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Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes!

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Orange Creamsicle Cupcake

These delicious orange cupcakes have a white chocolate cup of vanilla ice cream in the center! Just like everyone’s favorite Orange Creamsicle frozen treats! Summer is coming…. you need these frozen cupcake treats!!!!

Confession: I hate all things orange flavored.

Confession: I was making cookie dough cupcakes for a party last week and I accidentally grabbed an orange cake mix instead of a chocolate cake mix at the store. I’m not sure how you do that… but I did. I had to rush to the store for a chocolate cake mix and then I was stuck with this orange one…. and I hate…hate…hate orange.

My dad suggested a Creamsicle cupcake and I went for it. Turns out, everyone else in the world LOVES orange Creamsicles- so it all worked out.

Orange Creamsicle Cupcake

I knew I wanted ice cream in the middle, but I didn’t want a soggy cupcake. Solution: the fun chocolate bomb mold that I’ve been raving about and using on cupcakes whenever I get a chance! Best kitchen gadget ever! I used the mold to make little white chocolate cups to hold the scoop of ice cream on top. Perfect!

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Here’s how I put these fun little desserts together: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One box of orange cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs to make according to package)
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s candy melts in white
  • 2 sticks of butter (room temp)
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Orange food coloring (if desired)
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Cool Whip (if desired)
  • Sprinkles to decorate

DIRECTIONS

  • Make cake mix according to package and divide equally into 24 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
  • Bake according to package and cool.
  • Make icing by combining butter, powdered sugar and vanilla in bowl and beating until light and fluffy. Color orange if desired.
  • Place icing in a large zip-top bag fitted with a round tip, and set aside.
  • Melt candy melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until completely melted.
  • Use a pastry brush to brush candy melts inside each cavity of the chocolate bomb mold and freeze for a few minutes.
  • Coat a second time (it needs to be nice and thick since we aren’t filling them before popping them out of the mold).
  • Pop these cups out of the mold by peeling the silicone away. Repeat.

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  • Assemble cupcakes by cutting a small core out of the center of each one, pipe a little frosting into this core, and set a chocolate cup on top.

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  • Pipe frosting dots all the way around the edge of the cup.

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  • You can hold the cupcakes here until serving and do the next steps right beforehand- or do the following steps and keep the entire cupcake frozen until serving. Depends on how and where you will be serving them.
  • Place a small scoop of ice cream into the center
  • Top with Cool Whip, and sprinkles as desired

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Enjoy!!!!!

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

My thoughts: Well, I didn’t try these, but I did share them and according to others, they are a yummy success! These work best if you keep them at room temp and add the ice cream just before serving. If you add the ice cream ahead of time, let the cupcakes and ice cream warm up and soften a bit before serving- otherwise they are fairly difficult to eat! At room temperature though… cake and ice cream all at once!!!  YUM!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

Other fun ice cream desserts to try! (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Fried Ice creamBaked Alaska5Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3Butterscotch Ice cream towers!!!!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!

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Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!!These cupcakes capture all the summer flavors of a root beer float~ all you need is a frosty mug!

People ask me a lot about if I would ever open a bakery, and I always say no.  I can’t imagine making hundreds of the same thing every day.  My favorite part of baking is the process of creating something new.

I thought about this recipe for a long time.  I wanted root beer in the cupcake and root beer in the frosting, but how to create that “scoop of ice cream” flavor without actually using ice cream?  I sometimes cheat in my photos by using scoops of frozen cool whip instead of ice cream.  It melts slower and keeps a scoop shape longer under the heat of my photography lights.  I decided to try Cool Whip as my scoop of ice cream for these cupcakes.

