Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Amaretto Dream Cupcakes!

This is about the Amaretto Dream cupcakes!

I decided I wanted to do an amaretto cupcake for my son's second birthday. So I found THIS recipe. I did pin in on my pintrest.

Here is the recipe.

Amaretto Dream Cupcakes Recipe

* 24 Servings

* Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.


* 3/4 cup butter, softened

* 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar

* 2 eggs

* 1/2 cup buttermilk

* 1/4 cup Amaretto

* 2 cups all-purpose flour

* 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/3 cup slivered almonds

* Amaretto Butter Frosting (recipe also found in Recipe finder)


* In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.

* In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and Amaretto. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in almonds.

* Fill paper-lined muffins cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely. Yield: 2 dozen.

(copied and pasted. Is totally theirs)


The frosting!

It can be fund HERE

Here is the recipe

Amaretto Butter Frosting Recipe

* 24 Servings

* Prep/Total Time: 15 min.


* 3 cups confectioners' sugar

* 1/4 cup butter, melted

* 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

* 2 to 3 tablespoons Amaretto


* In a small bowl, beat confectioners' sugar and butter. Add 3 tablespoons cream and 2 tablespoons Amaretto; beat until smooth. Add remaining cream and Amaretto if needed to achieve spreading consistency. Yield: 2-1/4 cups.


So Let's start!

I placed the brown sugar in the bowl.
Then I added the butter and creamed it. Then added the eggs.
It says to combine the Amaretto and Buttermilk. I don't have buttermilk. I have this wonderful powder, that when combined with water, creates buttermilk. I think it looks like baby formula.
I don't feel like keeping buttermilk handy and outside the occasional recipe I have no use for it. This powder is AWESOME.
In a separate bowl I combined the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. I mixed them together so it would be more even.
The recipe calls for slivered almonds. My mother did shopping for them and bought the kind used in salads and are roasted. Oh well used the anyways. (No difference really just more expensive)
I filled my muffin cups. Now I don't own a muffin pan. I have 12 silicone cupcake cups that stand up on a cookie sheet and I also had some paper that are paired with foil liners. No muffin pan needed.
Then I baked them.

Ok Now onto the frosting!


I simply combined the ingredients as listed. Was super easy.

I did add some vanilla and almond extract. Made it 100% better.

Then I had some fun.

I placed a piece of plastic wrap down and got out my food colorings. I did a couple spots of color down the put my frosting on top. Then put color on both sides and color on top.

3-4 drops worked well per color.

Then I wrapped it up.

It looked pretty cool.

I use tips with connectors
I threaded the edge of the bag through the opening.
then folded back the wrapping and placed my tip on. Easy and clean adding of frosting.

The frosting comes out beautiful and because I used many colors it was very colorful.

Perfect for a little boys birthday.

I was proud of myself. (this is the second time I have ever used a pastry bag!)


My thoughts

The cupcakes were a little dry. They tasted great just very dry. The batter was thick too.

The frosting was to die for. I do believe that the addition of the vanilla and almond extract totally made the amaretto sparkle.

Here are come pics of my son with his special cupcake. It had extra frosting and was all white.

He had a great birthday!

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