Category Archives: Cakes – Frosting

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

How to Make No-Cook Meringue Buttercream

There are two main kinds of buttercream frostings: cooked and uncooked. The uncooked buttercream is also known as American buttercream, and it is made simply by beating butter and confectioners’ sugar (along with milk and flavorings) until it is thick and creamy. The cooked buttercreams start with a hot meringue, which has butter (and flavorings) beaten into it after it has cooled. The meringue-based buttercreams ... Read More »

Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple Pie Cupcakes

A slice of warm apple pie is hard to resist, so it’s no surprise that they are one of my top comfort foods. Apple pies do have a few drawbacks, however. They need to be served with a plate and fork, and they’re not always easy to slice up for a big crowd. Since I do a lot of entertaining in the fall, I tend ... Read More »

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

Cinnamon Cupcakes with Chocolate Cinnamon Frosting

Cinnamon is one of the most frequently used spices in my kitchen, but it isn’t often the star of a dessert. Cinnamon is frequently used to accent other flavors, drawing attention to the floral sweetness of vanilla, highlighting the nuttiness of oatmeal or blending with nutmeg and other warm spices. But cinnamon can certainly stand on its own and it does so very well in ... Read More »

Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

For every time you want an elaborate layer cake for a celebration, there are a half dozen times when you want a simpler cake as an everyday dessert. This Banana Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting is a great everyday cake. It is quick and easy to make, with a no-fuss presentation that means you won’t be spending any more time than necessary in the ... Read More »

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella Cupcakes

Stracciatella is one of my favorite gelato flavors. This milk-based ice cream is packed with lots of fine chocolate shavings just waiting to melt in your mouth. It is similar to chocolate chip ice cream, but the pieces of chocolate are much finer, so you get a more even distribution and a more subtle chocolate flavor. The name stracciatella comes from the Italian word “stracciare” ... Read More »

Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

The next time you are in the mood for a batch of chocolate cupcakes, put this recipe for Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes at the top of your list. The cupcakes are a favorite recipe of mine because they have a tremendous amount of chocolate flavor, but they’re very easy to make. The cupcakes have a soft, tender crumb that is nice and moist, thanks to ... Read More »

Irish Cream and Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Irish Cream and Salted Caramel Cupcakes

Irish cream is a liqueur made with Irish whiskey that has notes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. It’s distinctive and delicious – which is what makes Bailey’s, the best known brand, the best selling liqueur in the world. Bailey’s (and other Irish creams) can be mixed into cocktails or enjoyed on their own. They’re also great ingredients to bake with because their flavor translates well ... Read More »

The Best Coconut Cupcakes

The Best Fluffy Coconut Cupcakes

Coconut is one of my favorite flavors and – while it is true that I have a lot of favorite flavors! – that means that I have a very hard time walking away from a baked good that contains coconut. It also means that I have eaten a lot of not-so-great coconut baked goods over the years, from cookies that are too dense to cakes ... Read More »

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