I m a bit obsessed with some of the baking shows currently airing on t.v., especially the cupcake ones. This might seem a bit odd to anyone who knows me because...I'm not really a pastry chef by any stretch of the imagination.
I accidentally discovered Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. I am in awe of what these people can do with a bit of flour and sugar. The simple cupcake becomes a work of art.
Rainbow of Gorgeous Colors
For those who don't know the premise, here it is in a nutshell: Four bakers contend for the $10,000 prize. Contestants are judged on taste and appearance. One baker is eliminated after the first and second race. (It is a race. It is insane that these bakers can get anything accomplished with the short amount of time they are given to complete their cupcakes.) Two contestants remain for the final bake off. They have to bake and decorate 1,000 cupcakes for a special event. If that is not enough to send their stress through the roof, contestants also have to design a center piece to place the cupcakes. The centerpiece must correlate with the special event.
The winner displays his/her cupcakes at the special event, not to mention receiving the $10,000 prize. By the way, the prize is really not that much. The contestants talk about how the money will change their lives. Do you think they realize that $5,000 is out the window after taxes? Don't get me wrong, $5,000 is great, but can it change lives?
One of the things I can't believe is the recipes that these bakers present to the judges; original-yes, delectable-hard to say.
This next cupcake is fun and whimsical. Any guesses on the recipe?
Tomato Soup Cupcakes-Your mouth is watering already, right?
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can tomato soup (yuck)
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup raisins (optional) (icky)
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
Cream Cheese Frosting
Don't think I will be making this one anytime soon; but it does look awesome. Looks can be deceiving!
If you are interested in making a cute cupcake for St. Patricks Day, try this recipe. I found it at Easy Cupcakes.
Use a cupcake box mix. I like it already! Easy, peasy.
The decorations are easy enough for kids to help. The secret is gumdrops.
What You Need: 1 cupcake; white icing; a few large green gumdrops or spice drops; rolling pin or glass; small, heart-shaped cookie cutter; scissors or kitchen shears; a bit of flour or powdered (confectioner’s) sugar.
How to Make It: Frost cupcake. Flatten gumdrop to about one-quarter inch in height by rolling them with a rolling pin or the edge of a glass. Put a little flour or powdered sugar on the surface and roller if the gumdrops stick too much. Dip heart cutter in flour or powdered sugar to keep it from sticking and cut out 3 heart shapes. Use scissors, knife or spatula to cut small stem for clover. Arrange parts on cupcake.
*Thank you to everyone who entered the That's Entertainment $40.00 movie theater gift certificate give away. The contest is now over. I will announce the winner on Wednesday's post.