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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Praline King Cupcakes

Praline King Cupcakes

Just in time for the Saints to win the Superbowl, just before Lent starts I suggest some indulgent buttery, nutty cupcakes. I whipped these up for the Neighborsman Superbowl fiesta. I made the mistake of trying to put a baby in one of the cupcakes, but I didn't have a baby. So, I used a toy soldier, but it was too big. I cut off the legs, but it still didn't fit. The tip of the gun stuck out! But if you do put in a baby or anything else, be sure to put it in after baking. No one likes the taste of plastic!

Praline King Cupcakes

yield 24 cupcakes

2 cups cake flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cups brown sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
3 eggs, at room tempurature
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup chopped pecans

Pre- heat the oven to 325. Sift all the dry ingredients together. Beat the butter until light and fluffy and beat in the sugars. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat thoroughly. Beat in the vanilla. Add in the sour cream and the milk. Add in the flour in thirds and mix thoroughly. Fold in the pecan last. Fill the cupcake liners 1/3 of the way and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

For the icing:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 lemon juice
1-3 tablespoons water
food coloring

Sift the powdered sugar. Beat in the lemon juice and add water to achieve the desired consistency. Add the food coloring to get the colors you'd like.

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