Cherry Jubilee Chocolate Cheesecakes

Cherry Jubilee Chocolate Cheesecake

Hey, there cheesecake fans.  Yeah, I’m talking to you:-)  These chocolate cherry cheesecakes are going to blow your cheesecake lovin minds.    You totally need to try these cherry filled cheesecake minis sometime this holiday season.  I love how plain and chocolatey they look, but then one bite and you realize it is so much more!!!   [Read more...]

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

These Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes are full of chocolate cookie chunks and mocha flavor.  They are a perfectly decadent cupcake worth biting into.

So the other day my daughter and I went out to get groceries.
And she asked the question she always asks when we go out…
“Can we get coffee?”
Since I had it in my head to drag her to at least 3 stores that I was sure of,
I figured I better sweeten the deal for her.

“Sure.  Why not, I replied.”
We got to the coffee shop, parked, and went in.

I had an ulterior motive for going into the store instead of the drive thru…
these cupcakes have been swirling around in my head since the last time we stopped at Starbucks.
So…I knew I had to “pick up” a few extra green straws.
Oh, all right.
I was going to steal a bunch when we left.  You got me:-)

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My daughter ordered the Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino,
while I went with my all time favorite, the Mocha Coconut. (so happy it is here again)
Then on to JoAnn Fabrics to get lost in fun things.
We picked out paper for birthday invitations, looked at fabric, checked out the clearance,
and found a jumbo muffin pan that I had been looking for.
It was a successful trip with no complaining that I had been there too long.
Thank you coffee!

We headed to the checkout with our “treasures” and a gift card.
The girl at the counter was more than happy to help us and
asked what kind of muffins I was going to be making.
Being the spur of the moment baker and blogger that I am,
I replied that I wasn’t sure yet…
and that I was a baking blogger and bought pans “just because” all the time.

cupcake collage

She was so sweet and even asked the name of my blog.
Now usually I am shy and don’t mention too much to real life people about my blog.
They don’t usually understand what I am talking about and
why I would bake treats for people I don’t know or can’t see.
Food bloggers, you understand right?

Fortunately, she seemed to be into blogs and
we talked about muffins and cupcakes for a few minutes.
The whole time I was smiling really big because I was brave and shared
my blogging passion with a real life, oxygen breathing
human that I could have reached out and touched.

cupcake collage2

My daughter and I got back in the van and headed to the next store.
I was kind of on a high from sharing, and so I was recapping the convo with my girl…
who really could have cared less that her shy mom gave out her blog name.
She just looked at me and laughed and said,
“Dude, you have stuff in your teeth.”

Are you kidding me?
Darn you delicious mocha coconut!!!
You took me down with your delicious floating coconut flakes!

Yup, yours truly had chocolatey coconut flakes in between my pearly whites.
No wonder the girl was so sweet and kind.
She was probably thinking what kind of moron baker walks around
showing off food in her teeth?

I wanted to die!
So much for that sharing high…
where is that shovel to bury myself with?

Now I am just hoping she forgets the blog name,
since I didn’t have any business cards with me to hand out. (thank goodness for procrastination this time)

My theory…she isn’t going to remember me anyway.
But just in case, I will avoid JoAnn’s for about a month!
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Baking always helps relieve whatever kind of funk I am in.
And baking with kids is a really good way to forget embarrassing moments…
instead you begin to worry about egg shells floating around in the cake batter:-)
And did they just lick their fingers and then break more cookie chunks?

Since apparently coconut isn’t my friend right now,
I decided to make the cookie drink into a fun cupcake.

Chocolate and coffee…yes, please.
They were so yummy and made me kind of forget my crash and burn experience.

Thank goodness my husband took most of the cupcakes to work with him.
And then kids finished off all the pretty ones in the fridge.

cupcake

Oh lookee what I just found in the fridge…a few extra cupcakes hiding in a box.
It was stressful remembering the traumatic coconut experience…
don’t judge me for eating cupcakes at midnight:-)

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 30 cupcakes

Mocha Cookie Crumble Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes get a fun twist from coffee and chocolate cookies.

