Monday, February 14, 2011
Onto the cupcakes: Instead of a normal cream cheese frosting, I made an amaretto cream cheese frosting that I thought paired so well with these. Of course, no cupcake is complete on Valentine's Day without adorable Valentine's Day sprinkles (thanks mom for giving me those!). One quick note of warning if you're making these with the kids, the food dye does stain your hands, clothes, etc. I have issues and always end up with red hands, but, they do go away within 2 days or so.
This makes 24 cupcakes, but I made 12 and a small cake. K got 8 of them (a lot I know...but John and I are trying to be healthy, remember?). We got the rest and the cake. It seemed like a good compromise. Of course since it was Valentine's Day weekend I couldn't stop myself from making more and more sweets so I still have some of these sitting at home. I figure I'll slowly work my way through them this week! No real hardship.
Serves: 24 cupcakes (12 people)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon amaretto
1 1/2 tablespoons red food coloring
Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting
1/4 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon amaretto
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Beat the sugar and butter together. Then, beat in the eggs. Set the bowl aside. In a small bowl combine milk and vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes. In another small bowl, combine the cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and flour. Add the amaretto and food coloring to the milk mixture. Take approximately 1/4 of the cocoa powder mixture and fully incorporate into the sugar mixture. Then, add 1/3 of the milk mixture and fully mix into the sugar mixture. Continue with the dry, wet pattern into the sugar mixture, ending in dry ingredients. Spoon into greased cupcake tins and bake for about 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
Meanwhile, make the Amaretto Cream Cheese Frosting. Beat the butter, cream cheese, and amaretto until fluffy. Then, add the powdered sugar, incorporating a little at a time (about 1/4 cup). Beat until desired texture and flavor.
Frost the cupcakes when they are cooled and serve. If you have leftover frosting, put it in an airtight container and freeze it! I have a ton of frozen frostings in my freezer, and I just label them, chocolate, vanilla, cream cheese, etc. I defrost them when I need it, which makes cupcakes even easier!
Also, as always, my love for amaretto can be substituted with vanilla or amaretto extracts.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
Until the next time my oven is on...
Welcome! I'm Dani (aka the Growing Foodie), just a girl balancing her career and passion for all things edible in NYC. I hope you'll join me in my adventures in life, through food. (Click for More)
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