Sour Cream Chocolate Cupcakes

Sour cream makes baked goods so tender! The texture is similar to my favorite childhood cake; Texas sheet cake. These cupcakes bake beautifully and stay very moist. To intensify the flavor, make sure you use all coffee instead of the blend of coffee and water.

I love this recipe with a peanut butter mousse frosting as in the picture below, but they work well with most any frosting. Another great pairing is mint chocolate cookie frosting.

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Ladybug Cupcakes

I made these ladybug cupcakes to go with The Very Hungry Caterpillar cake for a baby shower. I love to make cupcake toppers like this because they add a fun flair to a cupcake for a party. Follow these steps to make your own ladybug cupcake toppers!

Roll out balls of red

Use a standard amount of red fondant so your ladybugs are all roughly the same size. If it is humid or you work quickly, you may leave them uncovered. Otherwise, cover them with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out while waiting for embellishment.

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Giant Smash Cupcake!

Beau's smash outfit

Beau’s 1st Birthday Outift

This week I had the fortunate opportunity to make my first GIANT smash cupcake! It was for a photo shoot for baby boy Beau’s first birthday. Smash cakes (and cupcakes) have been popular for a while, but I this was my first time making one. I was excited! I don’t have a lot of the fun cake pans, so luckily my friend and co-worker is really into cakes and had one I could borrow for this occasion.

Wilton’s giant cupcake pan is great for this. It bakes nicely and holds one full cake recipe. This lucky birthday boy would get to smash the giant cupcake while wearing his adorable first birthday outfit (left). The giant cupcake is finished off with a gum paste number one and rosettes made with a 1M tip. The sides of the giant smash cupcake are finished with a #12 tip.

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After making the cake, my kids were so excited to see it that they asked me to promptly bake one for us! I didn’t oblige, but I know it will be fun to make my Mom’s favorite mini chocolate chip pound cake in it. Sometime soon we’ll be making another!

Giant Smash Cupcake

Have you made a Giant Smash Cupcake before? What advice can you share from your experience?