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Aww, mini cupcakes!

When regular cupcakes just aren’t small enough, it’s mini cupcakes!
I made some spicy chili-chocolate mini cupcakes… and they were a disaster. So then I made some vanilla bean cupcakes instead and they turned out great. I actually didn’t get too discouraged after the first incident, and the vanilla was a great idea.

3 Vanilla Cupcakes
Recipe by Chokylit
3/4 cup (1-1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1-2/3 cups vanilla sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2-2/3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out

Beat the butter and sugar together, then add the eggs one at a time.
Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, combine the milk and vanilla. Alternately add in the dry ingredients and the milk.
Bake at 350 F for 22-25 minutes
(or bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes for mini cupcakes)

For the frosting I tried mascarpone cheese for the first time and fell completely in love with it. If you’re a poor student and can’t afford nice ingredients, buy some anyway. My small tub cost about $12, but I still have lots left, had a bit on a croissant this morning, mmm. Anyway, this is the best icing I’ve ever made and it’s my new favourite. My mom requested it for her birthday. I also already had chocolate icing, so I blended in some leftover strong coffee for a mocha icing and put that on a few cakes.

Vanilla Mascarpone Icing
recipe by me
1/4 cup soft butter
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1/4 vanilla bean *
2 oz white chocolate (2 baker’s squares), melted
2- 2 1/2 cups icing sugar
splash milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Blend the butter and the cheese, scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the mix. Add the melted chocolate and mix thoroughly. Mix in the icing sugar about 1 cup at a time, alternating with a bit of milk and a touch of vanilla extract. Try not to eat it all before you ice the cupcakes.

* for this recipe I used 1/2 a vanilla bean for the cakes and 1/4 of a bean for the icing. I used the remaining 1/4 bean to make a bit of vanilla sugar. It’s in a little mason jar with some granulated sugar to be used later. I’ve still got one Madagascar vanilla bean left, I’ll have to save it for something special.


April 28, 2008 at 7:15 pm Leave a comment

Trio of cupcakes part 2


Cream cheese frosting
1 cup light cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
about 4-5 cups sifted icing sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla
splash of milk

Variations: For the chocoalte, I added some melted semi sweet chocolate and a bit more milk. For the strawberry, I stirred in strawberry jam. Very easy and it tasted amazing.
The Strawberry was my favourite overall, but the chocolate – chocolate cupcakes might have been the crowd favourite.

Study Snacks seemed to go well this week and all the cupcakes were eaten quickly and well-received.

Here’s Liam eating one of my cupcakes with a mini cupcake on top.

And here’s Sam enoying one

February 12, 2008 at 9:18 pm 1 comment

Study Snacks 2 – a trio of cupcakes

For this Sunday I made strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla cupcakes. I also made strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla frosting, and gave some of each frosting to each type of cupcake. So there were nine different combinations.
I made the cupcakes at home, brought them back to school and frosted them here.
Saucy Strawberry Cupcakes
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup strawberry sauce (see below)

Cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs and vanilla and combine. Whisk or sift the flour, baking powder & soda, and salt in another bowl, then alternate adding the dry ingredients and the strawberry sauce into the butter mixture.

Strawberry sauce
1 1/2 cups of frozen strawberries
1-2 tbsp vanilla sugar
Cracked black pepper to taste

Let the strawberries sit with the sugar for about 5 minutes, then gently heat for about 15 minutes. Add the pepper (no, really. It’s amazing, use lots). Pour into a food processor or blender and puree.

Vanilla Cupcakes
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup of milk

For the chocolate cupcakes, I added 2 tbsp of sifted cocoa, that’s all.


Tah-dah! That’s chocolate, strawberry and vanilla (left to right). Coming up next: The icing!

February 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm 1 comment

The snack that smiles back

(until you bite their heads off)
My school has this thing called Study Snacks where people edit papers and have lots of snacks about every other week. And the last time, I got to bake cupcakes for it!
I went with basic vanilla and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream in pink and blue. I think the colours look like cotton candy…they taste like vanilla though. People really liked them, and I’m not just saying that because of how quickly they disappeared and because I had to hide these two in a cupboard so I could take their picture later.

I wanted to pipe on the frosting all pretty, but I had some issues with the bags and the tip I was using. I ended up thinning out the rest of the buttercream and smearing it on.
Oh well.
Here’s the recipe for Golden Vanilla Cupcakes.
(someone left nutmeg in the kitchen so I added a pinch of that)
For the chocolate ones I just took out a little flour and replaced it with cocoa, and cooked them about 2 minutes longer.

February 4, 2008 at 4:35 am Leave a comment

Eric’s Birthday Cupcakes

“People love cinnamon! It should be on tables at restaurants along with salt and pepper. Anytime anyone says, ‘Oh this is so good. What’s in it?’ The answer invariably comes back, Cinnamon. Cinnamon. Again and again.” – Jerry Seinfeld (That’s from The Dinner Party, Season 5)
So these cupcakes are pretty special, I made them for Eric on his birthday. It’s my first real cupcake recipe actually so that’s exciting. Eric seemed to like them too. I made the buttercream icing a bit too soft, and it sort of melted instead of being in nice swirls on top. Everything tasted good though.

Eric’s Birthday Cupcakes
Cocoa-cinnamon cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream icing
1 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp cocoa
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cocoa, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, cream the butter, then beat in the sugar, eggs, yolk, and vanilla. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the milk in a few steps and gently combine.
Bake in a 350 F oven for about 20 minutes.

February 4, 2008 at 3:08 am 4 comments

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