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.

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Dawn's Buttercream

Ingredients:

1 cup Crisco
1 pound powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons meringue powder

Directions:

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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5 Responses to “Spectacular Cupcakes”

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    Arfi Binsted — March 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    The filling is so neat tucked in the cupcakes, Jen, that is perfect! Nice swirl you have created there, too. I am pretty sure your beloveds are spoiled!

    Thank you for your participation on Cupcakes Spectacular 2008.

    Cheers,
    ab

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    Christina — March 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, those look fantastic! I love the cone method, that is something I will be trying very soon!

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    kellypea — March 16, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Hahaha! My hunkster is my primo taste tester, too! And that filling in those cupcakes is amazing. I love how perfect the frosting is. Lovely.

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    Jaime — March 18, 2008 at 1:15 am

    what a cute cupcake! i love raspberries…

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    CB — March 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Your cupcake has been chosen for ATC’s Weekly Cupcake Collection! Click the link to see more. Looking forward to your next cupcake creation!

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