It’s classic, it’s totally been done before, I know it. But peanut butter and chocolate belong together in all forms, not just candy you guys. So today I’m comin’ atcha with these sweet chocolate cupcakes piled high with a pillowy peanut butter frosting.
Speaking of the frosting, yes, there’s a lot of it on these. If you’re not that into frosting, I accept our differences and also you might want to cut the frosting recipe in half. OR, even better, double the cake recipe.
Ok, so it’s Valentine’s Day week, and I know everyone is all about the pink and red desserts for this holiday, but let’s also not forget about the chocolate love. And if you love a little pb on your chocolate, why not switch things up this year and enjoy these with your friends or loved ones?
I’m telling ya, they’re gonna be hit. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate? Don’t answer that, I’m not prepared to meet those people.
So this frosting is a Swiss meringue buttercream, which I think is my new fav when it comes to frosting. It’s much lighter than an American buttercream. Think of it this way- American buttercream is all butter, while Swiss meringue buttercream is like half butter and half egg whites. Egg whites you guys, it’s practically health food. I mean it’s not, also I’m not a professional so don’t listen to me when I call things health food, but it’s lighter for sure. I think.
I’m throwing a giant amount of the good stuff on top of these simple dark chocolate cupcakes. They’ve got a strong chocolate flavor, and they’re a simple recipe to whip up. I did the whole thing, start to frosted and finished, in under an hour. I mean, I was hurrying, I wanted the cupcakes, but still.
Anyways so happy Valentine’s Day, or happy day if you aren’t a big celebrator, and let’s get on these ones guys. Enjoy!
Hey guys, just a simple chocolate cake over here today. And if your January has been anything like mine, this is just what we need.
January is about the time we (you’re in this with me now, right?) get generally bummed that the holiday season is over, and also that days off work have become fewer and far between.
But let’s talk about brightening our spirits with a kitchen win today instead, ok?
You might have heard me talk about chocolate cake before, but it’s been a point of frustration for me on many levels. For some reason chocolate cakes always sink and air pocket much more at altitude than butter cakes, and it’s hard to bring out a full-bodied chocolate flavor.
But this is my favorite attempt yet. It’s got just the right texture, a super chocolatey flavor, and maybe best of all, it’s simple. Why make things complicated- it’s January after all.
I’ve chosen to frost this with a Swiss meringue buttercream, also chocolate, but this cake can pair with any flavors you might be feeling. Vanilla, peanut butter, caramel- they are all welcome on this sweet bake. In fact, those sound great, maybe I’ll do that next.
We’re using dark cocoa powder for a strong chocolate flavor, and sour cream to add moisture. Buttermilk ties the batter together, and brings out the flavors even more. By the way- if you don’t have buttermilk, add a tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of whole milk and stir, you got this.
Also, side note, and by the way not an ad, but I tried Pam’s new baking spray for these cakes, and worked so well guys, it’s definitely worth a shot!
Let’s get through this January with chocolate cake, it’s the right thing to do.
Can we all just take a moment to celebrate breakfast, in all it’s forms? I love spending a Saturday morning eating a beautiful brunch with all the fixings. But I also really love weekday breakfasts, and finding the right things to carry me through my workday. Some of my favorites are these muffins (duh) and this quiche, and these homemade granola bars.
I’m talking about coffee shop runs and big, fluffy, soft muffins today. These ones are studded with big blackberries, and topped with the most beautiful dark chocolate glaze. I’m making my coffee shop run on Sunday morning for the entire week.
I’m all for being flexible with recipes, and this is no exception. I’ve made these in a jumbo-muffin tin so they feel more substantial and satisfying for a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning, but you can definitely make them in a normal tin too! Keep in mind smaller muffins means way more muffins- but don’t worry, it’s easy to cut this recipe in half.
Likewise, blackberries were on sale at my grocery store this morning, and they looked beautiful, so I went for it. Raspberries or even diced strawberries would be perfect as well, or why not cherries if you’ve got some time to zone out while pitting?
