Monday, November 29, 2010

Cowboy Cupcakes

My sweet little boy recently had his 4th birthday and we had a wonderful cowboy themed party for him.  Along with his cowboy hat shaped cake, he HAD to have cupcakes too. Upon searching the internet and adding my own tweaks, here is a great recipe! These have such a fallish-holiday taste to them! 
• 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 1 1/4 tsp. salt
• 1 TBSP cinnamon
• 5 tbsp. cocoa
• 4 tbsp. finely grated coconut
• 2 1/3 cups orange juice
• 3/4 cup vegetable oil
• 2 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
• 1 tbsp. vanilla

Position rack to bottom third of oven. Preheat to 350 degrees. Place 24 large sized cupcake holders in 2 cupcake tins.
Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine the wet ingredients. Pour the wet into the dry and stir just until the flour is moistened. Do not over stir or you will reduce the bubbles and your batter will not be as light.
Immediately spoon the batter evenly into the cupcake holders. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove the cupcakes from the oven and place them on cooling racks. Meanwhile prepare your icing.

• 5 cups powdered sugar (icing sugar)
• 1 cup butter
• 1 tbsp. vanilla
• 5 to 8 tbsp. orange juice

This makes enough icing to spread quite generously on top of each cupcake. Cream the sugar, butter, vanilla and 1 tbsp. of orange juice in a food processor, or a mixing bowl with beaters. Slowly add the orange juice one tablespoon at a time until your icing is creamy enough to spread easily, but thick enough that it will hold it's form.. Be very careful not to add too much liquid.

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