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Fall Apple Cupcakes

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Apple CupcakesCelebrate fall with these cute little apple cupcakes! Filled with a chocolate chip “seed” core, these are sure to make everyone smile!

Well. Fall is here. I just began to notice the changing leaves this week, and of course every morning it’s a little bit darker on my drive to work.

Every fall, our family makes a special trip to a local orchard to sample apples, doughnuts and cider. As the temperatures drop I find myself looking forward to pumpkins and rustling leaves and all the fun flavors that come with this new season! These little cupcakes don’t taste like apples, but they sure do look like them!  I even added a fun seeded core to these, using my trusty cake pop maker.

Apple cupcakes filled with seeds

How fun is that? Surprise chocolate chips are always a plus in my book! You can skip the “core” if you want- just make solid-colored cupcakes instead of using my added steps in the recipe. Either way, these are a lot of fun and easy to make!

Here’s the recipe: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 boxed white cake mix (plus oil, water and eggs to make according to package)
  • Food coloring gels in desired colors.
  • 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (if making core)
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
  • 2 sticks (1 cups) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla
  • Colored sugar sprinkles (in desired colors)
  • Fondant for stems and leaves (or use pretzel sticks for the stems and spearmint gummy leaves instead!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Make cake mix according to package
  • Remove one cup of batter and place in a separate bowl.
  • Mix in mini chocolate chips.
  • Bake in cakepop maker (or use a small mini-muffin tin), making 24 cake pops (or mini-muffins)
  • Divide remaining batter into separate bowls and color using color gels. I did green, red and yellow apples, but you can do just one of those colors if you want.
  • Place cupcake liners into tins and spoon just a small amount of batter into each liner.
  • Use a cake pop to spread batter evenly into bottom of liner and then leave the cake pop in the center.
  • Spoon remaining batter evenly over the cake pops, covering each pop completely.

Cake pop apple coresCake pop apple cores

  • Bake at 350F degrees for 15-18 minutes.
  • Cool completely.
  • Make frosting by placing butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beating on high for 3-4 minutes until very light and fluffy.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop frosting on each cupcake, and then turn cupcake upside down into a bowl of decorating sugar, pressing until all of frosting is covered in sugar.
  • Decorate with fondant leaves and stems, or use pretzels and spearmint leaves.
  • To use fondant, you can buy it already made in white and color it with gel in green and brown, or you can make it from scratch and color it the same way. 
  • Use a leaf fondant cutter to make leaves and just roll and cut the stems.
  • If you are new to fondant, we did a tutorial on it here.  It is MUCH easier than it seems like it would be, and you can make such cute decorations with it!

Apple Cupcakes

My thoughts: These are such a happy fall treat! You can go all- out and make little chocolate chip cores, or just make plain cupcakes in various colors.  Either way, they are a yummy, easy, fall treat that look beautiful on a fall-themed table.  Hope you get a chance to try these!  Enjoy!! ~Ruthanne

Apple Cupcakes!

Other fun fall recipes here on easybaked:

Honey cut-out cookiesFall Acorn Cupcakes!German Chocolate CookiePeanut butter Acorn Cookies!

Pink Champagne and Raspberry Cupcakes!

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These cheery pink cupcakes are made like a 7-Up cake, but with sweet pink champagne instead! Topped with a raspberry buttercream, they are a perfect way to bring in the New Year!!!

INGREDIENTS: (printable recipe)

Cupcakes:

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sweet champagne or bubbly wine (I used Barefoot Bubbly, and wished it had been sweeter)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups granulated sugar

