Sunday, May 30, 2010

It Really Is A Wicked Way to Die

Mmm dinner ..

JUST KIDDING. They're cupcakes! What's more perfect then a delicious barbeque on memorial day? Ahem, hamburgers of course. But these taste like sugary sweetness..

Makes about 30 cupcakes.

1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
2. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.
And then I made some brownies (from the box to save time! I hate using already prepared mixes but in order to conserve the little time I had this weekend, I had no choice ..) and use a two-inch circle cookie cutter .

And make a batch of William Sonoma Buttercream Icing from, recipe here. You don't need that much so I cut it in half. Divide the frosting in three bowls and dye it red, yellow, and green. Use the smallest size to pipe the ketchup and mustard ..
And use the tip for making the rose thingies for the lettuce. Yeah I don't know what sizes they're called, I wanted to sound like I know what I'm talking about but I really don't.

And lastly, make french fries out of sugar cookies and drench them in sugar! And viola! On nom ..

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