Friday, March 16, 2012
Italian Cream Cupcakes
This time though, my inspiration is Italian as I will be going to Rome next week. We are so excited to be going to travel that when we were invited over to see MC's parental units...well I thought I want to make Italian Cream Cake. The only problem was that making a cake was not what I wanted, but opted more for something simple and easy to take....cupcakes!
WARNING: This does have shortening. I do believe in eating things in moderation. Hence this recipe is one of those type of recipes that your grandparents used to make. Eating things such as this in moderation is ok in my book.
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of shortening
2 cups sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flaked coconut
1 cup walnuts or pecans
Beat butter and shortening gradually at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add the sugar beating well.
Separating the egg yolks from the egg whites can be a little headache. Personally, I prefer the old tried and true hands. I was convinced to try the egg separater. After a while, I went back to using the hands. What can I say? I am old school like that.
Combine flour and soda. Add the mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed until blended after each addition.
Stir in the coconut and nuts. Make sure you have coarsely cut the nuts. Fold these well into the mixture.
Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into the batter.
Pour batter into cupcake pans baking at 350 for 25 minutes or until done with the usual "toothpick check". After they have cooled, pour a small amount of Malibu rum to the cooled cupcakes. Place off to the side and get ready to work with the icing.
1 cup chopped pecans
1 16 oz pkg cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 16 oz pkg powdered sugar
Start by beating cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy.
As the cupcakes are finally cooled, you can spread a generous amount of the butter cream cheese icing to each cupcake. This was made for work, but we shared this with the family. Needless to say, everyone enjoyed the cupcakes. If you ever feel inclined, you can also have these with Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes.