…and for ME! Happy Almost Birthday to me! Two more days, till I turn double 3.
I told hubby that I was going to make my own birthday (cup)cake this year. He asked me if I wanted him to make the cake. I said, uh, no, that’s ok. We’ve got a good thing going, let’s not change it…you know, I cook, he does the yard work. Heehee.
Anywho, ever since I saw the rainbow cakes making their way around the blogosphere, I wanted to give them a try. I thought, what better time to try, than for Independence Day, with a red, white & blue theme. I just needed to find the right cake recipe.
I’ve read alot of good things about Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake and I have her Baking book, so I took a peek. She uses lemon as a flavor component; not something I wanted in my birthday (cup)cake. Don’t get me wrong, I like lemon, but I wanted just a classic white birthday cake flavor. I decided to go ahead and use her recipe and sub in some vanilla.
I was very pleased with the texture of these cupcakes. It’s exactly what I think of when I think birthday cake. The colors turned out pretty good too. Just beware, you have to use a lot of red just to get this particular shade. What kinda sucked was that my colors didn’t quite turn out the way I’d hoped or expected. I spooned in the red, the white then the blue batter. As you can see the blue fell into the midle of the cupcake. Oh well. It still tasted good.
This frosting is one of my favs…and I don’t usually like frosting (I’m a whipped cream frosting kind of girl). One thing to keep in mind; about halfway through the red & blue started fading so I had to re-stripe the bag. It probably would have been wiser of me to use a new bag, but I’m lazy and stingy frugal. The colors started blending together a bit after the second striping, so I’d definitely recommend starting fresh with a new bag.
Red, White & Blue Cupcakes with Red, White Chocolate & Blue Cream Cheese Frosting
Yield: 18 cupcakes
Cake adapted from Baking From My Home To Yours (Perfect Party Cake)
Frosting from The Essential Baker
2 ¼ cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups milk
4 large egg whites
1 ½ cups sugar
¼ pound butter
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
Red & blue icing colors
Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake tins with paper liners; set aside.
Sift (or whisk) together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, whisk the milk and egg whites.
In the mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light in color; about 2-3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Add ½ of the milk/egg mixture and beat until incorporated. Add ½ of the remaining flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Add the rest of the milk/egg mixture and beat until homogeneous (as Dorie puts it). Then add the rest of the flour mixture and beat the batter until it’s mixed thoroughly.
Separate the batter into 3 small bowls. Set aside one of the bowls of batter (white). In another one, mix in some red icing color until you get the color you want. In the last bowl, mix in some blue icing color until you get the color you want. (Use the “mixing color in icing” technique.)
Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners in whatever order you choose. I put red on the bottom, white in the middle, then blue on top (my blue fell into the middle of the cupcake anyway). You could even swirl them for a tie-dye effect.
Bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
8 ounces white chocolate
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
Red & blue icing colors
Melt white chocolate in the microwave. Heat the chocolate in 30 second intervals and stir in-between each round.
Beat the cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy; about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and mix thoroughly. Add the sugar in 3 stages. Stop occasionally and scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat together until thoroughly blended. Add the melted white chocolate and blend together completely.
To get the red, white & blue colors use the “brush striping” technique.
Aren’t you glad to see a post about something other than cookies??? Five of the last 10 posts were cookie related! Step away from the cookies, Susan!
Hope everyone has a fun, but safe 4th of July!