Frosting:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry extract
  • pink food coloring gel (as desired for coloring both cupcakes and frosting)
  • fun sprinkles! (I used edible star glitter and pearls—love them!!!)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees
  • Place 24 cupcake liners into muffin tins
  • In a medium bowl, combine champagne, eggs, and vanilla
  • In a second medium bowl, mix together flour and salt
  • Use an electric mixer to beat together 2 sticks of softened butter, shortening and granulated sugar.
  • Beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes
  • With the mixer on low speed, add about 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by 1/3 of the champagne mixture.
  • Alternate the flour and champagne, mixing until well combined.
  • Add a little bit of pink food coloring gel if you want a pink tint to your cupcakes and combine well.
  • Spoon batter evenly into cupcake liners
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
  • When cupcakes are cool, you can add a little extra champagne taste by poking holes in the top of each cupcake with a toothpick and brushing the tops of each cupcake with champagne. 
  • Make frosting by combining all of the frosting ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beating on low until combined and then on high until light and very fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Pipe frosting on tops of cooled cupcakes and decorate with sprinkles as desired.
  • ENJOY!!

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My thoughts:  These are just fun little cupcakes.  Use the sweetest sparkling wine/champagne you can though.  For an alcohol-free treat use sparkling grape juice.  I made a valiant attempt at including the champagne in the frosting, but it was TERRIBLE.  Simple buttercream with a touch of raspberry flavor was perfect instead.

Happy New Year!!!!!

~r

Pink Champagne Cupcakes
Other fun New Years recipe ideas:

Raspberry Confetti KissesCheesecake Sundaes Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes!!!!!Polka Dot Cake!!!

Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert

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This recipe is a classic family favorite.  It is one of my grandma’s recipes, and I say “one of” because my grandma is a treasure trove of recipes (especially desserts!)  My cousins and I joke about how many desserts show up at family gatherings.  The conversations go something like this:

“Oh no, we only have 8 desserts today…this could be a disaster.”

“There are 24 of us here…that means we can each only have 1/3 of a dessert.”

“I want to try a little of everything.”

“I get a third of that chocolate cake”

“There’s ice cream?  Does that count as a ninth dessert?”

This is nearly always one of the desserts at our family dinners.  It’s fabulous. Creamy and light and butterscotch-y…oh my.  You’ve got to try this one out with your family!

Heath Bar Dessert!!

Ready for the recipe?  Here you go: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 1 package (10 oz) Lorna Doone cookies, crushed (if you can’t get these specific cookies, use 2 cups of another brand of shortbread cookies)
  • 3 packages (3.4 oz) INSTANT vanilla pudding
  • 2 and 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 quart of butter pecan ice cream (softened)
  • 1 (8oz). Cool Whip
  • One bag of Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (or several crushed Heath bars)

DIRECTIONS:

Crust:

  • Combine  melted butter with crushed shortbread cookies and press into a 9″ by 13″ cake pan (I use glass)

Filling:

  • In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding and beat on high for about two minutes, until pudding becomes thick.
  • Add softened ice cream to pudding and stir by hand until well combined.
  • Pour over crust in pan.

Topping: 

  • Spread Cool Whip topping over the entire dessert.
  • Top this with desired amount of Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (I used the whole bag!!)
  • Cover dessert tightly with plastic wrap and freeze until serving.  Allow dessert to warm for several hours before serving.
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: I love toffee and pecans and butterscotch and ice cream…this dessert just makes me smile.  It reminds me of family meals and laughter and love.  You can’t argue with a dessert that does that!  I hope you have a chance to try this recipe with your family!  Thanks for sharing your recipe grandma!  Love you!  ~r

Other yummy treats for your family:

German Chocolate Pie!Chocolate lava cupcakes!Peanut Butter Cup Layer CakePumpkin Roll

Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

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Classic Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping
Creamy classic vanilla cheesecake with a sweet and light sour cream topping.

This is the best cheesecake I’ve ever made.  That’s saying a lot because I’ve made many, many cheesecakes.

In case you missed last week’s post, Easybaked is featuring family “tried and true” recipes during the month of November.  This week our star baker is my Aunt Vonda.  She is the queen of desserts in our family and literally everything she makes is scrumptious!  This cheesecake is one of my very favorite family desserts.  I’ve wanted the recipe for years and once I finally got to make it for myself I was even more impressed.  Not only is is delicious….it is actually easier to make than most cheesecakes I’ve tried….and oh, SO good.

