Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cupcake of the Week: Royal as Fuck Cupcakes || Week 15

my friend steph/elise modeling the cupcakes
When some of my friends announced they were throwing a Fancy Dress party fit for Royalty the evening after the big nuptials, I knew I wanted to bring along something equally as decadent as my tiara I'd dug up from my high school prom.  So after a quick visit to Surfas & a purchase of Champagne flavored extract I was ready to bake up some cupcakes that were Royal as Fuck.

** in case you were wondering, the boyfriend used that term when wondering what kind of hat i'd found for him to wear... "it better be royal as fuck!" I found it to be extremely appropriate given the context of the party. **

Royal as Fuck Cupcakes || a.k.a. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries & Champagne
yield 2 dozen mini cupcakes || 20 minutes prep; 25 minutes cook
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons champagne extract
  • 8-10 small strawberries diced
pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. in a bowl mix together all of the ingredients. line your mini cupcake tray and fill each cupcake 2/3 of the way full. bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. this recipe will yield 2 dozen minis.

champagne frosting
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) of butter
  • 1 box of powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp champagne
in a bowl whip the softened butter until it's nice and smooth.  slowly incorporate the powdered sugar & champagne, alternating until you've reached your desired consistency. set aside & finish the garnish.

chocolate covered strawberries
  • box of mini strawberries, cleaned & dried
  • 1 lbs of chocolate
  • gold sprinkles
in a bowl over a double boiler (or in a microwave if you don't have a boiler) melt your chocolate.  dip each strawberry into the chocolate & then set onto a plate covered in wax paper.  toss on a pinch of gold sprinkles for an added kick of decadence and then place your plate into the refrigerator so the chocolate can harden.

assembly
spread frosting over each mini strawberry cupcake & then top with a chocolate covered strawberry.  serve with a flute of ice cold champagne. 

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