Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Besides his love for baseball, which has trickled down to Ari, vanilla, non-fat, Lattes are his drink of choice since moving to the Seattle area;) I thought long and hard how I could replicate that in a cupcake and while driving to the art store to order some mats, it came to me.
Vanilla Latte Cupcakes
Drunken Irish Cupcakes
Prepared them as directed. Take them out of the oven and while warm, I poked some holes in the top with a long skewer. then I squirted some Torani Vanilla Syrup on them. (Torani Vanilla Syrup can be found in the coffee aisle of your grocery store.) For convenience, I poured the syrup in a plastic squirt bottle.
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
5 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp. espresso powder
1 tsp. coffee flavor
In the KitchenAid, using the whisk attachment, whip the butter until fluffy, add three cups of confectioners' sugar and the extract, espresso powder, and coffee flavor and beat to combine. In a separate bowl, whip the heavy cream, using a hand-held mixer, until stiff. "Be careful," like my mother would say, "don't beat it until you have butter!"