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Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

 Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

Earlier this week I talked about classic recipes that every home cook needs in their recipe box. If you are a home baker in the era of cupcakes, a Perfect Vanilla Cupcake is a must- have don’t you think? I fell in love with simple vanilla cupcakes with a sweet creamy frosting back when I first moved to New York and would roam the city tasting cupcakes from all the bakeries looking for my favorite. My standards were – fine crumb, moist, loaded with pure vanilla flavor and a sweet vanilla frosting that is both creamy and has a bit of a crust (if that makes sense.) I tasted many delicious ones and some just OK ones, but until recently I never baked the one.  Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes via The Baker Chick


Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes

 Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick

What types of desserts are part of your Thanksgiving traditions? Classics like Pumpkin, Apple & Pecan Pie? A dessert buffet with a mish mash of all types of sweets? All of the above? I personally like to have a healthy mix of classics and some new and fun desserts. A Pumpkin dessert of some kind is a must, a classic Pecan Pie for my brother-in-law, and Salted Caramel Apple Pie as well. Beyond that, I like to change it up every year with at least one thing unexpected and a bit different.

I love a creamy and rich cheesecake and these are exactly that. Add in a swirl of seasonal cranberry and it may be my new favorite holiday dessert. These are crazy good, like so good that I cannot be trusted around them.  Cranberry Swirl Mini Cheesecakes via The Baker Chick


Caramel Mocha Ice Cream Cupcakes

 Caramel Mocha Ice Cream Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

Do you have certain fast-food chain menu items that you were/are obsessed with? Like something that for several years you always had to have when passing by said chain? I have a a kid it was a Burger King chicken sandwich. I haven’t had one in years but my memory of them is that they were the single most delicious thing on the planet. As a 19 year old though, my obsession changed. I was in college, way too sophisticated for fast food, and very into frozen coffee drinks. Namely, a Caramel Frappuccino from Starbucks. It was my real first taste of coffee and I liked it blended, sweet and creamy- (pretty much not tasting like coffee at all right?)

Anyway, that obsession only lasted a couple years and fifty-some blended coffees later, but I’ll always remember that first sip of frozen, caramel-y, shopped cream goodness. Now I’m a no sugar-just cream in my coffee kind of girl, but I still have a thing for that oh so good flavor combo- enter these cupcakes!  Caramel Mocha Ice Cream Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

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Ultimate Salted Caramel Cupcakes

 Ultimate Salted Caramel Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

Do you guys have a “Baking Bucket List?”  You know, a list of all the things you want to tackle either in your mind or written down? I have been meaning to share mine here, hoping that having it in a public place will keep me accountable and also possibly inspire some readers to bake along with me. Hopefully I’ll be able to get that done sometime soon!

Anyway- Swiss Meringue Buttercream has been on this list for as long as I have had this blog. Everyone raves about it as being far fluffier and dreamier than regular buttercream, and I knew it was something I needed to try. It never seemed necessarily difficult, but just complex enough that I would tend to be lazy and just make regular buttercream.  (It involves heating eggwhites and sugar, whipping them into a meringue, and then adding the butter and powdered sugar.) I love the regular stuff- but often times I end up making it sugar-y sweet in order to be stiff enough to hold shape which can be overpowering at times. This stuff though- light as air, fluffy as a cloud and not too sweet at all. In fact the entire recipe only uses a cup of sugar, and yields enough for 24 cupcakes or a layer cake. I’m sold.  Ultimate Salted Caramel Cupcakes via The Baker Chick


Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes

 Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

I’ve been talking a lot lately about reviving old posts and I’m back at it today. This is a recipe that has been very popular considering the original version needed some tweaking! So- after 3 years and many comments (that you can still read below,) I re-vamped the filling and the end result is a fabulous Strawberry Margarita Cupcake just in time for Cinco de Mayo. (Aka- my excuse to eat Mexican food all day and drink margaritas!)  Strawberry Margarita Cupcakes via The Baker Chick


Cookie Butter Cupcakes

 Cookie Butter Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

You guys are all familiar with cookie butter right? I absolutely adore it, but haven’t used it much on the blog because it has always seemed a bit of a “specialty” ingredient that may be hard to come by. Now though, it seems as if every grocery store and bodega in the city sells Biscoff spread and then of course you can buy “cookie butter” at Trader Joes. (Worst case scenario- you can get it on Amazon Cookie Butter Cupcakes via The Baker Chick!)

If you happen to have no clue what I’m talking about, let me try to break it down for you- it’s a spread made from cookies –  speculoos cookies to be exact, which are crisp, cinnamon spiced bits of deliciousness.  (You may have tried the Biscoff version as an airplane snack!)  Cookie Butter Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

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Peppermint Patty Cupcakes

 Peppermint Patty Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

Hey guys guess what? This is my first post of something that I baked after having a baby! I’m pretty darn proud of myself. (Though I really can thank my Mother-in-law whose visit last week is likely how I managed this.) Anyway- I’m a mom now (!!!)  and finding time to bake things usually entails crossing my fingers that Hugo stays sleeping in his little chair while I try to make things happen in the kitchen. So far I think *maybe* I can actually keep up this baking/blogging thing- but every day brings new changes and challenges so you never know.  Peppermint Patty Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

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Fudgy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

 Fudgy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes for Two via The Baker Chick

What is it about small-batch desserts that I find so darn irresistible? Maybe it’s because they give me a chance to use my mini sized mixing bowls and whisk. Or perhaps it’s just the fun of craving something sweet and not having to make a huge amount to then have to resist eating. Just two- one for me and one for you. I love it. Last year I shared Red Velvet Cupcakes for Two, and my Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two are a huge favorite both with me and you guys. Sometimes you just need a little something you know?  Fudgy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes for Two via The Baker Chick


Banana Pudding Cupcakes

 Banana Pudding Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

I’m really really bad at holding recipes back from you guys. When I make something awesome I want to share it with you the next day when I’m just as excited as the day I make it. But- trying to go on maternity leave once the baby comes has made it necessary for me to do some advance baking so I have some goods saved up to share while I’m busy cuddling my babe. These cupcakes are a great example- oh so good- and oh so hard to save!

I so enjoy trying to come up with fun flavor combos for cupcakes and executing them. This idea was born with the help of my little sister Ameara who has become a baking buddy lately. She loves banana pudding more than anything and since I already have an amazing recipe for it on the blog- I thought baking it into a cupcake would be the next best thing!  Banana Pudding Cupcakes via The Baker Chick