Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tiramisu Cupcakes

Yes, you did in fact read that title correctly! Tiramisu CUPCAKES!!!! Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts, like, I will order it every time it is on a menu, no matter what else is on it type favorites. Luckily, I have a husband who shares this sentiment with me so we are able to share desserts without fighting over what to order (now fighting over who gets the best bite, now that is a different story). Anyway, on Friday, Jennifer surprised me with this book as a hostess gift.

Many emotions entered my mind, including:
1. YUMMMMMM! I love cupcakes!! Plus, this is by the DreamCakes lady and her stuff is awesome!
2. This book is adorable---it will look great stacked on top of the other cookbooks in the kitchen and you will be able to see all of the cute colors when you enter the kitchen door. DESIGN PLUS!!!
3. Hmmmm, these cupcakes are very detailed, and I have no cake decorating skills, as evidenced by Sonny's birthday cake (see that monstrosity here).
4. Boo, I guess I will just look at the pretty pictures.

Well, on Tuesday I brought the book to work so I could look through the pictures and I got obsessed. The stream of consciousness of my obsession went something like this:
1. Love this book. Too cute. I really think books are great gifts and I need to remember this when I am freaking out at Christmas.
2. Wow--the How-To section is very informative. I could totally do this.
3. I am LOVING the list of things I need to buy to be a successful cupcake maker. IKEA run is a MUST. Is there a weekend when we can get to ATL soon???
4. SHUT UP they are actually giving away their wedding cake recipe??? OMG I must try this one. It won't look the same, but it will taste the same and that is all that counts, right?
7. I am going to become the BEST cupcake maker ever and I am going to be that girl who bakes cupcakes for every occasion and sends them to friends as presents for every occasion and for no occasion at all! Must order adorable cupcake wrappers. (30 minute search for these ensues)
8. HOLD THE PHONE-Tiramisu cupcakes?????? This is like my bi-fecta (if that is a word). I MUST MAKE THESE TODAY!!!

Ok, so on to the baking!!! Forrest helped me make these and I'm so glad that he did because there are 3 different recipes you have to make before putting it all together and I imagine that would have taken a lot longer alone.
Tiramisu Cupcakes:
1 butter cake recipe
1 tiramisu filling recipe
1 cream cheese frosting recipe
unsweetened cocoa

Butter cake ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs (for some reason I threw in a 3rd without thinking about it, but it turned out fine)
1 1/2 cups all purpose soft wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
Paper baking cups
cooking spray

1 Preheat oven to 350.
2. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at  low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
4. Place paper baking cups in 2 12 cup muffin pans and coat with cooking spray; spoon batter into cups, filling 2/3 full.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans to racks and cook completely. (Makes 24 cupcakes)
MY NOTES: Ok so I followed the recipe exactly minus the addition of an extra egg. I didn't have enough batter to fill each cup 1/2 way full and I think it only made 20. Not a problem, just letting you know in case yours turn out the same way!
I think the cake is actually supposed to come out of the top a bit, but they were still good.
After cupcakes are full, cut tops of cakes using a serrated knife. Spread about 1 tbsp tiramisu filling on bottom part of each cupcake; replace tops.

Tiramisu Filling:
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tbsp coffee liquor or 1 tbsp. coffee extract (I used Kahlua, as recommended)
1/8 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until well blended. Store any remaining filling in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 2 cups.

Next, Frost each cupcake with cream cheese frosting and dust with cocoa powder (I used hot chocolate mix).

Cream cheese frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
2 16oz packages powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy
Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating at low speed until blended. Beat at high speed 2 minutes or until cream. Makes about 5 cups.  (We had WAY too much, but what is wrong with extra frosting???)
Don't they look good? Well, they are!!! We even loaded some up and took them down to the Hayes's for their seal of approval. I hope you enjoy as much as we did!!!

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