5. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 15 minutes.
6. Cool cupcakes and frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
7. Lightly sift cocoa powder on top.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 2 cups frosting
4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup cream cheese
4 cups of confectionersâ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
2. Add confectionersâ sugar and salt. Beat until most of the sugar is moistened, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.
3. When the mixture is fully combined, add vanilla.
4. Increase speed and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Recipes developed by Jessi Walter, Founder and Chief Bud at Taste Buds Kitchen ( www.tastebudskitchen.com ).
Itâs a lot of fun to stage a baking battle in your own kitchen. Iâve done it tons of times with friendsâand the best part is eating whatever you make! Everyoneâs a winner!
1. Divide your friends into two or three teamsâand pick a name for your teams. For example, âSweet Sensationsâ or âCupcake Queens.â I like to make a poster with our team name on it. It puts you in the mood!
2. Pick older members of your familyâlike your mom, dad, or siblingsâto be the judges. (Younger ones can help, too.) The adults can also help you put cupcakes in the oven and take them out.
3. Come up with a theme for the cupcake battle. Iâve done lots of different themes, like âPirates and Princesses,â âEaster Eggs,â and âHaunted Halloween.â Iâve even done one to celebrate the royal wedding in England! Any occasion or idea is a great one! I decide ahead of time so I can provide my friends with cupcake decorations and wrappers that match the theme.
4. Set the timer for exactly 60 minutes. The cupcakes should take about 20 minutes to bake, which leaves you enough time to mix, cool, decorate, and display your cupcakes. Pick one flavor to bake for both teams (unless you have two mixers and can make two flavors).
5. Your team gets to decide how they will color, fill, and frost the cupcakes. Hereâs how you set yourself apart from the competition! For Halloween, we made gross green frosting ooze out of a chocolate cupcake. Then we put gummy spiders on top. Make sure each team has a lot of choices: fill small cups with different types of candies, sprinkles, and chips. You can also provide food coloring (to dye your cupcake batter) and fondant (to make small figures or decorations).
6. Make sure the judge sets a timer and tells you every 5 to 10 minutes how much time is remaining. Itâs a lot of fun when you know the clock is ticking downâ¦that makes it even more exciting and like a real cupcake battle.
7. After you have frosted your cupcakes, display them creatively. I have a cupcake tower so I love to stack mine high. You could also serve them in a circle, on a silver platter, with bows around the wrapper, any way you think will impress the judges!
8. Finally, ask your judges to rate the cupcakes on taste, decoration, and theme. I like to give the winner a cupcake-themed prize, like some pretty cupcake wrappers or a cupcake charm. Congrats!
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Girls start your ovens!
The Cupcake Club is back with an even sweeter story and mouthwatering recipes to match!
The girls of Peace, Love, and Cupcakes volunteer to make a giant cupcake wedding tower for Jennaâs momâs wedding in Las Vegas. But in the midst of all the excitement, Jenna has mixed emotions about her new family. Sheâs worried that her new stepdad will want to move the family closer to his work and she doesnât want to leave her school or her friends. Meanwhile, the girlsâ new teacher,