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Food Network Cupcake Wars: Peaches ‘n Cream Cupcake Recipe

7 Jan

Peaches 'n Cream

Here is my exclusive Peaches ‘N Cream Cupcake Recipe from the Winning Cupcakes from Food Network’s Cupcake Wars!

Peaches ‘N Cream Cupcakes

Courtesy of Annette Starbuck 

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peach extract
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup peach puree

Filling

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen peaches, pureed
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Mascarpone Frosting

  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

 

Directions:

For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place 12 liners in a cupcake pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat the sugar and butter together using an electric mixer until it looks creamy. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract and peach extract until the mixture is smooth. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until almost combined. Add the buttermilk and peach puree and stir again until almost combined. Add the rest of the flour and stir until all the ingredients are mixed in.

Fill the cupcake liners with batter using a large ice cream scoop. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pans. Place on a wire rack and cool completely.

For the filling: Place small saucepan on the stovetop and put on medium heat. Put the peaches and sugar in and bring to slight boil. In a separate small bowl, mix the cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water until no lumps. Add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and keep on medium-low heat for about 1 minute. Cool completely before use. Yield: about 1 1/2 cups.

For the frosting: Put the mascarpone, cream and confectioners’ sugar in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat on medium speed until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Yield: about 2 cups.

Fill the cupcakes with the peach filling and then frost with the mascarpone frosting.

Peaches n' Cream Cupcakes I did as Wedding Favors

Cake-Ups and new things

21 Apr

Hello all!!

I know it has been quite some time since I have written.  Shame on me!!  Although I have to admit we have had a lot going on over the past few months so we have been diligently working hard at our test kitchen for new recipes, new ideas…oh and did I mention we are opening A NEW STORE??  That’s right!  Now you can come into the comfort of our Cupcakery (well soon) and have our delicious cupcakes in style!  We are hoping to open in Mid to Late May.  The store is the cutest brick building (below to the right) that reminds me of a french bistro or something of that nature and I just LOVE the bay window!  It is in the city of Glendale, CA about 3 blocks from the famous Americana shopping center!  So when you are in town, please stop by!  We will release the Grand Opening date and address soon!  On top of that, we have had a few radio interviews (to the left is the one we did at 92.5 KYHY Burbank Radio), we did a huge bake sale to raise money for Japan in which we raised over $120,000 nationally, and we have been gearing up for our next events!

Another new item we have been crafting is our new addition to our line which we named the “Cake-Ups”.  These have got to be the best invention ever!  We have been testing them now for quite some time and they have become such a tremendous hit that they have officially made it to our menu!  I have to say, I am definitely into cupcakes bringing back childhood memories.  So why not take an old fashioned Push up (from the ice cream days) and fill it with cake and frosting instead?  BRILLIANT!  Plus I wanted to find something that we could ship nationally.  I have seen plenty of other cupcakery’s ship cupcakes made in mason jars, but who really wants to pay $40 for shipping.  Cake-Ups eliminate such a heavy package in transit, thus reducing the cost dramatically!  So who is going to be the first on YOUR block to have them??  Better hurry as the trend is definitely setting in!

And then we get to new flavors.  Again bringing in the childhood theme, I sat around and wondered what reminded me of my childhood.  Macaroni and Cheese was the first thing that popped in my head…but in a cupcake…not so much.   And then it came to me…Blueberry Pancakes and Peanut Butter & Jelly!  And the funny thing is I actually am still in love with these foods.  For any of you who know me personally, I would eat blueberry pancakes anytime it is served up on a menu and Peanut Butter & Jelly is my midnight snack!  So of course those two had to go in!!!  I decided to make the blueberry pancakes with a buttermilk cake, fresh blueberry filling, and a maple French Buttercream.  Although these have to be my most loved cupcake I make, they are also VERY temperamental because of the French Buttercream.  For any of you who have worked with it, it MELTS very easy!!  So they have to be eaten on the spot or kept very cool.  But oh boy!  When that maple buttercream hits your lips and melts…it is so yummy!  For the PB&J I did a vanilla cake, grape jelly, and a divine peanut butter buttercream.  It tastes like an elegant uncrustable!   Again…YUMMY!

Ok, now that I have overloaded you on information that has been going on…I will leave you on that note!  Please make sure to check out our website at http://www.thegoodiegirls.com.  We have a lot of upcoming events around Southern California in a variety of categories!  We hope to see you either at one or at our Grand opening!!!

❤ GG

1 Sweet Wedding Cake Alternative Event

24 Mar

Hello out there!  A few weeks ago, we were honored to be asked to be a part of 1 Sweet Wedding’s Cake Alternative Event.  1 Sweet Wedding is an amazing organization that focuses on “Unique” wedding ideas and takes the guessing games out of which vendors are reliable for you!  How amazing huh!!  It’s already hard enough to be a bride with all the stress, so why add more?

