Tiramisu Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Frosting

So, I have to tell you something: I don’t like cake – like at all.

But, then I tried Tiramisu cake and I surprisingly enjoyed it thoroughly.

I usually find cake dry. The addition of the coffee after baking adds moisture without sogginess.

Usually if I saw a cupcake with as much frosting as in the picture above, I would be disgusted. I am not a frosting gal. But, this frosting isn’t really frosting; it’s really whipped cream in disguise.

And whipped cream, whipped cream is a whole other story. I’ve been known to eat plates full of whipped cream at thanksgiving because I don’t like pumpkin or apple pie.

You are probably questioning our friendship now that I’ve told you that I’m not a huge fan of cake, pie or frosting. But, please don’t leave just yet. You need this recipe.

Of course, I had to transform the cake into cupcakes. Because everything is cuter in adorable, little, individual sized form. Duh.

Whatevs. Make. These. Now.

Mmkay?

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Inspired by this recipe.

This delicious cupcakes are the perfect Italian treat. Thanks to a little “cheating” they are easy to make too!

Cake:

1 (18oz) box white cake mix

Ingredients to make the cake mix (usually eggs, oil, water)

1 ½ tsp instant coffee powder

1 cup prepared coffee, cooled

Filling:

1 (8oz) package mascarpone (if you can’t find it, google “substitute for mascarpone”)

½ cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons coffee flavored liquor (i.e. Kahlua)

Frosting:

2 cups heaving whipping cream

¼ cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons coffee flavored liquor

Coco powder and/or chocolate shavings for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Prepare cake according to package instructions, stirring in instant coffee powder before cooking. Divide between 24 standard sized cupcakes or 12 oversized cupcakes (I did 6 in an oversized cupcake pan and 10 regular). Bake according to package directions. Let cool.
  2. Using a fork or toothpick poke numerous holes in the cupcakes. Place the cooled coffee in a pourable measuring cup and drizzle coffee over each cupcake. The cupcakes should be moist, but not soggy. All of the coffee may not need to be used.
  3. To make the filling beat together mascarpone, ½ cup powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons coffee liquor. Set aside.
  4. Make the frosting by beating together whipping cream and remaining powdered sugar and liquor.
  5. Using a cupcakes corer or other creative device, remove a tiny part of the middle of the cupcakes. Use a frosting bag to inject the cupcakes with the filling, let the filling come over the top and form a blob on top of the cupcakes. With an additional frosting bag, pipe on frosting, covering the filling. Garnish with cocoa and chocolate shaving, if desired.

Using a vegetable peeler to remove the center of the cupcakes

All except for the one in the back right have just  overflowing filling, no frosting yet.

Just becuase I think it's pretty

Any foods that you dislike that are commonly adored?

P.S. Thanks for your Trader Joe’s recommendations. I went and am super jealous of all of you who have a TJ’s within, ya know, 1000 miles of you.

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Father’s Day and Root Beer Float Cupcakes

I just wanted to say Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the other amazing dads out there!

Father's Day Hike

Father's Day 2011

I’m blessed enough to get to spend today with both my father and grandfather. Obviously, the special occasion called for a special dessert.

Root Beer Float Cupcakes were the dessert of choice.

I took entirely too many pictures of the cupcakes. Oh well.

Did you do anything special for your dad today?

Which of the above pictures is your favorite?

Happy Father’s Day Dad!! I love you!

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Hot Fudge Filling and Peanut Butter Frosting

This is the kind of recipe that makes me want to forget about the whole college thing and open a cupcake shop. Immediately.

This is the kind of cupcake that I want to take pictures of and picture mail them to everyone I know because I’m so darn proud of them.

This is the kind of recipe that makes me realize that Katherine and Sophie(of DC cupcakes) having nothing on me and my sisters.

This is the kind of recipe that makes me want to do nothing but bake cupcakes all day.

This is the kind of recipe that makes me never want to eliminate gluten, dairy, or sugar from my diet.

This is the kind of recipe that must absolutely never be “healthified”. I guarantee you it won’t taste half as good. If you want to make something healthy just refrain from making insanely rich decadent cupcakes. No substitutions allowed.

My mom said she thinks they’re the best thing I’ve ever made. I’ve made some pretty good things.

