Friday, August 23, 2013

Ladybug Cupcakes

Lady bugs remind me of summer along with sunflowers. They are suppose to bring luck. They are one of the few bugs my boy, I mean children aren't afraid to touch. I think the coolest thing about lady bugs are their dots. I have always been crazy about polka dots so I'm glad they are back in season. My sister also has a mutual like for lady bugs so I had to make these cupcakes for her with the sunflowers. They should bring her lots of luck or in the least be fashionable.
Marble Cupcakes
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup boiling water

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix well. 
  6. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. Add half of the flour mixture and then the milk. Mix until just combined.
  8. Add the remaining flour mixture and then the heavy cream. Mix until just combined.
  9. Remove 1 cup of the batter and place into another bowl. 
  10. In a small bowl, combine the cocoa and the boiling water. Mix well.
  11. Stir the cocoa mixture into the 1 cup of batter bowl. Stir until combined.
  12. Fill the muffin tin with the batter about 3/4 full.
  13. Place a few drops of the cocoa batter on top to make dots. Do not mix.
  14. (To make 1/2 batter and 1/2 cocoa batter then spoon both batter into one muffin tin at the same time but make sure the batter meets half way.)
  15. Bake the cupcakes for 20 minutes. 
  16. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting. 
Recipe adapted from Tastebook.

One year ago..........................I made Peanut Butter & Yogurt Dip.
Did you already know.............
-Ladybugs are a beetle.
-The North American ladybug have seven spots.
-Young lady bugs are orange and become darker red as they age.

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