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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31 Responses to “Daring Bakers POP! (Dairy-free cheesecake pops with recipe)”

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    HoneyB — April 27, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    Wow, these look great! Kudos for your success at another baking first!

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    Mcwhisky — April 27, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Your cheesecake pops looked clean-cut. Perfect cubes and they really look good in cubes! Nicely coated!! Unlike mine, lol.

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    Marye — April 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    The squares look great.

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    BC — April 27, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Mine had footprints.. and finger prints from the pint sized assistant!

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    Susan — April 27, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Wow, your shapes are so clean and perfect. Very nice job!

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    landa — April 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Everything looks so perfect. Great job

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    Annemarie — April 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Well done in getting them dairy-free. I don’t have access to Tofutti in the UK and have had to go for the whole-dairy version, which I have to take a lactaid just to look at. Yours are lov-er-ly looking.

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    Bumblebutton — April 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Perfect geometrics! Nice job–and glad you enjoyed them with the extra, dairy-free challenges.

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    sterling — April 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I love how perfectly cut those are – well done!
    My first batch of pops I coated by microwaving the chocolate, I think I am going to try it over the water like you did, to try to get a more consistent coating this time – they’re just in the freezer now…

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    C.L. — April 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    These turned out beautifully..they are such clean lines! Very nice!


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    Jaime — April 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    your pops look so perfect! i wish my cheesecake had been that firm! congrats on adapting the recipe to suit your needs 🙂

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    Jen Yu — April 27, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Aw, bummer about the lactose intolerance (I too have lactose issues normally). I’m so glad you could figure a way around it and isn’t the new DB site awesome?! 🙂 Your pops turned out beautifully! Great job.

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    Maggie — April 27, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Wow! Did you cut your squares with a knife or dental floss? They are really pretty and precise looking! I’m glad the soymilk/margarine substitute worked for you.

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    Amy J. — April 27, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Awesome. I love your squares!

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    Jenny — April 27, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I really love the square pops, they are so elegant. Thanks for the tips on dairy-free pops!

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    Jen — April 27, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Maggie, I used a knife to cut my shapes.

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    Candace — April 28, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Great job! I did squares too.

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    Gail — April 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on your lactose-free pops. I love their cute little square shape!

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    StickyGooeyCreamyChewy — April 28, 2008 at 7:29 am

    Your pops are adorable! I was so happy to see a dairy free version. My little nephews are on a dairy free diet. This is a perfect treat for them. Thanks!

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    L Vanel — April 28, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Great looking pops and a nice adapation of the recipe.

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    ~Amber~ — April 28, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Ooo I love the squares and triangles. Very cute. Congratulations on completing the challenge and being able to adapt it to something you can enjoy!

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    moowiesqrd — April 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love the square pops! I’m also lactose intolerant, but I admit to loving dairy too much to give it up. Lactaid is my friend!

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    Deborah — April 28, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Your squares are absolutely perfect!! Great job on this challenge – especially with adapting it so that you could enjoy it!

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    Dolores — April 29, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Love your geometric cheesecake pop shapes. I wish my cheesecake had been firm enough to try that approach. I may try tofutti next time…

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    Lunch Buckets — April 29, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Gorgeous cube pops! They remind me of those chocolate See’s suckers 🙂

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    SweetDesigns — April 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    woot!! Cute little square pops 😉 they look wonderful, and so perfect..soo very perfect lol

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    Barbara — April 30, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Your pops look wonderful!

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    Jigginjessica — May 3, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Wow! Your pops look awesome. Does it taste like real cheesecake with your toffuti substitute.

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    marion-il en faut peu pour ... — May 4, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    perfect squares 🙂 I love them !
    Great job ! congrats !

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    vertigoxcured — August 21, 2009 at 1:00 am

    i know this post is old but i was wondering if you could share the orginal recipe that isnt dairy free? my email is vertigoxcured@gmail.com

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    Keith — November 23, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    They look and sound great! I will have to try these out.

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