Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"Sweet Tooth Fairy" Cupcake Copy Cat

We are LUCKY to have an awesome local cupcakery here called "The Sweet Tooth Fairy". Megan, the owner, has some serious talent and flair. She's even been on the Rachel Ray Show with her Cake Bites. I've already done my own version of a Cake Bites tutorial last year. I was thrilled to see they are now making macarons too! See? She and I LOVE the same things! I'd love to meet her as we clearly share a love of all things sugar.


The "Sweet Tooth Fairy" cupcakes are good, very good. However, once they add the frosting, they go from good to absolutely diet- shattering yummy! If you get the chance, you MUST go there and try out the many incredible flavors. I treated myself to a Chocolate Raspberry one last week. Heaven!


The frosting recipe is a jealously guarded secret- and with GOOD reason. She says she will never reveal her secret ingredient and I agree that she shouldn't. The thing that makes her frosting so good is that it rich and creamy but not sickeningly sweet nor does it taste of Crisco. How? I wondered? How might one accomplish this? They are not refrigerated either so it's not a whipped cream frosting. I'm sure as a professional she has access to all kinds of specialty ingredients not available to me. My recipe has to use everyday, grocery store stuff.


And so I thought, and carefully googled and last night I finally experimented with my OWN version of "Sweet Tooth Fairy" frosting. Please note, this is NOT her recipe. It may not even be close but it DOES have the same body, is less 'sweet' than regular frostings and holds up beautifully. As knock-offs go- it's a winner.


I needed to start with a good cupcake recipe so I chose the Filled Cupcakes recipe from allrecipes- my favorite recipe site. I made them as per recipe directions but used mini-chocolate chips as recommended by others.


Baking Secret: spray the cupcake liners with Cooking Spray and it will keep the cake from sticking to the liner. No more ugly 'disrobed' cupcakes!

Cupcake batter with the cream cheese/chocolate chip filling. This recipe made really moist, tasty cakes.

The 'secret ingredient' in MY frosting is Dream Whip. Remember that stuff? My Mama used it all the time in the 70's and 80's. I didn't know they still made it! It's like powdered whipping cream and you get it in the same area of the grocery store where you'll find puddings and mousses.



After playing around with a couple different versions, I settled on the recipe below that I cobbled together using the best parts of several different recipes.

NOTE**I have now made the recipe a number of different ways. The recipe below has been revised to reflect the 'winning' method.


Cindy's Secret Frosting- REVISED!

1-8 oz. package cream cheese
2 Tbls. Butter- softened
1/2 tsp. salt
1 pkg. Dream Whip
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. clear butter flavor
About 3 cups of Confectioner's Sugar

Beat softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and blended. Add extracts to a small bowl, mix in the salt to dissolve then add mixture to cream cheese. Add Dream Whip and mix well. Finally, add the Confectioner's Sugar until frosting is desired thickness- remember that it will stiffen up once you refrigerate that so take that into account. My goal is always to add the LEAST amount of Confectioner's Sugar I can get away with so the frosting won't be too sweet.

Chill cupcakes and frosting for at least an hour before piping frosting on top- even better if you wait overnight so the frosting won't be grainy.



The finished cupcake. And yes, I know I won't win any prizes for food photography but my poor camera is sort messed up and lets in too much light on the auto settings and I'm clueless how to fix it.

I will say that the recipe is excellent and very CLOSE to the one used at this awesome bakery. However, I'd still recommend you try out the real thing at Sweet Tooth Bakery! I'm pretty sure heaven tastes just like her frosting.

28 comments:

susette said...

That does look so delightful. I can almost taste it through the computer screen. I am imagining a little bit of lemon flavor added to that for a bit of a zingy taste too. YUM!!

Adventure girl wanna be said...

Just stoppin by to say "Hi girl"! Hope you are happy and living well. XOXOXO

Lisa Loo said...

Wow--these are beautiful. You are one of those talented people who are brave and can play with food. I wish I had that. Thanx for posting

Janiece said...

That is funny...
I still have it in my cupboard at home...never know when you will need boxed whipped cream :-)

I do need to talk to you...
Have a fantastic day!

Janie said...

I love the name of the bakery. It's perfect.
And yes, I remember Dream Whip. It's good stuff, although I haven't used it in years. Now may be the time. Your frosting recipe looks delish.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Looks great! I am going to have to try them...ooo, and i love Susette's idea. Lemon, yum.

tammy said...

Mmm...thanks for sharing this!

tammy said...

btw - my brother thinks that Tim's voice sounds like McGruff the crime dog.

Wanda -Maria Roszak said...
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Wanda -Maria Roszak said...

