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Big Black Dog: Some Spring Cupcakes

June 1, 2009

Some Spring Cupcakes


I have not posted any cupcakes in a very long time. But I have to confess I've not been baking many cupcakes. Sadly, I think I've lost my cupcake mojo. To help me get back into the swing of things, I baked some Spring Time Cupcakes. I used a new recipe and whipped up one of my feathered fruit frosting and decorated with sprinkles and candy.

The cupcakes were delicious and did not last long at all which was a good thing being it was a very hot and humid 90 degree day. I arranged the cupcakes and went to get my camera and when I returned the frosting was beginning to collapse. OH NO...but that's what happens to any frosting on a hot, humid day. One solution to collapsing cupcakes is to eat them...eat them very fast!



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Easy One-Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Recipe Zaar

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening (I used room temperature butter)
3/4 cup half-and-half cream
1 tablespoon vanilla or 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract (I used 1 tsp vanilla)
2 large egg

Set oven to 350 degrees.

1. Cream butter and sugar until smooth.
2. With an electric mixer gradually add cream, vanilla, eggs and beat on medium speed, scraping the bowl constantly until just blended
3. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt and add to wet ingredients. Beat on low speed until well blended.
4. Pour into paper-lined regular size muffin tins filling about each liner about 2/3 full.
5. Bake about 20 minutes or until the cupcakes test done (do not over bake as they will be dry).
6. Immediately remove from pans.
7. Cool completely before frosting.



Plum Feathered Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe developed by Big Black Dog

8 ounces cold cream cheese
1 stick butter, firm but not cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 fresh purple plums

To make pulp: Cut fruit from pit of plum. Put fruit in blender or food processor and process until smooth and peel is minced as finely as possible. In a small sauce pan heat pulp until it thickens to the consistency of thick ketchup. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Cool. Put in refrigerator until completely chilled.

To make frosting: Combine butter, salt, 2 tsp chilled pulp and cream cheese in mixer and beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes. Add sugar until just incorporated. Don’t over mix. It should be thick but not fluffy. Add vanilla.



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18 Comments:

Blogger Stereos and Souffles said...

Wow, sounds great, love the addition of plums.

June 1, 2009 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Wonk said...

Oooh, plum frosting. I'd have never have thought of that, sounds really interesting.

Poor, poor you though, having to eat the melting cupcakes so quickly! ;)

June 1, 2009 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous kellypea said...

How sad about the weather, but your cupcakes are definitely springlike in color! Besides, cream cheese frosting is a favorite and they'd slide right down ; )

June 1, 2009 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger Daryl said...

Yummers!

Check out my latest blog post. I tagged you!

D.

June 1, 2009 at 7:43 PM  
Blogger Kirti said...

those are the prettiest cupcakes!

June 1, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
OpenID haleysuzanne said...

Plum frosting! Swoon! I have never tried that before, but it would be great on my vanilla cupcakes. I usually make a plain cream cheese frosting for them, but this I have got to try. What a wonderful idea. And, your cupcakes are absolutly adorable.

June 1, 2009 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Beautiful!

June 2, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger The Adventurous Girl's said...

I want one!!! To bad that you can't send one or two through the computer..=)

June 2, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

I can't remember the last time I made cupcakes. Such fun little baked sweets! I'll have to get to fixing that.
Brenda

June 2, 2009 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Linda Marie said...

Oh My !!! I can not wait to make !! You are the Bomb !!! Awesome !!
Thanks
Linda Marie
www.sunflowerlane.biz

June 2, 2009 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Susan from The T-Cozy said...

Adorable!!! I would have been happy to help you eat your collapsing cupcakes!

June 2, 2009 at 5:49 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Plums in the frosting - this sounds really delicious. I love the way you have presented and decorated the cupcakes, the pink is so adorable. These cupcakes will certainly get the "ooohhh" and "aahhhs" in any little girl's birthday party.

June 2, 2009 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

DARLING! I'm completely drawn to these cupcakes, sinking or not :) What a cool frosting you created too!

June 2, 2009 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

These Spring cupcakes look fabulous...with plum frosting...yummie! I can only imagine how it taste. Nice pictures.

June 2, 2009 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous lisa (dandysugar) said...

Ooh, I've never had plum frosting before. It looks and sounds delicious and very unique. Perfect sweet springtime treats!

June 3, 2009 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger Di said...

Your cupcakes look lovely. The pink color is wonderful.

June 4, 2009 at 10:19 PM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

And here I was thinking, "Wow, how did she get her icing to hang like that...I love that look!" LOL. I thought it looked really artsy and unique, etc. Gorgeous colors, very pretty.

June 5, 2009 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

You make the most fabulous cupcakes I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Cindy

June 13, 2009 at 3:43 AM  

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