Since Joe's Mom wanted to stay home this year for Easter, I decided that I would make some cupcakes to send to his cousin's house. I really wanted to make them, but didn't want 24 cupcakes around the house (make no mistake, I will eat them all if they are in my line of vision) So I thought it would be nice to send them with our neighbors who are headed to New Jersey to enjoy dinner with the rest of the family.I used a great recipe I found online, it's actually a recipe featured on Martha Stewart's show and from Billy's Bakery here in New York City. You can view pieces of the episode that aired here. You can also find the recipe there. Just a few useful tips from my own experience - making the batter, I used 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder, as opposed to the 1 the recipe calls for. There was a discrepancy between what Billy said to add, and what was listed, so I went with a middle figure. I did not have any exploding cupcakes like others did, and mine turned out perfect! Also, the recipe calls for non-self rising cake flour. I used Swans Down cake flour - perfect for the recipe and non-self rising (although the box did not indicate as much so I had to call the company and ask). Also, I used Billy's buttercream frosting recipe as well. While this is a good buttercream recipe, it's not the best I've ever had - I would use a different one next time. No need to go up to 8 cups of confectioners sugar, 6 cups is more than enough, and I had plenty leftover - I could have probably frosted about 20 additional cupcakes with what remained.
Finally, I divided my buttercream into 4 separate cups and added some food coloring to make the frosting very pastel-like and "springy". Overall they came out wonderful. From mixing to completing the frosting it took about 2.5 hours to finish all of them.
As you can see from the pictures, I am once again using my 1957 K-5, Professional model KitchenAid mixer. And yes, it works just fine, truth be told, and I believe my Mother (who gave me the mixer a few years ago) will attest to this, actually works better than the newer ones.
Wishing everyone a Happy Easter and hope that you are able to take some time off and rest, relax, and enjoy life with your families and loved ones.
PS - I had a fun time looking at my Mom's blog, she has some beautiful Easter decorations out and it made me think about my own decorations that were boxed this year. Ahh, maybe next year I will get my act together and decorate the house :)