Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Years Eve! And a New Frosting Recipe

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't made many cupcakes recently. I don't know if I just got burnt out or what, but I've been making more bars and cookies recently. Bars are especially low maintenance which makes them so much easier to make than cupcakes. But cupcakes will always hold a special place in my heart. And I'll continue to make them.

I actually made these cupcakes earlier in the year for a weekend getaway to a friend's family lake house. I thought these photos with the sprinkles were perfectly festive for New Years Eve! Hubby and I are off ringing in the new year in Las Vegas with a big group of friends!

Since it's our first trip to Vegas, I'm sure we'll have a bunch of fun and plenty of stories to share when we get home. But for now, lets talk more about cupcakes. For these cupcakes, I used a classic chocolate cupcake recipe but I decided to try a new frosting recipe.

I used the new neon colored cupcake liners that have been in the grocery store this year. I love them because in general, the Wilton cupcake liners that come in a bag at stores like Michaels are cute, but they always seem to be a bit off in size. The cupcake liners that I order online are great - vibrant colors and the perfect size - but they're a bit pricey. By default, I mostly use the classic pastel colored liners that come in the round plastic container, but recently, they've had these neon colored ones that are great. I can't get enough of them!

This frosting has a great bakery-frosting flavor. It's very sweet and everyone really enjoyed it. It had a decent amount of stiffness that was perfect for piping onto cupcakes as well. I will definitely be making this frosting again.

Dawn's Buttercream - from Cooking with Carrie
Printable Recipe
1 cup Crisco
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons meringue powder

Cream shortening, water and flavoring.

Add powdered sugar and meringue powder. Mix until blended.

Add additional water until you reach the desired consistency. If you want really white icing be sure to use a clear extract. Vanilla extract will make the icing off white.

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Dorothy said...

You're right, that IS a very festive photo! The colors of the sprinkles are so vibrant and really pop against the dark background. Looks delicious!

I made the mini ham & cheese sandwiches...and WOW! They are fantastic! Thanks for the recipe.

Carrie said...

That frosting is really great and versatile! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Beautiful cupcakes!

oneordinaryday said...

They do indeed look festive.
Happy New Year!

Kerstin said...

Mmm, they look great and I love the sprinkles on top! Happy New Year!

Jen said...

Dorothy - so glad you enjoyed the ham and cheese sandwiches!

Daily said...

wow, those cupcakes look amazing. I've got to try that frosting, since I typically am not a huge fan of a chocolate on chocolate--this seems to be a great alternative!

Chocolate Shavings said...

I'm always up for a new frosting recipe!

Gala said...

So cute and super festive!
Those liners are so cool, never seen neon ones.

Karly said...

Ooh, I've never seen a buttercream frosting recipe with meringue powder before! I'll have to try that. :)

Memória said...

These are beautiful cupcakes! I just made chocolate cupcakes today. I wish I could frost mine as well as you do.

Jacelyn said...

Hi, your cupcakes look lovely. Can i check if the coffee is added ice cold or room temperature?

Jen said...

Jacelyn - Room temperature coffee would work just fine.

slicescakes said...

I've done a similar frosting with meringue powder but substitute half butter for half the shortening. Seriously, much nicer mouth-feel, and delish! Butter rules, but melts often, so half and half is a great compromise!
I love the sprinkles, AND the LINERS! I've been dying for a reason to buy greaseproof liners... mmmm.


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