June 4, 2007

Welcome to "Little Miss Cupcakes" <3

Hi all,

I've recently been on a cupcake frenzy and I've decided this is something that I'm getting pretty passionate about. I've decided to start up this space for all good things in cupcakery. I'll be posting cupcakes I've tried baking/eating, links to other cupcake aficionados and cupcake related merchandise. Basically a shrine to all things cupcake.

So to start things off I'd like to show you what I made this past week.

I've been on the hunt for a great S'mores cupcake recipe for over a month now (the first attempt was a horrible failure!). I found one last week that looked perfect at Sew Darn Cute and decided to give it a try.

Check them out, I think they turned out really pretty! The neighbours thought I bought them.

Martha Stewart's One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
3/4 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Mix in wet ingredients. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Let the cupcakes cool completely before icing them. (Makes 2 dozen)

Marshmallow Icing

1/2 lb. (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
16 oz. tub of marshmallow cream

Cream the butter on high until it's light and fluffy. Add the confectioner's sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, and beat until fluffy each time. Beat in the vanilla until incorporated. Then dump in the Fluff and mix it up 'til it's all creamy. Transfer to pastry bag (if desired) and pipe onto cupcakes! (You can also cut the corner off a Ziploc bag and use that instead, which is totally what I did!)

Garnish with Graham Cracker crumbs and a Hershey chocolate.

I halved the amount of butter and sugar found in the original recipe for the icing cause it didn't taste marshmallowy enough for me and it was FAR too much icing for only 20 cupcakes. Of course you could always go with Sew Darn Cute's original icing recipe, but a pound of butter just seems a tad too much don't cha think?

Another S'mores cupcake recipe can be found at chockylit's blog. It looks fantastic, but also looks like a lot more work! Maybe for another day. I have to find another recipe to use the rest of this marshmallow icing on...I'm thinking something with raspberries maybe.

I also just discovered 52 Cupcakes today, this lady (The Cupcake Queen) is the bee's knees! She's totally inspired me to have a weekly project, maybe not cupcakes, but something...I'll have to try and figure out what that something is.


Jenny said...

Hey there! Thanks for trying these out, they look great!! It's weird, I always get WAY more than 24 cupcakes from Martha's recipe, but even so I had frosting left over as well. And you can definitely get away with using less butter, I used somewhere between 2 and 3 sticks instead of the original 4 and ended up liking it better (and have edited the recipe to reflect this). Anyhow, glad to see the post! Keep on bloggin'!

little miss cupcakes said...

Thanks for posting this great recipe on your blog <3

I think I only got 20 cupcakes because there was some batter thieves around. Thanks for stopping by, I'm really happy you did :D

Nina said...

oh these cupcakes looked amazing, but I wanted a graham cracker bottom, but I totally used the topping for this. They all came out amazing!
Thanks for posting the recipe!