Gourmet Cupcakes… Are you enticed by the decadent cupcake displays at your local bakery? If so, arm yourself with an arsenal of basic baking supplies, a short list of simple ingredients, and a few cupcake recipes, and indulge your heart's desire whenever you like. Countless lists of scrumptuous cupcake recipes are just a search engine query away, including:
- Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Icing
- Green Tea Matcha Cupcakes
- Apple Cider Cupcakes with Cider Cream Cheese Icing
- Zucchini Ginger Cupcakes
- Key Lime Cupcakes
Novice bakers will find most gourmet cupcake recipes easy to tackle, including this fantastic recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing:
Red Velvet Cupcakes
2 cups, minus 1 TB all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
1 ¼ teaspoons salt
1 ¼ teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
⅔ cup, minus 1 TB granulated sugar
1 ¼ cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons red food coloring
1 ¼ teaspoons vinegar (white or apple cider can both work)
1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
⅛ cup water
Preheat oven to 350. Combine and mix wet ingredients; sift together dry
ingredients, and add to wet ingredients a little at a time. To keep cupcakes from
being tough, mix just until blended. Distribute batter evenly in 16 lined
cupcake tins, and bake for 20-30 minutes.
Cream Cheese Icing
1 ½ pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 pound butter, room temperature
2 pounds powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Blend first three ingredients, then add vanilla extract and mix well.
While these special cupcakes are delicious as is, adding a few special finishing touches will make your masterpieces as pleasing to behold at as they are to eat.
Dazzling gourmet cupcake decoration ideas include curled chocolate ganache, edible pearls, lace fondant, dragees, spray-on frostings, glistening sugars, vibrantly hued sprinkles, and melted gourmet chocolates shaped in candy molds. For non-edible cupcake decorations, make a statement with fresh flowers, miniature umbrellas, or candles.
After you've mastered a few tried-and-true recipes, roll up your sleeves and experiment with unconventional ingredients to develop a delectable gourmet creation of your own.
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