Friday, October 9, 2009

They're Back...

Our favorite Halloween treats are wickedly delectable and hauntingly satisfying!

Patty The Poltergeist Pumpkin Pound Cake

Witch Wanda's Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Halloween is such a fun holiday. We can be anyone or anything we want and get great treats for our efforts! Definitely worth all the "toil and trouble." We wish all our friends and fans a frightfully good holiday!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Central Park West Walnut Cupcakes

The Baker Babes have been searching for a sophisticated cupcake. A dessert that would satisfy the adult pallet, not overly sweet and full of discerning flavor. This recipe for Central Park West Walnut Cupcakes from our friend Ellen in Manhattan, is just what we have been looking for. Top these cupcakes with coffee frosting and you have perfection! The aroma is intoxicating and the taste is divine.

Central Park West Walnut Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cupcake tins with 15 paper baking cups
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup extra fine granulated sugar
2 cups self-rising flour
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 tsp. vanilla
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Mix butter until creamy. Add sugar to butter slowly and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add flour and vanilla and beat until pale yellow. Stir in chopped walnuts and spoon into baking cups just below the rim. Bake for 20 minutes.

2 sticks unsalted butter
3 cups confectioner sugar
1 tbs. instant coffee granules
2 tsp. hot coffee
1 1/2 tsp. coffee liqueur
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix butter until creamy. Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time and beat until creamy. Combine the hot coffee with the coffee granules and mix into the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in the coffee liqueur and vanilla until well blended. Make sure the cupcakes are completely cooked before spreading frosting.

This recipe is also great as a cake. Just place equal amount of batter in two 8" round baking pans and bake for 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean.