Today is a wonderful day! I completed the last of 16 classes in less than a month and have one week off for my Christmas holiday. To celebrate I baked you a batch of Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes. This year Gingerbread was a popular dish to bake in our culinary team building classes. I forgot how much I loved the spicy taste of homemade gingerbread.
About half way through the month I dreamed this recipe up. I added a shot of espresso, turned the cake into cupcakes and made a creamy buttercream. The final touch is a sugared cranberry. Have you made these yet? They are delicious and make a pretty topping to the cupcake.
Place 1 cup cranberries, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Once the sugar has dissolved pull of the heat and let cool. Place in the refrigerator overnight or until you are ready to serve. Roll them in fine sugar and place on top of cupcake. You can roll in sugar and place on a parchment lined tray until ready to serve.
This should be done just prior to serving because the cranberries might bleed onto the frosting a bit!
If you live in Orange County and are looking for a last minute gift we are going to be offering hands on cooking classes this winter in Costa Mesa and Anaheim. We have two on the schedule but more will be added in the weeks to come.
To celebrate we are offering 40% off our Skinny Delicious Class and our Winter Macarons. Use the code XMAS2014 to receive the discount. Our classes make great Christmas gifts! Purchase a class and I will provide you with a Adventures In The Kitchen gift certificate.
Now, off to finish the Christmas shopping! Look for a few more recipes this week.
Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes with Sugared Cranberries
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 egg at room temperature
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 shot espresso or strong coffee
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 stick butter 4 ounces softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Suguared Cranberries
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until creamy. Beat in the egg until combined, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Beat in the milk, molasses, and vanilla on medium speed. Mixture will be piecey and not fully combined. That's ok.
- In a medium bowl, toss the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice together until combined. With the mixer running on low speed, slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
- Fill cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full, no more. Bake for 19-21 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- Latte Buttercream
- Mix together butter and powdered sugar in a standing mixer. Add vanilla and 1/3 of cream and mix. Add more cream until you get a stiff buttercream. Place in a piping bag with desired tip.
- Sugared Cranberries
- Place ingredients into saucepan over medium heat. When sugar as dissolved remove from heat and let cool. Place in refrigerator overnight. When ready to serve roll in fine white sugar.