Video How-To: Skinny Cupcakes

Hi everyone!

Over the weekend, I was inspired by my recent chat with Gabrielle Terzano, my friend over at live, laugh, YUM!, to make “Skinny” cupcakes. After searching the internet for a good recipe to try, I found one for Skinny Vanilla Funfetti Cupcakes. The recipe was super simple, which is why I was drawn to it. I decided to document my first attempt at making these skinny cupcakes (a recipe I’ve never tried) by filming a How-To. I thought it would be a great way for my readers to see exactly how these cupcakes are made since they’re slightly different from regular cupcakes. The batter looks a little different and the icing definitely has an interesting texture to it, making a video the perfect way to clear up any and all worries someone may have while baking these skinny cupcakes for the first time. I hope you all enjoy this video and learn something new and give this recipe a try! My friends loved these cupcakes and loved that they’re only 120 calories a piece!

Have a great weekend 🙂


Friday Flavors: Saint Patrick’s Day deliciousness

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There’s nothing I enjoy more than baking holiday-inspired cupcakes. With Saint Patrick’s Day this Sunday (March 17) I realized I’ll be spending lots of time in the kitchen making green, Irish-inspired goodies. I took some time to find recipes that I’m dying to try and thought that my followers might enjoy trying them too! I’m featuring four recipes to symbolize the four leaf clover, a symbol of luck in Ireland!

I’ve never tried vegan cupcakes, but these Vegan Irish Cream Cupcakes from Pumpkin Honey have piqued my interest. Made with homemade Irish Cream and a simple cupcake recipe, these cupcakes aren’t green but they’re the perfect way to have an Irish taste while also remaining as healthy as a cupcake can be!

Last St. Patrick’s Day, I made a modified version of these Lucky Charm Cupcakes from Just Call Me Maria. Her version includes finely crushed Lucky Charms inside the cupcakes, which makes for  fun surprise when you take a bite. The cupcakes themselves are green, which is very fun for the kids! This recipe is super simple and easy to follow and sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Green Velvet cupcakes are super simple and the easiest way to show your Irish pride through your baking. All you need other than the usual cupcake necessities is green food dye, which you can find at any grocery store near all of the baking supplies. A Bitchin’ Kitchen provides an easy recipe to follow and has amazing pictures to give you an idea of how you can decorate them once they come out of the oven!

Last but not least are these delicious Thin Mint-Chocolate Cupcakes from The Culinary ChroniclesThese cupcakes feature the incredibly popular Girl Scout cookies, Thin Mints. The recipe is slightly more difficult than the others, but it is certainly worth the work! Not only are these nice to look at, they are filled with a surprising, but sweet minty flavor.

I hope you all have a fantastic Saint Patrick’s Day and you try at least one of these recipes to help you celebrate!

Within the next two weeks, keep your eyes peeled for a review on a local bakery! I’m working on a lot of great things and can’t wait to introduce my followers to some amazing local cupcake bakeries!

Have a great weekend!


Friday Flavors: After a long week, try a drink-inspired cupcake

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For most of us, the work week is a long one. This weekend, try relaxing with a drink-inspired cupcake. These are often just as fun to make as they are to eat and usually quite simple to fix up in a hurry.

First up is a Mudslide Cupcake from The Curvy Carrot. These cupcakes are infused with Kahlua in both the cake and the icing. Not much Kahlua is required and you can easily alter the recipe as you like. If you enjoy a chocolatey taste with a little kick, these are perfect for you.

The cold months can make summer seem so far away. To take your mind off of the chilly temperatures, try a Rum Cupcake with Pineapple FrostingBoulder Locavore came up with a delicious rum cupcake that can feature your favorite kind of rum in the cake. The pineapple frosting adds a beachy feel to the cupcakes and can take you from cold to warm with one bite.

Going off of the rum cupcakes, I Am Baker  features a Margarita Cupcake to add some sunshine to your day. This site uses a box cake mix for the cake and a small amount of tequila. As previously mentioned, all of these recipes can be altered to add as much or as little alcohol as you like.

Strawberry cupcakes are already highly popular, but adding champagne makes them perfect for a swanky weekend get-together or even a relaxing night in. The Cupcake Recipes shows a Strawberry Champagne recipe that’s super simple. You will taste a hint of champagne in the frosting as it is infused with 1/4 cup of champagne. Sounds delicious!

With Saint Patrick’s Day around the corner, Irish Car Bomb cupcakes sound perfect. Brown Eyed Baker posted a decadent recipe that features Irish whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream. It’s a simple yet delicious recipe that will get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday.

Try these this weekend to relax and unwind!

Flavor Friday: Try something new this weekend

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To celebrate the end of the workweek and the beginning of the weekend, SJ Cupcake wants to present you with this week’s most delicious cupcake flavors. Whether you’re planning on spending the entire weekend on your couch or in the kitchen trying your hand at these recipes, they’re sure to pique your interest and awaken your taste buds!

First up is Cupcake Project with Tiramisu Cupcakes. For anyone that loves a classic dessert, these cupcakes will hit the spot.

Chocolate and peanut butter have forever been a fan-favorite combination and the same has proven to be true in cupcake form. Susie Homemaker came up with a decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake that will have people talking long after they’ve tasted it.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Lady Behind the Curtain came up with Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes. Festive and delicious, these cupcakes are perfect for loved ones during this romantic time of year.

If you’re feeling sophisticated over the weekend, try LemonSugar’s Champagne Cupcake. They look just delicious as they taste, but according to the site, are incredibly easy to make. I’d say that’s a win/win situation for all.

The Salted Caramel craze has taken the nation by a storm and it’s showing in the cupcake world. Cooking Classy debuted their version of the sweet/salty combination and if it tastes anything like the picture looks, it’s bound to be one of the best cupcakes you eat all weekend.

Check out these recipes and try them yourself over the weekend! If yours turn out as good, post pictures to my Twitter account @SJ_Cupcake!

Happy Baking and have a great weekend!