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This is the cheesecake for a cheesecake purist.  No crazy toppings or fillings- just plain cheesecake.  Usually I’m not a huge fan of plain cheesecake, but the flavor and texture of this one is incredible.

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Want the recipe?

Here you go: (printable version)

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups Honeymaid graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar 
Filling: 
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 (8 oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese bars (must be the Philadelphia brand)~ softened to room temperature.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
Topping: 
  • 1 pint (2 cups) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine crust ingredients together until well combined.
  • Press into a 9″ spring form pan, pressing crumbs into bottom and about 1 1/2″ up sides of pan.    
  • For the filling, combine the sugar and softened cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat together until smooth.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition.
  • Add the vanilla, lemon juice and salt and beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Pour into crust.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for 35-45 minutes.
  • While cheesecake is baking, make topping by simply mixing together all of the topping ingredients.
  • After 35-45 minutes of baking, remove cheesecake from oven and turn oven down to 325F degrees.
  • Pour topping over hot cheesecake, gently spreading to edges.
  • Return cheesecake to oven and bake for an additional 12-15 minutes.
  • Remove cheesecake from oven and leave sides on pan while allowing cheesecake to cool to room temperature.  
  • Refrigerate several hours (or overnight)
  • Remove edges of spring form pan before serving and serve with fresh fruit, pie filling or a chocolate or caramel sauce.
  • Enjoy!!!!

Creamy classic cheesecake
My thoughts:  Well, you already know how much I love this cheesecake because I’ve gone on and on about it.  This is a must-try recipe.  You will love it.  A huge thanks to my Aunt Vonda for sharing her recipe with us!!!  Yum!!!  ~r

Creamy cheesecake with sour cream topping
Other cheesecake recipes we love here at Easybaked:
Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake!!Triple Chocolate Cheesecake 3Peanut butter cup cheesecakeTurtle Cheesecake

Coconut Cupcakes

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Coconut Cupcakes!!

These coconut cupcakes are infused with coconut cream and topped with smooth coconut buttercream frosting….YUM!!!

Coconut Cupcakes!!!

Coconut is one of my very favorite flavors.  So many people dislike it and I just can’t understand!!  Starbucks used to have the most amazing coconut mochas– discontinued due to lack of interest.  Recently, Cheesecake Factory discontinued my favorite cheesecake- coconut cream pie.  What is this world coming to?

If you like coconut, you will enjoy these cupcakes so much- they are positively bursting with coconut flavor.  Honestly, they are my new favorite cupcake, followed closely by cookie dough cupcakes.  If you don’t like coconut you should make cookie dough cupcakes.  You need cupcakes today.

Yum…..

Coconut Cupcakes!!!

Here’s how to make them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 12 cupcakes)

Cupcakes

  • 1 ¼ cups of cake flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 egg whites and ½ egg yolk at room temp
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/3 cup cream of coconut (plus a little to brush on top)
  • 2 teaspoon water

Coconut Buttercream Icing:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) of butter at room temperature.
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 teaspoons coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • White food coloring gel.

DIRECTIONS:

Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 325F
  • Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and using an electric mixer combine these dry ingredients well.
  • Cut (room temp!) butter into 1 tbs pieces.
  • Add these pieces one at a time to dry ingredients while blending on low speed.
  • Mix until butter pieces are separated into small bits (no bigger than pea-sized)
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together the rest of ingredients.
  • Slowly add half of liquid mixture to dry, while mixing on medium.  Mix until completely combined.
  • Slowly add the rest of the liquid and mix on high for about a minute until well combined.
  • Divide batter into 12 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.
  • Allow cupcakes to cool in pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Poke holes into tops of each cupcake and use a pastry brush to brush coconut cream on top of each cupcake.
  • Allow coconut cream to soak in while you make icing.

Coconut cupcakes!!

Icing:

  • Add all ingredients except shredded coconut into a mixing bowl and combine with a mixer on low.  Then whip on high until light and fluffy.
  • Frosting will be an off-white color because of the butter.  To make it more “coconut” colored you can add white food coloring gel to your desired shade of white.
  • Add shredded coconut and blend well.
  • Scoop icing on top of each cupcake using a cookie scoop.  Evenly divide icing among the 12 cupcakes.
  • Press coconut on top and sides of entire scoop of frosting.
  • Enjoy!

