Thank You For All You Do CupcakesFebruary 18, 2009 at 7:41 AM | Posted in cupcakes | 59 Comments
Either you all really wanted to win some cupcake liners or you have strong opinions on what cupcake flavor says “thank you”. I bet its the former rather than the latter huh? Either way the response was awesome! Thank you for all comments. I will post the random winner by this weekend.
Let me back track a little bit and give you some background.
T is a high school teacher. Not sure if I’ve mentioned that before but there you go. He’s involved in alot of activities and many times those activities are accompanied by his wifey’s (that’s me!) cupcakes. I guess you could say that his students and coworkers are kinda cupcake spoiled by me. So naturally when he wanted to give a little something something as a thank you to 2 students’ moms who went above and beyond for a recent school related activity, cupcakes were the natural suggestion. But I was at a loss as to what would constitute a good “thank you”. Hence my inquisitive post and twitter to all my readers.
I found myself reading all the comments nodding my head in agreement with practically every flavor. Vanilla good. Chocolate good. Fruit good. Crunkcake great! See? You really can’t go wrong with any cupcake. Heck even a meatloaf cupcake sounds pretty darn tasty to me! (T vetoed that idea though. Buzzkill.)
I have to admit I am not sure if I should love or hate the ones that left a comment about a variety pack b/c ultimately that’s what T enthusiastically agreed with. His rationale was that in a variety pack it’s like getting more than one “thank you”. Personally I think the one that bakes should be the one that chooses what to bake but what do I know right? But don’t worry. I made T do all the dishes. LOL
We narrowed down the choices to 4 cupcakes.
Mocha cupcakes w/ whipped cream and chocolate jimmies
Chocolate cupcakes w/ chocolate buttercream
Funfetti cupcakes w/ vanilla buttercream and rainbow sprinkles (see recipe after cut)
Red velvet cupcakes w/ cream cheese frosting and heart sprinkles
So… how do all the cupcake etiquette police out there think we did?
I think we dun good.
Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski
Makes about 12 cupcakes
For funfetti cupcakes
1-1/4 cups AP flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 large egg + 1 egg white, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used half-and-half instead)
2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles
For vanilla buttercream
2 sticks butter
7 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F.
Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat the sugar and butter until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg and egg white, one at a time, beating on low.
Then add vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture. Fold in rainbow sprinkles.
Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
To make buttercream—
In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat butter until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add 5 cups of sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, beat until combined. Add more powdered sugar until you get to the consistency you want.
[NOTES: I think I add about 6-1/2 cups, give or take a few tbsp, to get the consistency I wanted. If its too stiff, you can add a little more milk.]
Frost with vanilla buttercream and garnish with more rainbow sprinkles.
Husband rating: A
He thought it was yummy but he’ll always be a red velvet die hard.
Wifey rating: A+
I heart funfetti. I think its 1/2 nostalgic and 1/2 flavor. What kid doesn’t remember funfetti right? It was a staple in my house. Fruity pebbles cereal and funfetti. Memories…
Other rating: A+
T came home and told me that one student didn’t even give it to her mom. She ate all the cupcakes herself! The other mom wrote me a really sweet thank you card for her thank you cupcakes. Aawww… and just in case you were wondering, both ppl said that the funfetti was their favorite. There’s just something about funfetti. Its magical.
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