Saturday, October 16, 2010

Cupcake Cuteness.

Honestly, how tasty do these cute cupcakes look? They are EGGNOG LATTE flavored! Perfectly appropriate for the upcoming holiday season.

Here's a recipe I got from this site:

Cupcake batter

* 4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
* 2 cups sugar
* 2 teaspoons vanilla
* 4 large eggs
* 1 3/4 cups eggnog
* 1/4 cup dark rum

Preheat oven to 350°F. and line twenty-four 1/2-cup muffin cups with paper liners.
Into a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy and beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, and with mixer on low speed beat in eggnog and rum until just combined. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, beating until just combined after each addition.

The Latte Frosting

* 1 cup chilled whipping cream
* 8 oz mascarpone
* 2 teaspoon coffee extract
* 1/4 cup ground coffee
* 2 to 3 cups confectioner's sugar (depending upon how thick you prefer frosting)

Whip up whipping cream in mixer until soft peaks begin to form. Fold in mascarpone, coffee extract, and coffee grinds. Then while mixing over low speed, slowly add the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, being careful not to over whip frosting.

Add your own sprinkles -- and of course a candy cane inside each one!

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