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 chocolate cake mix (18 oz.)
1 cup brewed coffee, cooled
4 eggs
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix (3.4 oz. box)
2 cups chocolate cookie chunks
1/4 cup chocolate cookie crumbs, reserved for topping
For the Mocha Butter Cream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon coffee extract
4 Tablespoons mocha coffee creamer
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, coffee, eggs, yogurt, and melted butter. Beat on low speed for 1 minute. Increase speed and beat on medium for 2 minutes. The batter will be very thick. Stir in the cookie chunks by hand.
  2. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full. Bake at 350* for about 18 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, shortening, salt, extract and coffee creamer. Slowly add the cocoa powder and powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Beat on medium speed for another minute or until creamy. Top cupcakes with Mocha Butter Cream. Sprinkle with extra cookie crumbs. Makes 30 cupcakes.

Notes

If you like a generous amount of frosting on your cupcakes, double the frosting recipe.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/06/mocha-cookie-crumble-cupcakes/

Reese’s Fluffernutter Cupcakes

I seriously cannot wait any longer to tell you about these Reese’s Fluffernutter Cupcakes!!!

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What’s better than a peanut butter cupcake?
A peanut butter cupcake…
with a Reeses peanut butter cup buried inside
AND then topped with a marshmallow butter cream!
Yup, that’s way better!!!
Peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches
were my favorite growing up…
who am I kidding???
I still go crazy over a fluffernutter sandwich!!!
Or a spoon dipped into the peanut butter jar
and then the fluff jar.
What???  You’ve never done that before?
Stop everything…
go do it and then come right back!
You can thank me later.
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Back to the cupcakes…
these cupcakes were ridiculously good!!!
Awesome crazy good that is.
If I had to make another batch of cupcakes right now…
it would be these hands down!!!
Which is saying a lot because these Salted Caramel Mocha Brownie Cups
were the most made cupcake in our house…until now!
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A few weeks ago I made like a million cupcakes for an adoption party at church.

Ok, fine it was only about 120…but it felt like millions
when I was piping on the frosting.
It would have been easier if it was all one kind,
but no, it was five or six kinds.
I have forgotten how many now!!!
All I remember was it was enough to put me into a sugar coma.
And if I go into sugar shock…
you are coming with me!!!
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Sugar shock caused by dipping a spoon into the extra marshmallow frosting…
yea, of course that happened.
Don’t judge!
Sugar shock because I couldn’t help myself.
Stinking cupcake was teasing me with its peanut butter goodness.
A few pictures later and down the hatch it went.
It was totally worth all the extra time on the treadmill.
You want some now too, right?
Do it do it do it!!!
Are you still with me?
Stop drooling or licking the screen or…eating out of the fluff jar:-)
Reeses Fluffernutter Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Reeses Fluffernutter Cupcakes

Peanut butter cupcakes with a hidden peanut butter cup and topped with a marshmallow butter cream.

Ingredients

For the Peanut Butter Cupcakes
1 white cake mix
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup oil
4 eggs
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup greek yogurt
24 Reese's peanut butter cups
For the Marshmallow Butter Cream
1 cup butter, softened
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
chocolate sprinkles

Instructions

  1. n a mixing bowl combine water, oil, and eggs. Add the dry cake mix and beat for 1 minute on low. Add the peanut butter and yogurt and beat on medium for 2 more minutes.
  2. Unwrap the peanut butter cups and place into the bottom of each cupcake liner. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake at 350* for 18 minutes. Cool completely.
  3. In a mixing bowl beat the butter, marshmallow cream, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar until completely mixed in. Frost cupcakes and top with sprinkles. Makes 24 cupcakes.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/05/reeses-fluffernutter-cupcakes/

Toffee Mocha Cupcakes

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It’s chocolate cake day!
It’s chocolate cake day!!
It’s chocolate cake day!!!
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Hey, did you know it’s chocolate cake day? :-)
Not that I really need a “unique” holiday
to celebrate with chocolate cake.
But I will take the holiday just the same.
I actually made these mocha cupcakes a few months ago
for a friend’s birthday…

