Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cupcake Hero Anniversary! (and Happy Birthday to ME!)


Happy Blog-o-versary to Cupcake Hero!!! In celebration, the theme this month is a combination of past flavors.

My entry combines lime, green, liquor, cranberry, and marshmallow. AND, it feature Barbie pink frosting - perfect for my Birthday!


Cosmo Cupcakes!


Marshmallow Fondant Limes
1- 16oz bag of mini marshmallows
2-6 tbsp water
2lbs confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp lime juice


Cake:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
3/4 cup unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of triple sec
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup dried cranberries


Frosting:
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of salt
stick of room temperature butter
2 tablespoons of sweetened lime juice (such as roses)
1 tablespoon of milk
A few drops of red food coloring

To make Cake:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
Place eggs and sugar in mixer and beat on medium with paddle attachment until light and foamy (about 2 minutes)
Melt butter (about 1min in microwave) and pour over eggs and sugar whilst beating.
Add triple sec to eggs, sugar and butter mixture then turn mixer to low.
Add half the dry ingredients to the mixer.
Add milk and orange juice
Add remaining dry ingredients
Continue mixing until remaining dry ingredients are just combined
Immediately divide batter equally among the 12 cupcake liners. They will be more than 2/3 full, but that's ok, because these don't rise too much.
Sprinkle a little pinch of cranberries on top of each filled liner and put in hot oven immediately.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick stuck into the middle of the cupcakes comes out clean, with no crumbs.
Place on a baking sheet to cool.


To Make Frosting:
Place 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, salt and butter in a bowl and cream together using a stand or electric mixer on high until light and fluffy.
Turn the mixer to low, add half of the remaining confectioners’ sugar, the lime juice and milk, then the remaining half of the sugar.
Turn mixer to high and beat until fluffy and of piping consistency.
Add food coloring until the color of the frosting looks similar to Barbie pink


To Make limes
melt 2 tbsp water and marshmallows in a double boiler
in a mixer fitted with dough hook (all greased with shortening), mix melted marshmallows and 2/3 powdered sugar until combined.
Add remaining powdered sugar, and the lime juice.
keep mixing on low until combined.
grease the ball of fondant and wrap in plastic wrap.
store in fridge over night before using.
knead in green food coloring until lime-colored
roll out, cut with a circle cutter, then cut each circle in half with a sharp knife.
let dry out and then use to garnish cupcakes.

2 comments:

C.Rag said...
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lj's mama said...

I blame my Baby's Daddy for not letting me know it was your birthday.

HAPPY B-DAY!