Friday, January 25, 2013

Valentine's Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcakes

Every time I go to the grocery store, I walk down the baking aisle.
It doesn't matter if I need anything there or not...
I go for inspiration!

Sometimes I will come up with a new recipe right there, standing in the aisle.
Sometimes I will find something new that sparks an idea.
Something like this...

Cherry Baking Morsels!
You can bet I snatched these up in a hurry.
And my mind began furiously coming up with recipes to use them!

The first thing I thought of was melting them to make Valentine's Day cupcake toppers.
So I made these cute little curly hearts.

My hearts aren't perfectly shaped, since I made them freehand.
Just put your melted morsels in a decorating bag or ziploc with the corner snipped off.
Then pipe some hearts on wax paper and wait for them to get hard.

Next, I came up with this recipe for Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcakes.
The flavor is fantastic...just like a chocolate covered cherry!

Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcakes
by Bird On A Cake
Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcakes
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup cherry baking morsels (may substitute semi-sweet chocolate chips)
Chocolate Cherry Buttercream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted

Chocolate Cherry Chip Cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and cherry extracts. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Alternate adding the flour mixture and the sour cream to the batter until thoroughly combined. Mix the cocoa powder and boiling water in a small bowl until smooth, then add to the batter. Fold in the cherry morsels.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 with batter and bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove from pans and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate Cherry Buttercream
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar on low speed. Add cherry extract and milk, mix well. Mix in the melted chocolate. Keep covered.
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I found the cherry baking morsels and the cherry extract at Walmart.
It may be hard for some of you to find the cherry morsels, so I did a little research.
You can buy them here and here.
OR, you could substitute chocolate chips in this recipe would still be delicious!


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cake

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Cheesecake is awesome,
and strawberries are too!!

 OK, so I'm not a great poet. I'll just stick to baking...

When I came up with this recipe, the combination of flavors just seemed so obvious.
Creamy Cheesecake. Sweet Strawberries. Moist Cake.
It's a match made in heaven!

The cheesecake is swirled with strawberry puree and sandwiched between layers of my favorite strawberry cake. It's all covered with strawberry cream cheese frosting...
very possibly the best frosting EVER!

Doesn't it make a pretty Valentine cake?

Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Cake
by Bird On A Cake
Strawberry Cake
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 (3 oz.) box of strawberry instant gelatin
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake
  • 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pureed strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1/2 cup pureed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
Strawberry Cake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line the bottoms of two 9 inch round cake pans with wax paper, and spray the sides with cooking oil.
In a large bowl, combine cake mix and gelatin. Add water and oil; mix on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add strawberries and beat until blended. Pour into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Strawberry Swirled Cheesecake
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9 inch springform pan with wax paper; spray the sides with cooking oil.
Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar together. Mixing by hand, add the eggs one at time. Blend in vanilla. Pour half of the cheesecake batter into the prepared pan. Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with the pureed strawberries. Drop puree by spoonfuls on top of the batter. Drag a knife back and forth through the batter to swirl in the puree. Pour the rest of the batter in the pan and smooth the top.
Bake for 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and continue baking for 45-50 more minutes. Remove from oven and run a sharp knife around the edge of the pan to release the cheesecake. Cool completely in the pan, then chill in the refrigerator.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until creamy. Beat in strawberries and vanilla. Gradually add sugar, beating until smooth.

Assembling Your Cake
Remove the sides only of the springform pan, level the top of your cheesecake and trim off any brown edges. Level and trim your cake layers. Place one cake layer on a cake stand. Cover with a layer of frosting. Invert the cheesecake on top of the cake layer, remove the bottom of the pan and the wax paper. Cover cheesecake with a layer of frosting. Top with the second layer of cake and spread frosting over the entire cake.
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This cake is absolutely delicious!!
To make it even better, next time I will add frosting between the cheesecake and cake layers.
That would make this recipe perfect.

Try it for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner with your sweetheart!

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