Snickerdoodle Muffins!

February 19, 2012 at 11:46 PM | Posted in Breakfast Pastries | Leave a comment

Hey Y’all!

So since we were given a much needed 4 day break from school, we decided it would be the perfect time to bake! We decided on a breakfast pastry this time – a snickerdoodle muffin from Melissa Bakes. This was the first recipe that we had gotten from here, but it turned out great and we will definitely go back to look for more!

The recipe appeared to be just like any other cupcake, with just a few little variations.

This snickerdoodle coating (found in the bottom left) was just a super simple combination of sugar and cinnamon, nothing special.

So usually after making the batter you would just use your ice cream scoop to plop a dollop in the cupcake liner and stick ’em in the oven right? Well… these are a bit different.

Yep, that’s right! Before the batter goes into the liners, first it needs to be covered and smothered in cinammon coating. This is where it gets a bit complicated. This recipe didn’t have very descriptive instruction on how to do this except to “gently roll the batter”. This “rolling” method is a bit difficult… so we decided to use the ice cream scoop to kind of flip the batter around until it was completely covered then place it into the liners. Worked out for us! Maybe you can find a method that works even better!

Our batter made a full 24 cupcakes, but as you can see, we had a TON of our coating left over. We did as the recipe said and sprinkled some of the coating over the top, but that didn’t seem to help much. We were afraid that we didn’t use enough and that they wouldn’t come out tasting too great, but no worries, they came out amazing! Not sure what to do with our crazy excess of cinnamon-sugar though…

Drum roll please…


Everyone loved them!

Thanks for reading!

Carson & Graycen


Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes

February 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM | Posted in Cupcakes | Leave a comment

Hey y’all!

So after our great success with those mini cinnamon rolls, we decided that we would try our hand at a cinnamon swirl cupcake recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. Once again, another simple recipe that didn’t take too long. This was a layered cake, so it was easy to make, but ends up looking great.

This recipe is really straightforward – no special tricks, nothing too difficult. We decided against using pecans, and because of time restraints, we did not make the icing this time around, but it was just like any other buttercream frosting, nothing too fancy.

So like mentioned before, this is a layered cake, so we made the two “batters” (one batter and one dry mixture) in two separate bowls, then, using an ice cream scoop, plopped them right on top of each other in the baking tins.

Sprinkle the rest of your brown sugar mixture over the batter, and that’s it! Bake ’em and there ya’ go! A super yummy simple treat great for any event.

After baking for about 20 minutes…

Thanks for reading!

Carson & Graycen

Nutella Swirl Cupcakes

January 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM | Posted in Cupcakes | Leave a comment

Hey y’all!

Today we made some cupcakes that we had been admiring for quite a while. We got the idea from this wonderful blog, Casa Veneracion.

We decided to use this recipe because we knew how popular the Nutella spread was and we knew how popular cupcakes are so we figured putting them together would be, well…amazing.

And we have to admit that we were right; it’s definitely something we will make again!

So while making our batter, we realized that it was SUPER thick, but don’t worry if you have this problem as well, cause it will end up thinning out.

But don’t worry! It ended up thinning out and was super easy to scoop into the cupcake liners. Our batter made about 12 cupcakes.

We then added a teaspoon of Nutella to the top of each cupcake and swirled it into the cupcake. This was a bit difficult, so we ended up swirling the nutella through the top of the cupcake, but they still turned out awesome.

After baking…

The thing we loved about this is that these cupcakes are so simple yet so delicious! They don’t need to be iced, because the nutella basically acts as it’s own icing. They can be eaten right when they get out of the oven, and taste amazing. Of course, we would recommend letting them cool first!

We hope y’all enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Thanks for reading!

Carson & Graycen

Cini Minis

January 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM | Posted in Breakfast Pastries | Leave a comment

Hey y’all!

So we’ll just start out by saying that both of us absolutely LOVE cinnamon rolls. We love them. So this morning for breakfast, we decided to try something new. We found this recipe for 8 minute cinnamon rolls on the Iowa Girl Eats site and thought we would try it out ourselves. Now, we will say that they definitely took a bit longer than 8 minutes, but they were fairly easy.

We started with one pack of Pillsbury Crescent rolls. We took half of the pack (4) and placed them next to each other. After pinching the seams together, we rolled it out to make an even rectangle

Then, using a pastry brush, we covered it with a little less than a tablespoon of butter. We sprinkled it with cinnamon and brown sugar rolled it into a stick of goodness.

