well so much for me posting for a week straight. i feared i wouldnt be able to pull it off, and what do you know.......i didnt! but i am here to make it right. the final cupcake in my week of cupcakes is my favorite....drum roll pleahz....yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.
yummy yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
Regular or silver cupcake paper liners
Make the Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a mixer with a whip attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue to cream. Gradually add the vanilla and eggs and mix in well. Sift together the dry ingredients; then mix into the butter mixture alternating with the milk. Pour batter into cupcake paper-lined muffin tins filling them 3/4 full. Bake until puffed and firm in the center and light golden brown on top, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool. (Freeze at this point, if necessary.)
perfect fudgey chocolate frosting
|6||ounces semisweet chocolate (i use 6 squares baker's semisweet chocolate)|
|1/2||cup heavy cream|
|1||cup butter, cut into tablespoon sizes|
|2 1/2||cups confectioners' sugar, sifted|
- in a medium size pot over med low heat; melt chocolate, cream, and butter.
- stirring constantly, cook the mixture until all of the butter and chocolate melts and thickens.
- cook for 5-6 minutes.
- DO NOT LET BOIL.
- remove pot from heat.
- whisk in the sifted confectioners' sugar until mixture becomes smooth (approximately 1 minute).
- then put the pot on top of the bowl of ice.
- (be careful to not allow any ice from the larger bowl to get into pot with the chocolate mixture.) beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 4-5 minutes until frosting becomes smooth, thick, and fudgy.
- remove from ice.
- spread onto cooled cake layers.
- the frosting will thicken as it sets up.
- if the frosting gets too hard to spread, put back on LOW heat and stir constantly until you get the spreading consistency desired.
- ***i have been adding 1 Tbs. of light corn syrup to the initial heavy cream and chocolate mixture to add more glossiness to the frosting.***
marsha the alien marshmallow......the other day i was messing about with making some eyes and it seemed to be a waste to just toss the eyes out or cut up the cloth and the only thing i could think of small enough to make was a marshmallow. the eyes are kind of creepy tho..dont you think? daughter says they would look not so creepy if i did them in colored eyes not black ones, so maybe there is another marshmallow in my future. she is sitting on my now missing laptop.
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