Caga Tió Cupcakes

Cute chocolate Christmas cupcakes…but make them Catalan. ♡

These fun Caga Tió cupcakes celebrate the famous “pooping” log that brings children presents each Christmas here in Catalonia, Spain.

Caga Tio Cupcakes

Christmas cupcakes…but make them Catalan. ♡

This December marks our fifth holiday season living here in Barcelona…and Teo’s very first! We had such a fun time this past weekend taking him to the central Christmas market, buying his first tree, adding to our nativity set, and watching his eyes light up seeing all of the twinkly lights around the city. But of course, it wouldn’t be the Christmas season here without one of the best and quirkiest Catalan traditions that we absolutely love…the arrival of Caga Tió, the famous Catalan pooping log.

If you’ve never heard of Caga Tió, Barclay and I actually recorded a video learning about the tradition when we first moved here (see below). But in a nutshell, kiddos across Catalonia spend the month of December feeding their Caga Tió oranges and food scraps each day, while trying to be on their best behavior under his watch all month long. Then on Christmas Day, the kids all gather to sing a song and (yes) whack Tió repeatedly with a stick. Then if they were good and their Tió is nice and full…he “poops” out presents for everyone.

It’s a centuries-old tradition that everyone here still has so much fun celebrating. (As our friends say, is it really that much weirder than a dude from the North Pole sliding down your chimney?) So this weekend, we had a great time finally introducing our Teo to our Tió. And together, we started feeding him early so that he’ll be ready to do some excellent pooping this Christmas. Then I got a little carried away…and made cupcakes to celebrate.

So for anyone here in Catalonia or around the world who wants to celebrate Caga Tió in an extra sweet way this year, here’s a quick tutorial for how to make these cupcakes!

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Christmas Cupcakes

These cute Christmas cupcakes are made with soft and fluffy vanilla cupcakes, a simple vanilla buttercream frosting, and whatever fun sprinkles or toppings you choose. Decorating instructions included below! Usually, I kick off the holiday season by baking dozens and dozens of my favorite Christmas cookies. But this year, I randomly decided to dust off […]

These cute Christmas cupcakes are made with soft and fluffy vanilla cupcakes, a simple vanilla buttercream frosting, and whatever fun sprinkles or toppings you choose. Decorating instructions included below!

Christmas Tree Cupcakes

Usually, I kick off the holiday season by baking dozens and dozens of my favorite Christmas cookies. But this year, I randomly decided to dust off my set of piping tips and decorate a few rounds of Christmas cupcakes instead.

And it’s been surprisingly fun! ♡

I used to be really into cake decorating in my early twenties, and had forgotten how much I enjoy getting lost for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon in the world of frostings, food colorings, piping tips and sprinkles galore. It’s been a fun creative hobby to pick back up this holiday season…with some very merry and delicious cupcakes to enjoy as a result!

So for any of you who might interested, I thought I’d share a few batches of my favorite Christmas-themed cupcakes that I’ve made lately. These simple Christmas tree and Christmas wreath designs in particular are very beginner-friendly, if you’re new to the world of working with piping tips, and relatively quick and simple to make. Or if you happen to be interested in an even more basic option, I’ve also provided instructions below for how to make similar designs using just a ziplock bag and a butter knife. I’ve included my favorite vanilla cupcake and a simple vanilla buttercream recipe below, but feel free to use whatever homemade cupcake and frosting recipe sounds best to you here. (Or hey, if you want to save a step and go with a box mix, no shame here.)

Let’s bake some Christmas cupcakes!

Christmas Wreath Cupcakes

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are easy to make with a cake mix but taste like you spent hours making them! These easy pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for any fall gathering. I am all about keeping things simple at this time of year. Instead of cooking at home, we’re ordering pizza and wings for pre-trick-or-treat dinner and …

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are easy to make with a cake mix but taste like you spent hours making them! These easy pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for any fall gathering.

Pumpkin spice cupcake on a white plate, with more cupcakes in the background

I am all about keeping things simple at this time of year.

Instead of cooking at home, we’re ordering pizza and wings for pre-trick-or-treat dinner and I’m whipping up these super simple semi-homemade Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes for dessert. I just plan on topping them with one of those little pumpkin candies you can find near the candy corn to make them a little more festive.

You all know I love my doctored cake mix recipes, and I couldn’t resist giving it a seasonal twist.

The result is these pumpkin spice cupcakes that are so irresistibly moist you can’t stop at just one!

If you love pumpkin bundt cake, you’ll definitely fall for the combo of spice cake mix and pumpkin. The lightly spiced cream cheese frosting makes the cupcakes so special.

