True Blood Cupcakes: 3.0

Yess finally True Blood is back! And time for another round of cupcakes, of course!

I used the same cake recipe, but changed up the filling and frosting a little bit. Here we go...

“Pale Skin” Vanilla Cupcakes
-makes about 16-18

2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 large egg whites
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 350, line muffin tins with liners.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in mixing bowl. In bowl of a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add egg whites one at a time, mixing in between additions. Add extracts.
4. Add half of the flour mixture, then the buttermilk, then the other half of the flour. Mix until combined.
5. Fill liners 2/3 full and bake about 20 minutes.

While cupcakes are cooling, I suggest making the filling next! Oh I learned that Oregon pie filling > Comstock pie filling, just sayin.

“Blood” Cherry Filling
-makes WAY more than enough to fill 18 cupcakes

1 can Oregon Cherry Pie Filling
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon red food coloring

1. Puree cherry filling in food processor, then transfer to small pot.
2. Add cornstarch and food coloring, whisking over medium heat until thickened and coats back of a spoon without dripping off.
3. Allow “blood” to cool before filling cupcakes =]

While blood is cooling, using the cone method, get your cupcakes ready to be filled!

Cut small cones out of the center of the cupcakes. Cut off and eat the “cone” part, and reserve the top or “lid” to seal back up the filled cupcakes later! Don’t do this step too far in advance though, the longer the cupcakes sit out with their centers exposed, the more likely they are to dry out!

Ready to fill ‘em?

Cooled cherry mixture.

Fill your cupcakes, not overly full though. Or else the “blood” will ooze out once you put the cupcake top back on......Or is that really such a bad thing? ;)

Filled and ready to be topped!

Marshmallow Frosting
- makes enough to frost about 20 cupcakes

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup cold water
1 cup sugar

1. In a mixing bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/3 cup water to soften, set aside.
2. Boil sugar and 1/4 cup water in saucepan over medium-high heat, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with wet pastry brush to make sure sugar crystals do not form. Attach candy thermometer to side of pan, and boil syrup until temperature reaches soft ball stage, about 238 degrees.
3. Remove from heat, add sugar to softened gelatin and whisk by hand to cool for about a minute. Then whisk with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until glossy, but not dry peaks form, about 8-10 minutes. Use immediately, frosting will harden.

I frosted my cupcakes with a medium round tip in a piping bag.

So once the frosting sets, it becomes the exact consistency as a giant marshmallow! Congratulations, you have just made a homemade marshmallow!

To make the “bites” I simply dipped the end of a toothpick into the cherry mixture and poked two little holes, then adding a little bit more underneath as the drips. The marshmallow frosting becomes the perfect consistency to be able to do this. It holds the toothpick holes, and allows you to pretty much paint on the blood dripping down without becoming a gooey frosting mess.

Hello yummy cupcakes =]

Happy Sunday nights, Trubies =]


Ants at a Picnic!

Hey there my cupcake lovers. I have a really fun post for you today! =]

So for Memorial Day my family was invited to a BBQ that was free as long as you brought some sort of dessert, and OF COURSE, any excuse to bake and I’m there. I had a few suggestions for patriotic or American flag cupcakes, but I wanted to do something different and save the red, white&blue for 4th of July!

You see, a few months ago I bought the newest addition from the author’s of Hello, Cupcake called What’s New, Cupcake.

And this is the very first time I’ve used it. I chose Ants at a Picnic, the perfect dessert for any backyard BBQ!

And I’m going to be honest with you guys, I used a boxed cake mix, Funfetti to be exact. Although homemade cupcakes are better, boxed cake mixes produce moist and sturdy cupcakes that are perfect for when you’re going to be spending extra time on the decorating.

You Will Need:
1 box Funfetti Cake Mix
1 can Vanilla Frosting
Brown Peanut M&M’s or round/oval chocolate candies
1/4 cup chocolate frosting
2 cups finely chopped coconut
green food coloring
5-8 watermelon candy slices
your favorite cupcake liners

But I have another confession to make...
My assistant, aka very helpful boyfriend, did 95% of the baking portion of these cupcakes. Although it was a boxed cake mix, maybe he shouldn’t get too much credit =] Anyways, this mix made 20 cupcakes. So that means 40 brown M&M’s. 20 brown Sixlets (or any other type of round chocolate candy), and 120 little frosting legs.

With that said, the decorating on the other hand was all me! I used a regular vanilla frosting and dyed it green. Next frost the cupcakes with a smooth coat, making sure to get the sides almost all the way to the liner. Then take about 2 cups of finely chopped coconut in a ziplock bag, add a few drops of green food coloring, and SHAKE! Pour the coconut onto a plate, then roll the edges of the cupcakes, making sure to get an even width of coconut all the way around.

Next, arrange the M&M’s in rows of 3 on each cupcake. Put the chocolate frosting in a piping bag with a small round tip and pipe 6 bent legs on each ant, 3 on each side. Give the little guys some antennas. For the watermelon candies, pipe small teardrops to make the “seeds”.

On to the hardest part, getting the watermelons to stand up on the poor little ants. So the book made it look and sound easier than it really is. The only way I got them to stay is if I used some chocolate frosting to attach them, immediately put them in the fridge to solidify the frosting “glue”. It only takes about 15-20 minutes, but getting them from the counter to the fridge is the tricky part! I actually put a plate into the fridge, put down the cupcake, and attached the candies right there to avoid having to carry them and risk having the cute watermelons fall over!

Arrange cupcakes in a line and serve!

Until next time...