Archive for February, 2011

Super Bowl Cupcakes

February 9, 2011

 

These cupcakes are crowd pleasers.  Plain and simple.  Whip a batch up, and watch them disappear.  So moist and delicious, even non-beer drinkers will gobble these down. If you make them for a party like I did, you may get random people coming up to you offering to have your children… erm… just fair warning. I mean, what would you expect when mixing alcohol and chocolate? In the words of one of my favorite people ever: “Yes. Just yes.” There’s not much else to say about that :)

<3 Betty

*Original recipe found here:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Irish-Car-Bomb-Cupcakes/

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

For the Cupcakes:
1/2 cup Guinness
1/2 cup butter
1/2  cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/3 cup sour cream
For the Frosting
1.5 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
2 tablespoons Baileys (or other liquor of your choice – all I had on hand was Kahlua and it turned out fabulously)
For the drizzle:
1/2 c. semisweet chocolat chips
1Tbsp good irish whiskey

1)  Preheat oven to 350 F.

2)  Set aside butter for frosting so it’s room temp when you’re ready to frost cupcakes.

3)  Grease muffin tin well or line with muffin cups.

4)  In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda.

5)  Add sour cream and egg and mix well (don’t worry, it’ll still be dry).

6)  Melt butter for cupcakes and add cocoa and Guinness, stirring well.

7)  Add chocolate mixture to the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

8)  Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.

9)  Bake 17 minutes.

10)  Cool completely in muffin tins

11)  Mix all ingredients for frosting until smooth and creamy

12)  Frost liberally.

13)  Melt chocolate in microwave and stir in whiskey until smooth.  Use a piping bag or a sandwich bag with a whole cut into the corner to drizzle cupcakes.

14)  Devour.

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Portlandia Muffins

February 6, 2011

There’s quite a stir going on about a new television show based (in parody) off Portland.  I have received a plethora of messages from friends around the country directing me to the show.  It should be no surprise then that instead of finishing my property reading at a reasonable hour, I am now still awake after midnight thinking about Vanna White’s successful suit against Samsung for “infringing on her likeness.”  By this, I mean that Samsung’s commercial depicting a robot in front of a Wheel of Fortune game offended Ms. White’s sensibilities.  The robot was merely wearing a wig, dress, and some jewelry, but given its placement in the ad, it evoked Ms. White’s image in the public’s eye.  This image, she argued, was her property.  Sad to say, the 9th Circuit of Appeals actually upheld a judgment against Samsung.  This case has a worthy analogy with Portlandia.  That is, I imagine no good Portlander would sue the show’s writers for evoking our likeness.  We understand a good gag for the sake of entertainment, and we know a good sketch when we see one.

Orange Chocolate-Chip Muffins

1 cup milk

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 cup sour cream

2 eggs

2 sticks unsalted butter

3 1/2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

zest of one orange

1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Put cupcake liners in two muffin tins.

2)  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the milk, orange juice, sour cream, eggs, and butter.  Whisk ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

3) In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Mix the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, until just incorporated.

4) Fold in the orange zest and the chocolate chips.

5) Fill the muffin cups 1/2-3/4 of the way to the rim.  Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the muffins from the hot tins as soon as it is safe to do so.