Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What? 150 of the Best Cupcake Recipes! YUM!


150 Best Cupcake Recipes ~ It doesn’t matter whether you’re four or 40—cupcakes have universal appeal. Includes decorating techniques, tools/equipment/ingredient glossary. Includes 25 vegan recipes. Julie Hasson is a food (especially baking) expert based in Oregon.

Here’s an innovative recipe for your next party (perfect for both kids and adults)!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes

Ice cream cones filled with cake and iced to look like real ice cream cones are a fun treat for kids and make a great alternative to ordinary birthday cake. They’re a classic but still cool.

Tips: These cupcakes can be made up to 1 day ahead, but they taste best the day that they’re made. Place unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container and store at room temperature. Frost just before serving.

One package (18.25 oz/515 g) of cake mix will work in place of the White Cupcake Batter. Prepare mix according to package directions, fill cones and bake as directed.

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
Muffin pan

1            Recipe White Cupcake Batter (below)
1 cup    all-purpose flour  250 mL

12 tsp  baking powder     2 mL

14 tsp  baking soda         1 mL

Pinch   salt

34 cup granulated sugar 175 mL

14 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature  50 mL

2          egg whites

1 tsp    almond extract      5 mL

23 cup buttermilk             150 mL 

 1.  In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt

2.  In a bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together sugar and butter until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in almond extract. Alternately beat in flour mixture and buttermilk, making three additions of flour mixture and two of buttermilk, beating until smooth. 

  12    flat-bottomed ice cream cones             

 Frosting (see Frosting recipe, below), sprinkles, candied cherries or other garnishes of choice

1.  Fill muffin pan with flat-bottomed ice cream cones. Fill each cone three-quarters full of cake batter. Bake in preheated oven for  25 to 30 minutes or until tops of cupcakes are golden brown and a tester inserted in center comes out clean.

2.  Let cool completely in pan on rack. Top cooled cupcake cones with frosting. Sprinkle with garnishes.

Vanilla Cream Frosting
Makes enough to frost 12 or more cupcakes

113 cups  confectioner’s (icing) sugar   325 mL

12 cup     unsalted butter, at room temperature 125 mL

Pinch        salt

13 cup     whipping (35%) cream           75 mL

12 tsp      vanilla paste or vanilla           2 mL        
1.  In a small bowl, using an electric mixer on low speed, beat together sugar, butter and salt until creamy. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy. Add cream and vanilla paste, beating until frosting is smooth.

2.  Spread icing on cooled cupcakes with a knife or transfer to a pastry bag and pipe decoratively over cupcakes.

Variation: Tint the frosting with food coloring. Be careful not to use too much color. Start with a drop, mix it in well, and add more only if necessary.

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