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Spider Bites

Creepy, crawly and cute. These bite-size spider cupcakes are a perfect little treat for Halloween. And they are pretty easy to decorate, too.  They are mini in size, so you’ll want to have a 24-cup miniature baking pan handy.  After the cupcakes are baked and cooled, start decorating by covering the cupcake tops. Not with […]

Spider Bites Miniature Cupcakes

Creepy, crawly and cute. These bite-size spider cupcakes are a perfect little treat for Halloween. And they are pretty easy to decorate, too. 

Miniature Chocolate Cupcakes

They are mini in size, so you’ll want to have a 24-cup miniature baking pan handy. 

Dipping Mini Cupcakes

After the cupcakes are baked and cooled, start decorating by covering the cupcake tops.

Not with butterceam, but with melted candy coating for a smoother canvas to aid in making the spiders later on. Don’t worry, I’ll show you.

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Pumpkin Dream Cupcakes with Espresso Cream Cheese Frosting.

These pumpkin dream cupcakes are fluffy, moist and perfectly spiced. Inspired by my pumpkin dream cake and topped with a delicious espresso cream cheese frosting. They’re actually a dream! Fall is here! And I couldn’t be more excited! What better way to celebrate the day than with a giant pumpkin cupcake? I’m here for it. […]

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These pumpkin dream cupcakes are fluffy, moist and perfectly spiced. Inspired by my pumpkin dream cake and topped with a delicious espresso cream cheese frosting. They’re actually a dream!

Fall is here! And I couldn’t be more excited!

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

What better way to celebrate the day than with a giant pumpkin cupcake? I’m here for it.

pumpkin dream cupcakes

Okay, so here’s the deal. Over the last few years, tons of you have made my pumpkin sheet cake into cupcakes. Tons of you have asked about it, have tried it, have made amazing versions. 

I wanted to have a space here on the blog for the cupcakes only – just so you could see them, in case you want cupcakes over sheet cake

I know. Hard decisions. Cupcakes or sheet cake? Hmmm…

pumpkin dream cupcakes

I love both for different reasons and it just depends on my mood, what I’m making said cake for, who wants the cupcakes, etc. 

The best news is that you can turn the recipe into cupcakes and just like the title states, they are a DREAM.

A dream.

SO fluffy and flavorful, with a tender crumb. Absolutely delicious.

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

P.S. If you’ve made the pumpkin dream cake before, then you know that I don’t love my pumpkin overly spiced. Because of that, there is a minimal amount of spice in this recipe. Enough to taste it, but they aren’t overly spiced. If you love pumpkin spice, I advise adding more! 

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

The cupcakes themselves are so wonderful that they really don’t even need frosting. I mean, I’m not a huge frosting person, so that may be why I can say that. 

Unless it’s cream cheese frosting, which I would like to eat with a spoon. From a very large bowl.

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

I usually make a cinnamon cream cheese frosting for the sheet cake version, so I changed things up here. Using my espresso cream cheese frosting from my banana sheet cake was the best idea ever. So yes, these cupcakes are basically a mash up of those two delicious cake recipes that we all love so much.

pumpkin dream cupcakes with espresso frosting

Oh yes. It’s coffee cream cheese frosting. Tangy and rich and decadent with a hint of coffee in the best way possible. I use instant espresso powder and it works perfectly. In fact, I keep it on hand for this frosting alone. (more…)

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Yay for PB & J Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly is such a comforting flavor combo. Whenever I make a pb & j sandwich, I’m reminded just how good they are and ask myself why I don’t enjoy them more often. So simple. So classic. And with my sweet tooth, it only makes sense that I should try trading in loaf […]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes

Peanut butter and jelly is such a comforting flavor combo. Whenever I make a pb & j sandwich, I’m reminded just how good they are and ask myself why I don’t enjoy them more often. So simple. So classic. And with my sweet tooth, it only makes sense that I should try trading in loaf bread for cake. Want to go from lovable lunchable to a delish dessert? Let’s get to it!

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Hummingbird Cupcakes

Hummingbird cupcakes are a classic Southern dessert. Filled with fruit and nuts, these party-ready cupcakes will make everyone hum with excitement! INTRO I first shared this Hummingbird Cupcake recipe from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. Given their springy flavors, I thought you all might need a refresher on how delicious …

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Hummingbird cupcakes are a classic Southern dessert. Filled with fruit and nuts, these party-ready cupcakes will make everyone hum with excitement!

