Sunday, August 16, 2009

PRIZE WINNING TOFFEE CUPCAKES WITH BUTTER FROSTING

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp molasses
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup regular cream soda (do not use diet)
3/4 cup toffee pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place paper baking cups in 1 1/2 dozen muffin cups; set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt. Set mixture aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat the butter on medium speed of mixer for 30 seconds. Add the granulated sugar and the brown sugar beating until thoroughly combined. Beat in eggs, one at a time, on low speed until combined. Beat in molasses and vanilla. Alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk and cream soda to the butter mixture. Beat on low speed after each addition until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of the toffee. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake 18 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes before removing from pans. Continue to cool completely on the wire racks. Frost with the icing recipe below.

BROWN BUTTERCREAM ICING

1/4 cup butter, browned
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
dash of salt
1 to 2 tbsp buttermilk

To brown butter, heat in a saucepan over medium heat until lightly browned. This should take about 6-8 minutes. Allow butter to cool.

In a mixing bowl, beat remaining butter with mixer at medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the cooled browned butter to the whipped butter, beat until combined. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg. Beat in buttermilk until of spreadable consistency. Use immediately to frost the above cupcakes.

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