Santa’s Favorite CupcakeDecember 12, 2008 at 10:33 AM | Posted in cupcakes | 28 Comments
Tags: chocolate chip cookies, Santa, tres leche
Dear Santa, I can explain.
You know its bad when you start your “Dear Santa” letter like that. HAHA
The thing is. I am not a bad girl. I just have bad tendencies. They usually involve shopping and credit cards. I can’t help it. Its just so easy to bust out my Visa Gold card (I feel so special being a gold card member) and buying those shoes that would go perfect with my Christmas outfit AND its on sale! If its on sale, its ok b/c you saved money. All you girls out there feel me right? RIGHT?!!
I also might be an itty bitty teeny weeny infomercial addict too.
FYI, the ped egg really does work!
So I figure if I want that iphone that’s been burning a hole on my Xmas list since September, I better start buttering up dear ol Santa. What better way than with a cupcake?
(BTW if anyone has an iphone and thinks its a worthless waste of $300, I’d really appreciate a comment. It will make me feel better about being the only person on earth that doesn’t have an iphone. Thanks.)
** Don’t forget to enter my UnBlogiversary Giveaway #2 by December 14th! Also check back on December 16th for my REAL Blogiversary Giveaway. Its the MOTHERLOAD of cupcake giveaways! You won’t wanna miss it!
Happy Friday to all and to all a good night…
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Milk and Cookie Cupcakes
(Recipe adapted from Alton Brown, foodnetwork | photos from me!)
Makes 1-9×13 cake (I got 18 cupcakes)
For tres leche cupcake
1-1/2 cups cake flour (I used 1-1/2 cups AP flour+4tbsp cornstarch instead)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6oz evaporated milk
7oz sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
For whipped cream
2 cups heavy cream
8 ounces sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
[NOTES: You could probably 1/2 the whipped cream recipe but my pet peeve is running out of frosting so I always make more than I need.]
18 mini chocolate chip cookies , garnish
To make cupcakes—
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcake pan with liners.
Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 1 minute. Decrease the speed to low and with the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar over 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined.
Fill the cupcake liners about 1/2 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden and toothpick comes out clean.
Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack. Poke the top of the cupcakes with a skewer or fork. Allow to cool completely and then prepare the glaze.
To make glaze—
Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the half-and-half in a 1-quart measuring cup. Once combined pour about 2-3 tbsp of milk mixture over each cupcake. Do it slowly. You will have to wait as the milk mixture gets absorbed before adding more or it will over flow your cupcake. Refrigerate the cupcakes overnight.
See? My milk overfloweth. But its nothing a little Bounty can’t fix. HAHA
[NOTES: You will have some milk glaze left over but instead of throwing it down the drain, add some to your coffee. My hubs said it was delish!]
To make whipped cream—
Place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk together on low until stiff peaks are formed. Change to medium speed and whisk until thick. Spread the topping over the cake and allow to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
To assemble cupcake—
Pipe frosting with Magic Tip 7ST star tip. Garnish with chocolate chip cookie.
Husband rating: A+
He loved this cupcake and said its definitely on his top 5.
Wifey rating: A/A+
This was definitely one of my favorite cupcakes. The milk glaze does make the “cake” more spongecake-like but the flavors are SO good. I personally think the cookie garnish made it that much more awesome but I could be a little biased. HAHA
Other rating: A/A+
Everyone at the party that tried this cupcake raved and there were no leftovers but I have to admit that the red velvets I brought to the party were the bigger hit. There’s just something about red velvet that everyone loves…
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