And then, of course, I needed to figure out how to actually fill these babies. This is where I got schooled: Annie's Eats: How to Make Filled Cupcakes. I just used the simple knife technique and it worked out quite well!
I really wanted to make my own frosting, and even did, but was not happy with the way it turned out (still have yet to find myself a realllllllllllllllllllllllllly yummy vanilla frosting recipe). I have a great buttercream one I use often (Whipperberry's Simple Vanilla Buttercream Recipe), but Little Sis just isn't crazy about buttercream. Please feel free to share if you know of one that I could try! So with the clock tickin' like it was, I went to my go-to store-bought Betty Crocker's Whipped Vanilla Frosting. It is seriously my favorite frosting and it tastes SOOOOO good and always comes out oh so pretty. Thank goodness I always keep some on-hand! Which reminds me, I have to update my grocery list. :)
Update 6/19/13: Just wanted to give you an idea about amounts:
2 batches of cupcakes + 1 batch of chocolate mousse filling + 2 tubs of frosting = 36 cupcakes, with a little frosting to spare :)
I started them at about 11am, of course had to run to the grocery store to pick up a couple items and they were ready to go by 1pm. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! Here's the batch I packed up to take over. The ones with blue sprinkles are not filled, just in case someone wasn't a fan of chocolate mousse (like Little Sis):
Gotta say that these were a big hit by all, except Little Sis who has yet to try one because she hasn't been feeling well. You can bet we're saving her one!
Update 5/29/13: Made yet another batch of these delicious things and took some new pix and just had to share. The white topped ones are the Chocolate Mousse Filled Cupcakes. The pink sprinkled ones are just plain vanilla cupcakes because that's what Little Sis prefers (the horror!) and the ones to the right are...
... a teaser for Oreo Cupcakes I experimented with.
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