A Week Full Of Cake

Hey everyone! It is May and this year that means a very busy month for me! Yesterday was my baby brother’s 18th birthday! To celebrate we had a basic yellow cake with vanilla frosting and $30 worth of scratch off tickets. It might not seem like much but he loved it and it’s what he wanted. This was not only a big day for my little brother but it was also a big day for my parents because he was the last child my parents had to raise to the age of eighteen. The only thing left is to get him out of high school and that happens the 19th!

I’m sure you are all interested in this week’s cupcake though instead of my little brother’s birthday. This week our dessert plate has triple chocolate cupcakes on it!

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

This moist chocolate cupcake is filled with a thickened chocolate ganache and topped with a delicious chocolate frosting! Stacked all together and decorated with a flower design, these make for a great dessert piece (and a mild sugar rush!)

This cupcake was made to celebrate my cousins coming to Illinois for a visit. My cousin (who I am very close to) graduated college this past weekend with a bachelor’s degree. Her brothers, sister-in-law, and two year old niece all flew up from Arizona to watch her walk across the stage! So in honor of everyone being home and getting to spend time together I made Meringue Kiss cookies for my cousin, S’more cupcakes for her two year old niece, and these yummy Triple Chocolate Cupcakes. The chocolate cupcakes were a huge hit but everyone loved the cookies and S’mores too.  My little cousin had so much chocolate on her face! She also got her first ever glass of chocolate milk thanks to her great aunt!

My little cousin! She melts my heart.

My little cousin! She melts my heart.

My cousin and I

My cousin and I

Want to learn how to make the adorable flower design on these cupcakes? Check out this wonderful How-To from Simply Sweets by Honeybee!

Don’t forget to check back next Thursday to find out what cupcakes I make for Mother’s Day!

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Cupcake Challenge Week One: S’mores

Since the weather is getting somewhat warmer here in Illinois and its late April, I decided to make a S’mores cupcake for the first week of my challenge! Since I can’t go out camping and enjoy hot dogs and S’mores over an open fire (we have gotten a lot of rain lately and are taking precautions against flooding) I decided to bring them to my home!

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Finished S’mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

This chocolate cupcake has a graham cracker crust bottom and is topped with a toasted marshmallow meringue frosting. I used a whisk and handmade the batter and the crust. Sadly the meringue had to be done with an electric mixer since I can’t whip fast enough for it. A chocolate hater and S’mores avoider enjoyed these cupcakes! Perfect for backyard camping trips or unique birthday parties, these fun cupcakes add a hint of summer to your spring days! These cupcakes are also super simple to make!

Just use your favorite chocolate cake recipe (or box mix if you are running short on time), a graham cracker crust recipe, and a simple meringue recipe.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and line two muffin pans with cupcake liners.
  2. Make your chocolate cake batter and your crust mix in two separate bowls.
  3. Take a tablespoon of the crust mix and place it in the bottom of each liner. Press together with a flat bottom glass or measuring cup to form a bottom crust.
  4. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the trays from the oven and fill three quarters (3/4) of the way with batter.
  6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick can be cleanly removed from the middle of the cupcakes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes in the pans then remove and allow to fully cool, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. While cupcakes are cooling, make your meringue recipe.
  9. Fill a pastry bag with the meringue and pipe onto your full cooled cupcakes. *If you don’t have a pastry bag, you can use a knife to spread the meringue on your cupcakes too.*
  10. Place the cupcakes on a flat cookie sheet and place back in the oven, using the broiler setting, for about 5 minutes or until the meringue is lightly toasted brown.

Serve and enjoy!

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Step 2

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Step 3

Let me know what you think of these cupcakes in the comments below. Did you make some yourself? I would love to see a picture of them! Post it to my Facebook page or email me a copy and let me know how they worked for you!

52 Cupcakes & A Little About Me

I love baking. Bread, cupcakes, cakes, cookies. You know, baking. There’s something about the heat of the oven, the scent of the batters, and the taste of sugar that just makes me happy. That might be the chemicals in my brain that those things release that make me feel good but I’m going to go the non-science route and blame the treats! Let’s face it. Calories are plain out delicious!

A little bit about me

Me and my guy

Me and my guy

My name is Melissa, I live in Illinois, and I’m twenty. I love

  •  Baking
  • Decorating sweets
  • Photography
  • Tattoos
  • Rain
  • Knitting and Crocheting
  • Learning
  • Music

I’ve working in fast food, a nail salon, Wal-Mart, a hotel, and am currently working in a nursing home. I also run my own side business Knitted Lily Creations on Etsy. I graduated high school in 2010 and will graduated May 11th with an Associate’s Degree of Art and Science with a major in Liberal Arts. My little family includes a boyfriend of three years and a two year old mixed breed puppy. I love art and have two pieces of it on my body.

I’ve got a lot on my plate from life right now and really need a break every once in awhile.  I’ve always loved baking and have been doing it since I can remember with my dad. I love it so much that I eventually want to open my own bakery. This year though my baking has taken a new turn and I’m actually sharing my creations with not only my parents and siblings but my Aunts and Uncles, cousins, and even random strangers who are just having bad days! Baking has always been my passion and now it’s also the break that I need. So I decided to make my break from my busy life an annual deal. I’ve decided to challenge myself for the next year to a new cupcake design every week!

I’m going to be documenting my cupcake challenge, my small business, and everyday life for someone just starting out. I’ll also probably throw around ideas for my future bakery every once in awhile too.

So until I can get that bakery started I’ll just keep dreaming and practicing about it and if you would like to follow along go for it! Comment about your thoughts on the cupcakes, like my fan page on Facebook, or even pin my cupcakes on Pintrest if you want. If you really want to talk to me about something you can even email me at whitelilycupcakes@hotmail.com!

Till next time,
Melissa