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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

12 Feb

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There are many ways to say “I love you”.  One way I say it is through my baking. From the pretty-in-pink to the decadent chocolate/chocolate, here are some of my favorite I Love You’s for Valentine’s Day:

1. Pink Velvet Cupcakes with Sweet Revenge Liqueur

2. Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes with Sweet Revenge and Limoncello

3. Amaretto Sour Cupcakes

4. Goldschlager Red Hot! Cupcakes

Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting

Champagne Cupcakes with Champagne Frosting

5. Champagne Cupcakes

6. Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes with Grand Marnier Buttercream

7. Chocolate Wine Cupcakes

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8.   Neapolitan Cupcakes with Chambord Raspberry Buttercream

9.   Chocolate Snoball Cupcakes with Coconut Rum

10. Godiva Chocolate-Chocolate Cupcakes

11. Frangelico Cupcakes with Nutella Frosting

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Why not whip up a batch of something sweet for your special sweetie?

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4th of JULY FIRECRACKER CUPCAKES

4 Jul

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Happy Independence Day! July 4th has to be my favorite holiday – I don’t know why really. Maybe it has to do with my interest in early American history, American culture and celebrations.

Or maybe it has something to do with being a native New Englander, now living just outside Philadelphia, both regions claiming to be the birthplace of America. (Philly may try to claim it, but we all know it was Boston).

Maybe it’s my love of that patriotic red-white-blue color combination, which also happens to be the team colors for both the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots (coincidence? I think not.) But who isn’t moved by the sight of the star spangled banner, waving proudly in a gentle breeze atop any stadium or ballpark in this country?

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Maybe it’s the parades, the fireworks, the cookouts with family and friends.

Or maybe it’s the sheer wonderment how just a handful of men, full of provocative philosophy and even more courage, managed to create this country of ours 237 years ago. We’re a baby really compared to some other nations, but look how far we’ve come and the impact we’ve had on the rest of the world – cause indeed for the most glorious fireworks celebration!

For these July 4th cupcakes, I’ve taken my red hot Goldschlager cupcakes, added a little flash of red, white and blue, and topped them with some sizzling Goldschlager cream cheese frosting. Because today of all days, your cookout or picnic should end with a little bang!

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I love the way Goldschlager has it’s own fireworks display going on inside the bottle.

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JULY 4th FIRECRACKER CUPCAKES

Follow the recipe for Goldschlager cupcakes, http://buicupcakes.com/2013/02/14/goldschlager-red-hot-cupcakes/ but omit the cinnamon hearts. Instead, after all the ingredients have been mixed together, gently stir in 2-3 tablespoons of red, white and blue jimmies or decorating stars. Bake as directed, but be sure to fill the tins only 2/3 to 3/4 full.

GOLDSCHLAGER CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1/2 cup butter

4 ounces cream cheese

4 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

3 tablespoons Goldschlager

red white blue sprinkles

Cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar, vanilla, salt and Goldschlager and mix at low speed until combined, then at high speed until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes. Frost and decorate as desired.

Enjoy!

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Goldschlager Red Hot Cupcakes

14 Feb

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Valentine’s Day is all about emotion. There are those that look forward to it with eager anticipation – pre-teens in puppy love, the newly engaged, the newly wed, who can’t wait for the day that celebrates the wonder of their love. And there are some that face the day with dread or sadness – the just widowed, the just divorced, the newly single, the still single.

But I think somehow the idea of Valentine’s Day got tangled up with the message that love = couples. Which is completely untrue. Valentine’s Day is not just for celebrating romantic relationships – that’s what anniversaries are for. The truth is, there are a bazillion different kinds of love. There’s love of a child, a sister or a best friend. We love our dogs and cats in ways that can’t be described. We love a favorite color, a new song, an author, or that fantastic dress we just bought on sale. I love to bake. Thankfully, I have friends that love to eat cupcakes.

So the point is this: Valentine’s Day is a day for celebrating Love, in all its forms, whatever its form. Do something you love, be with someone you love, give your dog an extra big hug today, give yourself a big hug! Because the best thing about love is, the more you put out there, the more you get back.

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For me, baking is one way to show my love…and these cupcakes are a great way to do that. They taste just like those red hot cinnamon hearts, without the heat. An absolutely delicious way to share your love.

Goldschlager Red Hot Cupcakes

Adapted from a recipe at http://www.bakeitwithbooze.com/2011/12/red-hot-holiday-cupcakes.html 

Makes approx. 24 cupcakes

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2 1/2 cups flour

3 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cream of tartar

1/2 salt

1 1/2 cups sugar

12 tablespoons butter, room temperature

2 whole eggs + 1 egg white

2 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup Goldschlager

1/2 cup buttermilk

red hot cinnamon hearts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk and Goldschlager.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.

Add eggs and egg white, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

Add vanilla.

Add flour mixture, alternating with the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full. Sprinkle several red hots over each cupcake and push down into batter (they tend to rise to the top).

Bake  for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then on wire rack until completely cool. Frost as desired.

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Red Hot Buttercream Frosting

When I made these cupcakes, I knew there was a chance some children might be enjoying them, so I omitted the Goldschlager from the frosting. However, you could probably substitute some of the milk with the Goldschlager if you wanted to give it a little extra “spice”.

1 cup butter, room temperature

3-4 cups powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon vanilla

up to 4 tablespoons milk or cream

1/4 cup red hot cinnamon hearts, crushed (a mini coffee grinder works well for this)

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Beat butter in stand mixture for several minutes, until light. Add 3 cups powdered sugar, on low until mixed in, and then at medium speed. Add vanilla, salt, red hots and 2 tablespoons milk. Mix for several minutes, adding more sugar or milk, until desired consistency is reached. Frost as desired.    IMG_0006

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