Eggnog Latte Cupcakes

Eggnog Latte Cupcakes are the perfect holiday cupcake with a quick pick me up frosting.
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A Few Things I Love About The Christmas Season:
* Seeing all the beautiful Christmas lights
* Baking and eating lots of cookies
* Buying presents for loved ones
* Wearing new jammies
* Reading the Christmas story
* Decorating our house/tree
* Wrapping presents
* Watching old favorites on tv…Hello, Mr. Grinch
* Making a card to mail out
* Drinking lots of Eggnog Latte’s
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I look forward to eggnog latte’s each winter.
After having a few too many of them so far,
I realized that I wanted to recreate my favorite drink
into a cupcake form.
This cupcake is going on my must make list
for every Christmas season after.
It had a mild eggnog flavor paired
with a delicious light coffee frosting.
Just perfect for this coffee addict!!!
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I am thinking about freezing some eggnog
just so that I can enjoy these year round:-)

(I say that but, in reality I won’t)

What do you love about this time of year?
Eggnog Latte Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Eggnog Latte Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes made with eggnog and topped with a coffee butter cream

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 vanilla cake mix
3 eggs
1 c. eggnog
1/3 c. oil
1/4 c. sour cream
1 tsp. rum extract
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
For the Coffee Cream Butter Cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. shortening
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. hot water
2 Tbsp. instant coffee
1/2 tsp. rum extract
pinch of salt
4 c. powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream

Instructions

    For the Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line pan with cupcake liners. Beat all ingredients on low for 1 minute and then on medium for 2 minutes. Fill liners 2/3 of the way full. Bake 22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack completely before frosting with coffee buttercream. Dust with nutmeg. Keep cupcakes refrigerated.
  2. For the Butter Cream
  3. Dissolve the coffee in hot water and set aside. Beat butter, shortening and cream cheese until fluffy. Add coffee water, extract, and salt. Beat in sugar slowly. After all the sugar has been mixed in, beat in whipping cream to thin it slightly. Keep refrigerated.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2011/12/eggnog-latte-cupcakes/

Brownie Surprise Cupcakes

I have to admit I think the tooth fairy is over rated.
Whoever started giving money for disgusting little teeth…
well, they are just plain crazy.
I have no desire to touch said disgusting teeth.I am such a bad parent:-(
My youngest lost a tooth last night.
Boy was he ever proud of himself for yanking it out!!!

Why does this make me a bad parent???
I totally FORGOT to become the tooth fairy before face planting in my pillow.

Poor kid…it stinks being the third child with things like this.

I have a much better idea for celebrating!!!
Do you think we can convince our kids that cupcakes are better than money?

Especially cupcakes with hidden brownie bites inside of them!

And lots and lots of sprinkles.

What do you say moms?
Let’s boycott the whole tooth fairy thing
and become cupcake fairies:-)

I just don’t recommend putting the cupcakes under the pillows:-)

Do you think the kids will go for it?
(I have a feeling the kids will still just want the money!)

Brownie Surprise Cupcakes

brownie mix
white cake mix
1/4 c. sour cream

Preheat oven to 350* Make up your brownies according to the package. Let cool. Roll into small 1 & 1/2 inch round bites and freeze. While the brownie bites are freezing, mix up your cake mix according to the box. Add the sour cream in with the liquid ingredients. Fill cupcake liners with 1 tbsp. cake batter. Place a frozen brownie bite in the liner and cover the bite with batter. The liners should be about 3/4 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely. Frost with Chocolate Cream Cheese Butter Cream frosting. Sprinkle generously!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Butter Cream

1/2 c. butter, room temp.
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. milk
4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 c. cocoa powder

Cream the butter, cream cheese, and shortening. Add the salt, vanilla, and milk and beat again. Slowly start adding your sugar and cocoa powder until fully incorporated. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Frost cupcakes. (if it is still too thick to pipe, beat in 1 more tbsp. milk)

Happy Friday!!!

