Friday, September 28, 2012

Let's Pretend it is Cinco de Mayo

I know it is the start of Fall, but a friend from church told me about a local bakery's Margarita cupcakes and asked me if I could bake one as good.  I am always up for a challenge.  I did some research on different cupcake recipes and found one that made some great tasting cupcakes.  I topped it with some Margarita-flavored buttercream and a lime wedge and I think I accomplished my goal of making a great tasting Margarita cupcake!
The majority of the recipes I researched used tequila. I have always heard that when you cook or bake something with alcohol in it, the alcohol will cook or bake out. However, I did some research on the topic and I found that it's not necessarily true that the alcohol will bake out. I decided to try an alcohol-free cupcake, especially since many of my friends and family don't like the taste of tequila. I bought a margarita mix and just replaced the tequila. I did the same for the buttercream frosting and then topped it with a fresh lime slice. Yum...and I think if you are a margarita drinker, you will love these and not even miss the tequila! 
So, even though the weather is getting chillier and I saw Christmas decorations already displayed at Target the other day (no joke, it was behind the Halloween stuff!), you can still enjoy a taste of the warm weather!

Tip of the Blog:

My favorite frosting is buttercream.  I enjoy the Italian Meringue and the whipped cream, but I would pick buttercream over any other frosting any day of the week.  However, I am not a fan heavy of buttercream frostings.  I found a little trick to make buttercream a little fluffier and a little lighter, while keeping the sweetness.  Instead of adding milk to the frosting, add some heavy whipping cream and whip the butter and powdered sugar and any other ingredients with the cream until it starts to form soft peaks.  Then, you will have a lighter, but still delicious buttercream frosting to complement your cupcake!
We are getting closer to opening a cupcakery!  Unfortunately, all the paperwork and waiting for a health license takes time, but soon I will be able to offer all the decadent treats I have been blogging about (and many more) at my Internet Cupcakery!! 

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