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Strawberry Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

22 Mar

Strawberry Chocolate Malt CupcakesTo ring in Spring this year I decided to make cupcakes.  Well there was a dual purpose to them.

Strawberry Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

It was St. Joseph’s Day on Tuesday. This is the day Italy celebrates Father’s Day. Last year I didn’t even realize it was their Father’s Day till my husband had to explain it to me. So I have had it on the calendar since last year. Well I forgot. Not really forgot I didn’t check my pocket calendar where I had it written down.

Strawberry Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

So again my husband had to tell me. Luckily I had enough time in the day to run home and plan something. I had them planned in my head for sometime I just had to put the plan in action. Most of us enjoyed these cupcakes. I found some flavored malt balls and added them both to the cupcakes and icing. Next time I think I would add triple the amount of chocolate malt balls to the cake batter than I did.

One thing about my cupcake batter. I added extra virgin olive oil. I know you are saying “Come again?” Well when I lived in Italy I only made all my baked goods with olive oil. “Why?” do you ask. Well because I did. No seriously I started trying it and loved the moisture it gave to some of my baked goods. Not all but some. I have found that when using boxed cake mix it helps with moisture.

Strawberry Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

On the cake mix I used it does not even specify which oil to use. It just says 1/2 cup oil. So you should give it a try and see what you think! And no it does not taste like olive oil, though I have a soft spot for the flavor of olive oil!

Strawberry Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

Let’s talk icing! The icing was just right! I added strawberry flavored malt balls to the icing. The longer it sat the better the flavor melded with the cream cheese icing. There was a little crunch in the icing which I liked but not ever one did, that would be my husband. No worries though he helped figure out what to do the next time if I wanted to make this or something similar for him. Just pulse the malt balls in my processor a little longer. Either way they were great! These would also be great for Easter as well!

Strawberry Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

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STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE MALT CUPCAKES

YIELDS: 22 cupcakes

PREP TIME: 15 minutes

COOK TIME: 18-22 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

1 box of devils food cake mix

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil (yes I really do mean olive oil!)

1 1/4 cups water

3 large eggs

10 chocolate flavored malt balls, crushed

FOR THE ICING:

5 oz cream cheese, semi cold

2 cups powered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

4 tablespoon butter, semi cold

10 strawberry flavored malt balls, crushed

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350° . Prepare muffin tin by lining it with cupcake liners.

2. In mixer combine cake mix, water, oil, and eggs. Mix till all is incorporated and batter is lump free and smooth.

3. Stir in crushed chocolate flavored malt balls. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until tooth pick is inserted and comes out clean. (Mine were done right at 18 minutes.)

4. Remove from tin and cool.

5. In the meantime,  using mixer combine cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar till smooth.

6. Add enough milk to get the consistency of the icing to how you like. If you are piping the icing needs to be thick. If you are frosting the cupcake it can be thinner but it should still hold its shape.

7. Stir in the strawberry flavored malt balls.

8. Pipe on to your cupcake or frost them with a spatula. Eat and ENJOY!

Strawberry Chocolate Malt Cupcakes

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She’s one! and Funfetti cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

6 Jan

Funfetti Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I really had no intention on making this post. My first post back from vacation was going to be about my vacation.

But this is a very important day and I couldn’t let it go by unnoticed.Funfetti Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Today my baby girl turns 1. I can not believe it has already been a year. Time does go by so fast. Where did it really go?

Giulia has been such a blessing to me. We did not expect her. We actually thought we were done having kids and then surprise!

What a great one it was!IMG_7873_new

So today I share with you the first cupcake she poked her fingers into and did not eat! It was great either way!

These cupcakes are moist and so colorful. I was so happy with the way they looked inside when I took a bite. Very festive for this special day.

Funfetti Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

FUNFETTI CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

recipe for the cake adapted from here and for the icing from here.

YIELDS: 18-20 cupcakes

PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 40 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS FOR CUPCAKES:

1 stick butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Dash of salt

1 1/4 cups milk

1/4 cup sprinkles and more for decorating the top of the cupcakes

DIRECTIONS FOR CUPCAKES:

1. Preheat oven to 350 and prepare muffin tins with cupcake liners.

2. Mix together butter and sugar, then add egg one at a time till combined.

3. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Combined well.

4. Add milk. Batter will be on the thick side.

5. Slowly fold in sprinkles.

6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

7. Cool while you prepare icing.

8. Decorate as you desire and ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS FOR THE ICING:

4 tablespoons butter softened

5 oz cream cheese directly from the refrigerator

2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS FOR ICING:

1. Mix butter in mixer for 30 seconds.

2. Add cream cheese till combined.

3. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time.

4. Mix in milk.

This icing was made thick so I could pipe onto the cupcakes and so it would hold its shape.

You can add more milk to make it more spreadable if you would like to spread the icing on.

Store cupcakes in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Funfetti Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Snickers cupcakes

28 Nov


So for my daughter’s birthday this year she asked for this particular cupcake. I really had a lot of fun making them. It was only the second time I actually stuffed anything inside of a cupcake. Quite a unique experience and oh so worth it. Snickers is a great candy bar for those of you who love caramel and peanuts. Which I do! Enjoy!

Snickers Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Delicious chocolate cupcakes stuffed with Snickers.

Ingredients:

For the cake:

1 box of devils food cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 bag of frozen mini Snickers unwrapped

For the icing:

4 oz of cream cheese at room temperature
1 stick of unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of caramel topping, more if you would like to drizzle
1/2 to 1 cup of milk
Directions:

For the cake:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line (2) 12 cup muffin tins.
2. Mix cake mix, eggs, water and oil together.
3. Divide mix into prepared muffin tins.
4. Place two frozen snickers into the center of each cupcake.
5. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 
   Try not to insert into the snickers bar.
6. Cool completely.

For the icing:

1.Cream together butter and cream cheese. 
2. Slowly add powdered sugar. 
3. Add caramel and vanilla. 
4. Add milk until you reach the right consistency for piping or spreading. 
5. Taste. If you would like a more intense caramel flavoring add more. 
6. Pipe the cooled cupcakes with frosting 
7. Enjoy! These may be garnished with more snickers and caramel. 

A couple of notes:
I added two snickers because the first time I made these with one, 
I did not get a strong snickers flavor.
I wanted it to be very prominent.So I added another. 
Also we in our house do not like an overly sweet frosting. 
So I added the cream cheese. 
This can be omitted and increase your butter and powdered sugar.
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