Friday, July 03, 2015

4th of July BBQ Hot Dog Cupcakes

This is a fun recipe for the 4th of July and summertime.

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  •  1 2/3 cups sugar
  •  3 eggs, room temp 
  • 2 cups flour 
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder 
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp salt
  •  1 1/3 cups milk 

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powder sugar
  •  3/4 cup heavy whipping cream 
  • Red & orange sprinkles 
  • Hot Tamale candy

Cupcake Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.
  • Cream butter with sugar until light and creamy.
  • Add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Alternate the addition of the dry ingredients and milk with the creamed mixture.
  • Beat until smooth after each addition.
  • Scoop batter into lined cupcake tins.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool in the cupcake tin for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from cupcake pan and cool on wire rack.
  • Frosting Directions
  • Beat the softened butter until its creamy.
  • Add cocoa and powder sugar alternately, mixing after each addition.
  • Mix well… add a small amount of heavy whipping cream after each addition if it doesn’t cream until it becomes creamy.
  • If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if too thin, add more powder sugar, a 1/2 cup at a time.
  • Take a large spoonful of frosting, turn the spoon upside down if the frosting stays on the spoon then it is done. If it drops off the spoon add more powdered sugar and mix well.
  • Spoon the frosting into a pastry bag with a frosting tip.
  • Frost the cupcakes with a smooth layer of frosting.
  • Using your fingertip dipped into a small dish of water and wet the frosted cupcake to “stick” your red and orange sprinkles to look like flames.
  • Thursday, July 02, 2015

    Check Out the Latest Posts on

    Before you head out for the 4th of July, check out the latest posts on Cupcakes.

    Tuesday, June 30, 2015

    It Takes A Doughnut To Talk About Different Sugars

    National Doughnut Day was less than a month ago and I still have visions of doughnuts in my head. I'm not as crazed about doughnuts as Homer Simpson, but the combination doughnut cupcake is the summer blockbuster of desserts. When I saw the photo below from The Lone Baker, I thought her blog post was going to be about making a cupcake plus doughnut dessert. Actually she blogs about the various kinds of sugar. As a reader of many cookbooks myself, I am often confused about caster, confectioner's sugar and sanding sugar.  Read this informative blog post and bookmark it for future baking.
    Love Bite 'The Simpsons Cupcake'

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Cupcakes Down South Raises Money For Charleston Victims With Charleston Love Cupcake

    Cupcake DownSouth is currently offering the “Charleston Love” cupcake, a sweet treat that the business will donate all of the proceeds from to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund. The cupcakes are $2.95 and are available in chocolate or vanilla cake, with vanilla and chocolate icing swirled together and topped with a red heart. They will be available until July 5, 2015.

     The “Charleston Love” cupcakes are available at all three Cupcake DownSouth locations:

    • Downtown Charleston: 433 King Street, Charleston 
    • Belle Hall in Mt. Pleasant: 644 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant
    • Vista in Downtown Columbia: 1213 Lincoln Street, Columbia

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Rainbow Cupcakes At Back In The Bakery

    Although June is Pride Month, not every city has their big pride celebration the last weekend in June. For example, Savannah Pride weekend is in the fall. However, you don't have to wait to the fall to enjoy the rainbow cupcakes. I spotted these cupcakes last weekend at Back In The Day Bakery.
    Rainbow #cupcakes #pride #savannah
    BTW, congratulations to the Stonewall Inn in New York on getting historic landmark status.

    Monday, June 15, 2015

    Food Trend: I See Sprinkles Everywhere

    Cupcakes have engendered more food trends that any other dessert or entree. Cupcakes have the flavors red velvet and salted caramel popular. Cupcakes have paved the way for bacon to be incorporated into desserts. Now, I see sprinkles everywhere. Sprinkles are not new. They have been on cakes, cupcakes, cookies for years. Sprinkles connote celebration. As someone said to me last week, "Sprinkles are the glitter of food." Lately I have been sprinkles in different places, and I like it!

    Savannah-based Byrd's Cookie Co has a special summer cookie. It's a sprinkle-baked almond cookie and it is delicious. You can order online as well.

    Savannah's Candy Kitchen has chocolate covered and sprinkled pretzels.

    If you want to make your own homemade sprinkles, it is really easy to do. All you need is confectioner's sugar, egg white, vanilla extract and food coloring.

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    #GetBaked: Cake & Cupcake Decorating Bakers Chat

    Join us live today on Sunday June 14th as we chat with some of our favorite cake decorators/bloggers on #getbaked (a weekly interactive and live-streaming web series on Google+) brought to you by the founders of and Cupcakes Take the Cake.

    Each week we sit down with our favorite bakers to chat about a new baking topic. The format of our show allows you to ask questions, share recipes and upload photos of your favorite baking creations. 

    Episode 013: Cake & Cupcake Decorating Bakers Chat at 5PM EDT/2PMPDT

    Karen Tack and Alan Richardson,

    +Babette Pepaj   
    +Nichelle Stephens  

    Thursday, June 11, 2015

    Robot Cupcakes

    Beautiful robot cupcakes by The Caking Girl
    Robot Cupcakes