Sunday, January 30, 2011

rainbow cupcakes


(first off, sorry about the craptastic pics)

You've probably seen some sort of layered rainbow cake/cupcake concoction lately, right? It's all the rage! I was in charge of making some cupcakes for a church event, so I decided these would be a great treat.

Well, they were....but I'm never making them ever. again.

It was just way too hard to get the layers of cake to look right, and to completely cover the previous color. This cupcake was one of the few cupcakes who's top didn't look like a tie dye shirt. lol. I used this technique for the cupcakes.

I did try this cupcake frosting for the first time, and though it didn't come out perfectly, it was DELICIOUS. ooh yum! I can't wait to try it again (and again, and again, if necessary) and get it right.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Need I say more? I think not.

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

Cookies and Cream Cupcakes
Yield: 24 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
24 Oreo halves, with cream filling attached
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
20 Oreo cookies, coarsely chopped (I quarter them)

For the frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tbsp. heavy cream

For garnish:
Oreo cookie crumbs
24 Oreo cookie halves

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Line the wells of two cupcake pans with 24 paper liners.  Place an Oreo halve in the bottom of each liner, cream side up.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir together with a fork to blend and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar and beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Blend in the egg whites one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Blend in the vanilla extract.  With the mixer on low speed, beat in half of the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Add the milk and beat just until combined, then mix in the remaining dry ingredients.  Gently fold in the chopped Oreos with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.

Evenly divide the batter between the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake for 18-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium-high speed until smooth, about 1 minute.  Blend in the vanilla extract.  Beat in the confectioners’ sugar until incorporated and smooth, 1-2 minutes.  Add the heavy cream to the bowl and beat on medium-low speed just until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium-high and whip for 4 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Frost the cooled cupcakes as desired.  Sprinkle with Oreo crumbs and garnish with Oreo halves.

Feed to the nearest cute girl. Oh wait, that's the beaters she's licking. oh well. That works too.