Am I The Next Cupcake Hero?

>> Sunday, March 23, 2008

I've been meaning to enter the Cupcake Hero challenge, but the themes haven't been compatible with me. Don't know how I missed the coffee one, but the liquor one was a little illegal for me haha I was ready for this month's theme - marshmallow. I know most people are probably going for rocky road or peanut butter marshmallow cupcakes, but I wanted something that (hopefully) nobody else will bake. Ok so it wasn't really my idea, but I did find the perfect recipe. I had too many books and not enough time to find a cupcake recipe involving marshmallow, so I resorted to Recipe Zaar. I came across Baked Alaska-ettes. I love Baked Alaska, so this recipe was perfect! Normally I would've used a meringue on top, but since I needed a marshmallow cupcake, a big marshmallow worked too.

My biggest problem with this was the broiler. I have never used our broiler before. According to our manual, you aren't supposed to preheat the broiler, which is weird, right? For this particular recipe, the cupcakes need to be under the broiler for 30 seconds, no more, no less. With the broiler not preheated, it took me 2 minutes for the marshmallows to toast. Normally, this would've been fine except the ice cream melted into the batter (which is why I didn't take a picture of a cross-section). So, make sure your broiler is hot and ready to go.

Also, I didn't have light cream, so I used 3/4 cup milk + 2 Tbsp butter, melted.

Baked Alaska-ettes

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
3/4 cup light cream (or 3/4 cup milk + 2 Tbsp butter, melted)
1 tsp vanilla
1 pint ice cream
12 marshmallows, cut in half crosswise

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Line cupcake pan with liners.

2. In a small bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat egg and cream together. Add vanilla. Add dry ingredients, beating thoroughly.

3. Fill cups 2/3 full. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely, about an hour or so.

4. Preheat broiler. When cupcakes are completely cool, cut a hole in the middle of each and spoon in ice cream. Make sure you don't go all the way to the bottom. Don't make the holes bigger than the marshmallow half because you want the marshmallow to completely cover the ice cream. The marshmallow will act as an insulator. Place under a hot broiler for 30 seconds. The marshmallows should be toasted. Serve immediately.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Source: Recipe Zaar


Wheeler's Frozen Dessert 5:05 PM  

These look great, and very cute! Way to be creative with the marshmallow theme. It's too bad about the liquor "issue", I would've liked to see your idea for that theme.

Carla 6:26 PM  

Thanks Wheeler! I could've pulled some strings and got a hold of some liquor, but my luck, the government would be reading my blog and find out I'm only 20 haha If you check back after May 15, I'll make sure to bake liquor cupcakes :)

javagirlkt's cookin' 10:18 PM  

these are so cute! :)

i don't remember what brand my mixer was, but i think it cost about $7 at Target, so i can't really complain! you get what you pay for. i'm saving up for my KitchenAid stand mixer, which I hope will last a little longer....

As for my list of 100, all i've crossed off so far are mojitos and hush puppies. both were great!

Kirby! 3:15 AM  

awwwww, how adorable! they look like they're wearing little pillbox hats! you should call them jackie o's.

eatme_delicious 9:13 AM  

These look delicious! I've wanted to take part in Cupcake Hero for a while but I don't know what I'd do with all the cupcakes. Broilers don't really need to be preheated (at least not for very long).

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