Friday, May 3, 2013

Rachel's Cupcake Academy

Guest chef Rachel Moliere has a few things she'd like to tell you about cupcakes:

My favorite New Year's resolution this year was to become a better baker. I decided to start with something fairly foolproof - cupcakes! - and perfect my technique. For St. Patrick's Day, TheBashionista threw a dinner party, so I decided to bake her a batch of my new favorite recipe - sour cream cupcakes with green frosting. Naturally.

First, the recipe, then some tricks of the trade I've picked up:

Sour Cream Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
Wilton Green color mix-ins, optional

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix.
Then whisk in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and set aside.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together milk and sour cream.
4. In a large bowl, add the flour mixture and the milk mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. The batter should be thick. At this point, fold in color mix-ins, if using.
5. Line a cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers and pour in 1/4 cup level measures of batter into each one. Bake for 17 minutes. Let cool completely and set aside.

Dyeing Frosting
Ok, so sue me, I used frosting out of the can. But I did use food coloring to make it a vibrant shade of emerald green. Tip #1: When dyeing frosting, be sure to buy a can of white frosting, NOT vanilla, as the vanilla extract will affect the hue.
Batter Consistency
If you're making sour cream cupcakes, you want your batter to be slightly thick - not as thick as oatmeal, and not as thin as soup. Here's what you're aiming for:

Adding Mix-ins
If you're planning to dye your batter as well as your frosting, Wilton makes mix-ins - they look a lot like sprinkles - that you can throw into the batter. The trick is to add them to the batter last, and gently fold them in. If you mix too vigorously, they'll dissolve completely - you don't want that. Rather than dying the whole batter a vague green, you're going for little punches of color.

Applying Frosting
Maybe you already own a pastry gun. Aren't you fancy! If not, you can make one out of a plastic storage bag. Just make a small snip in the corner of the bag, and insert a metal tip. The one I used was a Wilton 2b tip - the kind with a star-shaped opening. You can pick these up at your average kitchen supply store, or possibly your supermarket.  
My favorite trick for loading up the pastry gun? Place the bag in a tall glass, then fill it up with frosting.


In the mood for more dessert? Try Molly's recipe for homemade Vanilla Marshmallows, or Cara's Death by Chocolate Cake.


  1. At the point when you mean to have intercourse with a lone elegant call young lady in Mount Abu, at that point you should enlist our VIP Model call young ladies. Fundamentally, these are models and perform displaying as full time and escort administrations as low maintenance. The truth of the matter is, there is a major rivalry in demonstrating that is an interference for the models to bring in a perfect measure of cash each month, that is the reason they picked accompanies industry as their another acquiring substitute. Also, these models have a one of a kind body that helps them in impacting the folks without limit.

    mountabu escorts

  2. AhmedabadCall Girls and Russian Girls. Here are all listed Escorts profile with the real pic. Service available 24/7.We like to work with our customers to ensure their experience is everything they dream it can be.They are always very keen to spend time with you in your hotel, or perhaps dine out in some of the nicest places in the city.
    ahmedabad escorts
    amreli escorts
    anand escorts
    bharuch escorts
    bhavnagar escorts
    botad escorts
    chhotaudaipur escorts

  3. In our office, I have by and by chosen the best rundown of superb escorts all over India and all through the world. Regardless of on the off chance that you are going out traveling or need a casual sexual encounter, you can simply ring the chime and our entryways are consistently open to you. We try to deal with all the necessities that you request. As far as we might be concerned, the clients are consistently the need.

    mountabu escorts
    alipurduar escorts
    bankura escorts
    birbhum escorts
    cooch-behar escorts

  4. At the display the booking the escort ladies is exceptionally simple for those who contract the surat escort organization site. You'll be able find out the whatsapp number of female escorts in surat with the disparate ages and method as a result you'll be able utilize up the wish minute in time and vision the profile of the escort ladies to book the progressed escort young ladies for the surat escorts benefit. On going with the autonomous escorts in surat, the clients take delight in remain with her by live disparate bed amusement. They are happy to share and appears acrid the body add up to on remaining with her.

    Click here : photo gallery surat escorts girls
    Click here : cheap rates surat escorts
    Click here : contact us surat escorts number

  5. . In spite of the fact that on the off chance that you are voyaging alone, at that point book an escort at your inn. Everything is helpful in the event that you are agreeable and fulfilled. Your fulfillment is our greatest need. Investigate the display and book now.

    russian escorts in vadodara

  6. Is it true that you are searching for call girls who will illuminate your gathering? At that point don't look anyplace else. We just give to certifiable customers. Provocative and beautiful escort call girls are there who will engage your visitors.

    college girl escorts vadodara

  7. They can serve numerous visitors simultaneously. With all the nourishment and beverages, they are proficient. They can likewise plan nourishment for your magnificent visitors in the event that you need. Simply ask and they will do everything. Same with conferences. In the event that you need a pleasant call girl will's identity with you in your business meets at that point call us.

    airhostess escorts in vadodara

  8. rita jain have high class female if you want to take part with us as high class service you can also take our service in hotel or personal gest house for taking our privacy.
    female escorts service in buldana
    sexy model escorts in bid
    cheap rate escorts in aurangabad
    erotic escorts in akola
    sexy female escorts in ahmadnagar