Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Cinnamon Salted Caramel & Cinnamon Banana Cream Cheese Cupcakes

A couple of weeks ago there was a going away party for my friend Candace, who is leaving DC for sunny California.  A lot of Washingtonians will be missing Candace, but we are all excited for her next step. 


With her favorite flavors in mind, I crafted a cupcake and a couple of icing recipes for her going away BBQ.  All the cupcakes were an original Cinnamon Cupcake recipe, while there was an option of two original boutique icings: Salted Caramel or Banana Cream Cheese.  

So, without further ado ... 


Cinnamon Cupcakes 


Ingredients:

·       1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
·       1 1/2 cups cake flour (not self- rising), sifted
·       1 tablespoon baking powder
·       1/2 teaspoon salt
·       1.5 tablespoon ground cinnamon
·       1/8 tsp nutmeg
·       1/8 tsp clove
·       small pinch of cardamom
·       1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
·       1 1/2 cups brown sugar
·       ¼ cup sugar
·       4 large eggs, room temperature
·       2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
·       1 1/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins. Sift both flours.  Mix flours with baking powder, salt, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and cardamom.

Cream butter and both sugars. Add eggs, one at a time. Blend in vanilla. Beat in flour mixture alternating with milk, until combined.

Fill cupcake liners ¾ the way.  Bake around 15 minutes, testing center with toothpick at 10 to see when done.  Allow to cool and add icing … Decide if you want salted caramel or banana cream cheese.



Salted Caramel Icing  

Combine the following ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened  
3 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 T caramel 
3.5 T brown sugar

Apply icing with pastry bag (I use a ziplock) and decorate with one Werther's Candy (that I rolled) and a sprinkle sea salt. 




Banana Cream Cheese Icing  

Combine the following ingredients:

1 cup unsalted cream cheese, softened  
3 cups confectioner's (powdered) sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1 tablespoon flavoring extract (vanillla)
sprinkle cinnamon
one mashed banana

Apply icing with pastry bag (I use a ziplock) and decorate with caramelized bananas.

for the caramelized bananas ... 
slice bananas and dip in brown sugar on both sides
heat in frying pan with vegetable oil until brown sugar is gooey and caramelized 


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