Coconut Cupcakes!!!

My thoughts:  There are so many fun little cupcake stores out there.  I’ve been trying them out and picking my favorites.  I’ve come to the conclusion that made-from-scratch cupcakes have more potential than boxed mixes.  Potential for both good and bad.  I’ve had some terrible cupcakes and some absolutely heavenly ones.  I’ve decided that I need to be brave and venture into developing my own from-scratch recipes for cupcakes.  This was my 1st attempt and I was really excited they turned out well!  If you need a QUICK coconut cupcake recipe, use a white cake mix with some coconut flavoring and this coconut buttercream.  Here’s to new adventures in life!  Enjoy!!  ~r

Coconut Cupcakes!!!
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K-cup Cupcakes

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K-cup cupcakes!!

These  mini vanilla cupcakes are topped with the yummiest fondant and decorated like Keurig K-cups!  So fun!!!

My friend and coworker Mary just got a new job.  When I was thinking about her going-away party I just kept wondering how I could make a dessert that looked like a K-cup coffee pod.  Mary is known in our lab as the K-cup supplier.  Anyone who finds themselves without a coffee pod can find one in Mary’s supply…she literally orders by the case online and at any given time she has maybe 10 different flavors.  Now that she’s gone we really miss her (and her coffee!)
This is less of a recipe and more of an “idea” post.  It was a good chance for me to practice with the fondant recipe my friend Megan gave me a couple of months ago and a fun little art project to challenge my (terrible!) painting skills!
K-cup cupcakes!!!!

(It was also really a fun project to take pictures of!!!)
Want to know how to do this crazy edible art project?
Here it is:

  • Make thick buttercream icing and fondant first.  It’s easiest if I just send you to my original fondant recipe for the tutorial and directions.  Just click here to open that page.
  • For the cupcakes just use your favorite cupcake recipe (which for me was a white cake mix!)
  • I used little cocktail nut cups as my cupcake liners, because they look like the sides of the K-cup pods, but you could certainly use mini white cupcake liners.
  • Place the liners in mini muffin tins and fill about halfway up with cake batter (under-fill them a little, so that the tops bake relatively flat and not mounded up like a typical cupcake)
  • Bake according to your recipe.  My mini cupcakes baked for 12 minutes at 350F degrees.
  • Color fondant as desired and roll it flat.  Cut it into circles that are the size of the cupcake tops.  I used a small round cookie cutter.
  • Use thick buttercream to frost a smooth layer on the top of a cooled cupcake and then immediately press a fondant circle on top of the buttercream.
  • Cut colored fondant into any shapes you might need on top and use a small amount of water  to attach these  shapes to the top of the fondant circle.

K-cup cupcakeK-cup cupcakes!

  • Once those extra pieces are attached, use a small brush to wipe away excess powdered sugar and then use gel food coloring and a fine tipped brush to paint on the fondant.  I used an actual pod as a model to paint from.

Paint cupcake with food color gels.

(note: you might need to add a little white food coloring to the dark colors to make them show up- otherwise your dark blues and greens will look like black when used as paint.)

Be creative and use your imagination!  I just pulled all of my pod flavors out and tried to pick ones that were fun – but also ones I thought I could handle copying!  I wanted to do a Starbucks pod- but that logo…!  Yikes.  No way I could paint anything that looked like that!!

K-cup cupcakes!!!!K-cup cupcakes!!

My thoughts:  These aren’t what I would qualify as easy, but they are really a fun afternoon project.  Very relaxing.  I’m POSITIVE you all can paint better than I, and if you like to just create and paint and color you will love this project!  Take your time and enjoy the process. (and don’t actually try to brew one- lol!  I had someone ask me about that and I had to explain that the above picture is simply a creative presentation of a cupcake!!)

