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Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream and Raspberry Buttercream

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In honor of today being my husbands birthday I figured I’d share a cupcake recipe that I made a few weeks ago for Easter!! Perfect cupcake recipe or any occasion!!

I am a major sucker for anything lemon. I don’t know if I love the sweet and the tart combined or what but when I see lemon I am instantly drawn to check it out. In Spring time lemon is the perfect dessert or addition to any meal. I think for the most part, most people like a little citrus in the sun so why not make a dessert that gives everyone a light and fresh feel.

For Easter I always get assigned dessert and I get so excited to hunt down a new delicious recipe. I have been eyeing a lemon raspberry cupcake and thought that it sounded like the perfect Spring/Easter recipe. I was also making french macaroons so I decided to make 2 different buttercream frostings to give a variety of flavors in the cookie and cupcakes. These did not disappoint.

What is your favorite cupcake flavor and frosting combination?

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Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines Lemon Cake Mix
  • 1 3.4oz box Instant Lemon Pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Water

Directions for Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with baking liners.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl, until combined.
  3. Pour 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before frosting.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (more or less to your desired consistency)
  • 1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8-1/4 cup raspberry preserves (jam or jelly)

Directions for Buttercream

  1. Mix all ingredients until you have reached your desired consistency.
  2. I used a Wilton 1M tip to decorate my cupcakes. I start from the inside and work my way out.
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Seahawks Cupcakes

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The Seahawks made it to the Superbowl for the 2nd year in a row and everyone in my house is sooo excited. Ive been wanting to make cupcakes so I knew this was the perfect occasion to try this new semi homemade recipe. This recipe is super simple and super delicious. My husband is not a sweets person (except cookies) and he really liked these cupcakes and kept going back for more. You can top these with any frosting that you like, but I was going for simple so I went with an easy buttercream. Enjoy!!

 

Semi Homemade Chocolate Cupcakes with ButterCream Frosting

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Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 3.4oz box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 cup Water

Directions for Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with baking liners.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl, until combined.
  3. Pour 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before frosting.

Buttercream Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (I honestly didn’t measure but I think it was about 4 cups)
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • splash of half and half

Directions for Buttercream

  1. Mix all ingredients until you have reached your desired consistency.
  2. You can add food color paste or drops if you want or leave it white.
  3. I used a Wilton 1M tip to decorate my cupcakes. I start from the inside and work my way out. On the small ones I put skittles in the middle.
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Recipe from JennyCookies

Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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For Christmas this year I thought I’d make something special and different for Christmas Day. It was easier to assemble then I thought it would be, so worth it and so delicious. This recipe is a winner and one I will use again. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and has a Happy New Year!!

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Red Velvet Cake

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 oz. red food coloring

Directions for Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans.
  3. Lightly stir eggs in a medium bowl with a wire whisk. Add remaining liquid ingredients and stir together with whisk until blended. Set aside.
  4. Place all the dry ingredients in your mixing bowl and stir together really good with another wire whisk.
  5. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix on medium-high for about a minute or until completely combined.
  6. Pour into cake pans and then drop the pans on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  8. After about ten minutes, remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. I also cover in plastic wrap while the cakes cool.
  9. Then make the frosting.

Vanilla Cheesecake Layer

Ingredients

  • 8oz package cream cheese, 1 cup
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream

Directions

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and sugar for 2 to 3 minutes until well combined.
  2. Add the egg, beat well
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract
  4. Blend in the whipping cream well until the batter is very smooth. Using a rubber bowl scraper/spatula, scrape the bottom and the sides of the bowl as well as the electric beaters/paddle and give the batter a final beating for 1 minute on a higher speed. This final step ensures that there are no lumps in the batter and introduces a little air into the cheesecake to make it lighter.
  5. Pour into a greased spring form. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. The cheesecake does not have to brown at all in order to be fully baked; the surface of the cheesecake should lose any shine when the cake is properly baked. It can still be slightly wobbly just at the center at this point.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

  1. Sift sugar and set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese and butter on high until creamy. Add vanilla.
  3. Then, add the sugar in batches. Scrape down the sides in between each addition.
  4. And frost away.

 

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White Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

White Velvet Cupcakes

This is a delicious and rich cupcake that has a tender crumb to it that can only be described as velvety. Pair it with this melt in your mouth white chocolate buttercream and you will never go back to another cupcake recipe!

I threw a baby shower for my husbands cousin last weekend and she is having TWINS! Since this was a shower for two I had to make sure the cupcakes were twice as special. Not really, even if there was only one I still would of made sure that these cupcakes were extra special because she threw me an excellent baby shower, when my little B was born. I am always one to re pay a favor and throw a shower or party as if I were throwing it for my self, and who doesn’t love delicious, fluffy cupcakes with a melt in your mouth frosting? :)

Since I’m addicted to Pinterest I found so many cupcake recipes that looked too good for words, but when I saw this recipe the name sold me. White velvet, mmmm sounds delicious. The mama to be’s favorite cake is red velvet so I thought this would probably win her over, and it did she ate a few and the dad to be had his fair share also! Enjoy!!

White Velvet Cupcakes

Serves 36
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 22 minutes
Total time 32 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
Website http://www.cakeboss.com/WhiteVelvetCake.aspx
This is a delicious and rich cake that has a tender crumb to it that can only be described as velvety. FrenchToasty.com has lots of delicious sweets recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 box White or Vanilla cake mix (Betty Crocker or Pillsbury)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup + 2 T cake flour (NOT ALL PURPOSE)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted lightly salted)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (almond extract would be great also)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Your cake mix box will say temperature and time for baking cupcakes as apposed to cake.
Step 2
With paddle attachment of mixer, mix well the water, extract, eggs, melted butter and sour cream.
Step 3
Add cake mix, sugar, cake flour and salt. Mix for approximately 2 minutes on medium speed, until it looks like most lumps are gone. Not necessary for all but most.
Step 4
Pour into lined muffin tin 3/4 full. Bake time according to cake mix box. Probably about 22-25 minutes. Insert toothpick and when it comes out clean, maybe a few crumbs clinging it's done.
Step 5
Cool and frost with your favorite frosting, or the white chocolate buttercream to follow.

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Serves 36
Prep time 10 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Child Friendly, Pre-preparable
This white chocolate buttercream melts in your mouth. This would be excellent on cakes, cupcakes, cookies...the possibilities are endless. FrenchToasty.com has lots of sweets recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup ground white chocolate (such as Ghiradelli's Ground White Chocolate)

Directions

Step 1
With your wire whisk attachment in your stand mixer, whip the butter on med-high speed for 5 minutes. Stop a couple times to scrape the sides.
Step 2
Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar and white chocolate. Once all incorporated increases to medium-high and add the vanilla. Mix until well incorporated. Whip for about 2 minutes at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl if needed.
Step 3
Buttercream can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Let come to room temperature and give it a quick whip before using.
White Velvet Cupcakes

This batter looks good enough to eat

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Fill 3/4 full

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This buttercream was to die for

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White Velvet Cupcakes

I did a simple frost, but you could pipe the frosting on to make it more fancy

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White Velvet Cupcakes