10 August 2008

What kind of cupcakes does a giant flying bison eat?

Any cupcakes he wants to!

These were inspired by my watching of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Aang's flying bison Appa.

To get your bison airborne (or yourself, really, because these are sweet), you will need:

1 can dulce de leche
1 batch vanilla cupcakes (see below)
1 batch Magic Bison Buttercream (see below)

Vanilla Cupcakes (adapted from these)
20 cupcakes / 350 degree oven

3/4 cup (1-1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1-2/3 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
2-2/3 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.
3. Measure the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
4. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.
5. Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.
6. Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 2/3’s full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

When they have cooled, cut cone-shapes into the tops, fill with dulce de leche, and replace cupcake plugs. The filling is camoflaged as a giant flying bison is not. Then, top with:

Magic Bison Buttercream
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
Powdered sugar (maybe 3-4 cups?)
1/3 cup (or whatever is leftover from the filling stage) of the dulce de leche.
8 oz. bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
a few splashes of milk

Beat butter until smooth and fluffy. Carefully (to avoid clouds of powdered sugar everywhere) mix in 3 cups sifted powdered sugar. Stir in dulce de leche. Stir in chocolate. When everything is smooth and a pleasant spreadable (or pipeable) consistency (you may have to add powdered sugar to stiffen it or a bit of milk to smooth things out--it'll still taste great!), whip the frosting until it's as fluffy as you can get it. Apply to cupcakes in your method of choice.

Keep them under lock and key to avoid accidental overdose in the case of lemurs or boomerang-wielding idiots.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

That frosting looks great!