Thursday, March 22, 2012

Nutella Cupcakes

Nutella...yummmm. When I studied abroad I ate this stuff like it was going out of style. (which explains the 10 lbs I gained) I have some good memories at downing nutella crepes with my friends at 2 and 3am. So why not make a nutella cupcake?! I started by making my original chocolate cupcake. I then put a nutella filling in the middle so you get that rich milky hazelnut taste in every bit. For my frosting I made a nutella buttercream frosting and garnished with some hazelnut candy. Look hard so you can see the nutella filling- or better yet, I'll make some for you. Enjoy!

                                                           Nutella Filling

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Classic Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I have some wonderful childhood memories of spending time at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs with my cousins and grandparents- probably some of the best memories with my Papa and Meme. One of the best things about The Broadmoor is their carrot cake cupcakes. (Yes I did just tell you the best thing about a 5 star resort is a cupcake- which makes me pretty sure I'm on the right path career wise) Those cupcakes are amazing! So amazing that they sell out really fast- so before we even went to breakfast every morning we would pop into the bakery and snag one....or twelve. When I was asked to create a carrot cake cupcake I thought- how can I ever make mine as good as The Broadmoor's?! Well, simple is best...and that's exactly what mine are. There aren't any frills or surprises in this one- just classic yummy carrot cake. Of course, it's all about the frosting so I did my best. Now I'm not sure they are as good as The Broadmoor's- but I sure hope they are pretty darn close. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thin Mint Cupcakes

Thin Mint Cupcakes!

              Chunks of thin mints and ganache filling
God bless those girlscouts! They know how to make a mean cookie! Who doesn't love Thin Mints- so who wouldn't like a Thin Mint Cupcake??  I started by crunching an entire sleeve of cookies for 12 cupcakes. Yes, that means these bad boys are loaded with yummy cookie chunks. I added the cookie chunks into my chocolate batter and baked. Then I whipped up some ganache and put some in the center of each cupcake. For the frosting- I added some mint to my basic buttercream frosting (okay it was Schnapps)and garnished with a cookie. My cousin, Travis, who has a serious sweet tooth (like all Sharps) was visiting when I made these and he downed 2 immediately- I'll take that as a compliment. I hope you enjoy these as much as Travis and I did! Now, if we can just get the girlscouts to sell these year-round....