Ferrero Rocher Inspired Cupcakes

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Being a chocoholic, of course I have to try a number of recipes including chocolate :) My favorite kind of chocolate is dark chocolate, but these little guys called Ferrero Rocher might be the next best thing. If you have never tried these chocolates, you should, like right now. They are AMAZING!!! They have different layers with different textures and all of it is a combination of chocolate with hazelnuts (yummy right?) Anyway, I decided that I should do my own version of a Ferrero Rocher Cupcake! And so I took the main ingredients: chocolate and hazelnut and then had a lightbulb moment, Nutella! After all Nutella is chocolate and hazelnuts, so perfect! I decided to bake a brown sugar hazelnut based cupcake topped with Nutella buttercream, insert some more Nutella and put a Ferrero Rocher chocolate on top :) So here it goes I hope you like it as much as I did. So let’s get started, you will need the following ingredients:

Brown sugar hazelnut cupcakes

1/4 cup of hazelnuts (you can actually use any nut you’d like)

1 tbsp of white sugar

3/4 cup of flour

1 tsp of baking powder

1/8 tsp of salt

1/4 cup of low-fat yogurt (plain or vanilla)

1/4 cup of whole milk

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

3 tbsp of unsalted butter @ room temperature

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 egg @ room temperature

1. Preheat oven at 350°F and line a cupcake pan with 8 cupcake liners.

2. Using a chopper (I recommend the Topper Chopper from Prepara Kitchen Tools) chop the hazelnuts and white sugar together and put at the bottom of each cupcake liner.

3. In a bowl sift the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

4. In another bowl whisk yogurt, milk and vanilla extract and set aside.

5. In a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar at medium speed for a few minutes.

6. Add the egg and mix well.

7. Add half the flour mixture and mix, then all of the yogurt mixture and mix and finally the rest of the flour mixture and mix well.

8. Pour the batter 3/4 of the way for each cupcake.

9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes.

Adapted from Raspberry Eggplant

Now before going on to the buttercream, we will fill the cupcakes with some Nutella! There are special tools to do this, but I simply use the wider side of the decorating tip like this:

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After taking the dough out you can pour some delicious Nutella.

Nutella Buttercream

1/2 cup of unsalted butter (softened)

7.5 oz of Nutella

pinch of salt

1/2 tbsp of clear vanilla extract

340 g (12 oz) of powdered sugar

3-5 tbsp of heavy cream

1. In a mixer with the whisk attachment, mix the butter and Nutella well.

2. Slowly add the powdered sugar, mixing after each addition.

3. Add salt, vanilla extract and 3 tbsp of heavy cream on low speed and then mix well.

4. Add additional heavy cream (one tbsp at a time) if needed.

Adapted from My Baking Addiction 

There you go, now decorate each cupcake with the buttercream and to finish it off put a Ferrero Rocher chocolate on top! This cupcake was delicious and had different layers just like the chocolate it was inspired after, see for yourself:

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From bottom to top:

– Crunchy hazelnuts layer

– Soft Brown Sugar cupcake

-Creamy Nutella filling

– Delicious Nutella buttercream

– Amazing Ferrero Rocher chocolate

Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe :)

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New Year’s Double Orange Cupcakes!!!

Orange cupcakes

I know it’s a little too late for New Year’s but it is never too late to post this delicious double orange cupcake recipe! But first let me tell you the wonderful traditions we have here in Ecuador for New Year’s. Our foremost tradition is “Quemar el Viejo” or “To burn the old”. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that we burn someone lol Basically we create or buy nowadays, these dolls made out of newspaper and old clothes and we disguise them as someone famous or even someone from your family that you think they’re ready to “burn”. We also eat 12 grapes right before midnight, we wear yellow underpants for good luck, we travel around our block with our suitcase so that we are able to travel that year, we put money on our left shoe so that we have money the next year. Anyways we do a lot more, but these are the most important ones. So without further a do, this year (2014) I decided to make some orange cupcakes with orange frosting :) I decided to do this recipe because my family’s last name is Naranjo, which means orange tree. So Happy New Year’s from the Naranjo Family with an Orange Cupcake! :D

Let’s get started, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients orange cupcakes

Orange cupcakes 

2 cups of flour

4 eggs

1/2 cup of oil

1 cup of white sugar

1 tall glass of pure fresh orange juice

2 tbsp of baking powder

1 tsp of vanilla

1 tsp of orange zest

1. Preheat oven at 350°F. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

2. Mix the flour with the baking powder and set aside.

3. With a hand-held mixer, blend the eggs with the sugar until creamy and then add the oil slowly.

4. Add the vanilla and mix then add little by little the flour and mix.

5. Add the orange juice and mix, then finally add the orange zest and mix.

5. Put them in the designated molds by filling the cake pan or each individual cupcake 3/4 of the way. 

6. Bake for about 25 minutes. The cupcakes will come out looking like this: 

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Orange Frosting

Ingredients Orange Frosting

3 tbsp of unsalted butter (softened)

2 1/4 cups of powdered sugar

3 tbsp of orange juice

1 tsp of orange zest

1. Using a mixer with the whisk attachment, mix the butter until creamy.

2. Slowly start to add the powdered sugar.

3. Then add the orange juice (mixing after adding each tbsp) and the orange zest.

4. Finally add some orange food coloring if desired.

Adapted from Baked by Rachel

Decorate each cupcake any way you would like with the frosting and voilà!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe :)

Christmas Cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes

Sooo another Christmas post! lol I know we are way past the Christmas season but it can’t hurt to post these beautiful Christmas tree cupcakes :) I spotted these all over pinterest for Christmas. Each one had something unique about them, so I decided to try my own version :) They turned out really delicious and my little cousins really loved them. Specially Cami, so this post goes out for her ♥. Let’s get started!

