Monday, June 30, 2008

A True Challenge

So the Cupcake Hero theme ingredient this month was melon..that's right...melon. I don't usually think melon and cake. I usually think...melon and Angelina Jolie...why? Well..b/c when I eat cantaloupe my lips swell...and oh how I miss sweet juicy cantaloupe with salt in the summertime...ahhh...but alas... I wasn't sure how it would fit into food...so I searched on the internet a bit..and found that alot of places team up cantaloupe and blueberry...and I asked a guy that I worked with (and a resident foodie) what he thought..and this is what the combined minds concocted.

Blueberry cupcakes with Cantaloupe Cream Cheese Frosting: First the cake: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup blueberries combine dry, add wet, fold in blueberries, put in your cup liners, bake at 350 degrees. My big cupcakes had to bake about 22-25 minutes. My mini cuppies had to bake about 12-15. Cool on wire rack. Cantaloupe Cream Cheese Frosting: 1/2 cup butter 1 package of cream cheese 1 tsp. vanilla confectioner's sugar (powered sugar) I don't have a measure on this b/c it seems like each time I make frosting I always use more sugar than it calls for...so just add until you like it. (guessing)-2/3 cup cantaloupe (pureed)

(recipes adapted from cooks.com) On the first round of frosting it was really thin...see the first pic? Yea..a little too thin. I think it's b/c the cantaloupe is so watery...so I added 1/2 cup of shortening to it and it worked better.

So what was the verdict.....

My thoughts? I thought they were really good. They are very summery to me. The cantaloupe is a very dominant flavor, but the cream cheese works really well with it.

Husband thought; good...at least he ate a few of them. He's a big fan of blueberry AND cantaloupe and thought the two made a good team.

Coworker's thought: my main boss was very anti trying these cups b/c "melon and cake cannot coexist"....he admitted he was wrong on this one...and ate two of them.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

in mother Russia...

Lately..I'll admit it..I've been drinking a bit...but not to excess and not irresponsibly. My current favorite drink...The White Russian. Kahlua, Vodka, half and half on ice..it's the perfect ending to a hard day! But what is better than a drink? A cupcake!!! So.....I present to you...The White Russian cuppie! The cake part: 1 box white cake mix 1 small box vanilla pudding mix (I used instant) 4 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 3/4 cup water 1/4 cup vodka 1/4 cup Kahlua You know the drill for cupcakes...line your cup-tin, fill 1/2 full, bake at 350...I baked them about 20-25 minutes (or until my butter knife came out clean). This made about 40 cups for me. Once cooled... The syrup part: 1 cup of sugar 1/2 stick of butter 1/4 cup water 2 tbl Vodka 2 tbl Kahlua Combine in sauce pan sugar,butter, and water-and bring to low bubble over medium heat. Take off the heat and add vodka and Kahlua and mix in. At this point I put my syrup in a 4 cup measure for easy pouring. Once your cups have cooled..poke holes (I know...defamation!) in them with something..(I used a fork), and pour about a tsp at a time over the cups. I think in the end each cup of mine got about 2tsps of the syrup. The frosting part: (my best attempt..remember I'm still at novice level when it comes to this cupcakey business and I don't quite have the frosting down..but I think it is of supreme importance!) 1/2 stick of butter 3 cups of powdered sugar 1 tbl vodka 1 tbl Kahlua and about 2 tbl of milk (I tried to follow the buttercream recipe in my Betty Crocker w/the variation of adding the alcohol...and only had about 3 cups of p. sugar..so I had to improvise...please use whatever frosting you excel at..but just add the v&K for the kick. ) Once the syrup has soaked in, go ahead and frost away. WARNING: sticky sticky!! Not that it's really a bad thing...but you'll be licking the tips of your fingers after you eat them! So there you have it. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!! Being such a fan of both of the liquors involved I thought they were awesome...the syrup gives the cake a wonderful buttery..almost toffee-ish. Husby thought they were ok...but then again if I make anything other than something chocolate based, he just thinks it's "ok"...so we can't really take his word for it! He has NO cupcake imagination!