Monday, January 16, 2012

Baking Cupcakes for the Family

This weekend my mom, sister and nephew came to visit and we had a blast! I truly enjoyed every second they were here including all the time I spent making alot of food!!My sister played as supervisor while Matthew and I made some super awesome cupcakes! Mine and Matthew's birthdays are coming up soon so it was an excuse to make these delicous delights!!! I got this awesome recipe off Pinterest, hope you make these and enjoy!

 Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes adapted from Nigella Lawson's 'How to be a Domestic Goddess'
makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 Cups flour
3/4 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/2 Cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 Tbs cocoa powder
3/4 Cup Coca-Cola
1/4 cup marachino cherry syrup
24 marachino cherries

Cola Icing
1 cup Icing sugar
2 tbsp cola

Preheat the oven to 350 F.In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat the egg, buttermilk, and vanilla in a second bowl. In a saucepan, boil the Coca-Cola, and cherry syrup gently for five minutes. Melt in the butter and cocoa powder. Pour into the dry ingredients, stir well with a wooden spoon, and then add the liquid ingredients, beating until everything is blended.
Pour into the cupcake pans and push a cherry into the center of each cupcake. Bake for 15 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
When cool drizzle over the Cola Icing and let dry. Top with cherry buttercream and a cherry

Buttercream Frosting

1 pound confectioners sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk**food coloring, optional

In large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, vanilla and milk until smooth. If necessary, add more milk until frosting is spreading consistency. Add a few drops of food coloring if you wish. Stir to blend.

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