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ORANGE CREAMSICLE CUPCAKES May 27 2014, 0 Comments

We are having so much fun coming up with summer inspired cupcake recipes! No summer is complete in my book without frozen creamsicles, so orange creamsicle cupcakes were a no-brainer. Lori whipped these up in our kitchen last week and oh my goodness.. yum! These cupcakes really do taste like creamsicles, creamy with a strong hint of orange.

We swapped out some of the water in our recipe for orange juice and added a container of orange creamsicle yogurt. This gave the cake a light creamsicle flavor and made for a nice moist cake. 

We swirled(yes, thats a verb here at Layer Cake Shop) them with cream cheese frosting flavored with a couple drops of orange oil and colored with just a drop of orange coloring. Creamy and orangey, just like a creamsicle cupcake should be! Topping them with a popsicle stick gives a fun little nod to their frozen treat inspiration.

Make your favorite white cupcake recipe, or use a white cakemix, subbing 1/3 cup of the liquid for orange juice and adding 1 container of orange creamsicle yogurt. Bake in white baking cups and set aside to cool. While your cupcakes cool make your frosting.

This recipe makes a really creamy frosting that pipes really nicely, but will need to set up in the refrigerator and be stored in a cool place. To make your frosting cream the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add powdered sugar and cream until blended well and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla, flavoring oil, and food coloring and mix well.

Place your decorating tip into your decorating bag and make sure its snuggly fit. You may need to trim the end of your decorating bag to accommodate such a large tip. I did this and now its my designated cupcake frosting bag. Place your decorating bag into a large mouth glass and roll the edge of the bag down a bit. Fill your decorating bag with frosting and twist the end of your bag to secure. Now your ready to frost!

Pipe high swirls of frosting starting on the outside edge of your cupcake and working your way around, making smaller swirls as you go. We did 2 swirls of frosting around the cupcake then squeezed just a bit in the middle and quickly pulled up, making a small dollop of frosting to finish them off. 

Once you're finished frosting top with a popsicle stick. We broke our in half so they wouldn't be too tall, but be careful. You don't want your friends eating splinters of wood! After your cupcakes are frosted we recommend letting the frosting set up in a cool place. Cream cheese frosting melts easily. If your air temperature is warm you may want to consider storing them in the refrigerator until serving.

To serve place your orange creamsicle cupcakes in orange tulip baking cups and admire your happy friends devour them! Enjoy!

 greta

 

 


SNOW CONE CUPCAKES May 22 2014, 0 Comments

Our snow cone cupcakes were inspired by hot summer days and all the summer carnivals we can't wait for! I know I say everything is my favorite, but really, these are one of my favorite favorites! They look just like real snow cones and the combination of crunchy chunky sugar, sweet frosting with just a hint of raspberry, and yellow cake is so crazy good!

It was a total happy accident that we happened to just get our new mini taster spoons in the shop. Don't they just look darling topping snow cone cupcakes?! They certainly up the "realness" factor.

I think these cupcakes would look pretty cute using just about any chunky sugar color combination, but we opted for classic red, blue and white.

Bake 24 of your favorite yellow cupcakes in white baking cups. While your cupcakes cool make your frosting. This is double recipe of our favorite sturdy decorator frosting. To make your frosting cream shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add powdered sugar and cream until blended well and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla, salt, cream of tartar, flavoring oil, and food coloring and mix well. We added just a few drops of blue coloring to make a pale blue frosting. Keep your frosting covered to prevent drying.

Once your cupcakes are completely cool you're ready to frost! Pour each of colored chunky sugars into separate bowls. Using your ice cream scoop, scoop up some frosting and drag the top of your scoop along the edge of your frosting bowl. This will give your scoop of frosting a nice flat bottom. Press the frosting onto the top of your cupcake and release your scoop. The whole process is just like scooping ice cream. Sprinkle each cupcake as you frost them because the frosting sets up quickly and when this happens your sprinkles won't want to stick. Carefully sprinkle each third of your frosted cupcake with each color of chunky sugar.  

Once you're finished frosting gently drop each cupcake into a rainbow dot nut cup. I was so excited to realize that pre-baked cupcakes fit perfectly into these nut cups. If you're baking on a warm day I would recommend placing these cupcakes in the refrigerator for a while to set up after decorating. If your air temperature is very warm it would be best to keep them in a cool spot until serving. 

Make snow cone cupcakes for your next summery gathering! You'll be the star of the party!

 greta


PINK COTTON CANDY CUPCAKES May 20 2014, 0 Comments

I'm dying of cuteness over here! Pink, happy, fluffy, sweet cotton candy cupcakes are one of my new favorites! Our shop cupcake baker Lori made these recently for one of her customers and I knew we just had to recreate them. These babies deserve to be photographed!

We flavored our frosting with just a few drops of cotton candy flavoring oil. I love all our flavoring oils and the trick to using them is to not use too much. I error on the side of "just a hint of flavor" rather than too much. Too much is just not good, I've done it.

The puffs of cotton candy were easy to make and I'm loving them on top of the paper sticks. Super sweet and fun!

Bake 24 of your favorite yellow cupcakes in white baking cups. While your cupcakes cool make your frosting. This recipe makes a really sturdy frosting that piles high nicely and stays put unless the air temperature is really warm. In that case set your cupcakes in the refrigerator to set up after frosting. To make your frosting cream shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add powdered sugar and cream until blended well and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla, salt, cream of tartar, flavoring oil, and food coloring and mix well. Keep your frosting covered to prevent drying.

Place your decorating tip into your decorating bag and make sure its snuggly fit. You may need to trim the end of your decorating bag to accommodate such a large tip. I did this and now its my designated cupcake frosting bag. Place your decorating bag into a large mouth glass and roll the edge of the bag down a bit. Fill your decorating bag with frosting and twist the end of your bag to secure. Now your ready to frost!

Pipe high swirls of frosting starting on the outside edge of your cupcake and working your way around, making smaller swirls as you go. We did 2 swirls of frosting around the cupcake then squeezed just a bit in the middle and quickly pulled up, making a small dollop of frosting to finish them off. 

Once you're finished frosting make your cotton candy toppers by pulling off a ping pong ball size piece of cotton candy, carefully balling it up just a touch and then inserting a lollipop stick. This took me a couple tries before I was satisfied with a "cotton candy balling technique". I was aiming to keep the cotton candy fluffy and not too smooched up.

Place your cotton candy toppers on your cupcakes and giggle a little bit. They made us giggle! Keep in mind that cotton candy starts looking pretty sad after sitting out for a while. I would suggest making these cotton candy toppers on the day that you will be serving them.

Cupcake fans will LOVE them! I promise! Enjoy!

greta