Frosted hummingbird cupcake next to a fork on a white plate

INTRO

I first shared this Hummingbird Cupcake recipe from my friend Megan of the blog Stetted several years ago. Given their springy flavors, I thought you all might need a refresher on how delicious these cupcakes are! 

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Guinness Cupcakes

Rich, chocolatey cupcakes are made even better with Guinness! Top these Guinness Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream for a decadent St. Patrick’s Day dessert. Last week I decided that I don’t make nearly enough cupcakes these days. Back in the early days of my blog, I feel like I made every flavor combination possible and if …

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Rich, chocolatey cupcakes are made even better with Guinness! Top these Guinness Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream for a decadent St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

Guinness cupcake on a white plate with a bottle of Guinness in the background

Last week I decided that I don’t make nearly enough cupcakes these days.

Back in the early days of my blog, I feel like I made every flavor combination possible and if you ever flip through cupcake archives here on My Baking Addiction, you’ll see that I am sooo not kidding.

There’s pretty much something for everyone. From Doctored Cake Mix Cupcakes and Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes to adorable Bunny Butt Cupcakes that are the cutest for Easter.

Since I have so many cupcake recipes already on the blog, I thought I’d start giving some of them a little refresh starting with these Guinness Cupcakes that I posted many years ago.

They’re simple, rich, delicious and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Guinness stout being poured into a mixing bowl for guinness cupcakes

COOKING WITH GUINNESS STOUT

If you’ve been around here for a while, you know that I’m not a beer fan. 

Honestly, I’m not really an alcohol fan in general. I’ll occasionally mix up a drink with pineapple vodka or have a sip of tiramisu martini, but I particularly loathe beer.

Although I do not like to drink beer, I do like to cook with it, especially when it’s Guinness. There is something about this dark, thick stout beer that enhances some dishes and really imparts a fabulous flavor.

Dry ingredients for guinness cupcakes arranged on a marble counter

I mostly use Guinness in savory recipes, such as Guinness Stew, Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Stew or Irish Beer Cheese. But some time ago I learned about using Guinness in chocolate cupcakes and was all over it!

I mean, how could we go wrong with rich, chocolatey cupcakes? 

Whisk stirring together the dry ingredients for guinness cupcakes in a large glass mixing bowl

DO THESE CUPCAKES TASTE LIKE GUINNESS?

If you are like me and don’t like to drink beer: don’t worry, these cupcakes don’t actually taste like beer!

Don’t panic as you’re making them though. The batter smells very strongly of Guinness, but the finished product is a moist, light cupcake full of chocolatey goodness that is enhanced by the stout. 

Batter for guinness cupcakes in a metal mixing bowl

Topped with a crown of Homemade Buttercream Frosting, these cupcakes are downright perfect. 

In fact, I might have to think about how to add Guinness to other chocolate recipes now. 

Batter for guinness cupcakes in a cupcake tin, ready to be baked

HOW TO MAKE GUINNESS CUPCAKES

If you’re like me and like to keep a few bottles of Guinness handy just for cooking, then you may just already have everything you need to make these cupcakes:

  • 1 bottle Guinness 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
Baked guinness cupcakes ready to be frosted

These cupcakes use oil instead of butter, which gives them a beautiful crumb and helps keep them super moist. It also means they’re quick and easy to whip up because you don’t have to cream any butter and sugar together.

In a large bowl, mix together the Guinness, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

Overhead shot of several guiness cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting arranged on a white platter

Portion the batter into 24 muffin tins lined with paper cups and bake for about 25 minutes. They’re done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it.

Let the cupcakes cool in their tins before whipping together the vanilla buttercream frosting and piping it onto the cupcakes.

Frosted Guinness cupcake on a white plate with a platter of cupcakes in the background

(If you really want to go above and beyond with the St. Patrick’s Day theme, you could use Baileys instead of milk in the buttercream!)

I like to finish these Guinness Cupcakes with a sprinkling of chocolate jimmies. 

Bake up a batch of these rich cupcakes to share with your neighbors this St. Paddy’s Day and see if they can guess the secret ingredient that makes them so decadent! 