Not a chocolate fan? Skip it for a vanilla or lemon glaze, or just sprinkle some coarse sugar on top before baking. Easy enough you guys, just do what you feel like, and I’ve got a great recipe to serve as your base here.
Personally, I feel like pairing blackberries with chocolate is a revelation, and I love these muffins. I actually had a strawberry muffin from a local coffee shop last week that made me feel like making fruit muffins was a must this weekend.
Anyways, I hope you make these and they make your work week much more bearable, and that you make them taste way better than the coffee shops anyways. Enjoy!
Hey everyone! I hope your 2018 has gotten off to a wonderful start, and if not, I have just the thing.
Today we’re making cream puffs. I said we because honestly you guys, you have to make these. If you’re anything like me, cream puffs and eclairs and all that, it seems like some high-tech pastry stuff. But really, it’s so easy, and you’re gonna feel like a champ when it’s done.
I dipped mine in a thick, glossy chocolate ganache, which really blends well with this shortcut french vanilla filling.
So here’s the thing- this is actually a revamp of an old recipe of mine, and it deserved another look. The filling here is the real star, and it’s so flippin’ easy you won’t believe it. Sometimes I’m all for making everything from scratch and doing the whole pastry cream thing, and I promise I wouldn’t substitute if the results weren’t truly fantastic.
Turns out, if you whip up instant pudding mix with some milk AND some heavy cream, you end up with this mousse-like substance that will change your life. Use it to fill these babies, but also use it for pies and parfaits and anything else ever. Seriously.
Sidenote- I handwrite all recipes that I work on because I don’t want to dirty up my electronics in the kitchen, but it’s such a mess haha. Here’s what a recipe looks like while I’m working with it- all out of order, and used a drip catcher, and other nonsense included:
Anyways, back to the puffs themselves. The process for the dough is actually really simple and easy, and it just requires a few minutes on the stove, and another few in the stand mixer. On the other hand- you can totally do this by hand without a mixer, it’ll just take a little elbow grease. You got this.
Here’s what the dough looks like after you add the flour:
And here’s what it looks like after adding the eggs:
I do recommend that you use a piping bag and a wide tip to pipe out the dough, but you can also spoon it out. It’s just a bit easier to get the right shape if you pipe it. Regardless of your method here, you can wet your fingers with water to shape the dough or press down any pointy edges.
These are super pretty in the end, and I hope you make them and they knock the socks off of everyone you know (they will). Happy 2018 everyone!
I’m a bit behind on my blogging schedule, mainly because I’ve had some exciting things happen in the last couple of months! First- I finished all the content for my upcoming book and turned everything into my publisher. Super exciting/terrifying to have sent it all off! I’m also really excited to share these pretty promo cards they made for Sugar High:
Second bit of a news is a fun one. I’m so excited to say that my husband and I are expecting our first child! I’ve nicknamed the little lime-sized baby “Muffin” for now. Life is wild.
Onto this pretty pound cake! Since the holiday season is officially upon us, it’s time to think about sweet treats that travel well, and please crowds. This chocolate chip pound cake is perfect for any such an occasion.
I love pound cake because it stands alone- you don’t need to make frosting or cream or anything to go with it, although if you’re feeling up to whipped cream, go for it. It’s just lightly sweet, very dense, and provides us with a perfect little snack anytime. Or a breakfast. Yes, I eat cake for breakfast, it’s fine.
This is a classic recipe, and you can find my bundt cake version over here. I’ve made this one in the form of a single loaf- a bit less cake overall, and the addition of chocolate chips gives it just the right twist.
You can actually alter this recipe in so many yummy ways. For example, top it with sliced fruit before baking, or fill it with berries, or lemon zest and juice. Whichever way you make it, it’s still going to have that perfect tightly-knit crumb that you’ll keep coming back to.
I hope you’re starting off your holiday season brightly this year! Personally, I’m one of those Christmas fanatics that starts listening to Christmas music on November 1st, and shopping later that day. However you prefer it though, treat yoself with something sweet all season!