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Day 138 – Butterbeer Cupcakes

16 Dec

Today’s cupcake is for the butterscotch fans.  Or even for the Harry Potter fans.  But, don’t mistake it, it’s not for the beer fans.  (Unless they also like butterscotch and/or Harry Potter.)  Butterbeer Cupcakes (recipe below from Pastry Affair).  But first, it’s Musical Monday!

Now, today’s video is a little different.  It’s not just one song.  It’s an artist making her album.  I thought you’d enjoy it!  It’s a lot of music.  And a lot of fun!

Find out more about hope hazy:

https://www.facebook.com/hopehazy  http://www.hopehazy.com

Twitter: @hopehazy  iTunes: hope hazy

Now, to the cupcakes.  (By the way, the ornament featured today was actually one that my mom made for me!)

Butter-Cupcake     Mini-Butter-Cupcake

These cupcakes have the texture of banana bread. Sticky, but not too moist and a little bit dense and chewy.  They have a fairly even, almost bland flavor. It’s like a butter cake.

Butterscotch-filled-cupcake     Buttscotch-filled-mini

The ganache is extremely runny. I followed the directions exactly, but it didn’t come out like any ganache I’ve ever made.  But it does have a nice, sweet butterscotch flavor.

Butterscotch-Frosting

The frosting is an extremely thick buttercream, even after adding in some cream.  I think you could definitely use less powdered sugar. It is extremely sweet, but does have a nice touch of that butterscotch ganache flavor to it.

Butterbeer-Cupcake-side     Mini-Butterbeer-Cupcake

When all the parts are together, that’s when this cupcake shines. You get sweet, you get butterscotch, you get the drippy ganache, that almost turns the cupcake into a rum cake. Very yummy. Especially for those who love butterscotch. I’m not a huge fan, and I think this is tasty. That’s saying something.

Butterbeer-Cupcake     Mini-Butterbeer-Cupcake top

Notes: The minis work just fine, but the full-size carry a better overall flavor balance.

Scoring Sheet:

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

RECIPE

Butterbeer Cupcakes (recipe from Pastry Affair)

Butterbeer Cupcakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup cream soda

Butterscotch Ganache

  • 11 ounces (1 package) butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Butterscotch Buttercream

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch ganache (recipe above)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavoring
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Splash of heavy cream (as needed)

For directions visit Pastry Affair.

*Tomorrow: Peanut Butter Oreo Cupcakes*

Day 54 – Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies and Cream Frosting

23 Sep

It’s Musical Monday!!!  Yay!!  I get so excited to share these artists with you all!!

Today’s artist is hope hazy.  She’s accompanied by Benjamin Hazlett – more info on both of them below the video!

Find more information on hope at:

https://www.facebook.com/hopehazy  http://www.hopehazy.com

Twitter: @hopehazy  iTunes: hope hazy

And more information on Benjamin at themusicofbenjamin.com

Now, there are sooooo many takes on the Cookies & Cream Cupcake.  I fully intend to find the best one!  So, today I’m trying Chocolate Oreo Cupcakes with Cookies & Cream Frosting (recipe below from Back for Seconds).

Chocolate-cupcakes     Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

These cakes are almost brownie-like.  The mini is dense, kinda like a slightly overcooked brownie, but not too dense to enjoy.  They have a nice chocolate flavor, more obvious in the full-size.  The chunks of Oreo make for a nice, rich bite of cake.

Olivia-frosting     Oreo-frosting     Olivia-frost

(I had a little helper for these cupcakes.  My friends, Meredith and Dave, lent me their daughter, Olivia, for a baking assistant! Obviously, she hates baking…)

Oreo-Cupcakes     Mini-Oreo-Cupcakes

The frosting is a good consistency.  (Note: be sure to really crush/grind Oreos that go into the frosting, otherwise piping is difficult and messy.)  It tastes like a typical cream cheese frosting with a twist of Oreo.

Oreo-cupcakes-all     Olivia-tasting

They have a nice balance.  Sweet, chocolatey cupcake.  A good cupcake for anyone who likes Oreos.  And, bonus, you don’t even need a mixer for the batter.  I used one as a time saver, but it’s wasn’t necessary.  And, they got a definite thumbs up from Olivia!

Scoring Sheet:

– Cupcake Taste: 3.5

– Frosting Taste: 4.5

– Overall Taste: 4

– Appearance: 3.5

– Ease of Making: 4.5

– TOTAL: 20

RECIPE (from Back for Seconds)

Ingredients
1/2 cup chopped Oreos
1/8 teaspoon salt
Cake
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups cocoa powder
3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting
3/4 cups butter (softened)
4oz cream cheese (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4-6 heaped tablespoons milk
1/3 cup crushed Oreos
For directions visit Back for Seconds.

*Tomorrow: Sticky Toffee Vanilla Cupcakes*
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