Happy New Years Eve! And a New Frosting Recipe

In case you haven’t noticed, I haven’t made many cupcakes recently. I don’t know if I just got burnt out or what, but I’ve been making more bars and cookies recently. Bars are especially low maintenance which makes them so much easier to make than cupcakes. But cupcakes will always hold a special place in my heart. And I’ll continue to make them.

I actually made these cupcakes earlier in the year for a weekend getaway to a friend’s family lake house. I thought these photos with the sprinkles were perfectly festive for New Years Eve! Hubby and I are off ringing in the new year in Las Vegas with a big group of friends!

Since it’s our first trip to Vegas, I’m sure we’ll have a bunch of fun and plenty of stories to share when we get home. But for now, lets talk more about cupcakes. For these cupcakes, I used a classic chocolate cupcake recipe but I decided to try a new frosting recipe.

I used the new neon colored cupcake liners that have been in the grocery store this year. I love them because in general, the Wilton cupcake liners that come in a bag at stores like Michaels are cute, but they always seem to be a bit off in size. The cupcake liners that I order online are great – vibrant colors and the perfect size – but they’re a bit pricey. By default, I mostly use the classic pastel colored liners that come in the round plastic container, but recently, they’ve had these neon colored ones that are great. I can’t get enough of them!

This frosting has a great bakery-frosting flavor. It’s very sweet and everyone really enjoyed it. It had a decent amount of stiffness that was perfect for piping onto cupcakes as well. I will definitely be making this frosting again.

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Dawn's Buttercream


1 cup Crisco
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons meringue powder


Cream shortening, water and flavoring.

Add powdered sugar and meringue powder. Mix until blended.

Add additional water until you reach the desired consistency. If you want really white icing be sure to use a clear extract. Vanilla extract will make the icing off white.

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10 Responses to “Raspberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies”

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    just2good — April 21, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    These sound so good!

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    Joelen — April 21, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    These look delicious!! I love the new look of your blog too! 🙂

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    thecookingnurse — April 21, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    MMMM, I love raspberries and chocolate!

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    Colleen — April 21, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Wow, these look amazing! They have been starred and will be made soon!

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    Stephanie Wagner — April 21, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    The first step is admitting you have a problem, the next step is sending your fresh baked sweets to your buddies in Indy! I’m here to help you through these tough times. 🙂

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    Deborah — April 22, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Oh how funny, I do believe this is my recipe from awhile ago, but someone turned them into mini brownies! Glad you liked them! 🙂

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    Ingrid — April 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Sounds and looks great. I will definitely keep these in mind when someone’s wanting brownies.

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    bcallegra — April 23, 2009 at 12:18 am

    I empathize with your baking addiction and apologize for being a food stalker – I actually made the brownies for work today! The funny thing is that a coworker forwarded me the link to your blog and these brownies yesterday and I was pleased to tell her that I was already a devoted fan.

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    Suzy — April 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    These look so delish. I hear you about addiction and waist line. Just have to walk it off when you can….LOL

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    Mermaid Sweets — April 29, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I hear you on the addiction, these look great – must try them for one of my friends who will love it.

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