Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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Happy October Cupcake Lovers!  As you all may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  What better way to celebrate such an amazing cause than with pink cupcakes!  This month I will be baking my own creation of strawberry berry goodness cupcakes in the local Memphis area  and all proceeds will go to the Susan B. Komen Foundation, the worlds largest network of breast cancer suvivors & activists, fighting to save lives.  The only thing better than baking cupcakes is baking cupcakes with a cause.

This is one of my favorite strawberry cupcake recipies.  Super moist & amazingly delicious.  Enjoy!

 

Strawberry Cupcakes (makes 18 cupcakes):
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
2 teaspoon strawberry extract
1 cups pureed fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/4 cup butter-softened
1 8oz package cream cheese-softened
2 teaspoon strawberry extract
6 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
Pink Food Coloring

Directions :

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl,beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg whites one at a time,beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in strawberry extract,pureed strawberries,and sour cream.
  • In a medium mixing bowl,sift together flour,baking powder,soda,and salt.
  • Gradually add to butter mixture,beating until combined.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared cupcake pans.
  • Bake for 15-20minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove onto wire rack.
  • Cool completely before frosting

Frosting:

  • In a large bowl,beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  • Add strawberry extract beating until combined.
  • Add food coloring until desired color is reached
  • Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth

Garnish cupcakes with fresh strawberries after frosting & Enjoy!~

 

~Peace.Love.Cupcakes.

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Bakery Spotlight: Muddy’s Bake Shop (Memphis, TN)

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My first bakery spotlight is Memphis’ very own Muddy’s Bake Shop!  Muddy’s prides themselves with making delicious cupcakes with only the freshest ingredients!!  And we love the fact that they only use caged free eggs in all of their desserts.  From the website:

Muddy’s is a small neighborhood bakery made of up of people who have chosen to pursue a career where they connect with their community through baked goods; we do this because we love to bake (and eat!) and we love people.

Popular flavors from Muddy’s include Frankly Scarlett, Pink Lady, and the Grasshopper.  Regular sized cupcakes are only $1.60 and mini cupcakes can be purchased by the dozen for $8.50.  How can they afford to be so inexpensive yet so delicious?  The keep their costs low by not advertising.  Thats right!  Muddy’s rely’s on word of mouth to keep their business running,  It’s truly all about the cupcakes here!

Frankly Scarlett

 

Pink Lady

 

Grasshopper

If you are ever in the Memphis area, you can visit Muddy’s at 5101 Sanderlin #114
Memphis, TN 38117.  They are open Tues-Saturday.

~Peace.Love.Cupcakes.

What Makes a Good Cupcake???

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When I first decided that I wanted to venture into the world of cupcakes, I had to ask myself “What makes a damn good cupcake?”  Now don’t get me wrong.  I completely understand that some things are totally objective.  I get that.  But let’s face it.  There are simply some things that can’t be overlooked.  For the sake of time (and sanity), I will focus on those things. 

First things first.  The number 1 factor in determining if your cupcakes are good is moistnessThe term moistness simply refers to the freshness & softness of your dessert.  No one wants to eat a cupcake (or any cake for that matter) that is dried out.  There is no one single method of obtaining the most moist cupcake ever, but I’ve heard a few tips in my baking career that I don’t mind sharing.  Tip 1: Dont overbake the cupcakes.  A baking thermometer can help with this. Remember:  Cupcakes continue to bake in the pan after you take them out of the oven, so please plan accordingly. Tip 2:  Minimize your cupcake’s exposure to the air.  I like to store my cupcakes (at home) in an air tight Tupperware style cake plate or cupcake tray. Tip 3:  Increase the fat content, whether oil, shortening, or butter. Liquid fats tend to work really well to keep moisture, hence why oil is included in your moistest cake recipes.

Secondly, “Good Cupcakes” must have a good flavor.  The flavor of the actual icing on your cupcake is just as important as the cupcake flavor itself.  Now flavors don’t necessarily have to be complex in order to be “good”, but the flavors must be clean, distinct & complementing.  Have fun with your flavors! Don’t be afraid to experiment & try new things, but just make sure those who have to eat your cupcakes can recognize the flavors that they are eating.  They need to taste like what they are supposed to taste like.  If your cupcake has a strawberry based flavor, people should recognize that they are eating something that taste like strawberries.  Good flavor combinations will feel like a party in your mouth! 

Lastly, good cupcakes (especially when you are presenting them to the public) need to look good.  Thats right.  Appearance can make or break your cupcakes.  If they don’t look good, no one will want to eat them.  Good color combinations of your icing and decorations is important.  Make sure the colors complement each other, or compliment the theme you are going for. If you want to keep your frostings & decorations simple, you can always use decorative cupcake liners to spice things up a bit. 

What do you think?  What would you add to my top 3 things?  Let’s hear it!

~Peace. Love. Cupcakes.

Hello Cupcake!

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Welcome to She Makes Cupcakes! I am excited about my new blog and everything I have in store for you. Feel free to share all experiences related to cupcakes. Here you will find recipies, photos, decorating tips and reviews on everything related to cupcakes. Oh, and if you want to see anything else featured on your new favorite blog… just ask!

~Peace.Love.Cupcakes.