Thursday, August 18, 2011

Brown Sugar Cupcakes for Josie


Delicious moist Brown Sugar cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream swirled on top and a sweet raspberry for decor along with sugar flowers and dragees. This makes for an elegant delicate subtle treat that can pack a light sweet punch even at a virtual baby shower. Yes.. a virtual baby shower.

Brown Sugar bear1

Anybody who knows me has heard me mention the name Josie. My friend Josie has a great blog called Pink Parsley. I have referred many a friend in Bermuda to her blog.  Some of whom have emailed me pictures of the recipes they have made. Pink Parsley’s blog is full of yummy goodness.  I heart the name.. I heart her blog… her recipes… and I totally heart Josie.

Behind that blog lies a quiet Josie..who always smiles and listens and offers advice only when the time is necessary. I met Josie before blogging. We have kids the same age and used to meet at a local coffee house to chat about life as stay at home moms and anything else.  At our kids’ last play date she told me she was expecting again and I was thrilled! Her 3 year old daughter is so precious and now I can’t wait to meet the newest addition!

When Josie started her blog I was inspired and extremely happy to have a friend who could create such delicious dishes and be so gracious to share the recipes. And the best thing is she loves Mexican food. My absolute fav!! Another thing Josie loves is cupcakes. So when Annie of Annie's Eats asked me to participate in Josie’s Virtual Baby Shower, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  Josie loves baking cupcakes.. and she does them well.


Brown Sugar Cupcakes

source: Your Home Based Mom from Martha Steward Cupcakes


3 cups sifted all- purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup unsalted butter

2 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar

4 large eggs

3/4 cup buttermilk



Preheat oven to 325F.

Line standard muffin tins with paper liners.

Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and brown sugar until pale fluffy. This should take approx 5 minutes.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl as needed.

Add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of the buttermilk and beating until combined after each.

Divide the batter evenly among lined cups.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating tins halfway through, until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean.


Raspberry Buttercream Recipe:

adapted from:


1 cup shortening

1 cup butter

8 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tsp  vanilla extract

6 ounces heavy whipping cream

2 ounces of Seedless Raspberry Preserves



Cream shortening until fluffy. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and blend until incorporated.

Continue adding sugar continue creaming until well blended. (I would taste after 6 cups to test if sweet enough. 8 cups of sugar can sometimes be too sweet for me. And remember the raspberries will make it sweeter.)

Add salt, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream and blend on low speed until moistened.

Add Seedless Raspberry Preserves. Beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.


Brown Sugar bear2


The food blogging community is an awesome one. They are very giving like a tightly knit community. A neighborhood of foodies except we only see each other online. We wave and communicate through the windows in our homes via the desktop or laptop.  Despite that, we know each other as well as we can. Some of our foodie neighbors we dream of meeting in real life, and some of them we actual do! Its a blessing when you have a local friend that is one of them and a great blogger at that. Make sure you see the rest of our virtual baby shower guest and their shower yummies by visiting our hostess’ blog Annie's Eats and our mommy of honor Josie at Pink Parsley.

I have been doing more cakes then anything else, as you can tell by my blog if you have been following me. Click on the Cake tab to the right and you can tell fondant and me are friends. Ironically enough Josie was one out of a few people including Michelle of Cook Au Vin, who encouraged me to decorate cakes for others.  I felt it only fitting to make a little gumpaste shaggy teddy bear because of that. Josie, the little gumpaste blue bear is yours…but the deal is you must come by and visit with little baby in order to get it. :)


The tutorial for this shaggy gumpaste bear can be found here on You Tube! I absolutely love Michelle Cake Designs. Her work is very inspirational!

Josie… enjoy today as we all unite even more through your virtual baby shower. You are very much deserving and I congratulate you on your new bundle of joy. Now come get your blue sugar bear!



  1. Your one of the lucky ones that gets to hang with Josie in real life! :) The cupcakes are beautiful. I really love the flower embellishments on them! Nice job!

  2. Karin, these look so pretty. Save one for me!

  3. Love the cupcake flavors! And the bear is too cute - I totally admire the talent and patience you have for decorating cakes.

  4. Okay, I seriously had no idea that the bear was made of gumpaste. I am majorly impressed! Thanks for contributing to Josie's shower!

  5. I wish I'd planned a playdate for this week so I could have eaten a cupcake! :-) Can't wait to have cocktails and girls' night out once I have this baby!!

  6. The cupcakes look amazing!! May I ask what tip you used for the frosting? I am a very beginner baker and love the thick swirl look!

  7. Hi Amy, Thanks! You can use a large round tip...such as 1A or 2A. However, I don't even own one anymore as I damaged mine in the food disposal. (long story). So I had to use just a regular coupler device that goes on the end of the piping bag! Worked just as well!

  8. Haha! Sounds like something I would do!!! Thanks for the tip (no pun intended). I think I am going to make these this weekend.

  9. I'm so jealous that you get to see Josie, Caroline, and the family for real. This post is beautiful and fun, just the way I know Josie is!

  10. What a perfect dessert for Josie's shower! I'm in love with any dessert named "brown sugar" and adding a raspberry buttercream sounds like heaven. It was great to meet and hang out with you at BHF, Karin!

  11. Karin, you are awesome. After meeting you, I so wish I lived in Atlanta so that we could hang out (and so I could try to learn some of your fantastic cake decorating skills). I can't wait to try the brown sugar cupcakes!

  12. Hey Karin!

    I have never heard of brown sugar cupcakes before, but you better believe I will be trying these. It was also great to "meet" through Josie! I can't wait to try these cupcakes.

  13. Just found your blog and I'm salivating it looks so good!!

  14. I love the brown sugar cupcake idea but am not really sold on the raspberry icing. Any other ideas for a flavor that would work with this cupcake besides plain buttercream? Thanks!!

  15. Hi Amy! Caramel Buttercream is really delish with Brown Sugar cake!