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Oreo Coffee Cake in a Jar

My husband likes to play a trick on me EVERY time we take a long trip.
We usually like to stop for coffee at Starbucks,
where I order my flavorings with a little coffee:-)
Then I sit back to enjoy the drive…
really I bring stuff to work on so I won’t get bored.
Like fabric flowers or magazines to read.
Stuff that is easy to do and still carry on a conversation.This is where the husband likes to play his trick…
while I am busy with my nose buried into said magazine,
he will switch our coffee cups and then sit back and wait.
Sometimes he even takes a sip, just to see if I notice
that he is drinking from the wrong cup holder.

Sadly I never notice:-(

Now if we both order “good” drinks, this isn’t a problem.
BUT he is a black coffee drinker, and I am NOT!
So, this trick plays out very well for him,
when I pick up the switched cup and take a big swig!

(Insert lots of gagging and choking here from me,
and huge laughing from my husband)

I will never understand how he can stand that stuff straight.
Give me a White Chocolate Mocha any day over that:-)

One of these trips I will remember that he is going to trick me…
I will be watching!!!!
(haha probably not:-)

If he ever tried to switch out my cupcakes,
that is for sure something I would notice.
Especially bad boys like these!
Full of chocolatey oreo coffee goodness!
So decadent and delicious…
you better have a glass of milk handy!

And they are in jars so it amps up the cute factor!
Plus it makes them super easy to take on trips with you.
(These made it in a cooler for an 8 hr drive this summer!)


Oreo Coffee Cakes in a Jar

1 chocolate cake mix
1 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. oil
4 eggs
2 c. chopped oreos

Preheat oven to 350*. Place liners in muffin tin. Beat cake mix with buttermilk, oil, and eggs for 1 minute on low. Then beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in oreos. Fill liners 3/4 full and bake for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely. Unwrap cupcakes and cut in half. Place the bottom of the cupcake in a 1/2 pint jar. Spoon in some Coffee Cream filling. Place the top of the cupcake on top of the cream filling. Pipe Espresso Butter Cream on top. Decorate with chocolate covered coffee beans. If you want to decorate the jars a little fancy, cover the lid with a cupcake liner before screwing on the cap. Tie on a ribbon or twine and attach a fork with it.

Coffee Cream Filling
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 (12 oz.) cool whip, thawed
1 small package vanilla pudding
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. warm milk
3 tbsp. instant coffee

Dissolve the coffee in the warm milk and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sour cream and mix well. In a small bowl, beat the coffee milk and pudding mix on low for 2 minutes. Stir it into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in the whipped topping.

Coffee Butter Cream
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. butter, room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. warm water water
2 tbsp. instant coffee
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 c. powdered sugar

Dissolve the instant coffee in the warm water. Set aside. Beat shortening and butter until creamy. Add the salt, coffee water, and vanilla and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add another 1-2 tbsp. water. Beat thoroughly. You want the frosting to be creamy, but stiff enough to pipe.

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Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Banana Butter Cream

Want to know a common misconception about me?
Most people thing I am an awesome cook…
but you guys know better, right?
I mean do you ever see “real” food on here?
Nope! Just loads and loads of sugar!

(I should probably do something about the sugar overload!)

Now honestly I can cook…I just don’t LIKE to do it.
When dinner time comes around, my mind hits a brick wall
and I seriously can’t think of a single thing to make.
Well, other than chocolate chip cookies and brownies:-)
Thinking of desserts is the easy part!

It doesn’t matter that we just made a meal list the day before
AND went shopping for all the ingredients.
Poof!
It just vanishes!
I seriously can’t think of a single thing to make:-(

Kids, we are having mac-n-cheese AGAIN!
(Insert groaning)

We can survive on mac-n-cheese and cereal, right?
Because that is about the extent of my dinner planning:-)

LOL! I’m kidding about the noodles and cereal…
but not about the poof part.
Totally true.

