Happy Retirement CupcakesMay 18, 2008 at 6:54 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 28 Comments
Tags: blue and yellow buttercream, chocolate
This past weekend was crrrrrazy! I had 4 cupcake orders – 2 Friday, 1 Saturday and 1 Sunday. On top of that madness, my modem crapped out! Readers, I don’t think you truly realize the ramifications of this catastrophe! NO INTERNET! for 24+ hours… AAARRRGGHHH!! I was seriously going through withdrawals. I have a feeling I can’t deny my addiction now.
After baking 60+ cupcakes, needless to say, I do not even want to think about baking cupcakes right now. Actually there is a cupcake box strategically placed on my KA mixer so that I don’t have to look at it! LOL. While I am on my cupcake baking hiatus, let’s start my weekend recap with…
I am no stranger to retirement. I’ve baked retirement cupcakes before when T’s mom retired after 26 years as a nurse.
But this time it was 3 of T’s coworkers that were retiring from his department after a combined almost 90 years of working in the education profession. That’s a long freaking time! Its always nice to hear about teachers that devote so much of themselves to enriching students’ lives since most of the time the media only reports those teachers that have committed statutory crimes. I don’t condemn the media for wanting to make the public aware of people who commit crimes esp if they are in close proximity to kids but you never hear about the teachers that make a positive difference. At least not enough IMO. Thats too bad. I am sure that the good ones outweighs the bad.
When T’s department head ordered 48 cupcakes for the retirement party I was a little nervous. I always get a little nervous with big orders. Its one thing to bake 12 cupcakes. Its quite another to bake 4 times that many esp in my tiny kitchen. But I knew I wanted to do my part, albeit a small part, in saying thanks to all 3 of these great teachers so I was ready for the challenge. Since she didn’t give me any direction much more than “I trust you” I decided to go with mini chocolate cupcakes and my new obsession with dual color swirl frosting.
Makes about 15 cupcakes
For chocolate cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
For “school colors” buttercream
2 sticks butter
7 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powder
blue and yellow food coloring or paste, to desired shade (I used Wilton royal blue and golden yellow)
To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.
Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.
Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.
Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 2/3’s full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting.
To make frosting—
Beat butter until creamy, scrape bowl. Add 5 cups of sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, beat until combined. Add more powdered sugar until you get to the consistency you want (not too stiff so that its hard to pipe)
Take out half of the buttercream and using blue food coloring, tint to desired shade.
Add yellow food coloring, tint to desired shade, to the remaining half and beat to combine.
To assemble cupcake—
Fill pastry bag with both the blue and yellow buttercream frosting, one on opposite side from the other. Do not mix them together to keep the colors separate until you pipe onto the cupcake. Even though I use a 1M piping tip, you can use your favorite tip to get the frosting affect you want.
[NOTES: I think the next time I do this affect for a big order I need to buy bigger piping bags or use new bags after every “refill” b/c the blue and yellow frosting started mixing together and creating “green”. Ooops!]
Husband rating: A+
Usually he’s a red velvet-cream cheese man but he always says that this chocolate cupcake is a close 2nd. haha.
Wifey rating: A+
An oldie but goodie.
Other rating: A+
There were none left by the end of the party. T’s department head squealed when she noticed the frosting! All his CWs loved the chocolate cupcake and dual school colors swirl frosting affect too though there were a couple USC alums that made comments about my choice of blue and yellow paying homage to UCLA. Gotta love die hard fans… they see a conspiracy in everything! LOL
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