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Colorful swirled cupcakes. With as many ways as there are to decorate cupcakes, they can be really boring if you just slap some plain icing on them.

Colorful swirled cupcakes

I like to make them fun and interesting, and one of my favorite ways to do that is with colorful, swirled icing. Rather than mix food coloring into the icing, I use it to paint the decorator bag, creating a result so crazy and cool that you won’t believe you got it from such a simple technique. Let me show you how! Gather the supplies The first things you’ll need, of course, are cupcakes and icing! Select the colors The best part about this technique is that you can choose any colors you want and can customize it to the occasion. You’ll be painting from 4 to 6 stripes of color for your icing, but you can repeat colors, so you really only need at least 2 different colors (up to 6 max). Paint the bags Okay, now for the actual technique! Now use the paint brush to paint stripes of color on the inside of the bag, starting at the tip and going up about 3-4 inches.

The results. Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe. Red Velvet Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and line 12 muffin tins with paper cupcake liners.

Red Velvet Cupcakes Recipe

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the egg and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. In a measuring cup whisk the buttermilk with the red food coloring. 10 Great Cupcake and Frosting Combinations" Cupcake Toppings One of the great things about cupcakes is that you can top them with pretty much anything you want.

10 Great Cupcake and Frosting Combinations"

And it's not just limited to nuts and sprinkles -- when it comes to garnishing your baked goods, the sky really is the limit. Some tasty cupcake toppings include coconut, fresh fruit, chocolate shavings, crushed candy bars, crumbled cookies, granola, caramel, gummy candies and lemon zest. Not surprisingly, the carrot cupcake is one of the most popular cupcake flavors out there. Why? Arguably, the best part of the carrot cupcake is the frosting, which tastes like cream cheese, but is sweeter and creamier. Tiramisu Cupcakes. Tiramisu cupcakes, because they are served cold, are a refreshing way to beat the end of summer heat.

Making tiramisu cupcakes is not an original idea; many cupcake bloggers have made cupcake versions of tiramisu. The common way of making tiramisu cupcakes is to start with a basic yellow or white cupcake recipe, flavor it with some rum and coffee, and top it with mascarpone, whipped cream, and cocoa powder. Butterbeer Cupcakes & With Sprinkles on Top. I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios a few months ago.

Butterbeer Cupcakes & With Sprinkles on Top

Raspberry White Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes Recipe. Vanilla Cupcake Recipe with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe. I can’t remember if I mentioned to you our little jaunt to Georgetown over the summer.

Vanilla Cupcake Recipe with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Recipe

I don’t think I did, did I? In any case, we descended on Georgetown with the sole purpose of taste testing cupcakes. Our first stop was naturally Georgetown Cupcake, which is featured on the TLC series “DC Cupcakes”. Tiramisu Cupcakes {For My Birthday Today!} Today I ring in the big 3-1.

Tiramisu Cupcakes {For My Birthday Today!}

No longer am I merely 30, but I am in my 30′s. So weird, especially since I still don’t really feel too much like a grown up And as I like to do every year, I baked something new and different to celebrate with. It sort of reminds me of being a kid when you’d bring treats to school to share with the class on your birthday (did anyone else do this?). Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes. If we were hanging out today, I’d try to bribe you with a Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcake to tell me how you really feel about all of these Best Food Blog lists.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cupcakes

I used to get paid to write lists. Writers love lists. No interviews to schedule and reschedule, not much outside research. You pick the Top 10 Beach Books for People Who Hate to Read or the 37 Most Annoying Lines in the History of “CSI: Miami,” do a little Googling, ask some friends for their opinions, and you’re done. That’s not to knock the food bloggers who’ve made these lists. What about your blogroll? P.S. Peach Cupcakes with Peach Buttercream. Mocha Cupcakes with Espresso Buttercream Frosting. Vanilla Cupcakes with Honey-Ricotta Frosting and Toasted Walnuts. Mariel here.

Vanilla Cupcakes with Honey-Ricotta Frosting and Toasted Walnuts

Never one to waste a morsel of food – let alone a scrap of tinfoil or a twice-used plastic baggie – I’ve assembled my fair share of “compost” meals: a random amalgam of alien ingredients thrown together so as to stave off a trip to the trash bin. True, this sometimes entails eating things that have a weird spot or a stronger-than-usual odor, but I have a stomach of steel so I’m usually willing to take big bets on Food Inc. fudging the sell-by dates.

50 Best Cupcake Recipes on the Internet « Cake « Dessert « I don’t know about you but I am always looking for the best, most amazing cupcake recipes on the Internet, in cookbooks, and magazines.

50 Best Cupcake Recipes on the Internet « Cake « Dessert «

These little bites of sweet cake and creamy frosting are addictive but as soon as I find something delicious I am off to find a better recipe. Just about three years ago I wrote a blog post that made it to the first page of Digg in less than 24 hours. Cupcakes Worthy of World-Domination: Cookies and Cream & Chai Latte Cupcakes! « Happiness in a Pot. Cookies and Cream Cupcakes I picked up this little gem around my birthday last year upon hearing about a coconut-lime cupcake (yeah; like, OMG right?!)

Cupcakes Worthy of World-Domination: Cookies and Cream & Chai Latte Cupcakes! « Happiness in a Pot

Nestled within its precious pages. Winner of VegNews’ Cookbook Authors of the Year for the past few years running, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero have penned a remarkable little cookbook that has won over hearts (and stomachs!) Around our house.