It is a very good thing that I have a husband that LOVES
to cook and plan meals, otherwise it could get boring.
There is only so much mac-n-cheese we can handle!

Now when I get an idea for a cupcake…
that never disappears.
(Even though I try very hard not to think about it!)

But seriously, cupcakes with whole reeses baked into
the bottoms are very unforgettable!
I mean look at that delicious cupcake bottom!!!
You want one, don’t you?

What’s that?
You don’t want one???

OH, you want TWO!!!

I understand♥
You don’t need dinner!


Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Banana Butter Cream

1 white cake mix
3/4 c. water
1/3 c. oil
4 eggs
1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp. honey
reeses pb cups

Preheat oven to 350*. Add all ingredients EXCEPT the reeses in a mixing bowl. Beat for 1 minute on low, and then 2 minutes on medium. Place cupcake liners in pan and place an unwrapped reeses cup on the bottom of each liner. Fill liners 3/4 full with batter. Bake 20-22 minutes, or until the tops spring back to the touch. Cool on wire rack. Top with a little bit of chocolate glaze. Pipe on the banana butter cream. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts. Keep refrigerated when not being eaten.

Chocolate Glaze

1/2 stick butter
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. milk

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove when melted. Combine the cocoa powder and powdered sugar in a bowl. Add the butter, vanilla, and milk and beat until creamy.
If you have leftover glaze, it is very tasty over ice cream:-) Keep it stored in the refrigerator if you don’t inhale it right away.

Banana Butter Cream

1/2 c. mashed bananas
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 stick butter, softened
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
8-9 c. powdered sugar

Stir the lemon juice into the mashed bananas and set aside. Beat the butter and cream cheese until creamy. Add the vanilla, salt, and bananas and beat again. Slowly start adding the sugar 1 c. at a time. Continue to beat until all is incorporated.

*this will frost 24 cupcakes when piped generously…if you don’t want that much frosting, just make half the recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes

Looking for an over the top cupcake for your next party?  These Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes are the perfect way to go.
Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes - vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes filled with a Nutella cheesecake center and topped with vanilla buttercream

Do you know that automatic car washes are a stressful thing for me?
I had gone 19 years without venturing into one and I would
have been perfectly content to go another 19 years.
But my hubby wanted the van washed and he had to go to work,
so, he sent me on the mission.

Believe me I tried to get out of it…
because the thought of driving up to one and not getting my wheel
in the track was totally freaking me out!!!
I had visions of me totally missing it and then becoming so frustrated
and embarrassed that someone else would have to fix my problem.
And of course then I would never be able to go there again, because
I am sure they take pictures of “crazy” drivers and keep them posted
in their break room just so they can laugh it up during lunchtime!

Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes - vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes filled with a Nutella cheesecake center and topped with vanilla buttercream

My husband told me to suck it up and use the giant mirror that
is right above the track. He also said if I couldn’t do this simple
thing…he was going to revoke my driver’s license!
(I’m not 100% sure he was joking!!!)
Anyway, the threat of me being stuck at home forever
was enough to get me moving to the car wash!!!
I mean hello, I need a car to get me to the grocery store
every time I have a crazy need to bake something.
And let’s face it…that happens way more than I want to admit:-)

So the kids and I headed out and honest to goodness
I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest,
but I am so happy to report that no pictures of this crazy
driver will be gracing their break room walls!!!!
I did it!
I actually used the mirror and got my tires
in the track on the first try!
Not sure if I could do it again…
and I have no intention of trying again anytime soon!

I am also pretty sure the threat of no vehicle
and no grocery store shopping
for yummy cupcake ingredients helped me steer so well…
that and a whole lot of prayer before, during, and after.

It would be tragic if I couldn’t get things like
cake mixes, chocolate chips, and nutella.
Because then you wouldn’t get to look at crazy things like these:-)

And you like it when I bake right???
Just humor me and say Yes!!!

Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Cupcakes - vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes filled with a Nutella cheesecake center and topped with vanilla buttercream


 

Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Cupcake

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Nutella Cheesecake Cupcake

Vanilla chocolate chip cupcakes filled with a Nutella cheesecake center and frosted with vanilla butter cream

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes
1 vanilla cake mix
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon flour
For the Nutella Cheesecake
12 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup Nutella
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoons flour
For the Vanilla Butter Cream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* Fill muffin pan with liners and set aside. Prepare cake mix according to the box. Add the sour cream in with the water and oil. Toss the chocolate chips with 1 tbsp. flour. Gently stir the chips into the cake batter.
  2. Fill liners 3/4 full and bake for 20-22 minutes. Cool completely, then cut out a small section from the middle of the cupcake. (I use a melon baller, but use what works for you.) Set aside.
  3. Beat the cream cheese. Add the nutella and beat until creamy. Slowly stir in the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Fill the centers of the cupcakes.
  4. Beat the butter and shortening until creamy. Add the salt, milk, and vanilla and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with extra mini chocolate chips if desired. Keep refrigerated. Makes 24 cupcakes.
http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2011/07/chocolate-chip-nutella-cupcake/

 

Liquid Cupcakes

Extra cupcakes and ice cream blended together makes a great summer drink my kids like to call a Liquid Cupcake.
cupcake milkshakes

My family and I spent all last week
living it up on Table Rock Lake
near Branson, MO.

It was really a boat kind of a week.
We saw a few shows and walked around
one shopping plaza.
But mostly we chilled on the boat,
swam in the lake,
and did some tubing.
(I’ll have some funny tube pics for you tomorrow:-)

I did get in the water…
but I have a confession for ya.
I am just as terrified of the lake water
as my 3 and 6 year old nieces!
I just don’t vocalize it as much as they did:-)

Come on people…
I have seen Lake Placid!!!!
Who knows WHAT is underneath me
just waiting for the right moment to chomp!

Something about being in a lake that is
over 100 ft. deep in parts
where I couldn’t see my feet when in the water…
just freaks me out a bit!!!

I may have missed an entire week of working out,
(LOL! I didn’t “miss” it at all:-)
but I worked out my abs each time I got in…
because I basically did a variation of a V sit
with my life vest.
No way was I letting my feet dangle down
for some fish to nibble on!

At one point I actually got in WITHOUT the vest…
I CLUNG to my little floaty raft…
of course then I had to fight off the family members
who knew how freaked out I was by the water.
Not exactly relaxing that day!!!

My idea of being surrounded by liquid…
is to relax with a glass full of this milkshake!

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I had a some leftover strawberry cupcakes that had been
sitting on the counter for a couple days.
For some odd reason I didn’t cover them,
and they were a wee bit stale.
(no these didn’t sit for the entire week we were gone…
they would be past stale then:-)

No one was going to eat them,
but I had some ice cream in the freezer
and thought,
“What the Heck!”
the kids just might like this idea.

Ok, fine,
I might like this idea:-)

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I plopped in a few scoops of ice cream,
poured in some milk,
and threw the whole cupcake in on top.

I don’t have any exact measurements for you today.
Just eyeball it.
You really can’t mess up milkshakes, can you?

My oldest loved these so much
that he even came up with the idea for calling them
LIQUID CUPCAKES!
You really can taste the cupcake and frosting in these.

Just so you know…
these taste even better when served in a canning jar
with a swirl of Hershey’s chocolate!
Don’t know why, but I think everything
nowadays is better in a jar!

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So the next time you have some cupcakes
that are just past the eating stage.
Hold off on throwing them away…
you will want to try these liquid cupcakes:-)

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Firecracker Cupcakes

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Do you need a super easy and fun dessert
for the Fourth of July???
My daughter and I had so much fun
making these Firecracker Cupcakes together.
They are the perfect easy cupcake to do with your kids.
We loved seeing how different each cupcake
baked up depending on what color you
started with.
I think it is kind of like a patriotic camo:-)

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Take these to any and all picnics you are invited too,
but BEWARE…
once people know you can make such cute stuff,
it will be expected for every picnic you attend.

