Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Butter free cupcakes, Yum!

So I made my first batch of butter free cupcakes this morning. I had a lunch appointment with some friends of mine and they requested a tasty dessert. Okay, they really wanted the apple pie cupcakes but I didn't have the time this morning to make them. :( Oh well, I guess a second visit is in store later this month. I loved seeing my friends today, some were surprised to see me but that made it all the more fun! :)

I ran out of butter yesterday but it didn't stop me from making cupcakes this morning! I love a good challenge. And these didn't disappoint. I had to chill them in order to cool them enough to frost so the wrappers stuck a little. Anyone have a solution to that?

Anyway, here is the recipe for these butter-free cupcakes:

Ingredients 

Makes 12 cupcakes.

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (I accidentally omitted this - turned out fine. :) )
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (I used 2%)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then stir just until combined. **Don't use cupcake liners if possible, the cake will stick to the paper and make it pretty tough to come off** Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers or spray with nonstick zero-calorie spray, fill each cup 2/3 full with batter. Bake 18- 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Enjoy!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Website alert!

I was looking at other baking blogs as I rested my knee (tough running workout today) and found this little gem: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes

I'm learning something new today! I think I may try their scone recipe later this afternoon. I've never made scones before. Hmmm...

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Strawberry Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Yesterday, I made the strawberry cupcake recipe from Sprinkles Bakery and topped it with my own chocolate frosting. Except I added less strawberries than called for here:
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/candace-nelson-strawberry-cupcakes Not sure how I either mis-read the amount or found a recipe that mistyped it. Oh well, they turned out good, just maybe not as pink as strong as they should be. :)

Here are the pictures of my recent cupcakes.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cupcake Cookies

Hmmm...my first attempt at really decorating cookies. I need some more practice at it but they look pretty decent for a first try. What do you think about 'em?

Yummy Vanilla Cupcakes

These cupcakes required browned butter in the recipe. First time browning butter, I was so scared I was going to burn the butter and then the smoke detectors would go off but alas all was well. Yay! I love having successes in the kitchen. As a bonus, my icing skills are getting so much better. My spiraling actually looks pretty good if I do say so myself. :)



The cake was not too crumbly and held together really well as you ate it. Definitely going to keep this recipe in my favorites when someone requests some vanilla cupcakes.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes Recipe

I promised the  recipe for the chocolate chip cupcakes yesterday (dinner was a seriously long event) and here it is. The recipe girl has some great recipes - I will definitely be going back to check out more!

http://www.recipegirl.com/2007/02/21/chocolate-chunk-cookie-cupcakes/ 

CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIE CUPCAKES
www.RecipeGirl.com 

1½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, cut into ½-inch chunks (or Nestle’s Chocolate Chunks) (I used chocolate chips)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two standard 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners; set aside.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
3. Put butter and sugars into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or just use a regular hand mixer), and mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the milk. Stir in chocolate chunks with a rubber spatula.
4. Spoon ¼ cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake until pale golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to wire racks; let cool completely.
5. Cupcakes can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.
Yield: About 2 dozen
Recipe Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart Living


My new favorite frosting recipe

I found this recipe on http://technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com and modified it to suit my needs.


Whipped Cinnamon Icing (will make enough to frost about 10-12 cupcakes)

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup of baking sugar (finer than granulated sugar)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Beat until creamy and smooth.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes too...

So today was a busy day. Shopping this morning. Got all sorts of fun tools for my adventure in baking. I tried this chocolate chip cookie cupcakes from the recipegirl.com and they got rave reviews from hubby so they must be good. He ate two cupcakes before dinner so I know they must be good. :) Anyway here are some pictures of my final product (no icing needed) and I will post a link or the full recipe when we get back from dinner.

Ciao!

Apple Pie Cupcakes

So we just had our first bite of the Apple Pie Cupcakes and I can say that they melt in your mouth. The cinnamon whipped icing is definitely a keeper. I didn't use too much icing in order for the cake to shine. And it did shine! My mother in law can't stop raving about it!! I think I will definitely keep the recipe in my files and I hope you'll give it a shot too. (Oh and make sure to halve the recipe - otherwise you'll end up with 24 cupcakes).

The caramelized apples sit on top of the batter before baking.

Cupcakes cooling...
Finished product! Doesn't it look good?

Baking...in someone else's kitchen

Mini vacation up to see the family and I decided to bake some goodies. Lesson number 1: baking in someone else's kitchen has a learning curve all its own...

Getting ready to hit the store for some ingredients to make my first Apple Pie Cupcakes. Here is the recipe I found while cupcake searching last night: http://technicolorkitcheninenglish.blogspot.com/2010/07/apple-pie-cupcakes.html
Having only ever made chocolate or vanilla cupcakes before this may be an interesting beginning to my cupcake adventure. :)

Pictures to come sometime this afternoon...
 

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