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Strawberry Cupcakes

Here’s to the unofficial start of summer.  I’ve been wanting to try these cupcakes I saw at Good Things Catered.  I figured a Memorial Day BBQ would be the perfect opportunity.  They were a hit at my friend’s party!

Angie’s Famous Strawberry Cupcakes

Ingredients:
2 1/2 c. cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar (or a little less)
2 eggs
1/3 c. buttermilk
1/4 c. oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c. chopped strawberries

1/4 c. strawberries
1 Tbsp. strawberry liquor
1/2 tsp lemon juice
8 oz. cream cheese, room temp
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1 3/4 c. powdered sugar
1/2 Tbsp vanilla

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare 2 cupcake pans.
-Sift flour, salt, and baking soda in medium bowl.
-In bowl of mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
-Add eggs one at a time until combined.
-Add buttermilk, oil and vanilla until combined.
-Add flour mixture and stir until just combined.
-Fold in berries.
-Fill cupcake pans 3/4 way.
-Bake for 20 minutes.
-For frosting, put berries, liquor, and juice in saucepan.
-Bring to a boil over medium heat and then reduce to a simmer for 5 mins.
-Let cool then blend until smooth.
-In bowl of mixer mix cream cheese and butter until creamy.
-Add sugar, then vanilla.
-Add berry puree until smooth.
-Frost cupcakes when they are completely cooled.

NOTE:  I used vanilla buttercream instead of the strawberry icing.  I made the stars out of Wilton colorflow icing. 

Margarita Cupcakes

Hubs and I went up to a friends’ house over the weekend for a little barbeque.  When I asked my friend what I could bring, she said she had everything covered for appetizers, drinks and dinner.  So I figured I would bring dessert.  Obviously, my choice was cupcakes.  I have been wanting to make Margarita cupcakes for quite some time now, but all of the recipes I come across use white cake mix.  I feel like I’m cheating when I use those and like I don’t deserve the compliments when people like them.  Annie of Annie’s Eats recommended these and promised that they would be worth it.  They certainly were.  They were delish and everyone loved them.  Next time when I have more time, I’ll figure out a way to make them from scratch!

Margarita Cupcakes
Confections of a Foodie Bride by Shawnda

Ingredients:
9 oz. margarita mix
3 oz. tequila
¾ oz. Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
white cake mix
3 egg whites
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tbsp. lime zest
1 recipe lime buttercream frosting (recipe below)

Directions:
Mix together the margarita mix, tequila and Grand Marnier in a large glass or spouted bowl. Reserve 1 ¼ cups of this for the cupcake batter and drink the rest as a treat while you are baking.

In a stand mixer, add the margarita mixture (1 ¼ cups), cake mix, egg whites, vegetable oil, and lime zest. Mix on low for about 30 seconds and then increase to medium speed for 2 minutes (the batter will still be a bit lumpy).

Spoon the batter into a prepared muffin pan and fill cups 2/3 to ¾ full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Place the cupcakes on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Once the cupcakes have cooled, make the frosting for the cupcakes.

Lime Buttercream Frosting
Ingredients:
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/8 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. lime juice
green food coloring (optional)

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low until combined. Turn the speed to medium-high until the icing is light and fluffy. Use water to thin the frosting if necessary (I used about 2 tbsp). Add the icing to a pastry bag or use a spatula/knife to frost the cupcakes.

Wilton I – Cupcakes (Class 3)

Today at my Wilton class, I learned how to make figures, shell borders and drop flowers.  The cupcakes I made for the class were dreadful…they were chocolate sponge and just were NOT good (Wilton recipe…blech).  The dark chocolate buttercream, however…yum.
I made…
this radical clown:

this happy little smiley face:

and these cute little flowers:

Dark Chocolate Buttercream Icing
Wilton

 Ingredients
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioner’s sugar
4-5 tablespoons milk

Directions
-Cream shortening and butter.
-Add cocoa and vanilla.
-Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time on low to medium speed and mix until combined.
-Add milk and beat until fluffy.

 

 

 

Cupcake Hero – Liquor

So I think I’m completely addicted to blog events now.  I have been eyeing this contest for a while and figure this was an appropriately themed month to join in since the theme was…

I had been wanting to make bananas foster ever since one of my girlfriends told me that her chef boyfriend made it for her and it was so delish.  I figured I’d try to put bananas foster into a cupcake.  I was pretty pleased with my ingenuity, especially since I searched and searched and couldn’t find a recipe.  Then, much to my chagrin, I found one on Wilton’s site.  It had been done.  But that’s ok.  I used their recipe skeleton, measurements for butter, sugar, flour, etc., but really kind of did my own thing!  I actually fostered the bananas (I so know that’s not right) in brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and rum.  And yes, I flambéed those suckers.  The frosting recipe came from my ole buddy CB’s blog.  I adjusted that one also.

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