This is a very special Baking for the Firemen! It was the fire meeting closest to the hubby’s birthday so I wanted to send in a special treat. When I contacted my very favorite baking company, King Arthur, it was decided that cupcakes were in order.
Cupcakes are delicious, easy to eat and fun to make. I started with King Arthur’s All Natural Golden Vanilla Cake mix. I don’t usually use cake mix as you all know but I figured with it coming from the King it would be yummy. I got everything I needed ready.
Following the very easy directions on the box I took softened butter and oil and 2/3rds of the mix and put it in my mixer. After that had come together nicely I was ready for the next step.
What makes this mix produce a moist and tender cake is making it like you would a homemade cake. So after the first ingredients were well mixed I added milk and the remaining cake mix in alternating thirds, mixing on low, just until blended.
Then came the fun! The very bright and happy Swirl Baking Cups.
I just love all those colors! Don’t you? I lined my
impossible to clean any longer well used cupcake pan with them and was ready to go.
In went that rich and delicious batter. I will not tell you how I know it was delicious batter just take my word for it.
Now aren’t they pretty cupcakes? They are truly some happy cupcake cups.
While the cupcakes were baking I used a one of the recipes from the King Arthur’s site. There is a huge collection and I have tried several of them and I have not been disappointed.
This one is called Super Simple Chocolate Frosting. While not exactly SUPER simple, it is easy and the frosting was TO.DIE.FOR. I will neither confirm nor deny the existence of a piping bag of it in my refrigerator.
I heated some heavy cream just to the boiling point. While that was happening I sifted together confectioner’s sugar and cocoa. You can add espresso powder if you want but I chose not too.
You mix the cocoa and confectioner’s sugar together and then add the hot cream. You stir this until it gets nice and smooth. It looks a little funky at first but it does get creamy. (I forgot to take a photo of what it looks like in it’s creamy stage…sorry about that.)
Butter and more confectioner’s sugar and beaten in a stand mixer until well blended. Then vanilla is added and mixed in.
Then spoonful by spoonful you add the chocolate mixture until it is smooth. I put it into the refrigerator until I was ready to ice the cupcakes. It is deadly good.
I brought out my bags and tips and piped the icing onto the cupcakes. I really need to get a plain tip with a wider opening. But these didn’t look too bad. I’m also a bit out of practice…
Then since it was the hubby’s 60th birthday!!!! I brought out the edible glitter and the silver sanding sugar to sparkle them up a bit.
And candles, of course!
I was told they were delicious! I was bummed ’cause the firemen didn’t ask about the candles and hubby didn’t tell them it was his birthday.
Well, at least they had a yummy treat. King Arthur never fails me. I am truly thrilled with their products; I order a whompin’ box o’flour quarterly when they offer free shipping. Flour stores very well in the freezer and that way I have my White Whole Wheat flour that you all know I love.
I am not sure that the UPS man loves my 70lb boxes….
One lucky reader will win a box of All Natural Golden Vanilla Cake Mix and a set of Swirl Baking Cups! How cool is that?
How do you win? It’s easy!
But first some rules:
No PO boxes
18 yrs old+
Go to King Arthur and tell me a product (other than the ones mentioned in this post ) that you would like to try. Be sure to leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win.