Half Batch Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Half Batch Valentine’s Day Cupcakes- Candy Coated Culinista

Half Batch Valentine’s Day Cupcakes- Candy Coated Culinista

An easy, special no fuss treats for Valentine’s Day for your household. You won’t even have to pull out the stand or hand mixer. Now that’s what I call a Happy Valentine’s day for you also.

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 10-14 min.
Difficulty level is: ¼ cup

Ingredients
Cupcakes
• ½ cup all purpose flour
• ¼ cup cocoa powder
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
• ½ cup sugar
• ¼ cup canola oil
• 1 egg
• 3 tablespoons cold coffee*
• 2 tablespoons milk
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
Nutella Frosting
• 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
• ¼ cup Nutella
• ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
• ¼ tap vanilla extract
• 1 tsp milk
• Candy lip confections

Assembly
Cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar.
3. In a large sized bowl, whisk together canola oil, egg, coffee, milk and vanilla.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
5. Place six cupcake liners in cupcake pan and pour mixture into the liners.
6. Bake for 10-14 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
Nutella Frosting
7. In a medium-sized bowl, cream together the butter and nutella until smooth.
8. Add in the confectioners’ sugar until combined.
9. Stir in the vanilla and milk until the frosting consistency is achieved.
10. Pour into a piping bag and decorate once cupcakes have cooled.
11. Add valentines’ day themed confections and serve.

Tips
• Place the liners in the middle six spaces to allow for a more even bake.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts

I am so happy I finally have a half decent recipe that is half batch. Sometimes I really hate making a dozen cupcakes when all I really want is a half-dozen or less. I will never waste them, but sometimes the option for a small batch is appreciated; especially in a family of two. I found these cupcakes to be maybe a tad dry, but I baked them a little too long and have adjusted the recipe accordingly. I will try this again trying to find some more moisture rich ingredients for the recipe. The frosting came together very easily and in less than 30 minutes I had 6 cupcakes baked, decorated and ready for consumption. With them being that easy and not having to pull out the mixer I can make cupcakes whenever I want now and can’t really complain.

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Peanut Butter Cream Pie - Candy Coated Culinista

Peanut Butter Cream Pie – Candy Coated Culinista

For Christmas dinner at the in-laws I departed from my usual desserts. Typically I make Christmas desserts, with candy canes, peppermint, pumpkin, chocolate, molasses or cranberries (those common Christmas flavours), but this year the in-law Christmas was on December 27th and I was tired and not feeling making an elaborate dessert. I decided to make only one dessert and hoped it would turn out and taste good. This quick and easy almost no bake dessert (only the pie crusts) is a light, fluffy and complimented a filling Christmas dinner.

Slightly altered From Joy the Baker – Homemade Decadence

Yield/Serving: 1- 9” pie & 2- mini pies
Prep Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
• ¾ cups chocolate cookie crumbs
• ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
• 1½ cups heavy cream
• 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
• ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 cup smooth all-natural peanut butter
• Caramel drizzle
• Bittersweet chocolate drizzle
• Chopped peanuts
• 1½ cups heavy cream
• 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Assembly
Pie
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Have a 9” pie plate and two mini pie plates at the ready.
2. In a small bowl melt the butter in the microwave.
3. Using a large bowl pour in half of the melted butter in and mix the graham cracker crumbs until moist.
4. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of pie plate.
5. Using a medium bowl pour in half of the melted butter in and mix the chocolate cookie crumbs until moist.
6. Press crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of two pie plates.
7. Bake the pie crusts in center of the oven, covered with aluminum foil, for 10 min and let cool.
8. Using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream until it holds soft peaks, 4 to 5 minutes and then transfer to a medium bowl.
9. In the same bowl of the electric mixer (you don’t have to rinse it out) using the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes.
10. Add the brown sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and beat well.
11. Add in the peanut butter until smooth.
12. Gently fold in a quarter of the whipped cream and then continue to gently fold in another quarter of the whipped cream. Add in the remaining whipped cream until the mixture is well incorporated but still fluffy.
13. Using a spatula spread the filling into the prepared crusts.
14. Refrigerate pie for at least 4 hours.
15. Once pie has chilled, melt caramel and bittersweet chocolate and drizzle over the pie using a fork and sprinkle peanuts over top.
Whipped Topping
16. Just before serving, using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the cream and vanilla extract until it holds soft peaks, 4 to 5 minutes and top pies and serve.

Tips
• The pie will last, well wrapped in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
It was enjoyed by all and I was a fan of the light and creaminess of the pie. This was my first time ever having a cream pie, so I don’t have a comparison but I know I enjoyed this.

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