Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cupcake Carnival: Jerri from Simply Sweet Home

Hello everyone! I'm Jerri from Simply Sweet Home. My blog features recipes, reviews, giveaways, and homemaking ideas. I also host a weekly event called Friday Favorites and a monthly dessert event called Sweet Thursday.


I was really excited when Kimberly contacted me about guest posting for the Cupcake Carnival. I am an absolute dessert queen! And I love seeing all the cupcake masterpieces out in there in blogosphere! I have to admit, when it comes to making cupcakes myself, I'm a beginner. But I decided I wouldn't let my beginner-status get in the way of participating in the carnival!

For my guest post, I decided to put two of my favorite things together into a cupcake, chocolate and cheesecake! I decided to call them Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cupcakes!




Chocolate Cupcake Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup water (or milk)

1 teaspoon vinegar

1/4 - 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Mix all your dry ingredients together (except chocolate chips). Add wet ingredients. Beat together on low speed for about a minute. Use a spoon to scrape down the batter off the sides. Mix for about a minute on medium speed. Fold in chocolate chips, if using. If you aren't using cupcake liners, spray your muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill your muffin cups about 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake for 25 minutes. (My recipe book says the recipe will yield 20 cupcakes, but I was only able to make 16.)




Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Topping Recipe:

Ingredients:

2 8oz. packages cream cheese (softened)

1 16 oz. coolwhip (thawed)

4 tablespoons sugar

1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips
Directions: Place cream cheese in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds to soften. (Be sure to check it in 15 second increments and stir if needed.) Add cool whip a little bit at a time. (I added about 4 oz. then stirred, then another 4 oz. and so on.) Blend well together using a spoon or an electric mixer on low. Add sugar and mix well. (Icing should be fairly thick yet creamy, similar to cannoili cream) If you're not using immediately, you may refrigerate, but don't let it set in the fridge for too long, or it will thicken like a cheesecake).

Decorating:

Make sure cupcakes are cooled before frosting. If you'd like your cupcakes to be cream filled, poke a hole in the middle, about half way through the cupcake. (I used a handle of a wooden spoon.) I wasn't sure how much icing I'd need for decorating, so I used extra cool whip for the filling, however, I now know that you should have enough icing to frost the cupcakes and to use for filling if you so desire. To do the filling, I just used a small spoon, and dropped the filling in and around the hole.

Next place your icing in a piping bag or a ziploc and apply to cupcakes. Or use a spoon to spread the frosting on the cupcakes. Decorate with chocolate chips. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.




Thanks for having me on as a guest today!

~Jerri

1 comment:

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Two of my favorite things too! Chocolate & cheesecake, can't go wrong with that! I need to find someone to make these for me, I'm a horrible baker!

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