Cloud Nine Cupcakes

I finished the first draft of my new book. Since I spent my day perched on a little cloud, I decided to celebrate by making these pillowy cloud cupcakes. What I really wanted to make was the frosting, but frosting without a base is like great characters without a plot. 😉

So I perused the list of recipes I’ve been meaning to try out once I was done writing my novel, and came up with this one: whiskey chocolate batter. For those of you who do not like whiskey, in a cake, it’s fantastic. Plus the alcohol wears off during baking, so it’s not an issue when your little ones run off with a cupcake.

 

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Makes 12 large cupcakes & 24 small ones

 

Whiskey Chocolate Batter

2 eggs

1 1/4 cup sugar

1tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup oil

1 cup milk

1/3 cup whiskey

2 cups flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F or 180*C. Line 2 cupcake sheets with paper liners.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar and vanilla until pale and creamy.
  3. Add the oil, milk and whiskey an mix until silky.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix on low until incorporated.
  5. Finally, beat in the flour.
  6. With an ice cream scoop, fill each liner 2/3rds full. Bake for 12 minutes for mini cupcakes or 17 minutes for large ones. Test with doneness with the blade of a knife. If it comes out clean, your cupcakes are ready.
  7. Allow them to cool completely before frosting.

 

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Cloud Frosting

500 ml whipping cream, cold

200 g cream cheese

1 1/3 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until thick and creamy.
  2. On low speed, add the whipping cream and the vanilla. When mixed with the cream cheese, turn mixer on Hugh and whisk until you have the consistency of whipped cream.
  3. Pour into a piping bag fit with a round nozzle. If you don’t have one just snip off the tip of the piping bag.
  4. Pipe out onto cooled cupcakes in little irregular round clusters.

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