Friday, January 15, 2010

We're Giving Away Cupcakes!

Well, not exactly, but almost!  Regina, at The Cutting Cafe is at it again.  She gave us the challenge to use any set we wanted, create something with it and give the set we used to YOU.  After looking through my Cutting Cafe files, I think this set, All About Cupcakes is one of my all time favorites.  It's a HUGE set, full of cupcakes of all sizes, stands, circle sentiments, half circle sentiments, words.  Your imagination will just fill with ideas when you begin using these awesome digital elements.  This card is for our DIL's father so wanted the colors to be more masculine.    The cupcakes are colored to match a picture below.  (more temptation!) Each one is cut out and popped on dimensionals. The frosting is coated with Crystal Effects. Lots of sewing and some distressing on the image panels.  The CE on the inside cupcake wasn't it dripped but I couldn't wait.  :-)   If you want to win this set, scroll down to find out how.

Here's what inspired the cupcake on my card.  OMGoodness....This is the Barefoot Contessa's Chocolate Cupcake with Peanut Butter Frosting.  I've got to tell you, this frosting is so yummy I could eat it with a spoon.  Not overly sweet, super creamy and oh, so peanut buttery.  Want a bite?

Chocolate Cupcakes &Peanut Butter Frosting
Makes 14-15 large cupcakes

12 T.unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 extra large eggs, at room temperature
2 t. pure vanilla extract
1 c. buttermilk, shaken, at room temperature
1/2 c. sour cream, at room temperature
2 T. brewed coffee
1-3/4 c. all purpose flour
1 c. good quality cocoa powder
1-1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. kosher salt
Peanut Butter Frosting
Chopped peanuts, to decorate (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Lower the speed to medium add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee.  On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in theirds to the mixer bowl, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture.  Mix only until blended.  Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it's completely blended.

Divide the batter among the cupcake pans (one rounded standard ice cream scoop per cup is about right).
Bake in the middle of the oven for 18-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, cool completely and frost.  Sprinkle with chopped, salted peanuts, if desired.

Peanut Butter Frosting

1 c. confectioner's sugar
1 c. creamy peanut butter (Skippy)
5 T.  unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 c. pure vanilla extract
1/4 t. kosher salt
1/3 c. heavy cream

Place everything but the cream in bowl of mixer fitted with paddle attachment.  Mix on Med.low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with rubber spatula as you work.  Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth. 

Now, want to win the paper version from The Cutting Cafe?  Just go to this post and follow the directions. 

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Regina Easter said...

yes yes yes...i think this is one of my favorites...i love the set and what you did with it...

Sue from Oregon said...

Now...we really should be neighbors...great project and yummy treats!

Jessica G. said...

You are making me hungry, Charlene! I LOVE peanut butter in all its forms and this definitely sounds like a yummy one.

Your card looks good enough to eat -- the 3-D elements are perfect!!

Anonymous said...

This looks to be a real treat to me Charlene!! You can come over for coffee any time especially if you come with these! :) Yummy card too, great use of the crystal effects!

Mary Beth said...

Wow, I'm eyeballing this cupcake pic and recipe before breakfast this morning...let's eat! Beautiful card and cute set. Love the stitching on the card! I've yet to attempt that technique - got any newbie tips on how to approach it successfully?

Jaspere said...

The cupcakes on your card look so yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe of the real ones too. I could dive into one of those babies right about now.

Kelly said...

Yummy! The cupcakes on this card look good enough to eat! I love what you did with this set. I'm going to have to try your recipe for the peanut butter frosting too!

bonnie said...

Scrumptious Charlene!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with the husband loves anything with peanuts or peanut butter and he will go nuts for these!!! :) Bonnie x

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