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Neapolitan Cupcakes

My, oh my! When I saw these beauties on Pinterest I had to pin them! These cupcakes are not only pretty but they are delicious too! If you regularly check into by blog you know that I’m all about home-made frosting. Ever since I started making my own frosting I cannot eat the store bought cans, they taste so chemically! 

These little delights consist of three yummy homemade frostings! Chocolate, strawberry and vanilla! You can find the recipe at this fun blog: I Am Baker

 I reduced each frosting recipe in half because it seemed like a lot, I hate having extra frosting hanging around and I do not like to throw away food!  I had the perfect amount of strawberry and vanilla but I did run out of chocolate frosting with 6 cupcakes to go.

I highly rcommend giving this cupcake a try. They are certainly a showstopper! 

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Easter Cookies

Happy Easter! I brought something sweet to my family’s Easter gathering and they turned out cute and delicious. Such a fun way to unleash your creative side! My designs could definitely be more neat but practice makes perfect!

 
1. Bake your cookies. Any classic  sugar cookie recipe will work. Feel free to use your favorite recipe and cookie cutters.

2. Frost: Runny royal icing, using the flooding method. 

3. Decorate: Stiff royal icing colored with Wilton’s gel food coloring.

4. Wow your guests! 

Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Cupcakes by Adventures of a Pinner Blog
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sea salt chocolate cupcakes

Send me your Pinterest requests! This Pinterest recipe was requested by my friend, Maddy and it is my very first guest suggestion!

I typically avoid homemade cake mixes because they don’t usually turn out for me. I find myself putting in ten times the effort for a worse result then the boxes. However, I am happy to say this recipe from Gimme Some Oven is fantastic!

Follow the recipe and you should be all set! I used dark chocolate chips to avoid chopping chocolate and they worked out great. My ganache was a bit too thin to pipe so I beat it on a medium speed for about 5 minutes, as instructed and it firmed right up.

If you are new to piping check out Wilton’s Youtube Channel. They have all kinds of frosting tutorials that should be helpful!Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Cupcakes on Adventures of a Pinner Blog

Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Cupcakes on Adventures of a Pinner Blog

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forth of July berry cupcakes

These cupcakes are easy and stunning! They are sure to please your guest this 4th of July!

What you’ll need: 

White cake mix & and the required ingredients

12 strawberries

72 blueberries

24 Cupcake liners

Buttercream Frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 vegetable shortening

4 cups powder sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

Berry Cupcakes by Adventures of a Pinner Blog

Instructions:

Prepare the cake mix as instructed. Allow cupcakes to cool.

Rinse fruit. Remove the strawberry stems and cut in half.

In a mixing bowl cream the butter and shortening. Add the powder sugar one cup at a time. The mixture will be dry. Add the vanilla and milk while mixing at a slow speed.

Pipe your frosting (I used a star tip) on each cupcake. Insert strawberry on an angle and add three blueberries.

Happy Independence Day!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Recipe by Adventures of a Pinner Blog
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chocolate crinkle cookie recipe

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads! I decided to make my dad his favorite cookie on his special day, the Chocolate Crinkle Cookie. I have eaten these cookies many times but I’ve never baked them. I headed straight to Pinterest to find the perfect recipe.

This is an easy recipe to make but it is a little time consuming. The cookie dough needs to chill for at least 2 hours. Also the cookies need to be individually rolled into 1 inch balls, then rolled in powdered sugar.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Recipe by Adventures of a Pinner BlogChocolate Crinkle Cookies by Adventures of a Pinner Blog

I love the rich, chocolate flavor of these cookies! Click here for the recipe. Let me know how yours turn out!

spring cupcake ideas
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spring cupcake idea

These hydrangea cupcakes are great for spring and they are pretty easy too!

I always use Wilton’s Buttercream Frosting recipe for my cakes/cupcakes. It tastes much better then the tubs of frosting from the store and it holds its shape!

Whip up your frosting and divide 50/50. I made blue and purple frosting but you can use any variation you’d like (I want to make a dark pink and light pink next time!). I highly recommend using gel coloring. You can find it at your local craft store in the baking section. The gel colors don’t change the consistency of your frosting like liquid food coloring. Gel coloring is highly concentrated so you don’t need much. I used 4 drops of blue, I didn’t have purple coloring so to achieve purple I mixed 2 drops of red and 2 drops of blue. I felt like a kindergardener mixing the colors!

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spring cupcake ideasspring cupcake ideas

Now get your piping bag ready! I used a closed star tip and my Featherweight bag. I love my reusable bag and if you’re piping multiple times a year it’s worth picking one up. If you don’t have piping bags you can use a gallon size freezer bag. Just cut one of the bottom corners to fit your tip.

The next step was a little tricky for me and the result wasn’t perfect. You need to fill your frosting bag with one color on each side. I put the blue frosting in the bag first followed by the purple. The blue frosting moved down ahead of the purple and my first couple cupcakes were completely blue. However, the great thing about this frosting recipe is the extra frosting! Typically I can make about 4 or 5 practice designs on a paper plate first which helps remove any air bubbles in your bag and practice makes perfect!

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These are ridiculously easy to pipe! Break it down into three rounds.

First, simply squeeze out little flowers until the entire cupcake is covered.

Second, search for the spots that look sparse. Make more flowers in the areas where you can still see the cake.

Third, balance out the shape. Usually an additional two or three flowers on the very top will give you that nice rounded shape.

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spring cupcake ideasspring cupcake ideas

That’s it! As you can see in the photo above my cupcakes started mostly blue and ended mostly purple. Which was obviously not the plan but I kind of like them. Each one has it’s own unique coloring.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below!

 

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting & Red Velvet Cupcakes by Adventures of a Pinner Blog
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homemade cream cheese frosting & red velvet cupcake

I started making homemade frosting last fall, since then I have bought a couple tubs of store frosting when I was feeling lazy. I can’t go back though! It all tastes chemically after having the real stuff consistently.

I’ve made three different frosting flavors and each one is superb! I love them and I get nothing but raving reviews from all of my happy cupcake consumers. Last night I made red velvet cupcakes for a co-workers birthday and I went searching for a homemade cream cheese frosting to accompany those delightful, red treats.

I use Wilton’s frosting recipes. To date I’ve made these three flavors:

Give them a try and let me know what you think! Check out my Let them eat cake Pinterest board to see what’s next!