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The Cupcake – Definitely an American Classic May 25, 2012

Posted by Bravado Cooking for Men in Classic American Dishes, Recipes.
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As you know, I’m hooked on classics.  How can you call yourself a Bravado chef if you can’t prepare some of the great dishes from time past?   I’ve been working on French classics, but we’re visiting grandchildren who are interested in cooking but are not responding to Vol au Vent or Escargots, two that we might have tackled.  The whole French thing was getting no traction with the younger set.

All three of kids (ages 8,6 and 4) we very into Cupcake Wars, the most recent Food Network success.  I realized that the situation was rapidly moving against me as the 8-year old Googled “cupcake wars recipes” and began printing some of his favorites.  Adjusting quickly to circumstances, I suddenly realized that the cupcake is, indeed, an American classic and we could proceed with the classics program.

We chose two recipes, Mint Chocolate Chip and Raspberry, both winners on the TV program and each with a wonderful butter cream frosting.  We thought about competition but opted for cooperation.  Between shopping for the ingredients, and making the kids do everything from reading the recipe to mixing and preparing everything, it turned into an all day affair.  If you have had to take care of children before, you know that this is a good thing.  We let the kids experiment a little with the recipes so we ended up with some coconut in the raspberry recipes and a few tablespoons of mango lemonade in the frosting.  The Mint Chocolate Chip recipe uses fresh mint from the garden we planted with the kids.

The Cupcake Team

Measuring Very Carefully

Hand Mixing Taken to a New Level

Selecting the Mint Leaves

 

Success of Cup Cake Wars:

Now beginning its sixth season, this hit show now has iPhone apps to help you locate the competitors, most of whom are bakeries:  “MapMuse today announced the release of a Season 4 data update to Cupcake Wars Companion, an iPhone app that serves as a mobile guide of bakeshops featured on the hit Food Network show, Cupcake Wars. The app now features 177 Cupcake Wars cupcakeries that users can locate, contact, and visit in real life.” (prweb.com)

Recipe No.1:  Raspberry Cupcakes with Mango Lemon Butter cream Frosting:

Serving: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1½  cups of flour
  • 2 tbsp. baking powder
  • ½  tsp. salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • ¼ cup grated or chopped coconut
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ lb. unsalted butter – room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered (confectioner) sugar
  • 4 tbsp. mango lemonade (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with liners
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together
  3. Using a hand mixer, slowly add the oil and mix until crumbs form.
  4. Continuing with the mixer on slow speed, add the milk, eggs and raspberries.
  5. Fill liners about ¾ full and bake for 20 minutes.  Cool before adding frosting.
  6. While the cakes bake prepare the frosting by first “creaming” the butter with hand mixer on low speed.   Creaming breaks the butter apart, warms it up, adds air and creates a soft, pliable mixture.
  7. Slowly add the powdered sugar to the butter while continuing to mix on low speed.  Add the lemonade and continue mixing for another minute.
  8. When the cupcakes are cool, remove them from the pan and frost.

Raspberry Cupcakes Ready to Frost

Recipe No. 2:  Mint Chocolate Chip with Mint Butter cream Frosting

Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 ½ cups regular cream (not whipping cream)
  • ½ cup of mint leaves, chopped coarsely
  • ½  tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter (for the cupcakes) – room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ½ oz. dark mint chocolate (You can always finds bars of this size at the supermarket in the candy or baking section)
  • ½ lb. unsalted butter for the frosting – room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered (confectioner) sugar

Procedure:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with liners
  2. Put the cream and the mint in a small saucepan and heat on medium-low heat for 5 minutes.  This will infuse the cream with the mint.
  3. Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl – stir well.
  4. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with hand mixer on low speed.  Do this for about 3 minutes so the mixture gets light and fluffy.
  5. Continuing to mix on low speed, add the eggs, flour mixture, and one cup of the mint infused cream to the butter and sugar.  Save the remaining cream for the frosting.
  6. Fill liners about ¾ full and bake for 20 minutes.  Cool before adding frosting.
  7. While the cakes are baking, prepare the frosting by first “creaming” the butter with hand mixer on low speed.
  8. Slowly add the powdered sugar to the butter while continuing to mix on low speed.  Add the remaining mint infused cream and continue mixing for another two minutes.
  9. When the cupcakes are cool, remove them from the pan and frost.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Mint Butter Cream Frosting

Both of these cupcake recipes are based on winning recipes in the Cupcake Wars.  They are outstanding and will pique your interest in trying your hand.  Go to the web and select some recipes and experiment away.  This might make an interesting adult group activity also – teams battling each other with losers being forced to serve cocktails or otherwise abase themselves.

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1. Maria - May 30, 2012

Que bueno!! Gracias por la receta !!


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