I’m dedicating this post to you Mary!!  I miss working with you and I hope your new coworkers realize how lucky they are to have you!!!

This is also a shout out to Keurig and the genius of those delicious little coffee pods– you make every morning so much happier for me!!!  Lots of love from Easybaked to all of you!  ~r

K- cup cupcakes!!!

Other mini desserts you might enjoy:

Cookie Dough CupcakesChocolate Raspberry Mini CupcakesRich Chocolate Ganache Mini CupcakesMint Creme Brownie Cups

Gender Reveal (Surprise!) Cupcakes

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Gender reveal cupcakes!!!These cupcakes hold a secret—- is it a boy, or is it a girl?  The latest trend of having a gender reveal party is SO much fun when the gender is revealed with a yummy dessert!  Plus, I’ve included free printable cupcake toppers to go along with your party theme!

Gender reveal Cupcakes

A few weeks ago, Easybaked featured  a Polka Dot Cake using a Cake pop maker.  It was so much fun that I couldn’t help but think of other ways to use the idea.  These cupcakes are just wonderful– when you bite in the color is seamless- you can’t even tell that the cake pop was baked ahead.  Want to know how to do this?

Here we go:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 white cake mix (for about 18 cupcakes) or 1 white/ one chocolate for a combo and about 36 cupcakes
  • The oil, eggs and water required by your boxed mix(es)
  • Gel food coloring
  • Frosting (I used my buttercream recipe ~double it if you add the second cake mix)

This little chart should help you see how many cupcakes are made with just the white mix and how many are made when you use both a white and chocolate mix (I’m bad with math…I need visuals!!):

Gender reveal cupcakes

DIRECTIONS:

  • Plug in/heat up your cake pop maker
  • Make white cake mix according to box.
  • Take about 3/4 cup (1 1/4 cup for the double batch!) of batter and place it into a smaller bowl.
  • Color the batter using color gel (I like Wilton brand of Gel food coloring because they always come out bright.  Try Aqua or Pink.)
  • Follow the directions on your cake pop maker to use the colored batter to make cake balls.  Helpful hints:  work fast and use a small cookie scoop to evenly spoon batter into cups, and check them- I burnt my 1st batch following the directions!  You should have enough batter to have a practice round and adjust.

Color batter with gelsScoop batter into cake pop maker

  • While cake balls cool, spoon small amounts of your remaining white cake mix into 12-18 cupcake liners in a cupcake tin. (start with 12 and see how much batter you have left for the rest).
  • Spread the batter out along the bottom so you have a thin layer in each liner.
  • Set a cooled cake ball in the center of each liner and carefully scoop batter over the top (I found a medium cookie scoop to make this job MUCH easier!)

    Set cake ball into center of cupcake...Scoop batter over top of cake ball.

  • After your 12 are filled, continue on until you have used up all of your cake batter.
  • Bake at 350F degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • (If you are making the double batch, make your chocolate cake mix while the white cupcakes bake.  Set these up with the cake balls hidden inside the batter and bake for the same amount of time.)
  • Remove from tins immediately and cool on the counter.  Frost and decorate as desired.

Gender reveal cupcakes- two tone frostingPiping two tone icing colors!

Do you see how I piped the two-tone icing colors?  I’m sure there must be a better method than this…I am so not a cake decorator.  It turned out ok- but it was a little fussy to keep equal pressure on both colors at the same time.

The toppers are easy and inexpensive to make.  Simply click here to get a free pdf file of the owl toppers.  Print them on a heavy card stock paper, cut them out and use double sided tape to stick them back to back around a toothpick (one boy owl and one girl, back to back).

It's a boy!!!

It’s a boy!!!

My thoughts:  I love how the final cupcake is….just a cupcake.  It isn’t anything fancy or cream-filled…just a cupcake with a surprise.  These would be fun cupcakes for any party- you could even incorporate them in a game—whoever gets the (__color___) cupcake gets a prize!  I hope these make their way into a party of yours soon!  Enjoy!!! ~r

It's a girl!!!

It’s a girl!!!

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