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Cupcakes!

For our weekend cookout, I was thinking the best dessert idea is cupcakes. Ina's Chocolate and Peanut Butter ones are highly under consideration. Has anyone made these and can you vouch for them?

Got any other great and interesting cupcake recipes?

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  1. I've made cupcakes out of the Chocolate Stout Cake recipe on epicurious that were very popular (and pretty). I also make Ina's outrageous brownie recipe into bite size brownies using my mini muffin pan. other cupcakes that i love and make frequently:
    red velvet
    yellow cake with the epicurious chocolate caramel frosting recipe
    ina's coconut cupcakes

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    1. re: LAcupcake

      I love that chocolate stout cake. When you make it as cupcakes, what is the timing? Anything else different you need to worry about?

      1. re: LulusMom

        The first thing to worry about is getting rid of them... since this is a HUGE cake it makes a TON of cupcakes (I think last time I had nearly 50). Of course with a muffin tin vs. 9 inch rounds you have to cut down the bake time. I have a vintage oven that has great even heat but runs a bit hotter than others so i usually am always on the low end of timing estimates. I start watching them around 18 minutes or so (it also is going to depend on how full you fill your cups). Otherwise everything is the same!

        1. re: LAcupcake

          Thanks so much ... I like the idea of these, simply because they're easier to share this way. But 50 is an awful lot of cupcakes isn't it? But thank you so much, I'll probably try this in the next couple of weeks.

    2. I know there's more than one person out there with a good cupcake recipe. Help me out!

      And really, no one has tried Barefoot Contessa's chocolate cupcakes with PB frosting?

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      1. re: QueenB

        No recipes - I just use cake batter.

        However - maybe you could fill them with something? jelly, choc, whipped cream, caramel.... that might be a fun twist.

        1. re: laurendlewis

          Maybe I'll try that. I wonder how hard it is to fill a cupcake without making a giant mess...

          1. re: QueenB

            Do you have a large pastry tip? You can drop into the corner of a baggie...

            1. re: chef chicklet

              I sure do. I was just curious about the filling making the cupcake explode, because really, a cupcake is dense, with no room for filling, unlike a donut or cream puff.
              I guess the best way to find out is to try it! If they start exploding, then I'll maybe try to core out a bit and put the filling in there.

              1. re: QueenB

                I've filled them w/out trouble. You don't need much--just a squirt. I'll make fake Hostess cupcakes, fill (next time I'm trying that Red Velvet Cake recipe frosting w/ the boiled frosting) them w/ the pastry tip, cover the top w/ a thinned chocolate ganache, make the swirl w/ white chocolate for school functions.

                1. re: QueenB

                  Not the same, but a nice alternative to filling is to cut out a little cone from the top of the cupcake with a small sharp knife (steak knife works well) --the cone diameter a little smaller than the cake. Fill the cone shaped hole with whipped cream or other fluffy frosting, then press the cone back into the frosting; needs little other icing other than perhaps a dusting of 10X, or drizzle a little chocolate or berry syrup.

          2. re: QueenB

            My favorite recipe has always been for Black Bottom Cupcakes, a mixture of rich chocolate batter, cream cheese and chocolate chips. It has been my go-to recipe for years.

            1. re: pilotgirl210

              Yes, my favorite chocolate cupcake is black bottom. I like the one from Rosie's Bakery book, but the linked recipe by David Lebovitz looks just as good.

              http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipe...

              If you're interested in carrot cake cupcakes, then below is a link to my first try at carrot cake. I think this would convert very nicely to domed cupcakes.

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39045...

              Please report back on what you make!

              1. re: Carb Lover

                Thanx for the carrot cake recipe, Carb Lover. My schedule is beyond full this weekend, but next weekend.....

                I have to agree with someone who posted on this thread that I think I like cupcakes so much because they remain nice and moist for a number of days after they're baked, unlike a layered cake. And I will definitely do a traditional cream cheese frosting. What is carrot cake without cream cheese?? Which frosting do you use on your black bottom cupcakes? Just curious.

                1. re: pilotgirl210

                  I don't ice black bottom cupcakes. The are pretty rich as it is that the cream cheese center satisfies my icing needs. I think I'll make carrot cake cupcakes soon too and will report back...

                  1. re: Carb Lover

                    I'm thinking of making the carrot cake cupcakes w/ the cream cheese filling from the black bottom cupcakes.

                    1. re: chowser

                      Hmmmmmm. Now there's a yummy idea!!

                2. re: Carb Lover

                  The Leite's Culinaria blck bottom cupcakes are to die for. i have probably made them three or four times just in the past few months. Super scrumptious straight out of the oven or re-heated slightly, though they are still good at room temp. I make them with fat free cream cheese to no ill effect.

                  1. re: Carb Lover

                    I made the black bottom cupcakes tonight - they did not disappoint, delicious tender cake and they look nice too! Thanks for the link.

              2. I don't get the whole cupcake craze. I'd rather have a slice of a layer cake than a cupcake any day.

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                1. re: Hungry Celeste

                  Thanks, that's helpful.

                  I like cupcakes and I wanted to make them for this party. So, I thought I'd ask for ideas.

                  1. re: QueenB

                    heh.
                    i love the coconut cupcakes that ina makes. I have not had the pb ones - but i bet they are good, if ina's. i always wanted to dye the coconut different colours but haven't tried that yet. ;)

                    1. re: QueenB

                      hehe
                      I love devils food cupcakes and call me old fashioned but most of the Magnolia bakery cupcakes in their book are just truly delicious.
                      I love simple fresh falvours like vanilla and Lemon butter cream.
                      a while ago I had the most amazing filled cupcream - it was a vanilla sponge filled with fresh raspberry jam. The frosting was vanilla buttercream with fresh cocnut topping.
                      It was the most delightful thing ever.
                      I haven't been able to get my hands on the recipe yet but am on a mission to get it and share it here!

                  2. Just made Paula Deen's Red Velvet cupcakes this weekend with cream cheese frosting for a cookout. Everyone raved and they were very very tasty. You can find the recipe by searching on Food Network's website. Eater beware though....these are definitely NOT figure friendly.

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                    1. re: ashes

                      White cupcakes - I call them Wedding Cake Cupcakes are a huge hit too. They're not what most people expect that what makes them a treat. Any good cookbook will have a good wedding cake recipe.

                      1. re: ashes

                        You know, I've never had Red Velvet cake before, and it's something I definitely have to try.

                      2. I recently made Ina Garten's double-chocolate cake into cupcakes (cake recipe below). They were awesome. The batter is extremely easy to put together, which is nice because cupcakes are an extra pain. I'm about to make cupcakes again, and I was going to do the same recipe, but my interest is piqued with your mention of her Chocolate and Peanut Butter ones. Do you have a recipe?

                        http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/do...

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                        1. re: lora

                          Here's the recipe
                          http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

                          By the way, I love that double chocolate cake of hers. I had it as my birthday cake this year. So good.

                          1. re: QueenB

                            It's a great recipe!
                            I made it over the weekend with a cream cheese and orange frosting. Chocolate and orange mmmmm
                            The Memorial Day crowd went wild - my husband said he loved me!
                            LOL