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German Chocolate Cupcakes

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German Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

German Chocolate Cupcakes.   What a fantastic idea, right?

I’m gonna step back a few steps and tell you… I’ve struggled with blogging for the past couple of weeks.   Early November was insanely busy (3 wedding cakes, a groom’s cake and 2  birthday cakes all in one weekend) and I sort of felt like I was drowning.   Everytime I’d try to write, I’d just get stuck.

But I’m trying to break out of that funk this week and get back into writing and sharing cakes.  Starting now :D

German Chocolate Cupcakes 2

This week my uncle asked for a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday.  He’s been sick for several months and although I’ve only done German Chocolate cakes a few times, I was happy to make it for him!

And since he specifically requested the frosting (and lots of it), I decided to make the Coconut Pecan frosting homemade.

You see, usually when I do a German Chocolate Cake, I cover it with Chocolate Cream Cheese frosting.  And when I made German Chocolate Cake Balls, I used the canned frosting.  But yesterday?   I made a real cake with real homemade Coconut Pecan Frosting.  And it was sooooo good!

German Chocolate Cupcake Open 2

In the process, I had some extra batter and frosting, so I decided to make some cupcakes.  And I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I like the cupcakes better than the cake.  Because in addition to the Coconut Pecan Frosting… I added some Milk Chocolate Buttercream.  Better, right?

Yeah, I thought so.

Because Milk Chocolate Buttercream makes everything better.

Easy German Chocolate Cupcakes

Anywho… I’m really, really loving the way these cupcakes turned out and I’m seriously considering adding them to my regular rotation of cupcakes.  They’re not hard to make and they’re just plain delicious.

As a side note… have any of you decided that you liked something that you thought you hated after you started baking regularly?  I used to hate almond flavoring, but now this White Almond Sour Cream cake is one of my all-time favorites.  I also used to hate coconut in just about anything baked… and now… I’m sort of loving it.  Italian Cream Cake?  The bombdiggity.  And these German Chocolate Cupcakes?   So, so addictive.

German Chocolate Cupcakes Coconut Pecans

These recipes were only slightly adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor Returns.    If you like doctored cake mix recipes, I cannot recommend enough all of Anne Byrn’s books.  I have three of them and they’re fantastic!!

Here you go:

German Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: Cupcakes
Serves: 30-36 cupcakes
Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 4 oz. German's Sweet Chocolate
  • 1 (16.5 oz) German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 2 ounces all-purpose flour
  • 1.7 oz vanilla instant pudding mix (half a package or appx. 4 tablespoons)
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
For the Coconut Pecan Frosting
  • 1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons salted butter (1½ sticks)
  • 4 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1½ cups chopped pecans
For the Milk Chocolate Buttercream
  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (or more, depending on desired consistency)
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate bars (Hershey's Bar's work great!)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
For the cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 325°F and prepare your cupcake pans. I like to use glassine liners.
  2. Break the milk chocolate bar into pieces and place them in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate, cake mix, flour, pudding mix, water, sour cream, oil, and eggs. Beat on low until the ingredients are incorporated and then on high for 2 more minutes. The batter will be smooth and thick.
  4. Scoop into your cupcake liners (I like to use a 2 tablespoon scoop to fill my cupcake liners... I do a heaping scoop per cupcake), and bake for 19 minutes.
For the Coconut Pecan Frosting
  1. Place the evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla in a large boiler over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and golden brown. This took about 12 minutes for me. Remove from the heat, stir in the coconut and pecans, and allow it to cool to room temperature (I stuck mine in the frig - it got a little too thick, but it worked!). It'll take at least 30 minutes to cool to room temperature if left out.
For the Milk Chocolate Buttercream
  1. Chop up the chocolate bars and place them in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat the chocolate in 30 second increments until completely melted. Set it aside and let it cool.
  2. Once the chocolate has cooled, in a large bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed and add in the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  3. Gradually pour the cream into the frosting while mixing. Once the cream mixture is thoroughly mixed into the frosting, fold cooled milk chocolate into the frosting. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high, and beat frosting for an additional 3 minutes.
Assembly
  1. When the cupcakes are cooled, pipe the milk chocolate frosting around the outer edge of the cupcake - forming a "bowl" in the center. I used a 1M tip for this. Then using a tablespoon, scoop a dollop of the Coconut Pecan Frosting into the center of each cupcake.

