Filled Cupcakes With My Friend: The Cupcake Corer!!!!

We had a triple birthday celebration on Friday... Delightful young ladies, two with summer birthdays and one from October, so we did a "Birthday Extravaganza" at Ruthy's Place!!!

Which meant...

Baking Party in the Kitchen!!!!  (cue the dance music!!!!)

Some like yellow cake. Some like chocolate. And everyone likes cupcakes! So I used two of my fave mixes, Duncan Hines yellow and Dark Chocolate (oh, that just SOUNDS wonderful, doesn't it???)

I baked the cupcakes exactly like you'd do normally, only this time I DIDN'T BURN THEM.

Not one.

So then there's this:

Recognize it? No?

It's a Cupcake Corer... Who knew???? This little bad boy takes the core out of the cake, allowing me to STUFF IT with some kind of amazingly wonderful goodness.


Today I used this:

I used to make all my own jams and jellies and maybe I will again, but right now, McCutcheon's products rank right up there with my homemade. And I buy them at my friend Kim's farm store, she's a woman farmer and baker very much like Piper McKinney in "Falling for the Lawman"!!!!

Oh, you don't know what "Falling for the Lawman" is??? It was my fall release with Love Inspired (huge shameless plug grin here!!!) and yes, you can still buy it HERE!!!!!  I love Farm Lit books, I love country/rural/small town settings. It's so much fun! (and youse know I'll be saying the same thing about cities next week when I'm plugging "Love Finds You in the City at Christmas" right????)  :)

Half will be filled with frosting or raspberry filling.... 

And here is a shot showing the amazing Cupcake Corer device in action!!!! You simply twist it in and pull and out comes:

The kids gobbled these up for dessert after lunch, when I cleverly put them all down for nappy-naps...
Pretending it was for THEIR OWN GOOD, of course!!!
(Insert fiendish laugh!)
And then I filled the cupcakes:

Frosted them: using the Hershey's Chocolate Frosting recipe I talk about all the time!!!BEST CHOCOLATE FROSTING EVER!!! Dark, Rich, Glossy! 

The only thing I do differently with the chocolate frosting is to add 1/2 teaspoon of salt per batch. I love the background taste of salt-to-sugar and it adds a zest that is just plain fun.My Mama always did that back in the day. I kind of hate that they forgot about the blend for so long, and now???
Guess what's hot at every chocolate selling store in the world????
Chocolate Salted Everything.
:)  Funny how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
(This logic should NOT be applied to 70's or 80's fashions. For the love of all that's good and holy in this world, please. Stop yourself before re-creating a dreadful faux pas AGAIN.)

The cupcakes filled with raspberry have a dot of raspberry on the top. The ones with a white buttercream center have a ... Yes, you guessed it!!! A white buttercream star on top.
Oh, happy day! 
Oh, glorious day!
Fun and frolic was had by all!!!!
Happy birthday, Skylaar!!! And Happy Un-birthday Dianna and Aubree!
We love you, girls!
Here is that link again: