Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Double Birthday Celebration

We all know that Memorial Weekend is coming up and lucky for me that means 3 day weekend!! In addition to it being Memorial Day this long weekend, I have two lovely co-workers who are celebrating birthdays as well, and since many of the people in the office also took off Friday, I decided to make cupcakes tonight in lieu of a triple holiday weekend.  I felt like going for something colorful for the occasion and what is more colorful than confetti?!?

Confetti Cupcakes adapted from I Heart Cuppycakes

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp. butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
3 large egg whites
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1/3 cup multi-colored sprinkles ("jimmies")

Directions:
(1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, salt and baking powder.  Set aside.

(2) In another bowl, cream the sugar and butter until well combined. 

(3) Gradually pour in the egg whites, milk and extracts, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition. Once the entire mixture has been well combined, gently fold in the multi-colored jimmies.

(4) Divide the batter into a lined muffin tin and bake for 10-12 minutes (for mini cupcakes), or until slightly golden.

(5) Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before icing.

Colorful cupcakes would not be complete without colorful frosting!! So I used my classic cream cheese frosting recipe and added some bright food coloring gel and then filled my piping bag half and half with the two colors. 

Ingredients:
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe from All Recipes

Directions:
(1) In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer.  Mix in the vanilla and then gradually stir in the powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

The final product is eye-catching and delicious!! :) 

Have a great Memorial Weekend!!

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