And that isn’t a bad thing:-)
I mean baking such cute stuff
is super cool, right?

 

 

Firecracker Cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Firecracker Cupcakes

Red, white, and blue colored cupcakes topped with a fun licorice top.

Ingredients

1 vanilla cake mix (and ingredients from back of box)
blue and red food coloring ( I used Wilton gel colors)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon vanilla
4 c. powdered sugar
1 package pull and peel licorice
holiday sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Mix up your cake mix as directed on the back of the box. Divide the batter into 3 bowls. Add a little red and blue food coloring to two of the bowls. Fill your cupcake liners 2/3 full by alternating colors 1 Tablespoon at a time. Change it up by starting with a different color each time. Bake 20-22 minutes. Cool.
  2. Beat butter and shortening until creamy. Add the salt, water, and vanilla and cream again. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Add another tablespoon of water if you feel it is still too thick. Beat until creamy. Frost cupcakes and top with a short piece of pull and peel licorice and sprinkles. Makes 24 cupcakes.
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Oreo Brownie Smore Cups

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A couple weeks ago we went to an open house
for one of the girls in the church youth group.
When we got ready to leave, our daughter was still inside playing,
so we sent the youngest goober in to find her.

Of course he ran across the road without looking,
found her, and then proceeded to run across the road
without looking AGAIN.
He got in the van and my hubby immediately said,
“Bam! You’re dead!”

This prompted a much needed discussion about
looking before crossing because cars miss tiny
little bodies when they dart across roads.

Things that obviously as parents we had taught them,
but they have to be told again and again.

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Fast forward a couple weeks…
we were at my inlaws for my niece’s bday party.
My husband was carrying out some stuff to our van
as we got ready to leave.
He opened the back of the van and was greeted with,
“Bam! Daddy, you are dead!”
It startled him and he had to have my son repeat it again.
To which my son laughed and said,
“Daddy, you didn’t look before crossing the road.”

Turns out the goober was watching as my husband
crossed the road
without
looking.
Now kids obviously don’t understand peripheral vision…
he just saw the lack of looking going on.

This quote is so true…
Don’t worry that children never listen to you;
worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum

Totally had us cracking up!!!
We laughed for quite a while for that one.
The things that they remember is quite funny!
But, hey if it makes him remember to look before crossing,
I am all for it.

Now you might want to stop before looking at the rest of this post.
This is definitely not diet friendly….
but I can honestly tell you
it is sooooo worth it!

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My daughter and I came up with these Oreo Brownie Smore Cups
for her end of the year school party.
We wanted some sort of cupcake form that wouldn’t
be super messy to transport to and from school.

Enter in the brownie cups…
now of course we could have just made brownies
and been done with it.
But…
you all know my little fettish for jazzing things up:-)
My daughter had the best idea…
let’s add Oreos!
These are the perfect picnic/bonfire treat.
I hope you enjoy them.

 

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Oreo Brownie S'mores Cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 15 cupcakes

Oreo Brownie S'mores Cups

Oreo brownie cups topped with toasted marshmallows = awesome indoor s'mores.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups Golden Graham cereal
8 Tablespoons butter, melted
1 box brownie mix (for a 9x13 pan)
1 cup coarsely chopped Oreo cookies
24 large marshmallows

Instructions

  1. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners. Crush the cereal into crumbs. Mix with the butter. Spoon 1 Tablespoon crumb mixture into each liner. Press down. Bake for 5 minutes at 350*. Cool the muffin tin on a wire rack while you make up the brownie mix.
  2. Mix up the brownie mix using the 3 egg directions on the box. Stir in the chopped Oreo cookies. Spoon the brownie mixture onto the cooled crust. Your muffin tins should be 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 22-24 minutes Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Once the brownies have cooled, cut your marshmallows in half. Top each brownie top with 3 marshmallow halves. Make sure the cut side is down so that it sticks. Place under your broiler for 2-3 minutes. Keep a close watch on them…they will burn fast if you turn your back. Makes about 15 brownie cups.
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