Thursday, March 22, 2012

Brown Sugar Cupcakes

Last night was New Beginnings for the young women at our church. It's an evening to introduce the girls who are turning 12 this year into the girls youth program. The girls in the program already are asked to participate. Leelee hates speaking in public so whenever a chance comes to volunteer to help, she's always right there with "I'll make cupcakes!"

It's a good thing she's good at it!

Taste anyway. We're still working on the decorating.

But hey, we have a cupcake tower made from plates and cups from the dollar store. Points for presentation effort, right?

This time, she made Brown Sugar Cupcakes we found on pinterest, but without the peanut butter frosting. The theme for the night was Rise and Shine Forth and brown frosted cupcakes wouldn't have gone with the light theme. (They even had yellow drinks. It was a very yellow night!)

makes 24 regular or 6 dozen mini cupcakes

Brown Sugar Cupcakes
2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
2 large egg
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt, stirring to mix. Set aside. Line a cupcake tin with liners.
In a large bowl, whisk brown sugar and egg until smooth. Add in vanilla extract and milk, again mixing until combined. Slowly pour in melted butter, continuing to whisk. Add in the flour, soda and salt, mixing with a large spoon until batter is smooth.
Using a 1/4 cup measure, add batter to liners. Bake for 16-19 minutes, or until tops are puffy and golden, and don’t jiggle when touched. Let cool completely.

The frosting was a complete and utter disaster. Leelee had plans to pipe the frosting, but she didn't want to do a cream cheese base! When it's 90 degrees, you really can't do a butter based frosting and expect it to hold shape.

Then we ran out of powdered sugar. If this ever happens to you, run regular sugar through the blender. Easy Peasy.

In the end, the cupcakes still tasted delicious and no one really cared what they looked like.

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