Thursday, November 20, 2008
Iron Cupcake: Cranberry Filled Eggnog Cupcakes
Doesn't that just make you want to run out and buy a festive sweater, put on Christmas music, and sit down to one of these cupcakes? I've gotta be honest, guys, I loved these cupcakes. Even more than my apple/cheese ones last month. Eggnog was just such a nice seasonal flavor to combine with this month's Iron Cupcake ingredient: cranberries. And top it all of with whipped cream sprinkled with nutmeg. *Sigh* Heaven, I tell you.
Some of you may remember last month when I competed in the Iron Cupcake cheese challenge with my apple and Edam cupcakes. For those who don't remember, let me explain: every month you are told a different ingredient and challenged to incorporate it into a cupcake. You then post about it on your blog and encourage your readers to vote for you by clicking either on this link or on my Iron Cupcake badge at the bottom of this page. Voting is now open and will go through December 5 at noon. So go ahead and vote for me, pretty please. The winner gets the following prizes.
A pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES at http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6057281
Other prizes donated by Etsy artists:
LOLLIPOP WORKSHOP - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5174676
COOKIE SUNSHINE - http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5474239
Also a sweet art piece from CAKESPY http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243382
A delicious apron complements of SWEET CUPPIN CAKES BAKERY AND CUPCAKERY SUPPLY, http://www.acupcakery.com/cupcake-pocket-birthday-apron.html
Last and certainly not least, corporate prize providers: HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com , HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com , JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com ; the CUPCAKE COURIER http://www.cupcakecourier.com ; TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com . Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com.
If you've managed to make it this far in this post, here is your reward: the recipe so you can whip up a batch of these for your Thanksgiving feast, or Christmas party, or just to snack on while you wrap presents. Enjoy!
Cranberry Filled Eggnog Cupcakes
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. rum extract
1 c. eggnog
2 1/4 c. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 t. salt
1/4 t. ground nutmeg
Cranberry sauce (canned or homemade)
Let butter and eggs sit at room temperature for 30 min. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each one. Beat in vanilla, rum extract, and eggnog. Blend in remaining ingredients except for cranberry sauce. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool. Fill with cranberry sauce (I filled mine using a tip on a frosting bag filled with cranberry sauce, inserting it into the cupcake, and squeezing a little cranberry sauce directly into the cupcake). Frost with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg.
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 t. vanilla
2 T. granulated white sugar
Beat on high setting until whipped.