Bird’s Nest Peepcakes

April 24, 2011 at 7:28 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 12 Comments
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Happy Easter to all my cupcake freaks!

Now I know what you’re thinking!
“How the heck can you be eating cupcakes when you JUST told us that you started Weight Watchers?”
Am I right? I knew it. I must have been a mind reader in a former life.

But these aren’t just any cupcakes. These are WW approved cupcakes! But before I give you the recipe, if you are anti-cake mix, you best just move onto another blog right now b/c there’s cake mix involved.

Hey… Wait! Come back! Gimme a chance. It’s bound to be delicious…


Bird’s Nest Peepcakes
Recipe adapted from Dinner With Danielle

Makes 24 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

1-18.25oz of cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Milk Chocolate)
1-12oz can of diet soda (I used diet A&W cream soda)
1 large egg or 2 egg whites* (I used 1/3 cup egg white substitute)
12 chick peeps
36 Robin’s egg whoppers
favorite butterceam recipe or 1 can of pre-made frosting
1 cup shredded coconut, toasted**

* You can omit the egg(s) if you want and it should still work but I decided to keep the egg(s) to have a fluffier “cake”
** I toast coconut in a skillet over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until brown, about 5 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with liners.

In a stand mixer, fitted with a flat beater (or a large bowl with hand mixer), combine the cake mix, egg(s) and diet soda. Mix until all ingredients are well combined, about 2 minutes.

Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

Using a Wilton 1M (or your favorite star or round tip), pipe a small mound of frosting on each cupcake. It doesn’t have to look perfect since you’ll be covering it with coconut.

Style 1. Top with chick peep and add toasted coconut around the chick peep.
Style 2. Coat cupcake with toasted cupcake. Add 3 Robin’s egg whoppers on top.

ENJOY!

Husband rating: A+
He said he couldn’t even tell tastewise I’d done anything different to the “cake” recipe.

Wifey rating: A+
I’m really surprised at how yummy the diet soda cake mix turned out. Obviously b/c there’s frosting and candy on it, the whole cupcake isn’t WW friendly. But I was making it for our family Easter party so I didn’t wanna make it too “diet-y” for them. Don’t worry! I scrapped off most of the frosting (blasphemy!) so it wasn’t too bad for me. Next time I make this I’ll probably do a fat free whipped cream instead of frosting to make it really WW friendly. Check out Danielle’s blog for tons of other flavor combinations! I wanna try the white cake+diet orange soda next. I”m told it’s suppose to taste like a creamsicle! Yum.

Other rating: A+
All our family and friends LOVED the cupcake. When I told them it was made with diet soda they were totally surprised. Even my 15 month old twin nieces loved them. I have proof.

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Taste the rainbow…

April 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 94 Comments
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Sometimes I struggle with what I want to bake and bring to parties.

There are so many things that factor into my decision: portability, travel-bility, allergies, in/formality of event, age group of dessert eaters etc etc. But this time I knew exactly what I wanted to make. So I threw caution to the wind. I didn’t even think twice about it.

Maybe it’s me but rainbows and Easter just seem to go together. Dontcha think?

Hoppy Easter readers.

Hope the Easter bunny brought you all the peeps and cadbury creme eggs you can eat! (I know I am gonna regret all the ones I’ve already eaten later BUT it was SO worth it! *licking chocolate off fingers*


Taste The Rainbow Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski

Print this recipe

Makes about 18 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

For cupcakes
2-1/2 cups AP flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup sugar
12 tbsp (1-1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 large egg + 2 egg white, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract (I used Lorann butter-vanilla emulsion instead)
1 cup milk (I used half-and-half instead)
food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (I used Ateco coloring gel)
garnish (skittles, peeps, sprinkles)

cream cheese frosting (favorite recipe or canned)

[NOTES: You could substitute a white cake mix for the cupcake recipe too but the quantity and consistency of the cupcakes will be slightly different.]

INSTRUCTIONS

To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat the sugar and butter until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating on low.


Then add vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture.

Divide the batter into 6 different bowls. Add food coloring per bowl and mix to combine until you get the vibrant color you want. Add batter color by color, about 1 tbsp of each color until all the colors fill the cupcake liner about 1/2-2/3 full.

Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

Pipe cream cheese frosting on cupcake with Wilton 1M star tip and garnish with rainbow sprinkles, peeps or skittles! (Or all 3 like me. I’m such a party animal! LOL)

ENJOY!

Husband rating: A
He will pretty much give a high rating for any cupcake that has cream cheese frosting. He’s an easy critic. HAHA

Wifey rating: A
I absolutely LOVE how colorful these cupcakes are. This vanilla cupcake batter is thick so the colors don’t mix together easily and kept their great layers. Surprisingly the skittles were such a yummy flavor addition to the cupcakes too. It probably helps that skittles are one of my favorite candies. The chocolate mousse flavored peep bunny wasn’t bad either. *wink*

Other rating: A+
Nothing but ooohs and aahhhhs for all the pretty colors. More than one person asked me for the recipe. Just something about rainbows… it’s hypnotic.

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