It’s been awhile since I’ve added a new flavor. I have a million I want to try but haven’t had too many occasions. Plus, I’ve been busy baking for Fridays…
My best friend, Carlock, had a big birthday a few weeks ago. I thought it was the perfect time to try a new flavor.
What’s that? No, that’s not her real name. I’ve changed it to protect the innocent. Okay, that’s not true. It’s just what we call her… we had too many Meagan/Meghan/Megan/Meaghan’s in our high school class. Nicknames had to be created. Plus, it’s catchy, don’t you think?
Anyway, these were a HIT. Hello, peanut butter cake, spiked with mini chocolate chips, covered in dark chocolate buttercream. Then, just in case you didn’t have enough, topped with a single Reese’s piece. Certainly a keeper.
Oh! And Carlock loved them!
It’s no big deal.
Except that it was pretty. And really delicious.
So delicious, Aunt Gerry wanted to lick the plate. And Mom ate a whole piece. You know, despite not liking chocolate cake. And Grandma didn’t share her second half with Granddad.
Yes, people, it was so good, my family was starting to show their ugly sides.
Except for Cousin Pam. Probably ‘cause the cake was for her birthday. So she could eat however much she wanted.
Dark chocolate cake. Layers of whipped chocolate ganache. Covered in a rich Raspberry Swiss Meringue Buttercream. Drizzled in chocolate ganache. Because a touch more chocolate was definitely needed.
I cut, I cooled, I smoothed. I cooled again, I covered, I drizzled.
The end result? Worth every step.
Psst… Interested in seeing the steps? Take a look at Sweetapolita. She gives an amazing step-by-step.
I love chocolate and mint together. Again, my crazy mother hates this combination (I know, weird). In the Kristina’s Confections kitchen, however, my taste buds get more votes. Lucky. For. You.
Dark chocolate cupcake mixed with dark chocolate chunks and a touch of mint. Topped with a luxurious mint buttercream. Finished with a dark chocolate mint drizzle. Refreshing and seriously delicious.
The new after dinner treat!!!
Available starting December 1.
Perfect Pairing: date night, fireside chats
Betcha didn’t know today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day! Please don’t get this confused with National Vanilla Cupcake Day (November 10) or National Cupcake Day (December 15 – although, there appears to be some debate about this one). Nope, today is dedicated to the chocolate cupcake only.
In honor of this monumental day, I am debuting a new cupcake flavor. Are you ready for this? Please welcome the Snickers cupcake to Kristina’s Confections!
A chocolate base with bits of real Snickers, topped with a caramel buttercream and finished off with roasted peanuts, a caramel drizzle AND a milk chocolate drizzle.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is a serious cupcake (okay, as serious as cupcakes can get). Rich, decadent and oh, so delicious!
Perfect pairing: Halloween party (forget those fun size candy bars), chocolate dessert party, lunchtime treat, kiddo sleepovers
My mom LOVES bananas. She eats one just about every day. In fact, she fed me so many when I was little that I went on a banana hiatus from the age of twelve until seventeen.
I have, however, always eaten banana bread. I love the moistness, the sweetness and the subtlety of the banana flavor. And, quite honestly, when chocolate chips are added, there’s no stopping me! And so you have the inspiration for my new Banana Chocolate Chip cupcake.
For the base, I went with traditional banana bread. While I tweaked my normal banana bread recipe a bit to reduce the denseness (dense sweet bread = good; dense cupcake = not so good), I made sure to maintain the flavor and moistness. I then added mini chocolate chips to ensure you got a little in each and every bite.
As for the frosting… well, what goes best with bananas and chocolate? Peanut butter, of course! So to top it all off is my peanut butter frosting.
Interestingly enough, my mom – a banana fanatic – does not typically like banana bread (I know, we defy all logic). I didn’t even think she would taste this cupcake. But as a supportive mother, she did and… LOVED them. What more can I say?
Perfect pairing: circus party, Elvis tribute, after school surprise snack, picnic treat