Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

I needed something easy, quick, and delicious for Easter, so I made some Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes.

To tell you the truth, I kinda hate baking if I'm not going to be able to photograph it and use it on the blog. Family and friends are always asking me to bake them something and bring it over. What they don't understand is that I touch all the food when photographing it. I move it around, I cut it, and I fix it constantly.

It's not something that looks very appetizing when I'm done with it. I mean, who wants a cake that has already been cut. It's one thing to know that you're getting leftovers, it's another thing to show up to a party with half a cake!

In that case, cupcakes were the perfect answer. I could take a few aside for my photos and pack up the other ones to take. It was a great solution.

Now you get to see the yummy cupcakes, my family was happy with the food, sans fingerprints, and I have blog content. 

All bases covered.

Everyone is happy. Well, me really. I am happy.

It's so easy to fill a cupcake with your favorite flavor addition. I chose caramel because my husband doesn't like fruit (don't get me started on that). You can use a cake mix or prepare a recipe from scratch. 

I cut the center out and added some caramel sauce, then frosted it. To make it easy, I used a canned frosting with some extra powdered sugar added to it to give it a thicker and fluffier texture. 

Add some more caramel and some sprinkles and you're done!

Easy Peasy. Enjoy!

Chocolate Caramel Cupcakes

by Karyn Granrud
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: chocolate caramel cupcakes
  • Chocolate Cake Mix or Homemade Chocolate Cake Recipe
  • Chocolate Canned Frosting
  • 1 - 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Salted Caramel Sauce (I used Trader Joes brand)
  • Sprinkles
Bake your cupcakes and allow to cool.
With a sharp pointed knife, cut out the center of the cupcake creating a cone shape. Set the cupcake top aside and fill the cavity with some caramel sauce. Cut off the point of the cupcake top and replace the now flat top back on top of the cupcake.
Add the frosting to a mixer with the powdered sugar. You can use more or less of the powdered sugar depending on how thick you want your frosting. Whip the frosting until all the sugar is mixed in. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag prepared with a star tip.
Frost your cupcake being careful not to disrupt the "cap" over the caramel. Drizzle some extra caramel over the frosting and add any sprinkles to decorate.
Serve or cover and refrigerate.
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.68

I had a great Spring Break. My Mom decided on Thursday to come visit on Saturday. Talk about last minute planning. We went into DC to see the last of the cherry blossoms, went to the movies and out to dinner. We went shopping and had lunch dates. Went out to dinner with the in-laws and I took my mom to IKEA for the first time. She wasn't sure what to think of it and spent all of $10. I, on the other hand, spent $150 and now totally want to renovate my kitchen! sigh... one day...

I also baked my mom a special Dieter's Downfall dessert while she was here. We enjoyed some Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mint Chocolate Mousse and Chocolate Martinis. Oh the joy of having this for lunch! I know you're totally jealous!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Flowers and Octopus Cake Pops

I am so excited! I feel like a "real blogger"! I was so excited when Better Homes & Gardens contacted me about doing a few tutorial for their website. Woo Hoo!!

I made some Spring Flower Cake Pops that have fondant petals and a green stem made with a green ribbon. It's an easy embellishment to add to your flower cake pops!

Try it out! 

The second cake pop tutorial that I made from BH&G was an Octopus Cake Pop!

They are very easy to make and add a fun character pop to an "under the sea" themed party. Make your cake pop, add your eyes, then set it down on some legs. They are so easy.

Head on over to Better Homes & Gardens to get these two great tutorials.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Little Cup's Easter Egg Cookies

My daughter wants to be a blogger like her Mom. Who can blame her? It's a great way to exercise her creativity. She's learning about food styling, presentation and photography. She loved it! 

Here she is setting up her props to create the scene she wanted.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Two Cup Tuesday No.67

Let's Celebrate!! It's Spring break for us :) I get to sleep in, relax and enjoy the nice spring weather we are having. My Mom decided to hop a flight from Hawaii to West Virginia. I am looking forward to taking a little break this week and just have a good time with my family.
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I have posts all ready to go for Dieter's Downfall. Check out the amazing Ricotta Cheesecake I made. Then I sandwiched that cake between some Devil's Food Cake and topped it with some Vanilla Bean Buttercream. It was so good!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Whipped Coconut Cream

 Oh boy! It has been a week! I was gone last weekend and now I've been playing catch-up. Catching-up with laundry, the yard, cleaning the house, volunteering, baking, blogging, planning OBC, and trying to find time to read book 2 of the Outlander Series (I'm totally addicted!).

So, I'm a bit wiped out this week. I'm so looking forward to Spring Break and sleeping in for the next 10 days! To me, sleeping in is pure heaven and it totally makes me HAPPY!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage Airplane Cake Pops by Cake Poppin

Jo from Cake Poppin' is back with another adorable cake pop tutorial for you. I love these little vintage airplanes and I'm kinda jealous that I haven't made any airplanes yet. 

It’s party season and these vintage airplane cake pops have been a hit this year. For a vantage toy baby shower or a travel themed birthday, these can be done in all shapes, styles and colors and are just the cutest addition to any dessert table…a fairly simple cake pop with a big effect.

What you will need:
Teardrop shaped cake ball
Cake pop sticks
Red melting chocolate for the body
White Melting chocolate for the accents
Gray melting chocolate for the propeller
Propeller mold
2 large heart sprinkles (per pop)
2 large circle sprinkles (per pop)
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