Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Best Cupcakes EVER!!

Brownie Batter + Cupcake

• 1 (19.5 ounce) package brownie mix
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 cup canola oil
• 1/4 cup water
• 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 1 1/3 cups water
• 3 egg whites


1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 48 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. Whisk together the brownie mix, 2 eggs, 1/2 cup canola oil, and 1/4 cup water in a bowl. Stir just until fully incorporated, about 50 strokes; set aside.

3. Mix the cake mix, 2 tablespoons canola oil, 1 1/3 cup water, and 3 egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes.

4. Spoon the brownie batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup 1/3 full. Spoon the cake batter over the brownie batter, until muffin cups are each 2/3 full.

5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and the tops spring back when lightly pressed, about 20 minutes.

I put the brownie mix in my piping bag with a large tip, than filled the cupcake paper up half way with the cake batter. Inserted the tip of my piping bag into each cupcake and squished me out some brownie mix into the middle of each one.

**I made them with red velvet cake mix and frosted them with homemade cream cheese frosting - Yumm-o!

***Chill the brownie batter and the addition of some extra vanilla to the cake batter. start check them at 15 min baking time.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Cupcake

• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1/4 cup white sugar
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1 egg
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
• 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

• 1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
• 1 1/3 cups water
• 1/3 cup canola oil
• 3 eggs

• Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and sea salt; set aside. Beat the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add 1 egg and the vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips; mixing just enough to evenly combine. Form the dough into tablespoon-sized balls; place onto a baking sheet, and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

• Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

• Beat 3 eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer to break up. Add the cake mix, water, and canola oil; continue beating for 2 minutes on medium speed. Spoon into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each 2/3 full. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.

• Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake portion of the cupcake (not the cookie dough ball) comes clean, about 20 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

First, you cannot skip the freezing the cookie dough step...if you do, the dough WILL bake along w/the cake and be very dry. It's also imperative you don't overbake (or you'll get the same dry baked cookie results); I actually usually only bake about 16-18 min. I CAN'T STRESS ENOUGH, DO NOT OVER BAKE! It will seem like it's too early to take them out, but it's not. Check the outer ridge of the cupcake (otherwise you're getting the dough on your toothpick which should stay *wet*). These are great w/pretty much any cake flavor and can be made even easier by using prepared cookie dough (just don't skip the freezing step!). When I try a new chocolate chip cookie dough recipe (or even bake old favs), I always double it and freeze some cookie dough balls for future batches of these! I

Fluffy Peanut Butter Frosting

The perfect fluffy frosting for brownies or chocolate cake. Sweet but not too sweet. Peanut buttery but not greasy. So wonderful and it won't over power your brownies!!!"

• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1 cup creamy peanut butter
• 3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
• 2 cups confectioners' sugar

1. Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.

Very easy and nice. However, in order to get a good consistency, all ingredients should be at room temperature. If they get too grainy and hard after u added in 3 tablespoons milk, stop adding. Instead, put ur bowl into microwave on high for 30 sec, take out and stir. This will solve the problem. Great frosting. Very peanut buttery!

I used a heaping cup of Jif peanut butter (probably around 1 1/4 cups), 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and 3 T of heavy cream. I beat the room temperature butter and the room temperature peanut butter for several minutes until I could not see any butter at all in the mixture and it seemed very creamy. Then I gradually added the powdered sugar and when it was well-blended, I added the 3 T of heavy cream and then put it on #6 on my KitchenAid mixer and let it go for 3-4 minutes. This time it was MUCH easier to spread and tastes great!!

Make sure you use butter rather than margarine. I've used margarine before and the icing comes out kind of greasy. Butter will give you beautiful, fluffy icing. Also, I add 2 tsp of vanilla when I make this.

1 comment:

  1. Made the Choc Chip Cupcakes ~ mmm..good! Decorated with the graduation caps and were SO cute!!