White Almond Sour Cream Cake with Piped Cream Cheese Frosting

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White Almond Sour Cream Cake-0583I’ve had the same best friend since I was 4 years old, she’s more like a sister than a friend at this point. When she got pregnant I was almost as excited as she was and now her growing little girl is one of my favorite people to hang out with. So, for her 2nd birthday, I decided to make her an awesome birthday cake and cupcakes. The cake was so popular, there was literally none left!

Now, I’m not usually a fan of using cake mixes because I like to bake from scratch; however, I know some people prefer it for convenience.   This cake is so moist with that perfect melt-in-your-mouth flavor, not to mention it’s white so you can do fun colors for the layers.   This recipe does make enough for very tall layers, so you can certainly scale back for a smaller cake.

I finally found a great cream cheese frosting that I can decorate with, this frosting will pipe to perfection! I have yet to try it on a cupcake but hoping it will work with some of the softer frosting styles (it’s definitely not stiff enough for complex flowers, etc.) The trick – you can’t use both butter and cream cheese. Together they are too soft and melt easily.

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White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes

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I’m a HUGE chocolate fan, mostly dark chocolate but I do have a special place in my heart for white chocolate. As a little girl, my sister and I would love going to the local candy store to buy a giant chunk of white chocolate. We would obsess over eating it really slow to make it last longer… did I mention I’ve always been obsessed with sweets?!White Chocolate Strawberry Cupcakes-1017

This cupcake is excellent for a party, it’s light, delicious and a showstopper. Everyone stops to ask, “What’s in this frosting?” I made it the first time for my husband’s birthday, I adapted a few things and made this iteration for a nautical themed baby shower for a dear friend. They were a big hit both times, but I think this recipe is a perfect combination. Next time, to add in a wow factor, I will make a strawberry compote instead of using jam, however jam is a big time saver!

So, what is it about this frosting that drives people crazy?! They can’t quite put their finger on it and when I tell them it only has two ingredients, they are truly baffled. But really, it is just butter and white chocolate! I do have to admit, I was amazed this recipe worked the first time I made it, but it does and it pipes beautifully! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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Butter Beer (Butterscotch) Cupcakes

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For the Harry Potter fans, this recipe needs no explaining. For the rest of you, think of these as a butterscotch cream soda flavor (I know, who isn’t a Harry Potter fan?!)! It’s incredibly decadent but oh so delicious! I made these at my sister-in-law’s request, she’s both a Harry Potter fan and a big fan of my baking, too. These were an absolute hit at the party she served them and I am definitely excited to make them again. Obviously, this wasn’t a Harry Potter themed party, but these would be a perfect fit and there are tons of decorating ideas out there for Harry Potter (I like the golden snitch and the wands, personally).

I’ve always loved butterscotch (am I the only one that craved those little golden yellow wrapped candies?), but I’ve never had a baked treat that had so much butterscotch flavor. I haven’t been to Harry Potter World yet, but I will absolutely have to try the Butter Beer after making this delectable cupcake version.

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