We decided to go with a couple unique flavors.  We stared with a soft Rose Cupcake Frosted with a Rose frosting.  Then we moved into a little spring flavor of a Peach Vanilla Cake, Peach filling, and a White Wine Frosting for our Peach Bellini Cupcake.  And last but not least, we wanted to give  bold flavor for the guys and went with a Mint Julep Cupcake which was a Jack Daniels Cake and a Creme de Menthe & Jack Frosting.

We adorned some of our cakes with these adorable Bride and Grooms we got from Sur la Table and also threw in the mix an idea for brides to not only do cupcakes as a cake alternative, but you can also do them as a party favor!  So you CAN have your cake and eat it too!!

 

❤ GG

80’s Cupcakes – Rubix Cubes and Gold Stars

25 Jan

We were asked to create 80’s cupcakes for an event this past week.  I went to the drawing board and wanted something different.  SO many people do the ghetto blasters, pac man, MTV logos, etc… what could I do that would be different?  And then it hit us!  Rubix Cube Cupcakes (Chocolate Cupcake w/Chambord Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting) and Gold Stars Cupcakes (Chocolate Cupcake w/Almond Cream Cheese Frosting).  And to top it off, I decided not to do fondant rubix cubes, but to actually put real miniature ones on top so they could play with them!

I have to say, I think they look fabulous and I got a little taster in from some mini’s I made on the side and boy were they yummy!

 

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Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

14 Jan

Well, it’s that time of year again and boy do I love Valentine’s Day.  I don’t think it’s because of why a lot of other people like it.  I love it because I am addicted to whenever I get to make cupcakes that SPARKLE!!!  And I love how the day seems to be so uplifting and people tend to be filled with joy!  And not to mention my favorite color is pink, so it’s the one time of year I don’t seem like a freak with too much pink!  Yes…I love Valentine’s Day!

A couple nights ago I decided to make my famous Valentine’s Day spread of cupcakes for our promo.  I wanted to share some of the shots with you before the promo actually comes out as I just am excited and can’t hold it in so who better to share with then my fav peeps on my blog!!!   These cupcakes consist of the most amazing chocolate by my favorite brand Scharffen Berger.  The frosting is a fresh Organic Wild Strawberry flavoring and some with Coconut.  I was going to try and top with some chocolate covered strawberries, but unfortunately strawberries aren’t in season yet and the ones I found are still a little unripe for my liking.  The hearts I made out of homemade fondant (message me if you want a recipe) and just taste scrumptious!!  I gave them out yesterday to all my friends and a few shops to taste and some of them asked for a bowl of the hearts just to snack on!!  🙂

Hope you enjoy… and let me know if you need some in your house for Valentine’s Day.  We will have an amazing promo to follow!

Happy Friday…GG

 

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Cupcake Camp Hollywood / Los Angeles

11 Jan

Hello Cupcaketeers!

I can’t believe it’s been so long since I have posted.  Shame on me!  There has been so much going on after the 1st Cupcake Camp that I have been running around like a crazy person!  But here is to staying up to date in the wonderful year of 2011!

As for Cupcake Camp Hollywood, what an amazing time we had.  We had our usual suspects with us to help (thank you Stephanie Starbuck, Jamie Lee, Doug Starbuck, Kayla Starbuck, and A.N.T.)!  And you have to give it to the guys for cooperating to wear my signature pink shoes!

The day started off in a frantic, rain was in the forecast and we were arriving a bit late for set up, but upon arrival, we loaded in and set up just in time before the doors opened.  And oh boy, when the doors opened it was a crowdfest headed our way!  What excitement!!!  🙂

Our flavors on board with us, we decided upon a “Hot Chocolate” theme so we did all cakes “Hot Chocolate” and then went for different toppings which included Salted Caramel, Peppermint, Marshmallow, and Stephanie’s signature Chambord!

Upon entering, the people were given beads to give to the baker of their choice.  After the 1st tasting, we didn’t place, but the 2nd round we took 2nd place and received an amazing Scharffen Berger gift basket.  Not to mention, they sent us a huge box full of chocolate goodies to help bake our cupcakes prior to the event!  (THANK YOU!!!)

We met some amazing bakers out there including the owner and mastermind of Cake Pops and a young first timer Jackie Brubaker who had delicious alcohol based treats!

Thank you to everyone who came out and a huge thank you to Babette from www.bakespace.com who organized it all!  We can’t wait for next year!

Here are some photos from fans and our own that we thought we would share!  Cheers!

 

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Past Cakes

19 Feb

Well since I started this blog just recently, I wanted to share some of my past cakes I have done with you.  These are in the last couple years.  Although I am pretty good at the bog cakes, I prefer to stay small and mini!  I am buying my mini square pan this weekend!!!  Can’t wait!

Pink Ribbon

Poker Table

Happy Birthday

Tiered Daisy

Basket Weave

Christmas Stocking