I made these cupcakes today.
They taste fantastic. The texture is perfection, the flavor spot on, the cake supremely moist.
But they paled in comparison to the frosting.
I kid you not, I made the best cream cheese frosting I have ever made in my whole life today.
I got it from Martha Stewart. At least. I thought I did.
Her recipe calls for 1 cup of powder sugar.
I somehow translated that into FOUR.
I am insane.
Here is what I did:
The BEST Cream Cheese Frosting Ever
1 package cream cheese (8 oz)
1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons imitation vanilla (I think if you use pure vanilla extract cut it to 1 tsp)
I threw all the ingredients in a bowl and mixed with a spoon (thats right, by hand) until the confectioners sugar was incorporated. I noticed there were a lot of lumps so I got out the hand held mixer, and used it on med. for less then a minute. (that added SUCH a smooth and light texture!)
You must try this.
Today. Seriously. Put it on toast if you have to, but this frosting will change your life.
And when I say change your life I am totally over exaggerating.
But it does taste delightful.
These are mini cupcakes with a little shaved zucchini added on top.
I know it seems weird, but the frosting is so rich and creamy that the soft and light texture of the freshly shredded zucchini is really exhilarating.
Then I dropped some of the freshly grated zucchini into a dish of sugar and coated them entirely.
Not sure the extra sugar was needed, but the new texture was fun!
All in all, I enjoyed everything about these cupcakes.
The recipe was delicious, even if I totally screwed it up.
I also adapted the cupcake recipe from Martha.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 med. zucchini coarsely shredded (about 1 3/4 cups)
1/3 cup Canola oil
2 large eggs lightly beaten
1 tsp imitation vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In bowl, mix flour, both sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In separate bowl, combine zucchini, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Add this to flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Use 1/4 cup measuring cup or ice cream scooper and scoop into prepared cupcake pan.
Bake for 18-22 minutes.
Put in freezer (right out of oven) for about 45 min. to and hour.
Frost and enjoy!