Saturday, July 20, 2013

Quick Vanilla Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Quick Vanilla Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Quick Vanilla Cupcakes (from Cupcakes! by Elinor Klivans, one of my favorite Kitchen Goddesses)
Yield 12 
Bake at 350*

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the whole egg, egg yolk, and sugar on medium speed until thickened and lightened to a cream color, about 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape the bowl as needed. On low speed, add the oil and vanilla until blended. Mix in the sour cream and then the flour mixture until everything is incorporated and smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 - 23 minutes.

Caramel Frosting (by my Mother, Eleanor Delaney, my original Kitchen Goddess!!!!!!)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
3 to 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
In larg sauce pan, melt butter and add brown sugar.  Bring to a boil, stirring
frequently.  Boil and stir for 1 minute until thickened.  Remove from heat and
add heavy cream (or you can use half n half.) Beat with wire whisk until smooth.
Add vanilla and beat again.  Then add enough powdered sugar until desired
spreading consistency.  Let cupcakes cool before frosting. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Utterly Darlin' Cupcake Displays

Utterly Darlin' Cupcake Displays

An homage to the dessert table, one of my absolute favorites 
at a reception or party....from elegant to wildly colorful and cute, 
just a sampling of a few favorites!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ponchatoula Strawberry Cupcakes

Pinker than pink!!!!!!!! Ponchatoula Strawberry Cupcakes
This summer I am drawn to the idea of evenings on our porch, watching fireflies, sipping pink lemonade, and nibbling on delicious sweets made from fresh fruit grown here in Georgia. Last month's Peach Cobbler Cupcakes....this month's Ponchatoula Strawberry Cupcakes, Southern courtesy of Martha Hall Foose's Screen Doors and Sweet Tea.

  • These cupcakes were sooooooo yummy and soooooo verrrrrrry pink!!!! My absolute most favorite part of this recipe was not, in fact, licking the sweet creamy batter, nor was it gobbling up the completed cupcakes - it was the way the incredibly delicious scent of strawberries permeated my entire house while I was baking and for an entire day afterward! I kept squealing, "I smell sugar!!!" - in a manner befitting a Southern Belle, of course :-)
Ponchatoula Strawberry Cupcakes
Yield 24
Bake 350* for 18-20 minutes

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In another medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, and almond and vanilla extracts; set aside.

    In an electric mixer, beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually add the buttermilk mixture. Beat for 1 minute at medium speed.


Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Stir in the strawberries and the orange zest. Spoon into the prepared muffin tins, filling them two-thirds full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or when cupcakes spring back when touched lightly in the center. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then unmold the cupcakes and cool on racks.

  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
Make the frosting. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the strawberries, jam, and lemon juice. Cook and stir for 5 minutes, or until the jam is melted and the strawberries are soft. Press any big pieces with the back of a spoon to mash.

In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese and butter at medium speed until creamy. At low speed, slowly add the confectioners’ sugar and mix until combined. Add the strawberries and mix at low speed until blended.

When the cupcakes are completely cool, spread with the frosting.
I thought it best to keep chilled in the fridge until served.  They were incredible paired with pink lemonade and raspberry sherbet!!!! (If you like pink, that is ;-)

I featured the Ponchatoula Strawberry Cupcakes at a Sunday afternoon tea party, and they were quite the hit!