Monthly Archives: September 2013

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

 

Best. Cupcakes. Ever.

I have been wanting to make these for a while, I’m not sure why I didn’t sooner. Especially since my brother was begging me to make him Snickerdoodle anything.

We were going out to dinner for my girlfriend’s birthday and I was craving baking. Didn’t really matter what – I just needed to make something! I asked my girlfriend what she would like me to make her, and she chose cupcakes. Easy enough! I gave her a few flavor ideas I have had stored away, and she picked Snickerdoodle. Thank you to her. They turned out fabulous.

Don’t be afraid of the amount of ingredients or the steps. These are so good that they’re worth it.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes – makes about 15 cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups cake flour (OR 1 cup + 1 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp flour and 2 tbsp + 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch)

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cups milk

1/2 tsp white vinegar

2 eggs

3/4 cups sugar

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup oil

 

Directions:

1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

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2. Measure the vinegar into a glass, then pour the milk on top of it. Let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3. Beat eggs for about 20 seconds, then slowly add the sugar. Add the vanilla, followed by the oil, and beat until fully combined.

4. Turn the mixer to the slowest speed, and slowly add the flour mixture and milk, alternating between the two. You don’t want it to get too thick or too runny in between.

5. Line a cupcake pan with liners and fill each about 1/2 way. Do not overfill!

6. Bake at 350* for 18 minutes. Touching the top of the cupcake, it should spring back when it’s fully baked.

7. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

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(My girlfriend also used the opportunity of having all her family and friends together to announce the sex of their upcoming baby! I wrapped the cupcakes in pink and blue for the occasion.)

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My kitchen smelled amazing at this point. And they came out so perfectly golden brown!

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For the frosting I made my Easy Buttercream Recipe, and added 1/8 tsp of cinnamon. I piped easy swirls, then sprinkled a little bit of cinnamon sugar over each.

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So the last question is, is it a BOY?

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… or is it a GIRL?

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Here’s the Mama with her cupcake, letting us all know!

 

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Chocolate Caramel Krispies

These are super fast & easy to make and pretty darn tasty…

I started with the basic Rice Krispies Treats recipe (found here) but added 1 cup of chocolate to the melting mixture. Once it was almost completely melted, add 1 packet of Duncan Hines Flavor Creations. For these I used Caramel.

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Once the melty mixture was all stirred up with the Krispies, I sprayed my hands with non-stick spray and pressed the mixture into the pan. Then I sprinkled the top with mini chocolate chips and pressed them in gently to make sure they stuck well.

20130906-063752.jpg Then just let them cool before you cut and serve!

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Other Duncan Hines Flavor Creations would pair well with these chocolate krispies too – Mint Chocolate, Cherry Vanilla, Mocha, Orange Creme, even Strawberry Shortcake!

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Mickey Cookies

One of my favorite little boys, Mikey, turned 2 a couple weeks back! Mama decided to throw a Mickey themed birthday party, since it’s one of his current obsessions.

Needless to say, I was STOKED to make these!

This is the cutter set I used, bought for me a while back in Disneyland by one of my best friends!

The shorts cutter was purchased here.

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I googled Mickey Mouse’s signature, then practiced over and over on wax paper until I could write “Mikey” in the same font.

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I hope I get to make Minnie ones one of these days! Maybe if I have a girl? 😉

Here are some other treats I have made for Mikey in the past:

Blue’s Clues Party

Baby Shower Cupcakes, Baby Shower Cookie Favors 

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Lollipop Cookies

My second baby shower’s theme was “She is about to POP!” My girls know how obsessed with bright colors I am, so they chose bright bright shades of pink, green, blue, yellow, purple, and orange.

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I made cake pops and kettle corn, as well as these Lollipop Cookies. (The cake pops were funfetti, and all coated in white candy melts, then topped with bright jimmies in all the coordinating colors. I ddn’t have time time take pictures before the party, and then it was so hot outside that they all got melty and slid down their sticks. Too messy for photo taking, but still delicious!)

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I was feeling lazy (and crunched for time) when it came time to decorate these, so I skipped the outlining step and made the icing thicker than normal. Then all we had to do was pipe a swirl onto the cookie, and then repeat in the other colors.

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Once they were wrapped like lollipops they looked adorable!

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Even the cleanup was pretty. 🙂

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