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When you try this awesome concoction, it will forever shame you for having been tempted to buy the artificially flavored icing from the store. French buttercream is distinguished from Italian buttercream by the use of yolks rather than whites. Italian buttercream is the supremely white icing you see on fancy cakes. German buttercream uses pastry cream, which is thickened vanilla sauce. They’re all good, but I like the richness of the yolks in this icing.
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Coffee
Used to frost the outside of the Bûche de Noël.Adapted from Jacques Torres’ “A Year in Chocolate."
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Give your cakes and cupcakes a little love and make homemade buttercream frosting. This recipe infuses it with coffee grinds for a rich, decadent flavor. 
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Reliving the same day over and over sounds like a nightmare — until you start to realize, it means you can eat whatever you want. Sign us up! Glazed doughnuts, pecan sticky buns, strawberry milkshakes: Bill Murrary’s stuck-in-time character Phil says, bring it on. However, Rita, his love interest, serves as the voice of reason: “Don’t you worry about cholesterol, lung cancer, love handles?” He shoves an entire slice of white cake with pink frosting into his mouth to show just how much he doesn’t worry. Point: proven. The pale color and tender pliability of the cake could only be one thing: angel food, whose light-as-air batter is mostly meringue, with a bit of flour. Our Groundhog-inspired version — angel food cupcakes with raspberry buttercream — is individually portioned, so, theoretically, you could eat your cake in just one bite. Just please: don’t.     Click here to see 15 Star-Quality Recipes from Famous '90s Movies
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These vanilla cupcakes are absolutely sweet buttery and soft and full of rich vanilla flavor. * ½ cups Butter * ⅔ cups Sugar * 1 teaspoon Vanilla * 3 whole Eggs * 1 whole Lemon Zest * 1-½ cup All-purpose Flour * 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder * ¼ cups Milk * 1 container Buttercream Frosting, 16 Ounce Tub, Or Your Favorite Recipe Using an electric hand mixer beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat until white and creamy. Add eggs one at a time and stir to combine. Set aside. In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon zest, flour and baking powder. Add the creamed egg and sugar mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined. Slowly add milk (little by little) and mix on low speed until just combined. Now line a cupcake tin or muffin tin with paper cups (recipe makes 12 cupcakes). Pour batter into cups. Fill to about 2/3 full. Don’t over fill. Bake at 175 C for about 25 minutes. Cupcakes are ready when the top springs back when you touch it with your finger. (Do not over bake or the cupcakes will be dry.) Remove the cupcakes from the oven and let them cool before decorating. When the cupcakes are cool, fill a pastry bag with the buttercream frosting and pipe onto the cakes. (Use a piping bag with a star nozzle if you have one). I’ve done in the photo above. Serve and enjoy.  
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Gingerbread Cake with Grand Marnier Frosting
I recently made this cake for a friend’s birthday celebration.  I was torn on what to make and had tossed around the ideas of perhaps red velvet or maybe caramel — that is until I took the first bite of a gingerbread spice chocolate bar by Theo. The flavors of chocolate with nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and more… Simple yet delicious. I decided to make a play on those flavors with this cake (and kick it up a notch). I started with a relatively healthy cake recipe — applesauce instead of butter, and half whole wheat flour for a bit more substance and texture (I’d say it’s pretty low-fat alone; with the buttercream? Not so much...) To make the cake a bit more “mature,” I wanted to some stout (a natural partner to molasses) to make the gingerbread rich and moist, but didn’t have any — an amber ale stepped in. A slight drizzle of Grand Marnier was trickled into the buttercream frosting to compliment the spiciness of the gingerbread. Topping it off, I candied some tangerine and orange peels to enhance and draw out the orange flavor of the liqueur. 
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chocolate
These stout whoopie pies are cake-like, but sturdy enough to keep their shape. The confectioners’ sugar based buttercream filling is flavored with stout. These are simple to make. Just open up a bottle and get baking. The pies are best if served the same day they are baked, but they can be held overnight in which case I would assemble them and individually wrap in plastic wrap.
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oreos
Coincidentally meeting for the first time in their eleven-year-old lives, identical twins Hallie (Lindsay Lohan) and Annie (again, Lindsay Lohan) don’t find it unusual that they look exactly alike — but they do find it strange that they both enjoy eating Oreos with peanut butter. Honestly, we’re not sure why they’re so embarrassed: peanut butter and chocolate is practically as classic a combo as peanut butter and jelly. But perhaps there is some gene that makes you love it or hate it. Our Homemade Oreos feature both buttercream and peanut butter sandwiched between two cocoa shortbread cookies — this way no dipping or outside judgment is involved. Click here to see 15 Star-Quality Recipes from Famous '90s Movies
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These tropical cupcakes are made with coconut and orange zest. 
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Vegan Fluff Buttercream Frosting
This is our all-purpose “go to” frosting. It’s great for piping into lush, swirling mountains of frostiness and just as good for spreading onto a cupcake like rolling hills of heaven. It makes a lot, probably 4 cups’ worth, so you can halve the recipe if you are going to be spreading the frosting rather than piping it. Serve with the Vegan Banana Split Cupcakes recipe. Adapted from “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World” by Isa Chandra Moskovitz and Terry Hope Romero.
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The easiest way to add a dash of pink to your dessert is through the icing. This buttercream recipe transforms itself into a beautiful piece of art with a splash of rose water. 
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Paleo Chocolate Cupcake
In my quest for the perfect gluten-free chocolate cupcake, I made these five times. In one day. Luckily, my boys and their glutenoid friends happily scarfed down the "failures." Here, I share with you my success.
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