 

Marshmallow Nail Polish Bottles & Make-Up Cake

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How to Make Marshmallow Fingernail Polish Bottles H

You’ve seen these Marshmallow Nail Polish Bottles, right?  I can’t remember where I first saw them a few years ago, but last year when I was asked to do a Make-Up Cake and the Marshmallow Nail Polish Bottles… I was excited!

These treats are fun and easy and anyone can make them!

All you need is marshmallows, candy melts, toothpicks and tootsie rolls.  You attach the tootsie roll to the marshmallow with a toothpick, then use that as a “handle” to dip the marshmallow in melted candy melts.

Tap them a few times to get off the excess, then set them on wax paper to dry… and you’re done!!  If you’re candy melts are too thick, be sure to check out this post for How to Thin Wilton Candy Melts for Perfect Cake Pops.

See?  Easy!

Now… for the cake.

Pink and Black Makeup Cake Small

It was a 9″ round vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream.  All of the decorations were homemade marshmallow fondant and Black Satin Ice fondant.

I added Tylose to the make-up pieces so they would dry hard.  I used my Pazzles for the lettering.

Here are some other tools I used:

And that’s it!   Do you have any questions?  Leave me a comment and I’ll answer & help you if I can!

Pink and Black Makeup Cake and Marshmallow Fingernail Polish Sm

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Makeup and Fashion Purse Cupcakes

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Zebra Make Up Cake

Zebra Make-up Cake

 

Sarah’s Sweets: Easy Pretzel Pumpkins

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Easy Pumpkin Pretzels

I was going through my pictures today and found these Easy Pretzel Pumpkins.  I was rather surpised.  I didn’t make the treats, didn’t take the pictures and I didn’t know that my daughter had… but she did.

Several days ago, completely on her own, she asked if she could make a treat.  And without any direction from me (or any Pinterest influence… I know there are several very similar ideas out there), she made these and photographed them (without telling me about the photographing part).

When I found the pictures, I knew I had to write about them.  I was just so proud of her.  She made a yummy treat (we won’t talk about how manyh I ate) and she took beautiful pictures. With no help.  None.

Why is this so exciting?  Sarah is 11 years old.  And she already has her mind made up that she wants to be a baker/cake decorator just like me.  She says her business will be named Sarah’s Sweets and she has already designed her business cards.

I couldn’t be more proud of her creativity, big dreams and her willingness to pursue them.  While I’m bragging, let me show you a few more things.

A few weeks ago, she asked if she could bake a cake, decorate it,  and sell it.

My Mommy’s heart was afraid she’d fail.  I didn’t want her to do all the work and no one buy the cake.  I didn’t want her to be hurt or disappointed.  But more than that – I didn’t want to hold her back.

So I let her bake this cake, decorate it (using some leftover frosting I already had on hand from another order) and post it on Facebook:

Sarah Roses Cake

And you know what?  It sold.  In fact, she sold two of them and had to stay up late baking and decorating the second one.  She did all the work by herself.  All of it.

And then a few days later… she asked if she could do one of my orders for me.   Because the customer was a family friend and the cake design was totally up to me, I decided I’d let her try. She didn’t want to do roses again, so I decided we’d try for pom-poms (another fairly easy method of decorating).   I knew if it started to go downhill, I could jump in and take over.

Sarah with PomPom Cake

But guess what?  She did it too!  This time I helped some… she baked the cakes, I filled and crumb-coated (because it had this HUGE Oreo filling), and then she decorated. The only other help I offered was piping the “E” on top.

And then last week… the Pumpkin Pretzels.  And the photos.   She’s becoming quite the little entrepreneur!

Anyway – here’s how she made the pretzels.   It’s so easy, it barely requires instructions.

Chocolate Dipped Pumpkin Pretzels

She took pretzels and dipped them in melted orange candy melts.  Then she laid them on wax paper and before the candy melts set, she added two green sugar pearls (we found them at Walmart also, on the baking aisle).  And that’s IT!!  And they were so yummy!!  And cute, dontcha think?

Easy Pretzel Pumpkins
 
Ingredients
  • Pretzel Twists
  • Orange Candy Melts
  • Green Sugar Pearls
Instructions
  1. Melt the candy melts in a microwave save dish for 1 min. Stir and cook again in 15 second intervals until completely melted and smooth.
  2. Dip the pretzels in melted orange candy melts. They're easy to remove using a fork!
  3. Lay them on wax paper and while they're still wet, add the green sugar pearls to the "top" of the pumpkin.
  4. Let them set and they're done!!