Almond Buttercream Cupcakes + Breckenridge

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If you need an easy cupcake recipe, oh, man, have we tracked one down for you! We were struggling on finding an easy from-scratch birthday cake/cupcake recipe to try.  Every time we bake from scratch, it’s always a fail. This cupcake recipe is a true no-fail recipe. Or as we like to call them, “half-scratch.” We decided to give this recipe a try for some birthday cupcakes! We’re not sure how you all feel about this, but some store bought frosting is too sweet and obviously fake tasting. After you taste this frosting, you will never go back! This frosting is very easy to work with, and when it sits out for a while, it holds its shape. It has great flavor. We did add a little more almond to the original recipe. Obviously. Because we’re Dutch, and the Dutch are fueled by almond flavoring and almond paste. Really, we have only coffee and almond coursing through our veins.

Blood type: Almond.

Have you ever had a Dutch Letter from Pella? They are overflowing with almond! You are sick of us beating our drum promoting Iowa? Well, here, click here to order some Dutch Letters online.That’s right. They ship to your front door saving you vacation time and travel costs. Win-win.Try some Gevuld Koekje too! Or because we realize Dutch probably isn’t your second language, let’s call them Andre’s Cookies. Those are the Dashing Gent’s favorite! The middle of those cookies are filled a luscious almond filling, and you can get three for $3.50! All you need is a piping hot cup of black gold to wash it down with! Anyway, you’re here for the cupcakes. Onward.

Here is what you are going to need for the cupcakes!

Grocery list for cupcake batter:
1 white super moist boxed cake mix (16.25oz)
3 eggs at room temperature (to get eggs at room temperature place eggs in warm water in a bowl)
1/2 cup salted melted butter (1 stick)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
24  regular size cupcake liners

Directions: Preheat oven at 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth for a couple of minutes. Add in food coloring if you would like festive cupcakes! Place liners in muffin tin. DO NOT spray with cooking spray. Fill each cupcake liner with cake batter until half full. Place in oven for about 12-13  minutes or so or until done. Poke the middle of the cupcake with a tooth pick to be sure! Take out of muffin tins and let cool completely before frosting.

Grocery List for Buttercream Almond frosting:
2 1/2 sticks of room temperature salted butter
2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoons almond flavoring
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream or whole milk

Directions: Beat all ingredients in a bowl for about 5-6 minutes. Add food coloring here if you would like some color for the frosting.  Frost your cupcakes with a dessert decorator. We picked one up at Walmart that was plastic and has 5 decorating ends. The one we bought does not hold a lot of frosting but its washes nicely and easy to use! After decorating add some bling sprinkles to the cupcakes!  Store your frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator if you are not using right away. Set out at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving to let frosting soften.

Recipe adapted from: The Crafting Chicks
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Here are some of the Disney “Frozen” style cupcakes that were made for one of our 2-year-old’s birthday that is a “Frozen” addict.

Side bar: Is there a support group for toddlers who are addicted to “Frozen”? Frozen Anonymous? Every parent we talk to seems to be in the same boat! We’re all gonna sink if we don’t get help!

Wait, did our babies just turn 2? Someone pass us a beer? We mean, Kleenex, pass us a Kleenex.

Do keep in mind she only had cupcakes for her birthday supper. Because you can do that when you turn 2. We found these decorations at Walmart. Sprinkle credits to a proud aunt!
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The cupcakes pictured below was from a mom and daughter cook day! Dad was out of town so we decided to make some toddler sprinkled cupcakes! She had a blast and enjoyed taste testing her work of art when we were done! 5502_502267223278444_6104621231121463559_n

These cupcakes are delicious with a beer. Well, the right beer. And, obviously, beer for the adult birthday party guests, not the toddler guests. However, now that they’re two, maybe we can spike their milk with some chocolate. And to take it a step further, this beer, more specifically, is for parent guests who just can’t seem to get “Let It Go” out of their heads. This parent juice is just what you need. Pair these cupcakes with a Vanilla Porter from Breckenridge Brewery, and, well, let’s say it’s quite delicious. This beer is an American Porter.

Has flavors of chocolate, some vanilla nodes, and toasty.

Very dark in color.

Perfect for cooler weather.

If you are like us, though, we drink porters and stouts all year around. We can’t get enough of them!

This brewery has a lot of great beers. One of our other favorites is their oatmeal stout. Definitely check these two style of beers out if you are a dark beer lover!

This brewery is located in Littleton, Colorado. We need to road trip it soon to try it straight off the tap! Clearly, we’re in love with these guys because we just had an entire keg of Breckenridge for the anniversary party earlier this summer. To read about that beer-venture and way too much useless information about our lives, click here. We definitely enjoy getting this brewery in our local stores. We find this brewery’s beer at most Hy-vee Wine and Spirits around our area! To learn more about Breckenridge Brewery, click here.
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From half-scratch cupcakes to beer, we got your back, well, at least half of it anyway,
S|S

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