Monday, January 23, 2012

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

If you haven't heard... I'm kind of, a little, just a bit... falling in love with baking.  You can read the full story here. and get links to the other great recipes!

I have shared over the couple of weeks, recipes for various cupcakes, ice cream cakes, and cookies... but the one I'm about to share with you is BY FAR my absolute FAVORITE!  It may just be the best cake I have ever put in my mouth!  Light, fluffy, moist, not to sweet... and the icing, NOM!!  So with no further delay, let me introduce to you,

Cupcake recipe from Your Cup of Cake

Cupcake Ingredients:

1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup melted butter, cooled
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon almond extract
¾ cup whole milk
¼ cup cinnamon sugar, for topping

Cupcake Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat sugar and cooled butter until light and fluffy.  Then add eggs, vanilla, almond extract and milk. Mix until well blended. 
  4. Combine dry and wet ingredients and mix until smooth. 
  5. Spoon into cupcake liners and bake for 18-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  6. While they cool, make up your frosting.  Frost once completely cooled, sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar mixture.   

Frosting recipe from Real Food Has Curves
(For best results, make this frosting the day you plan to serve the cupcakes)

Frosting Ingredients:
3 large egg whites
2 1/4 cups granulated white sugar
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

Frosting Directions:
  1. In a medium Sauce pan bring (about) 2 inches of water to boil over high heat.  Create a double boiler* by choosing a large heat-safe mixing bowl that will eventually fit the top of the saucepan like a lid. (make sure the water will not touch the bottom of the mixing bowl.) 
  2. In the mixing bowl mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer until well blended.
  3. Turn heat to low-medium, bringing water to a simmer. Place mixing bowl over pan. 
  4. Continue to beat on high until consistency of frosting is much like marshmallow cream, and stiff peaks form when beaters are removed.  (About 7 minutes... but I actually ended up going more like 10 minutes) Count this as your workout for the arms were so tired!
  5. Remove from heat, place in a piping bag and stick the tip in your mouth and eat... uhh, I mean, Frost your beautiful cupcakes!  Delish!
 *Yes, you can use a real double boiler itself, but you need a super-duper big one for the heaping mound of frosting to come.

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