Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cupcake Recipes

Ticings Buttercream Dream Frosting

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons hot water
1 box (16 ounces) powdered sugar

Cream softened butter in mixer bowl until light and creamy.
Add vanilla extract until blended, then fold in powdered sugar and stir until blended into butter mixture.
Beat at low speed on the mixer stand — about 3-4 minutes until smooth. Add hot water slowly to desired consistency.
If desired, tint with food coloring, or use untinted to cover and pipe details onto cupcakes and cakes.
From Ticings

Hummingbird Cake

2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
8 ounces crushed pineapple, (keep juice)
1 cup chopped toasted pecans
2 cups mashed bananas

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
4 cups powder sugar (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine first 4 ingredients in a mixing bowl, beat on medium speed and then gradually add flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in vanilla, pineapple, pecans and bananas until blended.

Line muffin pan with cupcake baking cups. Fill batter into each baking cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 17 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks.

To make cream cheese frosting, blend softened cream cheese and vanilla extract in a mixer with a flat attachment until smooth and fluffy. Turn mixer to low and gradually add powdered sugar until blended.
From Grace & Shelly’s Cupcakes

Maple Walnut Cupcakes

1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
1/2 granulated sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon maple extract
3 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake or muffin tin with paper liners. In large bowl cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Beat in maple syrup, vanilla and maple extracts. Add eggs one at a time until completely combined. Continue beating just until mixture is smooth.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternating with the milk. Beat until well-blended. Stir in walnuts or pecans.

Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full. Bake for about 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool pan on cooling rack for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes. Frost when completely cool.

Maple Icing

1/2 cup of butter, (1 stick) at room temperature
1/2 cup solid white vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon maple extract
3 tablespoons water
1 pound 10X confectioners’ sugar

With electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter, shortening, maple extract and water.
Slowly add sugar 1 cup at a time until mixed completely.
Whip on medium/high speed for one to two minutes until light and fluffy.
If mixture is too stiff, add water 1¼4 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency.
— From Extreme Cake Sugar Shop