Oh my.  If I could jump up and down and point giant neon arrows toward this cupcake recipe I would.  These are so, sooooooooooo good. You need to make these!!!  They even use a cake mix, so they aren’t horribly complicated.  That Cool Whip…with the root beer buttercream…. perfect.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!!Here’s the recipe: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 24-26 cupcakes)

  • One boxed white cake mix, plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package.
  • 1 cup of root beer
  • 5 teaspoons of root beer concentrate (divided)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of salted butter (softened)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tubs of Cool Whip (frozen)
  • Sprinkles and straws (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make white cake mix as directed on box.
  • After beating cake, add root beer and 3 teaspoons of root beer concentrate. Mix well until combined.
  • Place cupcake liners in muffin tins and fill each one only about 1/2 full (these cupcakes rise a bit higher than just a plain mix)
  • Bake according to package directions, remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Make buttercream by adding both butters, powdered sugar and 2 teaspoons of root beer concentrate to a mixing bowl and beating on high for 4-5 minutes until very light and fluffy.
  • Place frosting into a sturdy zip-top bag that has been fitted with a large round decorating tip in one corner.
  • Assemble cupcakes one at a time.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop and place a ball of frozen Cool Whip in the center of a cupcake.
  • Pipe round “bubbles” around it immediately, by squeezing the frosting out into a circle and then pulling straight out.

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  • Only have one container of Cool Whip out at a time, and if it starts to get soft, switch it back into the freezer to harden up.
  • Keep these chilled until you serve them.
  • Just before serving, add some sprinkles and a straw for a root beer float feel!
  • Enjoy!!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!My thoughts:  Such a fun summer dessert.  It is actually very light and not too sweet because a lot of the topping is just Cool Whip.  I was really happy with how this experiment came out and I can’t wait to make them again!  Enjoy!!!!!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes!!

Our very first cookbook is available for purchase this week!!!  Check it out in our new “Store” tab.  You can also find our greeting cards from Warner Press and our fun new recipe notecards distributed by Trifle Recipe Cards there.

These aren’t our first cupcakes that recreate a yummy beverage!  Try these other fun recipes:

Lime Soda Cupcakes!!!!Malted Milkshake CupcakesStrawberry Lemonade Cupcakes!!!!Baileys Irish Cream Cupcakes

A big pile of cupcakes!

Pile of Cupcakes!Make everyone smile with a stack of three colorful cupcakes!  Made with peanut butter cups, these mini-cupcake decorations are SO yummy with the chocolate cupcake they top.  The occasions you could serve these at are endless.  What a fun New Year’s Eve party treat, or birthdays?  What about a Dr. Seuss themed party?  SO much fun!!!!  Here’s how to put them together:

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed dark chocolate cake mix (with oil, water and eggs to make according to box)
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) salted butter (softened)
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp clear vanilla
  • 24 Reese’s miniature peanut butter cups (unwrapped)
  • 24 Reese’s minis peanut butter cups
  • Wilton Icing Colors
  • sprinkles, jimmies to decorate cupcakes

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cupcakes according to the box.  I used brown cupcake liners to match the chocolate on the peanut butter cup toppers.
  • Cool cupcakes completely.
  • Make butter cream frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat on high until frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Divide frostings into bowls and color using icing gels.  I made 5 colors, but you can do however many you want.
  • Pipe frostings on top of cupcakes and (using a smaller tip) pipe frosting on top of the two sizes of peanut butter cups.  (I clipped both corners of a zip top bag and put the large tip in one and the small in the other.  I piped the large cupcakes 1st and then squeezed the remaining frosting into the other corner and piped the frosting on the Reese’s cups.)
  • Gently stack the tiny cupcake on the medium and the medium on the full-size. (this buttercream recipe worked GREAT for these- it is nice and firm and hardens just a bit as it sets.  I didn’t lose even ONE topping!)
  • Decorate with sugars and jimmies as desired I used Red Sixlets Candy  for the large cupcakes and they looked so cute- like cherries!

 

Dr. Seuss Cupcakes!Aren’t they fun?  I just couldn’t stop taking pictures!

Fun Birthday Cupcakes!My thoughts: Goodness these cupcakes made me happy.  My friend Danielle and I made them together and we both kept saying, “Ah! They are so CUTE!”  My neighbors and coworkers were the recipients of these treats and the smiles when they saw them made my day!  I love easy ideas that are high on the “WOW” factor.  To give credit where it is due, my friend Megan from Happily Ever After Cakes pointed this idea out to me on Edible Crafts.  They had only used one cupcake topper, but I love it so much with two!!  Enjoy!!!!!!  ~r

Cupcake toppers

Need some ideas for your upcoming New Years Eve Party?  Try these fun treats!  Click on the image to be taken to the recipe:

Raspberry Confetti KissesConfetti CupsStrawberry Lemonade Birthday Cake!Cotton Candy Fizz

A collection of mini cupcakes and a fundraiser for FUSION!