Plated Guinness Cupcake with a bite taken out of it
Guinness cupcake on a white plate with a bottle of Guinness in the background

Guinness Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Rich, chocolatey cupcakes are made even better with Guinness! Top these Guinness Cupcakes with vanilla buttercream for a decadent St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle Guinness Stout
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Guinness, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Mix in the sour cream.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa, sugar, flour, and baking soda. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet Guinness mixture.
  4. Butter 24 muffin tins and divide the batter among the muffin tins.
  5. Bake 25 minutes, until risen and set in the middle but still soft and tender. Cool before turning out of the tins. Pipe or spread the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

Notes

adapted from Dave Lieberman on Chow.com

Nutrition Information
Yield 24 Serving Size 1 cupcake
Amount Per Serving Calories 202Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 29mgSodium 94mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 1gSugar 18gProtein 3g

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Close up of a cupcake with homemade buttercream frosting

Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Yield: Enough frosting for 24 cupcakes or a 9-inch layer cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Homemade Buttercream Frosting is one of the best basic recipes to have on hand.

Ingredients

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • Tiny pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 ½ pounds (24 ounces) powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract (this helps maintain the bright white color)
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed for 6-7 minutes.
  2. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in the salt and powdered sugar, and continue beating until the sugar is fully incorporated.
  3. Add in vanilla and cream or milk and mix on low speed until incorporated.
  4. Turn the mixer back up to medium-high speed and beat the buttercream for an additional 6-7 minutes.
  5. If the buttercream is too thick, add in a bit of milk, one teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired consistency.

Notes

  • This recipe will make enough frosting to generously frost 24 cupcakes or one 9 inch layer cake.
  • You can easily adjust the consistency of this recipe by simply adding in more heavy cream or milk.
  • If you are a fan of shortening in your buttercream, simply omit one stick of butter and replace with 1/2 cup shortening.
  • Clear vanilla extract is used in this recipe to keep the frosting nice and white. If you don’t mind a slight color change, feel free to use pure vanilla extract, but decrease the amount to 2 teaspoons.
  • Covered and refrigerated frosting can be stored for up to three days. Simply bring it to room temperature and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. You may need to add a couple of teaspoons of heavy cream or milk to revive the consistency.
  • If you choose to dye your frosting, go easy with the dye. Remember, you can always add more color, but you can’t remove it.
  • If you garnish with sprinkles, make sure you do this immediately after you frost your baked goods. Once the top layer of the buttercream crusts, nothing will stick

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Nutrition Information
Yield 24
Amount Per Serving Calories 225Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 33mgSodium 13mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 28gProtein 1g

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Cocoa Cupcakes

It’s cold outside and these cocoa cupcakes are a fun way to stay cozy and cute inside. They are  reminiscent of hot chocolate but presented as a sweet little cake with cocoa frosting and the tiniest marshmallow bits to top them off and tie the whole look together. The best part is these cupcakes are […]

Cocoa Cupcakes

It’s cold outside and these cocoa cupcakes are a fun way to stay cozy and cute inside. They are  reminiscent of hot chocolate but presented as a sweet little cake with cocoa frosting and the tiniest marshmallow bits to top them off and tie the whole look together.

Chocolate Cupcakes

The best part is these cupcakes are super easy to pull together and you can mix all the ingredients for the cupcakes in one bowl. I always love that.

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Lemonade Cupcakes

Take a big bite of sunshine! These lemon cupcakes are a fun take on your favorite summertime drink. And they are super easy to make and decorate … which I love. Obviously, lemons are the star of this sweet treat. A combination of lemon juice and lemon zest add all the flavor you need to […]

Lemonade Cupcakes

Take a big bite of sunshine! These lemon cupcakes are a fun take on your favorite summertime drink.

Lemon Cupcake Ingredients

And they are super easy to make and decorate … which I love.

Lemons and zest

Obviously, lemons are the star of this sweet treat. A combination of lemon juice and lemon zest add all the flavor you need to feel like you’re enjoying a tangy drink … just a little fluffy instead of fluid.  One large lemon = up to 4 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon lemon zest. 

Cupcakes Batter

Cupcake Liners

Scoop the batter evenly into 18 baking cups. I recommend going with yellow cupcake liners to really finish off the look. But a light pink color would look good, too.

Lemon Cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are baked and cool, pipe yellow-tinted buttercream frosting right on top. You can also create a two tone look with a light and darker shade of yellow. Fill two separate decorating bags with two shades of frosting. Snip off the tips. Then place the two icing bags into one larger icing bag fitted with your favorite tip. I used an Ateco #827 tip to pipe tall swirls of buttercream.

Lemon Cupcakes

Place a thin slice of lemon right into the side of your buttercream frosting. 

You could stop right here and have cute little lemonade cupcakes. But let’s make them even cuter.

Lemonade Cupcakes

Yes! I like it. Lemons, striped straws, and adorable little price tags for effect. But you could totally change the price if you wanted to actually sell your cupcakes.

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