Showing posts with label cupcake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cupcake. Show all posts

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Egg Nog Frosting

16 December 2014


Who doesn't love baking around the holidays?!  Cold days warmed by a hot oven and the smell of treats wafting through the house - that is my kind of day.  These cupcakes are a lovely burst of all my favorite flavors of the holidays - moist, spiced cupcake with creamy, rich eggnog short -perfection.

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Egg Nog Frosting
makes about 12 full sized cupcakes or 24 minis

Gingerbread Cupcakes:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup softened butter 
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup water

Preheat the oven to 375°F.  With an electric mixer, beat the sugar, butter, molasses and eggs on medium speed.  Slowly stir in flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, the allspice.  Finally, mix in the water to thin the batter a bit. Spoon the cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Egg Nog Frosting:
1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick)
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup eggnog
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Whisk butter in an electric mixer and add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time until full combined.  Keep whisking while adding egg nog and spices.

gingerbread cupcakes with egg nog frostingServe the cupcakes with a little sprinkle of nutmeg and a whole lot of holiday cheer!

Satsuma Cupcakes

19 January 2013

To go along with my Chicken Pad See Ew dinner this week, I wanted to make a bright dessert.  I found some beautiful satsuma oranges at the produce stand and I knew they were destine to be cupcakes!  You could use just about any kind of citrus for this recipe.

The only tricky thing to think about when you are working with citrus in cupcakes is to remember that citric acid responds to milk by making it curdle, so it's important to add it at just the right time after most of your ingredients are combined in order to minimize the chance to have a curdling issue.  I adore these with pretty little satsumas, but you could replace the satsumas with whatever orange citrus looks good at your local market.

Satsuma Cake:
zest of 1 orange
juice of 2 oranges
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar

Preheat the oven to 350. Mix together flour, baking powder, zest and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, stir together milk, vanilla, and juice, mix. cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer, and add the eggs. Slowly add in the dry mixture and then the milk mixture. This batter will be thick.
Fill your liners (about 3/4 full) and bake for 20-25 minutes
Let cool before frosting.

Satsuma Icing:
1 stick of butter, softened (8 tablespoons)
4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon orange zest (about 1 orange)
juice of about 2 oranges

Start by beating the butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla & zest. Add juice little by little while you continue to mix until you reach the consistency you like for your frosting. If you like a stiffer frosting, just add a bit less juice. I liked a nice flavorful & fluffy frosting, so 2 oranges were perfect for that.

Makes about 15 cupcakes.

I love these cupcakes. They are not super sweet and I just adore the way the fresh satsuma brightens the flavor.

12 Nerdy Cupcakes That Any Geek Can Make!

06 January 2013

Two things that I really like are cupcakes and things that are nerdy.  You know what I don't like so much?  Spending hours and hours trying to do detail work on cupcakes.  And so, I give you 12 awesome nerd-tastic cupcakes that are not only awesome looking, but also relatively easy to make!

These amazing Dr. Who cupcakes with free printable wrapper download!

This Storm Trooper cupcakes are super easy to make - just a cupcake + marshmallow + food safe marker = BAM!  I was so inspired, that I made these gems for my coworker's birthday last month!

Harry Potter butterbeer cupcakes 

Super simple Kirby cupcakes!

Easy zombie cupcakes. What?  You don't have a photo of your friends dressed as zombies like I do?  That is weird, but you could just use some clip art, cardstock, and toothpicks to make zombie-riffic cupcake picks of your own.  The blood is just a bit of red gel food coloring + water - take it outside and dip a fork in it for blood splattering fun!

Braaaains...delicious chocolate ganache filled brains!

Nerds cupcakes...for nerds! 

Don't really want to decorate cupcakes at all?  It's ok, just use these rad robot cupcake molds instead!

Now go forth and spread some sweet nerdy love!

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