Tuesday, December 14, 2010

By Request.....

Chocolate Candy Cane Cupcakes!

I have received many emails and messages asking for the recipe to these delightful treats.  I made them using a chocolate cake mix,  but what makes them extra special is the candy cane filling and the Chocolate Peppermint frosting.  So, I hope you give them a try.  They really are DELICIOUS!

Candy Cane Filling

8 ounces Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
1/2 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
4 ounces White Chocolate (Melted)
Crushed Candy Canes

In a medium sized mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add confectioner's sugar and blend well.  Add cream and white chocolate.  Beat until fluffy.  With a spatula, fold in 3-4 Tablespoons of crushed peppermint.

I used the Wilton Tip #230 to fill the cupcakes with.  Be sure to crush the candy canes pretty fine so that they will go through the tip easily.

Chocolate Peppermint Frosting 

1 Stick Butter
6 Tablespoons Milk
4 Tablespoons Cocoa
3 Cups Powdered Sugar (approximate)
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 small drops of Peppermint Oil ( be careful, a little bit goes a long way)

Bring to boil margarine, milk, and cocoa.  Remove from heat.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and Peppermint Oil.  Beat well.

I topped my frosting with crushed candy canes and a candy cane Hershey's Kiss.

Monday, December 13, 2010

You Take The Cake!

Last Night I had a Primary Board Meeting.  I really wanted to thank all of the teachers for their many hours of selfless service.  So the theme of the meeting was "You Take The Cake".  Pictured below is the invitation to the meeting.

For refreshments, we had cupcakes.  My good friend Karrie made some delicious Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and also some White Cupcakes with a Raspberry Filling.

I made Chocolate Cupcakes with a Cream Cheese Candy Cane Filling.

And I also made Coconut Lime Cupcakes.

I practiced making the coconut lime cupcakes until I got them just right.  
In fact, I think they were PERFECT!  
This is what I did....

1 Duncan Hines Yellow Cake Mix
3 Large Eggs
1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 Cup Coconut Milk
1/3 Cup Lime Juice
1 Tablespoon Lime Zest
1 Cup Shredded Coconut

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl at low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds).
Then beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.  Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-21 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

1/2 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Shortening
3 Cups Confectioner's Sugar
1 teaspoon Lime Juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Lime Zest
Flaked Coconut for decorating

Beat the butter and shortening until smooth, then add sugar and beat.  Add lime juice, vanilla, and lime zest and beat until fluffy.  Spread the frosting on cooled cupcakes and top with shredded coconut (I toasted mine).

The board meeting went well, the cupcakes were even better.  I hope you give these delicious treats a try!