Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Cupcakes on Good Morning Idaho

Click here to see my segment from this morning on Good Morning Idaho with Spencer and Gemma.

Happy Holiday Baking!

Photo: Good times with my friends at Good Morning Idaho today!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Red Velvet Cupcakes

I think Red Velvet cupcakes already look so very Christmassy (Is that even a word? Well, it is now!)  I saw these little North Pole signs done on Pinterest but they were done with candy cane.  I used these cute paper straws because I didn't want to add a minty flavor to my cream cheese frosting.  I used a mini red M&M on the top and printed out little "north pole" signs from my computer that I made in Microsoft Word.

Here is a link to my recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

I do believe that if you make this hot cocoa mix and just keep it in your pantry all winter long, you will never ever feel the need to buy a box of that store bought hot cocoa mix (with chemicals and hydrogenated oils and stuff) again!  This is simple and delicious and you can put it in cello bags or jars and give it as a gift for your neighbors for a Christmas gift.  Just be sure to include the directions so that they make it with milk and not hot water!  :)

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

(from Martha Stewart)

Yield 5 3/4 C dry mix
or 92 8oz servings


  • 3 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 TBSP table salt
  • whole milk for serving


  1. Sift together all of the dry ingredients.
  2. Stir 2 TBSP of mix into 8oz of hot whole milk.
  3. Add marshmallows, whipped cream or candy canes and enjoy!

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

It's Christmas time!  It's December!  I love this time of year.  This is the time of year when I spend just about all day everyday in my kitchen.  Wait...  I do that all year long!  Ok, nevermind.  This is the time of year when all of YOU spend more time in the kitchen.  While you are there, you are going to want to make these cupcakes!  They are delicious!  I used my vanilla cupcake recipe and tweaked it a little bit to make a very creamy, yummy milk chocolate cupcake then I kicked up my vanilla buttercream frosting with a little marshmallow cream and these cupcakes just scream HoLiDaY!  :)  Without further ado, here is the recipe...

Hot Cocoa Cupcakes with Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

(Yields 30 standard sized cupcakes)

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter (2 sticks) - room temperature
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs - room temperature
  • 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
  • 3 C unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C hot cocoa

Cupcake Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  6. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the hot cocoa to the wet ingredients until well mixed but do not over mix.
  7. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  8. Bake 18 to 22 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.  Do not over bake.
  9. Cool completele on a wire cooling rack then frost.

Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 C unsalted butter (2 sticks) - room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP pure vanilla extract
  • 1 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme
  • 6 - 8 C powdered sugar (I use a 2 lb bag)
  • 2/3 C whole milk  

Frosting Directions:

  1. Beat the butter, salt and vanilla for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the marshmallow creme and mix well.
  3. Alternate adding the powdered sugar and the milk and mix until well incorporated.
  4. Put into a pastry bag fitted with your tip of choice and pipe onto cupcakes.

*If you like a minty hot chocolate you can add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the cupcake batter, the frosting or both!