As Fourth of July approaches. I sit looking for ideas for food to make at shindigs that we go to. I searched Pinterest, Facebook and Google. Just looking for something that was different and tasteful.
I wanted to add pop rocks to a dessert somehow. I thought on a cupcake would be awesome! But of course as time ran out for a gathering we were having this past weekend. I didn’t have the time to do what I wanted to to with the cupcakes.
I originally wanted to make a vanilla cake with a cream cheese icing or a blueberry icing. Adding pop rocks as decoration on the top and then adding spun sugar around the cupcake in blue and red. None of this happened.
So I went with a Chocolate cake with a Butter Pecan Buttercream Frosting. It turned out very good.
FOR THE CUPCAKES
1 1/3 Cups Sifted All Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
8 Tablespoons Butter
1 1/3 Cup Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
2/3 Cup Whole Milk
1/2 Sifted Cocoa Powder
Preheat oven to 350* F. Weirdly this recipe makes 19 cupcakes. Must be how I was filling them. Though I did fill them 2/3 full!
In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Beat the butter with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add sugar. Continue beating on medium speed until blended. Approx 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg to the mixture and mix slowly.
Add the vanilla extract and milk.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix slowly until combined.
Add the Cocoa powder mixing on low just until blended.
FOR THE BUTTER PECAN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
2 Cups Sifted Confectioners’ Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Whole Milk
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Butter Pecan Extract
(I doubled this recipe, EXCEPT THE EXTRACT, only because I like to heave my frosting)
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl on high speed for 3 to 5 minutes. You want the frosting to be light and fluffy. So whip it good.
Top your cupcakes with the icing however your comfortable.
I added crushed candied pecans to the tops. And dazzled with a single pecan half stuck in the middle.
That’s it your done!
Don’t be afraid to play with your icing. Use a piping bag and fancy tip. The littlest things make the biggest impressions!
I hope you enjoy this recipe! It was a big hit at the gathering!