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Foodie Friday: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cupcakes

From Frosted Frenzy Cupcake’s Kitchen to Yours

By Brittany Belsterling

There are two things synonymous with the holidays: baking and hot cocoa. So why can’t you have your cake and eat it too? Here is a great recipe to combine the two… without the stress.

Cupcake pros from Frosted Frenzy, a Valley-based mobile and delivery gourmet cupcake company, share their favorite holiday cupcake baking recipe that combines the comfort of hot coca, the seasonal favorite of peppermint and the beauty of a Pinterest-inspired cupcake that you can do right in the comfort of your own kitchen. Frosted Frenzy is owned by two moms, Tami Hatch and Candy Shipley, who say that they are passionate about the family baking recipes that they use, “as two moms, we have tried-and -true baking recipes that have been passed down in our family for generations; from our kitchen to yours, we hope you enjoy these cupcakes as much as we do.” Here is Candy and Tami’s homemade secret recipe for peppermint hot cocoa cupcakes:

  1. Start with a homemade chocolate cake batter made with a high quality chocolate, such as Valrhona. It will bring out that deep rich chocolate flavor.
  2. Once you bake your cupcakes, let them cool. Next, core the center of your cupcakes and add hot fudge sauce; we enjoy using Callebaut chocolate for our fudge. This smooth dark chocolate tastes amazing compared to other brands.
  3. Next, prepare your peppermint flavored cupcake icing. For our icing, we use a European butter for whipping our buttercream and then add a few drops of peppermint extract while mixing the icing to get a cool peppermint flavor.
  4. Now it’s time to decorate and add the final touches to your cupcake. We tint our buttercream icing a light pink using Americolor food coloring to signify the peppermint flavor. We also use a large star tip (4CS) to create the pretty ruffle design. Next, sprinkle your icing with chocolate shavings or sprinkles; you can also drizzle your extra fudge over the top for added chocolate flavor. Add a peppermint stick for fun, just like you would with a warm cup of hot cocoa and enjoy!
Sprinkle's maple bacon cupcake

Bacon Day Eateries Breakdown

Bacon has become one of America’s favorite meats. Two billion pounds of bacon is produced in the U.S every year. Saturday, August 31st recognizes and celebrates this country’s guilty breakfast pleasure.

The 31st is more than a Saturday. It is international Bacon Day! There is no better way to celebrate other than by eating. Here are a few places in the Valley to order up a slice of hog heaven:

The Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill at Tempe Market Place will be serving Bacon Wrapped BBQ Prawns, grilled with Newcastle BBQ sauce, Napa slaw and grain mustard vinaigrette, garnished with curly green onions. This dish will showcase the eclectic restaurants bold flavors and original recipes and celebrate the meat’s big day.

Sprinkles just announced their newest creation — maple bacon cupcakes.  Harnessing bacon’s unique umami taste, Sprinkles serves up their first savory cupcake.  Thick, smoky bacon is baked to a crisp and woven into their Madagascar Bourbon vanilla cake.

The sweet treats are topped with rich, buttery maple cream cheese frosting, you will want to top all your sweet treats with Maple Bacon! These limited edition cupcakes are available August 30 to September 15 at the Scottsdale location.

Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in Old Scottsdale is the perfect place to celebrate International Bacon Day. Their signature Sizzling Canadian Bacon is served extra thick by the slice and can be found on Ben & Jack’s award-winning menu year-round as an appetizer. You can’t go wrong pairing that with Ben & Jack’s prime dry-aged steaks, chops, or fresh seafood.

 Salut Kitchen Bar is a restaurant and wine bar in Tempe offering a flavorful and 149709751innovative menu inspired by a mix of Mediterranean and American cuisine. The restaurant has a dish perfect for the holidays that will pacify all bacon cravings.

Salut Kitchen Bar’s Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon will be served with peppercorn demi-glace, Sautéed spinach with bacon, Parmesan French-toast, and piquillo pepper relish.

 

 

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'HOP' Into Sprinkles Cupcakes for Easter Treats

Spread some springtime cheer with Sprinkles HOP Box. Perfect for your holiday table or in lieu of an Easter basket, adults and children alike will delight in Sprinkles Cupcakes’ brown sugar praline cupcakes and adorable bunny decorations.

Each dozen box includes an assortment of dark chocolate, carrot, red velvet, and brown sugar praline cupcakes, decorated with pink and green bunnies and sealed with a ‘HOP for Cupcakes’ sticker. The Sprinkles HOP Box will be available at Sprinkles from March 22 – 31.

“The HOP box is an Easter tradition here at Sprinkles,” says Sprinkles Co-Founder and Executive Pastry Chef, Candace Nelson. “This springtime selection of flavors is a delicious ending to a family dinner or a fun Easter basket addition!”

Valley residents can pick up their Sprinkles HOP boxes at the Scottsdale location Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. To place an order, call (480) 970-4321 or visit www.sprinkles.com.

Sprinkles is located at 4501 N. Scottsdale Road on the northeast corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads, across from Scottsdale Fashion Square.