I have decided that I am going to attempt to work through both the Martha Stewart Cupcake Cookbook as well as the Cookie Cookbook. However, I will NOT be doing it everyday. I have neither the time, nor the energy, or the money for that matter. Thankfully both Gary and I are teachers and have students who would love to consume goodies, as well as co-workers. Unfortunately, the summer is coming, good thing, I have more time, bad thing, who will eat them?!
Thus begins my challenge. My goal: to bake 2-4 times a month.
I made these sweet treats for my grandmother's birthday this past weekend. She can't really have chocolate, so..... I made Yellow Buttermilk Cupcakes, pg. 26 in the cupcake cookbook. I topped them with a vanilla butter cream recipe that I got from here.
3 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 1/4 cups sugar
5 large whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks- room temperature
2 cups buttermilk- room temperature (** if you can't find buttermilk you can make your own, crazy I know it's really simple 1 cup of milk to 1 tablespoon lemon juice of white vinegar)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350. Line standard muffin tins with cupcake liners. Sift together both flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
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|I love my cookie/cupcake scoop|
On to the icing: For Christmas my mom gave me a great icing tip set, most of which I have yet to use. I wanted to make the tops of the cupcakes extra special, go that extra mile. Enter Youtube......
It took me probably 1-2 hours to make the roses. I had never ever made icing roses before, so it took me awhile to perfect them. Then transfer them to the cupcake and add the leaves. I tried to make my leaves like the guy on the video, but then I discovered I had leaf icing tips. I still can't figure out how to get my leaves to be fully pointy, but practice makes perfect/
My grandmother has always had a green thumb. So I made, her own edible garden. I really wanted to make more than roses, but when all was said and done, with coloring and filling bags and finding the right tips.... I didn't have the time or energy. Until the next time....
First Successful Rose!