Our trick for slicing the rolls was to use dental floss! Just grab some unminted dental floss and slice away! They end up slicing really easily.

After you slice them, you can place them into a greased pan. We always grease our pans with our magic pan release (which can be found here). You can then start on your other half of the dough, repeating the same process. We ended up with 18 rolls in all.

The glaze is a simple combination of syrup, milk, and baking powder. After baking for 8 minutes, we poured our glaze over the warm cinnamon rolls. They came out perectly and tasted absolutely heavenly!

So simple, yet SO delicious.

Thanks for reading!

Carson & Graycen

Reese’s Layered Cupcake

January 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM | Posted in Cupcakes | Leave a comment

Hey Y’all!

So this cupcake is a spin-off of the much-loved chocolate and peanut butter combination.We actually found this recipe on the Pillsbury website and decided to try it! We will say right now that there are no actual Reese’s cups involved, but anyone who loves these will be sure to want some more. It’s a layered cupcake with chocolate and peanut butter.

Because it is a layered cake, we have to make two separate batters. The first is basically just a chocolate cake batter.

The second is a combination of cream cheese and peanut butter. We decided to use natural Jif for ours, but any peanut butter will do.

So after you make your two batters, you will start to layer them into your liners. So we started by adding a level tablespoon of the chocolate batter. Then a level tablespoon of the peanut butter batter. Then chocolate. Then peanut butter again. Making 18 cupcakes, we ended up having having the perfect amount of batter for these four layers.

Before putting them in the oven, sprinkle them with about 4 or 5 of the two types of chips (chocolate and peanut butter). The recipe said to bake them for 25-30 minutes, but with our oven it ended up being only about 22 minutes; just be careful to watch them.

They ended up looking great! We loved the layered look on the inside and thought they tasted amazing! We’ll definitely be trying these again!

Thanks for reading!

Carson & Graycen

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

January 16, 2012 at 11:34 AM | Posted in Cupcakes | 1 Comment

Hey y’all!

So yesterday we found this DELICIOUS looking recipe for Cookies and Cream cupcakes off of Annie’s Eats. Her site is full of great cupcake recipes; I love finding cupcakes here. So these are super simple and don’t take much time at all, but they come out great!

So other than the usual baking ingredients, I would get 2 packages of Oreo cookies at the store. The recipe was basically just a white cake with oreo added, but there’s something about that combination that creates heaven.

So we started by separating all of our Oreos so that the cream was all on one side. It may seem like this would be easier with a knife, but trust me, it’s not. We found that the easiest way to do this is just twisting them. Then we placed them into the cupcake liners in our baking pan.

Don’t throw these away, since they’ll be used later!

We then made the batter. Like I said before, the batter was actually really basic, just with coarsely chopped Oreo cookies added into it.

We filled our cups a little more than 2/3 of the way full, because these don’t rise as you would expect with other cupcakes.

We baked our cupcakes for 16 minutes, or just until slightly golden on the outside. I would be careful to watch them as to not overcook the bottoms.

Allow them to cool in the pans for 5-10 minutes, then let them completely cool on a cooling rack before icing them. We took our extra Oreo cookies that we had separated from  the icing and chopped them up in our food processor. We sprinkled them onto our iced cupcakes and added a half of an Oreo as a garnish.

So there ya’ go! A really simple recipe that comes out really great!

Thanks for reading!

Carson & Graycen

New Year’s Eve Cupcakes!

December 31, 2011 at 11:06 PM | Posted in Cupcakes | Leave a comment

Hey y’all!

So Since it is New Year’s Eve, we’ve decided to start the New year off with some New Year’s Eve cupcakes! After reading about these on  The Confessions of a Cookbook Queen Blog, we were really excited to take a crack at it ourselves. This is a really simple idea that comes out looking great, and is perfect for a New Year’s Eve Party! Enjoy!

For the cupcake we decided to use just a simple white cake recipe. This recipe’s really easy and turns out great every time.

After baking them till they were spongy on top and our toothpick came out clean, we let them cool for about 20 minutes while we prepared the toppings.

We then iced our cupcakes with a blue buttercream frosting and added some rainbow non-pereils to the top to make them fun and cute!

For the “streamers” we used sliced up airheads. We cut them using a pizza cutter then twirled them with our hands, but you can twirl them around a pencil or skewer as well.

Add just a few to the top, and there you go! You have some super easy and totally adorable New Year’s Eve cupcakes!

Thanks for reading!

Carson & Graycen

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