Sunday, February 19, 2012

Challenge #11: Take A Bite Out Of Frustration Spice Cupcakes

I had a bachelorette party to go to last weekend. My boyfriend's cousin is getting married at the end of the month and we wanted to celebrate. Well, you know how I celebrate; I make cupcakes! 
I grabbed out my book The Icing On The Cupcake and poured through the recipes that I haven't tried yet. There are some great recipes, which you have probably read about, but of course, I wanted to try something new for the challenge. I was going to make a different recipe, but we didn't have any rum, so I decided to go with Taking A Bite Out Of Frustration Spice Cupcakes.

1 egg, room tempurature
1/2 cup (or one stick) unsalted butter, room tempurature
1 cup sour milk*
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp potato starch (corn starch)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup raisens
1/2 cup nuts, pieces or chopped (I used chopped walnuts)
2 cups chocolate chips, semi-sweet

*To make sour milk, add 1 tbsp lemon juice or distilled vinegar to milk and let sit for 15 mins.

Preheat the oven to 350'. Place 18 paper liners into cupcake trays. Cream butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3-5 mins. Add egg and beat for another 2 mins.

Add sour milk and beat until smooth.

Whisk flour, potato starch, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves together.

Add flour mixture to batter. Mix until combined.

(I don't like raisins, so I decided to only put them in half)

Fold chocolate chips and nuts into batter

 After filling half the liners, I added 1/2 of the raisins to the rest of the batter.

Pour batter into paper liners. Fill 3/4 of the way to the top. Bake 15-20 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. (try not to poke a chocolate chip or you'll waste a toothpick)

Cool for 5 mins and then place on a baking rack.

Sugar glaze

2 cups powdered sugar
2-4 tbsp orange juice
1 tbsp butter, room temperature

Pour powdered sugar into a bowl. Gradually add orange juice until glaze reaches a pourable but not too thin consistency. Cream butter into glaze. 

I find glazes to be a little lame, and this was no exception. There was no flavor and no chance of making the cupcakes look pretty, so I changed it up a little. I added more butter (about 2 Tbsp) and some orange extract. It gave it more of a buttercream consistency and it didn't taste like powdered sugar anymore. Plus, it make the cupcakes look much more fancy.

Everyone loved them! There was even some hording going on, as people tried to hide them to take home to their families. That's how I like my cupcakes; hordable :)

The chocolate chips and nuts were a nice touch to this recipe. It really inhanced the spices. I will totally make these again.