Wednesday, June 20, 2012

4th of July

Do you have any 4th of July plans? Do you have any traditions? We always watch fireworks. My favorite place to watch fireworks would be over the ocean. Since the water reflects the fireworks, the display always looks twice as spectacular. Do you have a favorite place to watch fireworks? I'm partial to Monterey but I can't fly there every year (or ten years). One year I was in Colorado and it hailed on the 4th of July. I guess it is better than rain.
When I showed my oldest daughter these cupcakes, she thought they looked wonderful. If you are going to make the batter red, white, and blue, it is easier to have another person helping than taping the bags. I think next time I would just leave the batter white and decorate the tops. I can only tell you that everyone said they tasted delicious. I served these cupcakes at a party and they were gone fast. I think my youngest daughter hid one for later since she liked them so much. They were suppose to look like snow cones but my colors are a little to vibrant and not as coned shape as desired but
Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes
2 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
4 egg whites
1 cup skim milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 tsp salt
food coloring, if desired

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
  4. In another bowl, mix together the egg whites, milk, and vanilla.
  5. To the flour bowl, add the butter and mix until it starts to combine.
  6. Slowly add the milk mixture and mix until completely combined. (Add any food coloring at this step if desired.)
  7. Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full. 
  8. Bake the cupcakes for 16 minutes or until done.
  9. Remove the cupcakes and allow to cool before frosting.
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups powder sugar
4 tsp milk

1/4 tsp salt
food coloring
sugar crystals in coordinating colors to the food coloring

  1. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and vanilla together.
  2. Slowly, add the powder sugar and beat until combined.
  3. Add the milk to the butter cream and mix until smooth.
  4. Divide the frosting evenly into three bowls.
  5. Set one bowl to the side without adding any food coloring
  6. Add a different color of food coloring to the other two bowls. Mix well.
  7. Pipe the white frosting down the center of each cupcake.
  8. Add the white sugar crystals over the white frosting.
  9. Pipe one side of the cupcake with one of the colored frosting. 
  10. Add the coordinating color to the colored frosting.
  11. Repeat with the remaining color on the other side of the cupcake.
  12. Add the colored sugar crystal to the same color on the cupcake.
  13. Sprinkle a little of the white sugar crystal over the whole cupcake.
Recipe adapted from Bakerella.
Did you already know...
- In 1919, Samuel Bert produced the first snow cone at the State Fair of Texas.
-In 1920, Samuel Bert created a ice crushing snow cone machine.
-A stuffed snow cone is a snow cone with soft serve ice cream in the middle.

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