Ending 2011 by baking cupcakes, bringing in 2012 by eating those cupcakes. This is how my new year began along with watching the broadcasted fireworks with my family. Celebrating the new yearcould not have been any better.
I decided to make cupcakes for our new year treat as they always remind me of happy cheerful celebrations and of course being a kid. New year always brings along nostalgia. These cupcakes are easy and quick to make.
They also taste good as the cupcake has more of a dense cake rather than the light fluffy sponge like cupcakes due to the almond meal.I've also foundmost cream cheese frosting recipes can be quitesickly sweet but this recipe from Donna Hay is not too sweet which I adore and becoming a 'go to' in my recipe collection.
Quick tip: If you want a nice smooth and flat cupcake top so the frosting can be easily applied, before baking smooth batter by running the back of a heatedspoon over the top and when the cupcake come out of the oven, cool them upside on a cooling rack.
Did anyone else bake for new years?
Happy New Years Everyone.
Almond Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cupcakes (makes 12 sml standard cupcakes)
150g butter, softened
1/2 tspn almond essence
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 eggs at room temp
1/3 cup self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup almond meal
(Recipe from; Aus Women's Weekly - Cupcakes)
Cream Cheese Frosting
250g Cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 tblspn lemon juice
(Recipe from; Donna Hay - Classics)
Preheat oven to 180 *C and place patty pans in 12 hole muffin pan.Beat together butter, essence, eggs and sugar until creamy, pale in colour and fluffy. Gradually add in sifted flours only mixing till just combined.Divide among the cases. Bake for 20mins or until tops lightly spring back.
Cool on wire rack.
For the frosting, beat cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add in the sugar and juice until also smooth. I love decorating cupcakes by always piping the icing and always adding sprinkles. Ah sprinkles. This purchased colour combination of pink, pearl and yellow is my favourite. I grab a packet evertime I walk down the baking isle just in case one time its no longer there.