Day 216 – Mardi Gras Cupcakes

4 Mar

Today is Mardi Gras.  Now, as you may or may not know, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday, which is the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.  So, indulge in these Mardi Gras Cupcakes (recipe below from Java Cupcake) before tomorrow!!

Colorful-cupcake     Mini-colorful-cupcake

The cupcakes soft and squishy. A little oily-moist, but not too oily. They are sweet with a strong vanilla flavor.

Note: The minis are kinda dry, but the full-sized are not at all.

Cinnamon-Buttercream

The frosting is more the consistency of whipped cream than cream cheese or buttercream frostings. Light and airy. It has a strong, sweet cinnamon flavor.

Mardi-Gras-Cupcake     Mini-Mardi-Gras-Cupcake

They complement each other nicely. It’s a sweet, simple tasting cupcake – though not simple looking. The cinnamon and the vanilla are the stars for sure. These are fun, sweet, adorable cupcakes! Good for any party, Mardi Gras or otherwise.

Mardi-Gras-top     Mini-Mardi-Gras-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 5
  • Ease of Making: 3.5 (only time-consuming to make 3 different colors of batter)
  • TOTAL: 19.5

RECIPE

Mardi Gras Cupcakes (recipe from Java Cupcake)

Cupcakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • the seeds of 2 Madagascar vanilla beans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups Buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Green, Purple and Yellow food coloring gel
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • pinch of salt
  • green, purple and yellow sprinkles
  • Rolo candies
  • Mini Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • purple gel food coloring

For directions visit Java Cupcake.

*Tomorrow: Cranberry Orange Cupcakes*

2 Responses to “Day 216 – Mardi Gras Cupcakes”

  1. lauriepieper March 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    That is the cutest thing I have ever seen!

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