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'In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb' Spring Cupcakes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach (everydaygoodthinking.com)

 

We all know the old saying that March “comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb” and we’ve got the cupcakes to match. While the adage may not always be true, the lion-like snow and cold is nearing an end, and we’re looking forward to calmer, lamb-like weather across the country. Perfect for March gatherings, these adorable cupcakes will help you usher in springtime (while bidding good riddance to winter.) They’re easier to decorate than they look. Just follow the tips above, and you’ll see making these cute cupcakes is a breeze.

 


Friendly Lion Cupcakes
YIELDS: 16 servings

We recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer to create these friendly lion face cupcakes at home.
Ingredients
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/8 teaspoons salt
4 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup milk
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with baking cups.
Sift flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set mixture aside.
Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
Alternately add flour mixture and milk until combined.
Fill baking cups 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Tint 1/2 cup of Vanilla (White) Buttercream Frosting pink. Tint remaining frosting yellow.
Frost cupcakes with yellow frosting. Use a small round decorating tip to make nose and ears. Add inner ears and bottom of nose with pink frosting.
Use a small round decorating tip and Chocolate Frosting to create the facial features.
Use a leaf decorating tip to create the furry mane.
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Fluffy Lamb Cupcakes
YIELDS: 16 servings

We recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer to make these fluffy lamb cupcakes at home.
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk
Mini chocolate chips
Mini marshmallows
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with baking cups.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set mixture aside.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
Alternately add flour mixture and milk until combined.
Fill baking cups 2/3 to 3/4 full.
Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Using a small round decorating tip, pipe on detail for nose and mouth.
Add mini chocolate chips for eyes.
Place mini marshmallows around edge of cupcake for wool.
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Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Carrot cake is simply delectable, and since it’s made with two cups of shredded carrots, it’s healthy, right? We can’t be the only ones who try to rationalize our second piece that way. The crushed pineapple adds an extra layer of sweetness and a soft texture to the crunch of the pecans. The tartness of the cream cheese frosting brings it all together, making one sweet, crunchy, moist delicious cake.

Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach
 
 
Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach
 

 


Carrot Cake
SERVES: 16

Ingredients
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped pecans
1 can (8oz.) crushed pineapple in own juice, undrained
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottoms of two 9-inch baking pans with parchment paper.
Add all ingredients to a large mixer bowl; beat on low 2 minutes until blended. Increase speed to medium; beat 4 minutes.
Pour mixture evenly between prepared pans.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on wire racks.
Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.
Place one cake layer on cake plate; spread top of layer with 1/2 cup Cream Cheese Frosting. Top with remaining layer; frost side of top of cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
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Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons milk
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups powdered sugar
Instructions
In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, vanilla, milk and salt until creamy.
Begin adding powdered sugar and beat until creamy and smooth. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.
Spread onto cupcakes or cake.
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Carrot Cake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach



Yesterday, we shared our favorite Halloween cupcake recipes. As the season of sweets approaches, we thought we’d offer some tips to help you frost your cupcakes like a pro.

The quickest and easiest way to frost a cupcake is with a decorating bag fitted with a large decorating tip. If you are frosting a lot of cupcakes, it’s worth the investment in the decorating bags, decorating tips and the 2-piece coupler that hold the tips in place. (Tip: In a pinch, you can use a resealable plastic zipper bag with one corner snipped off.) Make sure your cupcakes are completely cooled before you begin so your decorative icing doesn’t melt.

How to Frost a Cupcake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Start with your icing on the outside of the cupcake, not worrying to cover the edge. Using steady pressure on the piping bag, work around the outside of the cupcake.

How to Frost a Cupcake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

When you reach the beginning of your swirl, create a slight overlap and continue in a circular motion towards the center.

How to Frost a Cupcake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Continue to slightly overlap with each circle until the entire cupcake is covered. Release pressure and pull the bag away from the cupcake to create a peak on the top.

Alternatively, you can frost with a small metal spatula or knife. Cover the top of the cupcake with a thin layer of frosting to seal the crumbs, then use the spatula to swirl on the additional frosting. You can then decorate your cupcake with sprinkles or other edible decorations.

How to Frost a Cupcake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Using an icing bag and decorating tip isn’t difficult. The results are beautiful and the cost for these materials is low. Follow our tips to make it easy as…cake!

How to Frost a Cupcake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

How to Frost a Cupcake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach

Here we’ve used a tall cup to hold the icing bag, allowing the other hand to be free. The foldover technique, whether held in your hand or using the cup, helps keep the top of the bag from getting messy.

How to Frost a Cupcake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach