Brighten Up Your Day...



With some PB&J cupcakes! Now these cupcakes aren’t just your average Peanut Butter and Jelly cupcakes...It is moist Peanut Butter cake, filled with a Homemade Blueberry Sauce, topped with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting! With a little granola cluster and blueberry jam drizzle too =]

Inspiration came to me from The Burnt Truck! They often feature a dessert slider that has peanut butter, blueberry jelly and fresh banana slices all on a sweet hawaiian roll! I tried it once and I was hooked....

And soon after this cupcake was born.

Peanut Butter Cupcakes
- makes 22-24

1 3/4 cups AP flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream (really helps keep this cupcakes moist!)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, line cupcake pans with your favorite paper liners. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
2. On medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Reduce speed, then add eggs one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated. Add peanut butter, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Mix in vanilla, flour mixture and sour cream.
3. Divide batter into lined cups, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, baking careful not to over-bake, these guys can get dry very fast!

Blueberry Sauce
- makes about 2 cups

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 cup water
1 cup orange juice
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine blueberries, 1/4 c water, orange juice, and sugar. Stir and bring to a boil.
2. In a small bowl, mix together other 1/4 c water and cornstarch, then stir into blueberry mixture. Simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, stir in almond extract and cinnamon.





Banana Cream Cheese Buttercream
-enough to frost about 24 cupcakes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
4 tablespoons peanut butter
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup mashed bananas

1. Cream butter and cream cheese in mixer with paddle attachment. Add peanut butter, bananas and powdered sugar.
2. Mix until fluffy, then add vanilla.



For the little nut topping I bought some of these...




And then drizzled some of the leftover blueberry sauce on top!

These cupcakes definitely called for a glass of milk, so yummy!


More delicious cupcake recipes to come soon!

<3hollicakes

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Valentine's Day Trio<3




As if I haven’t done enough baking in the past week, I decided to feature 3 different flavors for this Valentine’s Day weekend!


Bee My Cherry - Chocolate Cherry cake topped with Honey Swiss Meringue Buttercream, then drizzled with chocolate!




Strawberries and Champagne - Strawberry cake topped with Champagne-Strawberry Buttercream and a white chocolate heart!




Berry Red Velvet - Raspberry Red Velvet cake topped with Cream Cheese Frosting





If anyone is interested in ordering some Valentine’s Day cupcakes, shoot me an email at hollirisvold@yahoo.com or give me a call at 714-425-9031!

These special cupcakes are going for $30 per dozen or $2.50 each! =]


Have an amazing weekend everyone!
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LA Cupcake Challenge: Part 2



The day of the event started off crazy!! We went to sleep around 3am, and had to get up and finish the last batch of cupcakes before we left for LA!

The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel is about an hour away, add in Saturday afternoon traffic and 1,398 cupcakes in the back seat...not a good combination. There were only a couple cupcake casualties on the way there, and I was so nervous I almost got sick in the car! Or maybe it was Dylan’s driving....haha just kidding =]

But we finally made it and met up with two of my best friends Caitlin and Kayla, along with my grandma, mom and a few of her friends!



Setup went pretty fast, and before I knew it, it was already 4 o’clock and people were lined up outside!

I feel so lucky every time I look at these pictures. So lucky because I had so many doubts and worries about whether or not my young business could take on such a big event. But it did and it can! And I feel so grateful for that =]

Anyways...

the Cactus Cooler tower!






And the Mallow Delights!






My beautiful assistant Caitlin!



One last shot with the boyfren, before the madness starts!




We also had some amazing cupcake neighbors, be sure to check out Goodie Girls! =]



Last year I met the Cupcake Activist, this year she ate some Hollicakes! So stoked.



I LOVED talking with all the cupcake-lovers, the whole time I kept thinking to myself “Ah a room completely filled with my people!”...CUPCAKE PEOPLE!



And all I can hope for is that everyone enjoyed my cupcakes. Because I really enjoy making them!



I just want to say thank you to everyone who came out to the LA Cupcake Challenge, there would be no challenge without the cupcake fans =]




Check back soon for some Valentine’s Day Treats =]

<3hollicakes


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LA Cupcake Challenge: Part 1



We did it! The LA Cupcake Challenge was a success! Even though we didn’t win, it was still an amazing experience and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it.

1,398 mini cupcakes.

The most cupcakes I’ve ever made at one time!

We started off baking the chocolate cupcakes for the Mallow Delights!



Then on to the homemade marshmallow fluff frosting! And dipping in chocolate!



The chocolate dipping definitely took the most time!



We also baked some red velvet cupcakes to sell for Valentine’s Day!



All individually packaged with love =]



On to the Cactus Cooler cupcakes! Pineapple puree and orange zest in the cake, mmm!



I had made the mango swiss meringue buttercream the night before, so all we had to do was frost them! Dylan even stepped up and practiced his piping skills! So impressive. For someone who didn’t think twice about baking....until he met me =]



After 15 straight hours of baking and decorating, I’m surprised that we even remembered to take any pictures. Seriously.



Oh that’s only half of them.





Check back for more pictures from the event! Sorry I slack....600 pictures in one day is quite a lot to deal with.
Soon I promise!

<3hollicakes

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