Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Valentines Day Cupcakes

Here are the cupcakes that my daughter Ashley made for us for Valentines Day. She has worked at a bakery and a cupcake shop. She enjoys making and decorating cakes and cupcakes. She used a cake mix and added a box of dry pudding mix to the cake batter. It makes the cupcakes moist and delicious!

She made a delicious almond butter cream to top them off with. Everyone loves it!
It is wonderful, give it a try and let me know what you think.

 Ashley's Almond Buttercream Frosting
1 cup Crisco                           
1/2 cup butter, room temperature                         
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 teaspoon almond extract                          
1 teaspoon of milk at a time, until desired consistency is reached                           
pinch of salt                           
1 teaspoon meringue powder                            
2 (lb) bag confectioners' sugar                            
Gel food coloring , if desired                              

~ Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, in a large bowl blend together the Crisco and butter until well blended.
~ Add extracts and milk, as needed, mixing until well blended.
~ Add salt, meringue powder and confectioners sugar. Mix until well blended and smooth.
~ Use to frost cake or cupcakes

 * Recipe Source: My Daughter Ashley *
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