Posts Tagged ‘cupcake recipes’

Thin Mint Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day

Thin Mint Cupcakes

These cupcakes are inspired by Thin Mints, my favorite Girl Scout cookies. The recipe manages to be light, fluffy and moist, all at the same time. It starts with a true all-American white birthday cake. The recipe is made with whipped egg whites and no yolks, so the color is bright white. It’s perfect for adding color, but this time I left that to the mint icing. A thin layer of ganache between the cake and icing makes these just a touch more sophisticated, in case you are looking for a St. Patrick’s Day treat to bring to work. The super creamy icing is one that I made from Vintage Cakes, an adorable addition to my cookbook collection. Thickening milk and flour together into a smooth paste, then adding it to creamed, sweetened butter gives the icing a luxurious texture. Despite the extra step, it is an easy recipe — my 11-year-old made it start to finish with perfect results. Add a touch of mint extract and a few caps full of Crème de menthe and these cupcakes taste just like a thin mint.

Thin Mint Cupcakes

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Sifted: Father’s Day Recipes, Perfect Pancakes and Potstickers with a Twist

Two Outrageous Burgers by Giusto Gusto

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Nothing says “I love you, Dad” quite like a manly burger packed with flavor. Giusto Gusto brings out the big guns with Beef & Sausage Burgers with Horseradish Mayo and Turkey Burgers with Sriracha Mayo.
  2. What’s the secret to making delicious blueberry buttermilk pancakes every time? Visit Cooking Classy’s blog and find out!
  3. Make these adorable lawnmower cupcakes by Six in the Suburbs with the little ones this Father’s Day. The sweet treats may even be a subtle reminder of that unruly backyard that needs tending.
  4. It may be too hot for soup, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up it up completely. Iowa Girl Eats took all the greatness of French Onion Soup and transformed it into potstickers for a lighter, more summer-appropriate meal.
  5. Salad doesn’t have to mean green and boring. Some Kitchen Stories made a beautiful and fresh black rice salad with mango that we can’t wait to try.

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Use our Summer Grilling Guide to plan your Father’s Day Menu. You’re sure to find a winner in our Top Burger Recipes.

Bonus Click! We can’t get over this idea of weight loss goggles. Goggles that trick you into eating less? Scary or fascinating? Tell us what you think because we can’t decide.


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Cupcake-Off, A Sugary Competition

Cupcake Spread

If you don’t know by now, the digital teams for Cooking Channel, Food Network, and love a good inter-office cooking (or baking!) competition. In honor of Food Network’s new Cupcakes! app, we decided to show off our skills in a cupcake showdown. Thanks to the amazing spread (pictured above) we soon lulled into afternoon sugar comas, but not before we snapped a few photos and jotted down the easy recipes to share with you.

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Sifted: Sandcastle Cake, Ice Cream Cupcakes and More

Food Through the Page's Sandcastle Cake

5 Hot Links We’re Loving:

  1. Looking for a wow factor? This sandcastle cake from Food Through the Pages is your answer. Move over Barbie, Little Mermaid is the new cake topping queen.
  2. We’re inspired by Trissalicious’ beautiful recreation of French Laundry’s salmon tartare cornets. For a night you truly want to challenge your culinary skills, try these delicate treats.
  3. Cupcakes just got a summer make over with these coffee ice cream cupcakes from How Sweet Eats. Store in the freezer to enjoy them throughout the week (if they’ll last that long).
  4. Combine puff pastry, Parmesan, poppy seeds and a dash of cayenne to make Treats easy and delicious cheese straws. They’re the perfect appetizer for your summer cocktail parties.
  5. Cool off with A Thought For Food’s refreshing rhubarb and strawberry limeade. And while you’re at it, top it off with some Prosecco for even more fun.

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Happy Birthday, Audrey Hepburn!

Classic chocolate cake with salted caramel layers

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” – Audrey Hepburn

We couldn’t have said it better than that. The beautiful actress-turned-philanthropist recognized the power of dessert, and we love her for it. And since Audrey was one Fair Lady and today is her birthday, we simply had to dedicate a post to chocolate cake.

We wonder what her favorite recipe was!

Just like the Breakfast at Tiffany’s star, chocolate cake is a true classic that everyone can appreciate. There’s nothing quite like a slice of rich, velvety cake frosted to perfection. Truth be told, the right recipe can turn an ordinary night into a fabulous one.

We’ve put together a list of some of our very best recipes that would be Audrey-approved. Face it: there are far worse (and few better) things in life than treating yourself to a slice of chocolate cake.

Inspiration for your glamorous chocolate weekend:

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Sprinkles Debuts 24-Hour Cupcake ATM

Sprinkles Cupcakes new 24-hour cupcake ATM

Sprinkles Cupcakes new 24-hour cupcake ATM

Update: L.A. isn’t the only city feeling the 24-hour cupcake love — Sprinkles is bringing automated cupcake machines to NY, too!  Exact locations aren’t confirmed, but ATMs are planned for the company’s midtown, downtown and upper west locations, according to Gothamist.

It’s midnight. You have a serious cupcake craving, but all of your favorite bakeries are closed. What do you do?

A. Raid your cabinets for anything remotely sweet.
B. Suck it up and go to the nearest convenience store for a muffin. (It’s kind of like a cupcake without icing, right?)
C. Go to Sprinkles Cupcakes new 24-hour cupcake ATM.

If you live in L.A., the “world’s first cupcake automat,” as Sprinkles Cupcakes (yes, that Sprinkles—the company who basically started the cupcake craze.) calls it, will dispense fresh cupcakes, mixes, apparel and even doggy cupcakes 24 hours a day, according to a recent LAist article.

Chuck's Red Velvet Cupcakes

We hope the cupcakes from the machine look as good as Chuck's do!

And in case you want some ice cream, too, Sprinkles Ice Cream is in the works. This is what the company told LAist:

“Our ice cream will be hand-crafted American ice cream using only the finest ingredients, staying in line with the Sprinkles philosophy. Scooped into crisp waffle cones, pressed between fluffy cupcake tops or piled high into sundaes topped with housemade sauces and toppings, Sprinkles Ice Cream shop is a back to basics creamery with a Sprinkles twist! Sprinkles Ice Cream will also serve up freshly baked cookies and brownies!”

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Groundhog Day Cupcakes: Cute Treats, Shadow or No

Groundhog Day Cupcakes Recipe

Celebrate with cute Groundhog Day Cupcakes via - like dirt cake with a bonus!

Why does Groundhog Day lack good food to go along with it?!

We’ve cracked this nut: (Do groundhogs eat nuts?). Try these adorable Groundhog Day Cupcakes from to end the Groundhog Day fare dry-spell once and for all.

The great Groundhog Debate rages on this morning — Punxsutawney Phil is forecasting six more weeks of winter, while the upstart Staten Island Chuck is predicting an early spring.  No matter which ‘chuck you place your buck on, we have the right menu for you…

If winter decides to lurk for another month and a half, here are two great belly-warming, snuggle-up-with-a-blanket recipes:

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