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Caterpillar Cupcake

Ingredients
  • 15 ounces fondant
  • 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Gel-paste food colors (green, yellow, light blue, and red are pictured)
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • Cornstarch, for dusting
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream for Cupcakes
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 mini candy canes (or substitute licorice sticks or pretzel sticks)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
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Flower Cake

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
  • 3 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted, plus more for pans
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • Meringue Buttercream
  • Sunset orange, blushing pink, golden yellow, and bright yellow food coloring
  • Pink pastel sprinkles
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Swirly Cupcakes

Other Ideas:
Cakes, Cupcakes, Dessert, Ice cream
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Fluffy Chocolate and Yellow Buttercreams

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Chocolate Walk of Fame

Ingredients
  • Butter or cooking spray, for pans
  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for pans
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Vanilla and Chocolate Buttercream
  • Licorice candies, for decorating
  • Sanding or granulated sugar, for decorating
  • Sugar-Cookie Handprints
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Flower Cupcakes

Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • Vanilla Buttercream
  • Chocolate pastel lentil candies, for flower centers
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Vanilla Cupcakes with Fruit Glaze

Time:40 mins
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg whites
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup fruit puree (from 9 ounces fruit, thawed and drained if using frozen; see note above)
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Raspberry-Cream Layer Cake

Time:1 hour
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Brown-Sugar Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

Time:4 hours
Other Ideas:
Dessert, Layer cake
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Polka-Dot Cupcakes

Other Ideas:
Cupcakes, Dessert
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (not whipped)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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