These cupcakes are actually not a new recipe, I recycled my delicious Carrot Cupcakes and used my go to buttercream frosting (you can get the recipe from my previous post Cupcakes & Popcakes for a Quinceañera ♥ ). So what’s new in this post? Well I will show you my trick to keep the frosting standing nice and tall so it actually looks like a tree! I’ve seen a couple other tricks to do this. Some of them include a merengue base or a dulce de leche base. But I said to myself merengue or dulce de leche with frosting? That sounds too sweet for my taste and I’m actually a sweet tooth :D So instead I used … a strawberry! Yes a strawberry and it was the smartest decision because you can eat the frosting with the strawberry and it tastes like strawberries and cream! So here I will show step by step how I did it.

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1. Have your carrot cupcake ready (remember it should be completely cool). Also you might want to have an easy to clean station.

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2. Using a pastry bag and a 1M star tip with your frosting ready, drop just a little star on the middle of the cupcake.

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3. Next put the strawberry right on top of the frosting star. Make sure the strawberry is not wet and it is as fresh as possible.

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4. With your bag ready, start frosting around the strawberry as you work your way to the top.

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5. Here is the almost finished product with your strawberry covered completely with frosting yum!

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6. And then to finish it off go ahead and add some nice decorations. I went and added some silver spherical sprinkles and a heart at the top :)

I served these cupcakes as dessert for Christmas dinner and they were a total hit! But also I gave some of them away as Christmas gifts :) I put them in this nice red box my grandma bought me a while ago and they looked beautiful! Tip: you might want to prepare these the day you will be eating them and if not definitively keep them in the fridge.

Christmas cupcakes box

So these cupcake boxes were only one of the DIY gifts I made. Why not show you the other gifts :) For my aunts and grandmas in my family I was thinking something personal that they can enjoy and relax with. So I did some lavender sugar scrubs!

Lavender Sugar Scrub

 Lavender Sugar Scrub

Now for all my cousins (I have a lot from my mom’s side) I wanted to give them something personalized but also delicious. And I found this great tutorial on how to do personalized mugs with their initials! Plus I added some delicious sugar cookies I made in my previous post Christmas Cookies

Personalized mug

Personalized Mugs

Now this wasn’t a gift but I would like to show you our Christmas dinner table :)

Christmas dinner

Everything was delicious! Grandma made a potato salad, yellow rice, fruit salad, of course the turkey, and turkey dressing! You can also see my cupcakes on the far right :) And last but not least I will share the mulled wine recipe I found and it is absolutely to die for! (you can see it on the far left). For this recipe you will need the following ingredients:

1 liter of red wine (you can use the one that comes in a box, no need for a fancy wine)

4 cloves

1 cinnamon stick

4 sweet black peppers

2 star anise

2 oranges cut in slices

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1. In a small pot pour 1 cup of red wine with the cloves, cinnamon, sweet black peppers, star anise and sugar and let boil for 8 minutes.

2. Incorporate the rest of the red wine and let boil for another 5 minutes.

3. Meanwhile cover the top of each wine glass with an orange wedge so it will be wet and white sugar will stick to it. Also put half an orange slice on each glass.

4. Pour the wine and it is ready to drink!

And to finish off with Christmas :) here is a picture of my Christmas tree! Wish y’all had a happy holiday :)

Christmas tree

Hope you enjoyed the recipes!

Carrot Cupcakes :)

Carrot cupcakes

I don’t know why I’ve been waiting to make this recipe as it is one of my favorites! There is a lot of different versions of carrot cupcakes, but this was my mom’s special recipe so I like it the best :) I often make this as a cake or as cupcakes it depends on the situation. But these right here were for a special occasion. My boyfriend’s brother turned 18 and just like me he is a sweet tooth and loves these cupcakes and so I decided what a better gift than these cupcakes topped off with delicious cream cheese frosting! So let’s get started, you will need the following ingredients:

Carrot cupcakes

3 cups of white flour

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

pinch of salt

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

3 eggs

2 cups of white sugar

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 cups of carrots

1 cup of nuts *optional

2 cups of raisins *optional

The last two ingredients I actually never use but my mom’s original recipe has them so you can give it a try :)

1. Preheat oven at 350°F. Grease a cake mold with butter or line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

2. Mix all the dry ingredients: flour, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.

3. Mix the eggs with an electric mixer until they become fluffy.

4. Slowly add the vegetable oil to the eggs and mix well.

5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and mix well.

6. Grate enough carrots to have 2 cups and then add them to the mix with a spoon.

7. If you decide to use nuts and raisins add them to the mix.

8. Put them in the designated molds by filling the cake pan or each individual cupcake 3/4 of the way. They will look like this:

Pre carrot cupcakes

Notice that the top cupcakes at the left corner have a toothpick in them. Well that is because my aunt’s dog Tea loves carrots and she loves these cupcakes. However, these are specially made for her because I didn’t include any sugar :)

9. Bake for about 45 minutes if you are baking the cake and no more than 30 minutes for cupcakes. The cupcakes will come out looking like this:

Post carrot cupcakes

Cream cheese frosting

2 packages of Philadelphia’s 8 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup of unsalted butter

2 cups of powdered sugar

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Tip: it is better to do this frosting either before you bake the cupcakes or after the kitchen is cool enough.

1. Mix the cream cheese and butter in a mixer.

2. Add the vanilla extract (if you want the frosting to be whiter, then use clear vanilla extract).

3. Add the powdered sugar and mix well.

Finally decorate the cake or each cupcake with any technique you’d like and voila!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe :)