Day 258 – Dark + Stormy Cupcakes

15 Apr

Well, so far, the April Showers have been…well…not.  It’s been lovely here actually.  Until today. These Dark + Stormy Cupcakes (recipe below from An Edible Mosaic) are the perfect cupcakes for the weather in New York today. 

Dark+Stormy-Cupcake     Mini-Dark+Stormy-Cupcake

The cupcakes are sticky and moist, very crumbly like a carrot cake. They have a sweet but spicy molasses flavor. Dark, but not bitter. With a little bite in the aftertaste that reminds me of alcohol.

Dark-+-Stormy-Frosting

The frosting is creamy and sugary. The blue and purple give it a very cool, breezy look. It has a sweet, coconut rum flavor. A lot like an island drink!

Dark-+-Stormy-Cupcake     Mini-Dark-+-Stormy-Cupcake

Together it mixes really well! The spicy and the sweet together are tasty. Very accurate to the drink. With the aftertaste of rum.

Dark-+-Stormy-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

RECIPE

Dark + Stormy Cupcakes (recipe from An Edible Mosaic)

Cupcakes:
  • 1 cup (115 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (115 g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Scant 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups (250 g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) canola oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-grated lime zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rum extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups (290 g) vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 6 cups (1 1/2 lbs/680 g) powdered sugar
  • 3-5 tablespoons milk (preferably non-dairy “milk” – such as almond “milk” – so the frosting is stable at room temperature)
  • Natural blue or purple food coloring

For directions visit An Edible Mosaic.

*Tomorrow: Lemon Meringue Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 258 – Dark + Stormy Cupcakes”

  1. kloesunny @ kloeskitchen.wordpress.com April 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm #

    These look really good! I love the way they fit right in with the stormy April days. Happy Baking!

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