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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


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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


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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


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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


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Classic Vanilla Cupcakes with a Little Announcement!

 Classic Vanilla Cupcakes with a Little Announcement! via The Baker Chick

Can you guess what I’m announcing today? I thought about just coming right out and telling you- but I figured that when you have a food blog that is really mostly sweets- its best to bake this sort of news into a cupcake. You may remember that last week I told you about all the things that I was looking forward to this month- finding out our baby’s gender being one of them. Well….  Classic Vanilla Cupcakes with a Little Announcement! via The Baker Chick


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Creamy Coconut Cupcakes

 Creamy Coconut Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

Guess what guys? I’m taking a break from the summerly fruit-based desserts and ice cream to share the first cupcakes I’ve made in ages. When a friend who loves coconut has a baby and you want to bring them something special, there doesn’t seem like much of an alternative right? I’ve had my eye on this recipe for ages and couldn’t wait for that baby to come so I could shower her with sweet, creamy coconut-y goodness. :)  Creamy Coconut Cupcakes via The Baker Chick


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Crême Bruleé Cupcakes

 Crême Bruleé Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

I’ve had this cupcake idea on the brain for years. Seriously. I mean it was possibly one of my first blog ideas when I started. I always knew it was something I wanted to try- but for the life of me I couldn’t conceive how to make it happen. Crême Bruleé has always been one of my favorite desserts, and it just seemed time for its creamy vanilla filling and crunchy burnt sugar topping to make it’s way into a cupcake.

 Crême Bruleé Cupcakes via The Baker Chick

 Crême Bruleé Cupcakes via The Baker Chick