A while ago I was asked to make a cake for my dad's girlfriends tennis party. Right off the bat I knew I wanted to make tennis ball cupcake bites, I thought it would be such a great idea. I made these a month ahead because I knew that they would freeze well. Unfortunately, things fell through and I didn't end up making the cake and such for her party, but I did have the cupcake bites still. I brought these into work quite a few times and boy did they go. People loved these and were so amazed that it was a baby cupcake in chocolate. I guess I'm not THAT amazed anymore since I've seen them on blogs millions of times now, but it's still awesome to see people's reactions when they see them, I guess it's because these aren't popping up into stores yet so people are still new to the idea of cupcake bites. These were incredibly incredibly moist in the middle, and that's what sold people to them so quickly. I'm glad that they ended up getting eaten even if it wasn't for the people they were intended for. Unfortunately however, as amazing as they were, the whites for the "tennis ball" fell off, and they were just yellow blobs now. Oh well, still worked out. These cupcakes are great for children, especially because they're so versatile you really can turn them into anything, and they're smaller portions so it can be portion control if you're strict enough ;)
Lemon Cupcake Bites
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp lemon extract
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1 carton of cream cheese
- Choice of chocolate to melt over cupcake bites
In an electric mixer, cream butter thoroughly. Add white and brown sugars and cream again. Mix in baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add eggs and cream thoroughly.
Add flour and combine thoroughly.
With mixer running on low, stream buttermilk into mixing bowl. When all of the buttermilk has been added, crank the speed to whip air into the batter. Add lemon extract.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. When cupcakes are cooled break the cake up and put it into a bowl. Add cream cheese into the mix until well incorporated. Once incorporated make small balls. Place on a baking sheet and put into the freezer for 10-15 minutes so that they're frozen.
Start to boil your water for your chocolate melts, once the chocolate melts are melted, place the cupcake bites and roll them into the chocolate until well covered. Place on a lined baking sheet and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or until completely frozen.
Chocolate Cupcake Bites
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tspn salt
- 1 tspn baking powder
- 1 tspn baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 1 carton of cream cheese
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixer bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine the beaten egg, vegetable oil, and milk. Stir to mix. Then, with the mixer on low, pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix on low until evenly distributed.
Pour the boiling water into the batter and mix on medium low until smooth.
Bake for 20-30 minutes. When a toothpick inserted at the center of the cupcake comes out cleanly, the cakes are done. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Once cooled do the same method as the lemon cupcakes from the cream cheese step and down.