This post is a mid-week collection of cupcake recipes and a celebration for my friend Josh who is a missionary in Slovakia.  Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile will remember my lack of recipe posts for several weeks every summer because I travel to Slovakia to work with a mission organization called Josiah Venture.  This organization helps local churches reach teenagers with the message of God’s love for them.  Two of the ways they do this is through English camps (Americans going and teaching English–which is how I’ve been a part) and also through teaching music at camps.  My friend Josh heads up the music portion of this ministry in Slovakia.  After camps, he is able to go into schools and start clubs that teach music theory and also various instruments.  Many of the kids he works with come from really difficult home situations and they call Fusion “family”.

Easybaked was able to come alongside Josh for a fundraiser for Fusion this past weekend.  He hosted a coffeehouse and we helped provide (800!) mini-cupcakes in 8 different flavors.  It was such a great time to hear about what God is doing in Slovakia though Josh and Josiah Venture, and a lot of support was raised to help him in his work.

I rarely stray from simply sharing my recipes here, but I just had to give a shout-out to Josh and his hard work with these teens.  If you’d like to know more about him just click here.  You’ll be taken to his home page with Josiah Venture and also connected with his blog.

Thanks for giving your life here up to serve God far from home Josh!!!!!

Now cupcakes……

800 would have been impossible to do alone I think (how do bakeries manage?!?) So I enlisted 7 friends to help.  We had a training session in making butter cream and piping it and WOW—they did such a great job!!!!

These were our practice cupcakes….which we promptly ate up!

The night of the event we brought all of our unfrosted cupcakes to the venue and piped and decorated there– it ended up being a lot of fun to do them all together:

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The eight flavors of cupcakes came either directly from the pages of easybaked- or they were inspired by a recipe here.  Since we are racing toward the holiday season, I thought I’d share each of the recipes with you in a unique way– with free printable recipe cards.  That way you can make them and share the recipe with your friends and family!  Fun!!

Click on the photo to be taken directly to the easybaked recipe that inspired the mini-cupcake.  Click on the words “recipe cards” under each photo to get a pdf that you can print and share.

Red Raspberry Minis — recipe card               Andes Mint Minis  — recipe card

Caramel Apple Minis — recipe card       Cinnamon Roll Minis — recipe card

Strawberry Lemonade — recipe card       Bubble Gum Minis– recipe card

Chocolate Ganache Minis–recipe card     Wedding Cake Minis —recipe card

The very last recipe wasn’t inspired by any recipe in particular, so if you click on the photo you will simply get….a photo.  Sorry about that!  My apologies also for the photography ~ my iphone did all of the work on this post 🙂

I hope you enjoy this collection of cupcake recipes and cards~ and thank you for allowing me to share a little bit of my heart with you in this post!  Back soon– in the meantime….enjoy!  ~r

Lemon Lime Cupcakes

Refreshing lime cupcakes topped with lemon butter cream- SO easy and fun!!

I just can’t say goodbye to those summer flavors and colors….I know I should be sharing my apple and pumpkin recipes with you, but these just make me so happy!!  The tart and the sweet….lime green and yellow….if you are missing summer already these are the perfect remedy this weekend!

INGREDIENTS:

  • One boxed white cake mix
  • Oil, eggs and water to make mix according to box
  • 1 small box(3 oz) of lime jello
  • 2 sticks of salted butter
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 3 t. lemon extract
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • Yellow food coloring (to desired shade)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake according to directions on box, but add lime jello before mixing.
  • Pour into 24 lined cupcake tins and bake according to package.
  • Cool cupcakes completely.
  • Make frosting by combining butters (softened), powdered sugar, lemon and vanilla extracts and coloring in a large bowl and beating on high until light and fluffy.
  • Pipe frosting onto cupcakes (watch this video for techniques)
  • Decorate as desired.  I topped with heart sprinkles and sour fruit heart candies, but I thought it might be fun to top with course salt and a cute straw and call them Margarita cupcakes!  Be creative!

 

My thoughts:  These are so easy.  Because they use Jell-O, the flavor possibilities are incredible.  Raspberry and Lemon?  Peach?  If you want a really easy twist on a plain cupcake these are your recipe!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

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