Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patty's Day cupcakes!

So I was in charge of making dessert for our annual "Jewish" St. Patty's Day dinner. My mom says that any holiday that has corn beef in it,. is a Jewish one :) I was asked to make cake with beer in it, since it has been ALL OVER Pinterest. I looked at the recipe by Miss Make who posted a Blue Moon Cupcake recipe. This is how I did it::

3/4 c unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 c sugar
2 1/2 c flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
2 drops red food coloring
10 drops yellow food coloring
1/2 tsp orange zest
1 c Blue Moon beer
1/4 c milk
Frothy White Frosting [recipe follows]
small orange slices, for garnish

1. Line 24 cupcake trays with liners. [Use white liners if you can, they become translucent during baking and really sell the mini Blue Moon image]. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking power and salt.

 2. In a large bowl beat butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar a little bit at a time, beating well. Once it's all added beat for 2 more minutes.
3. Add eggs, beating after each.
4. Add vanilla, food coloring and orange zest and beat.
5. Mix beer and milk in a measuring cup. Alternatively add beer / milk mixture and flour mixture to butter mixture in the large bowl, beating after each. End on the flour mixture.

 6. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full. Bake for 18 minutes at 375 degrees F until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 7. Once cool, frost each cupcake with a generous amount of frosting. Just before serving, garnish each with a small orange slice.

Frothy White Frosting
2 egg whites, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp orange juice
1 c sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 c water

1. In a saucepan, mix sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is bubbly.
2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites, vanilla and orange juice until soft peaks form. Slowly add hot sugar mixture, beating continuously. Beat for 7 minutes until stiff peaks form.

I accidentally bought blood  oranges instead of the regular kind. Oopsie! The cupcakes do not taste like beer but have a nice citrus taste to them. You can definitely add more orange zest to it depending on how citrus-y you want them to be. These are super tasty! I also keep forgetting how cool egg whites can be :) I hope you enjoy! Let me know how yours comes out!!!
Here is the actual link to Miss Make::

<3 Shawna

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