Some Spring Cupcakes

by Michelle on June 1, 2009

I have not posted any cupcakes in a very long time. But I have to confess I’ve not been baking many cupcakes. Sadly, I think I’ve lost my cupcake mojo. To help me get back into the swing of things, I baked some Spring Time Cupcakes. I used a new recipe and whipped up one of my feathered fruit frosting and decorated with sprinkles and candy.

The cupcakes were delicious and did not last long at all which was a good thing being it was a very hot and humid 90 degree day. I arranged the cupcakes and went to get my camera and when I returned the frosting was beginning to collapse. OH NO…but that’s what happens to any frosting on a hot, humid day. One solution to collapsing cupcakes is to eat them…eat them very fast!

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E-Z One-Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 large egg

Set oven to 350 degrees.

1. With an electric mixer on low cream butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
2. Continue with the mixer on low, gradually adding cream, vanilla, eggs and beat until just blended, careful to not over mix.
3. Add flour, baking powder and salt to a sifter and gradually sift into the wet mixture. Beat well blended.
4. Place cupcake liners in your cupcake tin and fill each liner about 2/3’s full.
5. Generally I don’t bake according to time but keep my eye on the cupcakes and then a tester comes out clean, the cupcakes are done. The baking time is about 20 minutes. Do be careful that you don’t over bake because the cupcakes will be dry.
6. As soon as you can remove the cupcakes from the cupcake pan and place on a cooling rack.
7. Cool completely before frosting.

Plum Feathered Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe developed by Big Black Dog

8 ounces cold cream cheese
1 stick butter, firm but not cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 fresh purple plums

To make pulp: Cut fruit from pit of plum. Put fruit in blender or food processor and process until smooth and peel is minced as finely as possible. In a small sauce pan heat pulp until it thickens to the consistency of thick ketchup. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Cool. Put in refrigerator until completely chilled.

To make frosting: Combine butter, salt, 2 tsp chilled pulp and cream cheese in mixer and beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes. Add sugar until just incorporated. Don’t over mix. It should be thick but not fluffy. Add vanilla.

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  • Stereos and Souffles June 1, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Wow, sounds great, love the addition of plums.

  • Wonk June 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Oooh, plum frosting. I’d have never have thought of that, sounds really interesting.

    Poor, poor you though, having to eat the melting cupcakes so quickly! 😉

  • kellypea June 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    How sad about the weather, but your cupcakes are definitely springlike in color! Besides, cream cheese frosting is a favorite and they’d slide right down ; )

  • Daryl at Vermont Cottage June 2, 2009 at 12:43 am

    Yummers!

    Check out my latest blog post. I tagged you!

    D.

  • K. June 2, 2009 at 1:19 am

    those are the prettiest cupcakes!

  • haleysuzanne June 2, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Plum frosting! Swoon! I have never tried that before, but it would be great on my vanilla cupcakes. I usually make a plain cream cheese frosting for them, but this I have got to try. What a wonderful idea. And, your cupcakes are absolutly adorable.

  • Kat June 2, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    Beautiful!

  • The Adventurous Gang =) June 2, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I want one!!! To bad that you can’t send one or two through the computer..=)

  • Brenda@Cozy Little House June 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I made cupcakes. Such fun little baked sweets! I’ll have to get to fixing that.
    Brenda

  • Linda Marie June 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Oh My !!! I can not wait to make !! You are the Bomb !!! Awesome !!
    Thanks
    Linda Marie
    http://www.sunflowerlane.biz

  • Susan from The T-Cozy June 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Adorable!!! I would have been happy to help you eat your collapsing cupcakes!

  • Jo June 3, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Plums in the frosting – this sounds really delicious. I love the way you have presented and decorated the cupcakes, the pink is so adorable. These cupcakes will certainly get the “ooohhh” and “aahhhs” in any little girl’s birthday party.

  • RecipeGirl June 3, 2009 at 1:08 am

    DARLING! I’m completely drawn to these cupcakes, sinking or not :) What a cool frosting you created too!

  • Juliana June 3, 2009 at 3:42 am

    These Spring cupcakes look fabulous…with plum frosting…yummie! I can only imagine how it taste. Nice pictures.

  • lisa (dandysugar) June 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Ooh, I’ve never had plum frosting before. It looks and sounds delicious and very unique. Perfect sweet springtime treats!

  • Di June 5, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Your cupcakes look lovely. The pink color is wonderful.

  • Kayte June 6, 2009 at 12:15 am

    And here I was thinking, “Wow, how did she get her icing to hang like that…I love that look!” LOL. I thought it looked really artsy and unique, etc. Gorgeous colors, very pretty.

  • Cindy (Applestone Cottage) June 13, 2009 at 8:43 am

    You make the most fabulous cupcakes I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Cindy

  • Katrina April 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Those are really pretty. Bring on spring!

  • patsy April 13, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Those cupcakes are so cute! I love them!

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