Fun & Tasty Snowflake Cupcakes

cupcakesTrying to get into the spirit of the season ... with your stomach? Winter is the perfect time to indulge. Those baggy sweaters are pretty forgiving. With that in mind, now's the time to take down a snowflake cupcake. They're cute! Everyone loves cupcakes and everyone loves snowflakes, so really, it's a win win. They're super easy to make and will make a big impact. Enjoy!

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Vanilla Cupcake ingredients, makes 12:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cupcake directions:

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
  • Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add butter, sour cream, egg and egg yolks, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth and satiny, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix by hand until smooth and no flour pockets remain.
  • Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin. Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.

Icing ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened but not melted)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5-6 tablespoons of warm water
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Blue food coloring

Icing directions:

  • Cream the butter and shortening together until smooth, add the vanilla.
  • Dissolve the salt into the warm water completely.
  • Mix the water/salt mixture into the creamed butter and shortening.
  • Put the mixer on low, and add powdered sugar slowly, mixing constantly.
  • Add food coloring.

Decorate with shredded coconut and if you're feeling really fancy, you can make your own chocolate snowflakes using this mold.

Happy winter!

 

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