Hello Cynthia,
thank you for your kind words, the Evaluation of my work-pillow,
warmly greet, thank,
Wanda
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Cynthia, your blog is also very interesting, tasty food, nice, nice mom and your family too, greet,

jenn said...

I randomly found your frosting recipe through a google search (can't wait to try it!) and i just have a quick question-- did you use salted or unsalted butter?? Thanks!

Cynthia said...

I've used both salted and unsalted butter- didn't notice a big difference either way since it's such a small amount of butter in the first place.

Manda said...

Ok I am super excited to try this!!! I love their frosting and even if this is somewhat like it I am happy! Thank you for sharing this! Umm... and just a side note... I happened to just search "Sweet Tooth Fairy Bakery Frosting Recipe" into google and your blog came up but do you remember me? I used to babysit your twins when they were little. My parents live by Jen and Rusty. I don't know I thought it was a funny coincidence!

The Mason Family said...

This looks awesome! I'm so excited to try it. We spent the summer in Utah and I got ridiculously addicted to The Sweet Tooth Fairy's cupcakes! Just two quick questions before I give it a go if you don't mind...does the recipe call for 1 packet of dream whip- or one BOX? I'm assuming just one of the packets inside the box, but wanted to make sure. Also, you said their cupcakes are not refrigerated, but if your frosting has a cream cheese base, that means it should be refrigerated right? Thanks so much!

Spencer and Jamie said...

I found your blog randomly when I was looking for Sweet Tooth Fairy frosting recipes. I just posted a post today about the cupcakes I made for a desert table using your frosting. Anyway, wanted to say that I LOVED it! They were so good! Thank you for sharing. Now I'll need to play around with making their citrus frostings using yours as a base. Thanks again!

Carly said...

Can't wait to try your frosting, I would love to crack their frosting recipe! It's the best! I actually think in some of their frostings they use amaretto flavoring, you could try that out too. Now if only we could figure out the secret to their dense, moist, cake bites!!! They are to die for :)

Ohbladi! said...

where do you find the clear butter? thanks! is it the same as butter extract?

Cynthia said...

You can get the clear butter extract anywhere you can buy cake decorating supplies- like the WalMart craft section.

I flavor this frosting with lots of different things. My personal favorite is using REAL vanilla and also some Vanilla Bean Paste which ups the flavor and puts little flecks of bean in there.

Nathan and Toni Southam said...

Hi, you don't know me, but I found your frosting recipe online and tried it. The frosting turned out great! It was so yummy! Thanks so much for posting this!

Beth said...

Shirley J's has a whipped desert mix that might work as well. I'll try it and let you know!

Mic.breck said...

Hi I also love sweet tooth fairy. I wanted to tell you the frosting recipe I Came up that I think is as good as hers.( I have been told it is better) I use 1/2 cup of butter and shortening then 8 ounces cream cheese which is creamed together. I add 2 Lbs of powered sugar, 1 tea of vanilla, 1/2 tea almond and coconut extract. Add milk to desired consistency. When I make coconut cupcakes I use coconut milk. I also like a little more coconut extract. I also use the same recipe for chocolate frosting, adding cocoa and omitting the almond. It is supper yummy. Hope you give it a try.

Elaina said...

I tried the cupcakes at Sweet Tooth Fairy today and I thought they were dry, like they had been sitting there for days. Absolutely terrible!I will surely try this recipe and make my own at home.

crazy burnett6 said...

I was just wondering if you mix up the dream whip according to package directions or add it dry to the frosting?

Design Resource said...

I add the Dream Whip to the frosting dry. I think that's why my frosting tastes better the next day. On day 1 it can be a little grainy until the Dream Whip absorbes enough of the moisture in the frosting to 'fluff' a little.

Mic.breck- I will totally try your version. I should just add it to the post with credit and a link to you. The more options the better. I think your version sounds really good!

darcie said...

any ideas on their vanNIEla frosting? So does the whipped stuff make it fluffier? excited to try.

Janessa Taylor said...

SO I tried this and it is YUMMMMMY!!!! I love it!! I'm not a big fan of frosting unless it's a little unique like this one. I didn't use the butter flavoring, so I don't know if that alters the flavor a lot, but it was great anyway! I can't wait for everyone to taste this. I've got it in the fridge overnight, although I didn't notice a grainy texture even freshly made.

SweetWahine said...

This looks so good! I came accross your blog thanks to google and Im happy I did! I can't wait to try it!! Thank you

Barefoot Cassandra said...

Sweet tooth fairy's vanilla frosting is the reason they are amazing. I can taste 3 extracts, and I hear they put in 4. I taste almond, vanilla and coconut. I think they also use a butter extract because it is a vanilla butter cream.

Thank you so much for this recipe! I am very excited to try it out!