Friday, April 27, 2012

Chocolate Salted-Caramel Cupcakes

Will's sister-in-law hired me to bake cupcakes for a CAbi party she's throwing tomorrow afternoon, and she gave me free reign so I decided to try out a chocolate salted-caramel cupcake recipe that caught my eye a while back. I had one extra so I cut it in half to share with Will, but if he doesn't get home from work soon it might accidentally disappear. I've never made caramel before so I was worried I was going to mess it up, but it turned out to be quite delicious. A little tip for first time caramel matter how tempting it looks, don't dip your finger into the pot of boiling hot caramel to do a taste test. It will burn your finger, and then your tongue. I won't have any of these cupcakes left over to share, so until I make them again here is a step by step guide for how to make your own chocolate salted-caramel cupcakes :-)

step 1: bake delicious chocolate cupcakes

step 2: fill cupcakes w/ caramel
& a pinch of sea salt

step 3: top w/ dark chocolate frosting
& a pinch of sea salt

step 4: enjoy

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Berry Yummy Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes

It's Tuesday so you know what that means...Trivia Night at Boston's! I've been donating cupcakes to give away to the 3rd place trivia winners the past few weeks and today I whipped up a batch of raspberry filled devil's food cupcakes that are sure to make the 3rd place team feel like they came in first! My obvious goal in donating cupcakes to trivia night is to spread the word about Cupcake Me Away and bring in some new customers. I haven't received any orders from trivia night cupcake winners yet, but I am still getting lots of practice with new cupcake & frosting recipes so I'd like to think I'm winning too. If you'd like to try a chocolate raspberry cupcake come to Boston's tonight. I'll be there from 8-10!

devil's food cupcakes w/ raspberry filling
& raspberry meringue buttercream frosting

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Snickerdoodle Dandy

snickerdoodle cupcakes
I finally got enough of my kitchen unpacked to bake some cupcakes last night. It was so exciting to be able to set my cooling racks on the counter (as opposed to the kitchen table where I had to put them in my apt) and even more exciting to be able to spread the 3 cooling racks out on the counter to frost the cupcakes (instead of frosting them one rack at a time and stacking the next rack on top...which I had to do in my tiny apt). We still have a lot of work to do in the new house, but everyday it's feeling more and more like home. I can't wait to have all our boxes unpacked, pictures up on the wall, and every little knick-nack in place...but for now I'm happy with snickerdoodle cupcakes on my counter!

meringue frosting dusted w/cinnamon & sugar

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

nobody better lay a finger on my butterfinger...

Unless I smash them up and bake them in a devil's food cupcake! My brother-in-law, Justin, gave me the idea for a butterfinger cupcake last month and I decided today was a good day to give 'em a try. I made a devil's food cupcake and added chopped up butterfingers to the batter, then filled the cupcakes with fudge frosting, dipped them in chocolate ganache, and topped them with more crushed butterfingers. They are absolutely delicious, but I think the fudge filling overpowers the butterfinger flavor. Next time I think I'll either add butterfingers to the fudge filling, or bake them with a mini butterfinger in each cupcake. I'll be giving 1/2 a dozen away tonight at Boston's for the 3rd place trivia winners, the rest are up for grabs. Let me know if you want one. Unlike Bart Simpson, I know how to share :-)

fudge filled butterfinger
devil's food cupcakes

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

The Easter bunny has been hard at work this weekend in the Cupcake Me Away kitchen. She whipped up a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes! I got the recipe from my dear friend, Tara, and have been dying for an excuse to make them for the past few weeks. I was browsing Pinterest for some cute Easter cupcake ideas, but everything I found seemed a little over the top. While a cupcake topped in green coconut and a marshmallow peep looks super cute, I'm all about things that taste good. I decided to keep it simple with these chocolate chip cupcakes, filled with cookie dough, and topped with cookie dough frosting and a couple Cadbury mini eggs. Have you ever had a Cadbury mini egg? They are a revelation! It was all I had in me not to eat the whole bag the night before I baked. The recipe said it would yield 24 cupcakes, but I had enough batter left over to make 21 mini cupcakes too! If you're like me, and you eat more cookie dough than you bake...then this is the cupcake for you! 

chocolate chip cupcake
w/ cookie dough filling & cookie dough frosting

mini chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

when life gives you lemons...

Make lemon cupcakes! I asked you to vote a few weeks ago on my next cupcake and lemon was the winner, but when we got home from Texas Claire and I both got pretty sick so I wanted to wait until we were both healthy before baking anything in my germy house. Now that we're better and my kitchen is germ free I decided to whip up a batch of lemon mini cupcakes. After baking 72 minis I had enough batter left over to make 5 normal sized cupcakes. I posted a giveaway on my facebook page and gave away 4 cupcakes to the winners, and had one left over for me and Claire to share. The minis went so fast I didn't even have time to take pictures! I did think to take a picture of my last lemon cupcake though, right before enjoying its sweet lemony goodness :-)

lemon cupcake
w/ lemon buttercream frosting