Daddy says they taste as good as they look. They’re kind of beautiful, no?


I strayed from Jessica’s recipe slightly in that, rather than using some of the pb frosting as a filling, I just used it on top and filled the cupcakes with some of the extra hot fudge sauce. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I kinda like my way. The frosting is so sweet and rich having it on the inside too might over do it a bit. Rather, the fudge sauce on the inside adds unexpected gooey, chocolatey goodness and a nice moistness to the finished product.  I’ll be honest; it was actually my mom and sister’s idea. See, I’m really not tooting my own horn.

Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Hot Fudge Filling and Peanut Butter Frosting

based on this recipe from How Sweet It Is

Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

1 cup sugar

1 cup dark cocoa powder

2 tablespoons flour

pinch of salt

1 cup water or milk

1 tablespoon of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Combine sugar, cocoa, salt, and flour in a medium size bowl. Bring water or milk to a boil. Once boiling, Gradually pour hot liquid into the sugar mixture. Stir constantly until mixture thickens.

Once it has reached the desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Set Aside.

Cupcake Batter

makes 12 cupcakes

1 egg

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 1/8 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup dark cocoa powder

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup homemade fudge sauce (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, whisk egg and sugar until smooth and no lumps remain. Add milk, cream, butter and vanilla, and mix until combined, add sour cream. Stir in flour, coco powder, baking soda, and salt . Mix until batter is smooth, then swirl in fudge sauce. Line a muffin tin with liners and using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to each cup. Bake for 15-18 (it took me more like 20-25 but my oven is a little wacky)minutes. Let cool before frosting.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened

2/3 cup peanut butter

3 cups of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 of milk

pinch of salt

Cream butter and peanut butter together in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add powdered sugar with mixer on low speed and gradually add milk and vanilla extract. Mix until frosting is smooth. If too thick, add more milk; if too thin, add more sugar.

Assembly

Once cupcake have cooled completely use a knife to cut two slits into the cupcakes, forming one X shaped slit. Inject hot fudge sauce into the cupcakes using either an icing bag with a very small tip or, preferably, put the fudge sauce into a squeeze top bottle (like the kind chefs use to decorate plates and for salad dressings). The sauce will soak into the cupcakes. Once this happens feel free to inject with a bit more fudge sauce. Top with peanut butter frosting and drizzle with more fudge sauce. Enjoy!

I plan to make these again very soon to take to some of my friends. Hopefully I will get  step by step photos up after that.

My cousins sure liked them :)

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Nothing Says Easter Like…

Time with cousins…

Jelly Beans….

Easter Egg Hunts…

Whose idea was it to hide an egg on top of the fountain???

Confetti eggs…

And, of course, delicious cupcakes…

"This better make it on your blog." Just for you Uncle Steve, just for you.

(Full cupcake report tomorrow)

Amidst all the festivities we must never forget the true meaning of the season.

“And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name” Romans 1:4-5.

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

Random Ramblings

1. Thanks for your incredibly kind comments regarding my prom pictures. I don’t post pictures of myself that often but y’all made me feel great! Seriously, with super sweet comments like that, who needs sugar in their life? Not me! (at least not for 4 more days!)

2. I haven’t posted a recipe in forever. Mostly because either a) I follow a recipe pretty closely and while I may share a link to it or whatever, I don’t feel like it’s mine to take credit for. Or 2) I don’t follow a recipe whatsoever and it’s kind of hard to share something without any measurements or anything. Hopefully that will be changing soon though!

3. I’m considering making The Flourishing Foodie twitter. But, I’m afraid no one will follow me and what fun is a twitter with like 2 followers? Lame.

4. I’m super excited to make Peanut Butter Stuffed Hot Fudge Cupcakes for Easter. With a title like that, how can they not be delicious?

5. I would really love to go gluten, dairy, and sugar-free for a week. I can’t seem to find the motivation to actually do so. I actually think gluten may be the cause of my perpetual headaches. If it is the cause I may cry. I love bread way too much.

7. If you have any comments or suggestions for my blog or things you’d like to see me post about in the future, please let me know :)

8. I have a half day of school tomorrow, no school Friday or Monday and am missing school Tuesday for tennis. Long weekend  much? Life is good.

Anything random you’d like to ramble about? I’m all ears!