frosting

  • Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

    Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

Spiced chocolate cupcakes with eggnog buttercream

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love eggnog and those who don’t. If you don’t love eggnog, you might love this spiced chocolate cupcake with eggnog buttercream anyway. It’s chocolatey without being cloying and has just the right amount of spice to remind you it’s Christmas but you’re not being hit in the face with it. For me, there was no question. I love eggnog and so this recipe was a no-brainer. I have a confession to make, though. I made this for last year’s Christmas Eve get-together, which was a big fuzzy blur, because it was soon after the ice storm that had us camped out at my brother-in-law’s home and it’s a wonder I was able to make anything at all. But I knew I’d be really disappointed if I didn’t bake anything, and fortunately I was able to make it happen – […]

  • Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

    Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

Sweetapolita’s Inside-Out (Mini) Neapolitan Cake

  Isn’t this sweet? I made this mini cake with 4.5 inch springform fans for a dear friend of mine for her 30th birthday. I wanted to make something special so I thought I’d tackle a three-buttercream recipe. I was inspired from the cover of the latest cookbook from Miette (I just adore the bare edges) but mainly from Sweetapolita. It was harder to make than I thought because I didn’t level the layers of cake properly so one of them was at an angle, and it seemed to me like the cake would tip over. This cake ended up being a bit of an investment because of the springform pans, but I’m so glad I purchased them because I am always looking for a way to indulge my friends and I think a mini-tiered cake is the perfect way. I’ll be honest. This recipe has completely changed the way […]

  • Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

    Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

Sweetapolita’s Cinnabon-style cinnamon rolls

  Listen, if you are on a diet, don’t make these. Because there is absolutely no way you can exercise portion control if you get a whiff. Maybe you will have the self control to devour only half of one after pulling them out of the oven and smearing on the frosting.  You’d be forgiven for ripping off a piece and swallowing it whole. Indeed.But the next morning when you open the fridge and find the tray of cinnamon rolls staring at you, you will find yourself reaching for a plate and warming another one in the microwave for a few seconds and then slathering on more frosting. The aroma is intoxicating, the rolls soft, the frosting perfectly sticky sweet. The smell lingers and snakes its down from the kitchen and into the family room and taps you on the shoulder, impatiently, reminding you it’s ready for the taking. The […]

  • Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

    Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Martha Stewart’s Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

  I’m always on the lookout for great-tasting frosting, which pipes well, and isn’t necessarily buttercream. I was in a bind one afternoon when I realized I had to make a quick frosting.  I needed to take photos of our Famous ‘Stache Movember cupcake toppers and wrappers for our Etsy shop Frost and Fete (see the entire set here) but I didn’t want to waste all my butter on making buttercream I didn’t even like. I quickly rifled through my well-loved edition of Martha Stewart’s “Cupcakes” and found something I hoped, and prayed would work out. The photo in the book didn’t reveal whether it would pipe beautifully or if it was just one of those slather and smear frostings. Fortunately for me this honey-cinnamon frosting came together just beautifully, piped easily, and to top it all off — it’s delicious. Normally I don’t dedicate an entire post to frosting, […]

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