Samoa Cupcakes

Samoa Cupcakes

You guys, we have an EPIC cupcake today! Like epic in the way of chocolate coconut cupcakes with caramel coconut frosting garnished with coconut flakes and chocolate drizzles. aka SAMOA cupcakes!! My favorite Girl Scout Cookies in a cupcake form.

When thinking of it, I debated whether to make a salted caramel cupcake base or a chocolate cupcake but clearly chocolate won since I thought the caramel/coconut flavors will standout with a chocolate cupcake. And they sure do! The chocolate cupcake is decadent and amazing especially with the coconut flavors in it. The frosting is a sweet caramel and coconut whipped buttercream.

To finish off the cupcakes, drizzle more chocolate (and caramel!) along with some toasted coconut. If you happen to have some leftover cookies, then chop up some and throw them in the cupcake before baking but I know that is asking too much because really, who has leftover Girl Scout cookies?

Source: Blahnik Baker

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Pink Champagne and Gold Leaf Cupcakes

Pink Champagne and Gold Leaf Cupcakes

One of my enduring obsessions is decorating cakes with edible gold leaf. It’s just so pretty and I’m drawn to the organic nature of its application. You probably know by now, I love a filled cupcake! I made some pink champagne pastry cream and used it to bring even more champagne flavor to the cakes.

They’re good for all celebrations – large and small! The cakes get a big dose of bubbly in the batter, and the pastry cream holds obvious fruity champagne flavor. If you’re not inclined to purchase champagne, then cream soda may be used in its place, and champagne flavoring oil may be added for a non-alcoholic version.

Source: Sprinklebakes

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Coconut Bird Nest Cupcakes

Coconut Bird Nest Cupcakes

Hi guys! I am re-doing another recipe from the archives again and bringing it some new life. These coconut cupcakes were made in March 2013 (that’s three years ago!!!) when I just started blogging and they have remained a favorite over time.

I’ve of course played with the recipe since then as I develop as a baker and the version below is the current awesome state of a soft coconut cupcake topped with sweet coconut whipped frosting. I love how the coconut flavor is intense in these because of coconut cream (instead of coconut milk) and it makes my coconut-loving heart happy!

Source: Blahnik Baker

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Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Maple Bacon Cupcakes

Happy Friday! There’s nothing more popular in desserts these days than bacon, and this one takes the (cup)cake. Start the weekend right with the perfect combination of sweet and salty!

Fluffy maple cupcakes with a hint of cinnamon, topped off with a swirly of sweet, creamy maple frosting and a piece of thick, salty bacon!

Source: Lindsay Ann Bakes

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Vegan Banana Blueberry Cupcakes

Vegan Banana Blueberry Cupcakes

Spring is here and these Vegan Banana Blueberry Cupcakes are just what you need!  A banana cake with a hint of cinnamon, bursting with warm blueberries and topped with frosting!  Yum!

I just couldn’t help myself when these came hot out of the oven!  I had to eat one…or two.  Even without the frosting they make great muffins perfect for lunch boxes or picnics. But let’s be honest, adding frosting just makes every better.

Source: Your Cup of Cake

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Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes

If you like chocolate covered cherries, you are going to love these Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. A delicate spongy cupcake filled with cherry preserves and topped with cherry buttercream frosting. These are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes recipe highlights:

This recipe was inspired by my favorite candy, chocolate covered cherries.

The cupcake is full of chocolate flavor and kept moist with the help of oil and butter.

The frosting is a simple buttercream that is flavored with cherry preserves. Each cupcake gets a generous filling of cherry preserves and then topped with the cherry buttercream. There is no shortage of cherry flavor in this recipe.

Source: Baked by an Introvert

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A Dozen Rose Cupcakes

A Dozen Rose Cupcakes
Even if you don’t make the sugar roses for these cupcakes, they are absolutely delicious and a chocolate lover’s dream come true. The centers are filled with rich chocolate ganache and the vanilla bean frosting swirl on top is a nice counter to all the chocolate. The recipe makes two dozen cupcakes, so you can keep one dozen and gift another (if you’re feeling generous).
Learning a new skill is exciting, and if you take the plunge into sugar flower-making, then be patient with yourself. The first flower may take a little longer to make than the rest, but that’s just a part of the learning process.
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Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m a huge chocolate cake fan, but I also love vanilla. So what’s a vanilla loving girl or guy to do around the holidays that are full of red velvet…aka chocolate cake?

Pink velvet!

The perfect festive treat when you really crave a moist vanilla cupcake.

This small batch moist pink velvet cupcake recipe is an absolute perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day…or any day! Top them off with whipped cream cheese frosting and festive heart sprinkles for an extra special and flavorful treat!

Source: Baked by Rachel

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Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

Celebrate Earth Day with us with these yummy Chocolate Mint Cupcakes from Taste and Tell!

Mint lovers will go crazy for these Chocolate Mint Cupcakes that are topped with a smooth and creamy mint Swiss meringue buttercream frosting.

Here are some delicious Chocolate Mint Cupcakes that I made from the wonderful blog – How to Eat a Cupcake (update 2016 – sadly, this blog is no longer online). The only change I made to them was to leave out the chocolate chips, because I didn’t have any mini ones, and since I made mini sized cupcakes (see note at the top of the post), I knew regular chocolate chips would be just too big. These Chocolate Mint Cupcakes were awesome – and really – food bloggers rarely let me down!!

Source: Taste and Tell

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Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting

Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting

These mocha cupcakes are a chocolate and coffee lover’s dream come true. If you can’t get your day going without your favorite cup of coffee, you’re in luck.

 I might even go so far as to suggest that you should just skip your morning cup of coffee or trip to Starbucks and have one of these instead. The cake part itself strikes a subtle balance between light chocolate and a hint of creamy coffee. Not overwhelming on either end of the spectrum, and the combination results in a smooth, clean flavor, which is perfect for topping with espresso-spiked buttercream.

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