Friday, January 16, 2015

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vanilla Cupcakes

I have big - big news ....

I'm moving!!!

It's official.  I will have a change address --- tomorrow!

Ok, so I'm not actually moving out of my house, but I AM moving the blog to a new address.  :)

I am finally launching a My Story in Recipes website!  I will continue to blog on my new site and I can hardly wait for all of you to visit me at my new address -

With over 1100 pictures and recipes to get onto the new website, it was no easy task to change my address but it was well worth it in the end.  The new website features a much more easily accessible picture index of recipes and a printable version of each new recipe!  You are going to love it.

There is also a blog page on the website where I will continue to post new recipes and pictures.  The only difference is my change of address.  From now on you can simply type in and voila - you will be at my new home!  

In the meantime, I will post one final cupcake recipe on this blog.   

Vanilla Cupcakes


Vanilla Cupcakes:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
½ cup sour cream
1 large egg , room temperature
2 large egg yolks , room temperature
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment.

Add butter, sour cream, egg and egg yolks, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth and satiny, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix by hand until smooth and no flour pockets remain.

3. Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin.

Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes.

Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.

Thanks Browneyedbaker for this little beauty.  I'm loving this new vanilla cupcake recipe.  They're moist and light and packed with vanilla flavor. 

I look forward to seeing all of you on my new blog - tomorrow!!!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes

I have a love-hate relationship with homemade caramel.  I would LOVE to be able to make it and I HATE the fact that I haven't been able to master the technique yet.  The thought of a homemade salted caramel sauce is incredibly appealing.  There are so many things that I could do with a jar full of homemade caramel - swirl it into buttercream and cupcake batter, drizzle it over ice cream and cakes.

I found this recipe for salted caramel chocolate cupcakes on and I decided to give homemade caramel one more try.  The problem that I've had is that my caramel seems nice and smooth and creamy while it's warm but once it cools to room temperature, it turns grainy and gritty.  (Anyone out there that can tell me what I'm doing wrong?)

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon Dutch-process cocoa powder
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon hot water
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
2 sticks plus 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cups sugar
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
¾ cup sour cream

For the filling:
2½ cups sugar
2/3 cup water
1 tbsp. light corn syrup
¾ cup heavy cream, warmed
2¼ tsp. sea salt

Salted Caramel Buttercream

To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a small bowl, combine the cocoa powder and hot water and whisk until smooth.

In another medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and whisk to blend.

Combine the butter and sugar in a medium saucepan set over medium heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is smooth and the butter is completely melted.

Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-low speed until the mixture is cool, about 4-5 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Blend in the vanilla and then the cocoa mixture until smooth.

With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions alternating with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing each addition just until incorporated.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking.

To make the filling, combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.  Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan.  Heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has melted into a syrup.  Stop stirring and gently swirl the pan, using a pastry brush dipped in water to wipe down any bits of sugar stuck to the sides of the pan.  Continue to boil, swirling occasionally, until the mixture is a deep amber color (but not burned!) and it registers 340˚ F on the thermometer.

Very slowly pour in the cream in a slow, steady stream down the inside edge of the pan, stirring constantly until smooth.  Remove from the heat and stir in the salt.

 Cut a hole in each cupcake.

 Fill with caramel sauce.

Top with caramel buttercream.

Decorate with a chocolate dipped - salted caramel.

My caramel sauce actually turned out better this time.  It didn't seem to get grainy when it was refrigerated and I'm hoping that it will last in a Tupperware container for a few weeks.  I really don't know what I did differently so if you can help me out on this one - send me a comment please.