plop it into the batters and frosting. It still works, but it wasn’t a smooth and seamless and I was expecting it to be.

Cookie Dough Whipped-Frosting

The frosting is fluffy and airy. Whipped-cream cream-cheese frosting may be one of my favorite things! I’ve only seen it in a few recipes, but they go so well together! The cookie dough breaks up both the creaminess in the texture and in the taste, with a little crunch and bite.

Half-Baked-Cupcake     Mini-Half-Baked-Cupcake

The cupcake flavors back up the frosting nicely. Surprisingly, it’s not an overly rich cupcake, except for the cookie dough bites. It ends up being a smooth and fluffy (quite sugary) cupcake.

Half-Baked-half2

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4
  • Ease of Making: 2 (so many parts. Very time-consuming.)
  • TOTAL: 17.5

Half-Baked-half1

RECIPE

Half-Baked Cupcakes (recipe from Life in a Peanut Shell)

For the Vanilla Cake:

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream or plain yogurt (full-fat is best)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup (2 3/8 ounces) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (8 ½ ounces) all-purpose flour
For the Chocolate Cake:
  • 1 1/3 cups (9 3/8 ounces) sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (5 3/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons (3/8 ounce) cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (3 ½ ounces) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) water
Eggless Cookie Dough:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Whipped Cream Frosting:
  • 1 ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

For directions visit Life in a Peanut Shell.

*Tomorrow: Peachy Bourbon Cupcakes*

Day 256 – Chubby Hubby Cupcakes

13 Apr

I scream, you scream, we all scream for…cupcakes?  Absolutely!  But this time.  Ice cream cupcakes.  Or, more accurately, cupcakes that are ice cream inspired!  Chubby Hubby Cupcakes (recipe below from Annie’s Eats).

Vanilla-Malted-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Malted-Cupcake

The cupcakes are moist and fairly dense. They have a sweet vanilla flavor. Almost muffin-esque.

Peanut-Butter-Frosting

The frosting is fluffy and smooth. Very easy to pipe. It has a sweet, peanut butter flavor. Not as aggressively peanut butter as some, but it’s definitely the star.

The ganache is thick and hardens really quickly. It’s smooth and tastes like something between dark and semisweet chocolate.

Chubby-Hubby-Cupcake     Mini-Chubby-Hubby

The flavors are extremely tasty separately, but together they don’t really flow. There’s nothing tying them together. The frosting and the cupcake would flow really nicely together, and the crunch on the inside is a nice surprise. I want the ganache to be a gooey, soft chocolate, instead of hard, like a truffle, on the inside. But again. Yummy flavors. I just want them to flow together a little better.

Chubby-Hubby-halved

Scoring Sheet:

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

Chubby-Hubby-top

RECIPE

Chubby Hubby Cupcakes (recipe from Annie’s Eats)

Cupcakes:
3 cups cake flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
1 cups malted milk powder
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1¼ cups buttermilk, at room temperature

Chocolate Filling:
8 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups coarsely chopped pretzels

Peanut Butter Frosting:
3 sticks (1½ cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Pinch of coarse salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. heavy cream

Garnish: 
Mini pretzels drizzled with melted chocolate

For directions visit Annie’s Eats.

*Tomorrow: Sweet Peach Tea Cupcakes*

 

Day 238 – Phish Food Cupcakes

26 Mar

Ok.  Can I just say.  Ben & Jerry.  They’re really figured it out!  Some of the most amazing flavors (and flavor combinations) ever.  Like.  Seriously.  EVER!  And their Phish Food Ice Cream is no exception.  Chocolate ice cream.  Marshmallow.  Caramel.  And chocolate fish.  What?!  Crazy….crazy delicious!  Phish Food Cupcakes (recipe below from whitleigh cupcakes).

Chocolate-Cupcake     Mini-Chocolate-Cupcake

The cupcakes are small and dense. A little on the hard side, but I guess that’s ok since you’re topping it with ice cream. They have a cocoa-chocolate taste. Sweet, but not too sweet.

Frosting

The frosting is thick and fluffy. It has a sweet vanilla marshmallow flavor. This would be a great, universal frosting to use with lots of different cupcakes.

Phish-Food-Unwrapped     Mini-Phish-Food

This is an over-the-top ooey gooey dessert cupcake. Very sweet. Very sugary. This would be really fun party cupcake, for kids and adults. It’s adorable. But, it melts really quickly, so make sure you freeze it until your ready to eat!

Phish-Food-Cupcake-top     Mini-Phish-Food top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 4.5
  • Ease of Making: 3
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Phish Food Cupcakes (recipe from whitleigh cupcakes)

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the caramel:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream

Extras:

  • 1 Pint Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food Ice Cream
  • 1 Bag Cupcake Goldfish

For directions visit whitleigh cupcakes.

*Tomorrow: Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting*

Day 210 – Half Baked Cupcakes

26 Feb

Ok, let’s be real.  Nothing says, “getting you over hump day” like some Ben & Jerry’s.  Nothing.  Although, to be fair, Ben & Jerry’s can and should be enjoyed often.  At least, that’s my opinion.  So, I couldn’t resist these Half Baked Cupcakes (recipe below from Mayhem in the Kitchen)!

Brownie-Cupcake     Mini-Brownie

The cupcakes are dense and chewy on the bottom with a serious crunch on the top. They taste a lot like a brownie. Not an overly fudgy brownie. But definitely a brownie.

Note: A toothpick tester won’t give accurate results for this cupcake. Like a brownie, you wanna take it out before it’s completely dry, otherwise they’ll be tough.

Cookie-dough-frosting

The frosting is thick. A lot like cookie dough in every way possible. It’s sugary with brown sugar and lots and lots of mini chocolate chips!

Half-Baked     Mini-Half-Baked

Together it’s just sugary and chocolatey and sinful!! I need a big glass of milk now. Like….a huge one!! But I feel like a kid. Indulging in a brownie with cookie dough ice cream on top. Way too much sugar, but way too yummy to pass up!

Half-Baked-top     Mini-Half-Baked-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Half Baked Cupcakes (recipe from Mayhem in the Kitchen)

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 oz baking chocolate (6 squares)
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 eggs (large)
  • 2 cups ultragrain flour
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Frosting:

  • 2/3 cups salted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup ultragrain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips

For directions visit Mayhem in the Kitchen.

*Tomorrow: Fluffernutter Cupcakes*

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