Monday, March 23, 2009

Frangelico Infused Hazelnut Cupcakes...


It's Iron Cupcake time again....Seems like forever since I have posted in the challenge. Time just keeps slipping away..... This month's challenge was NUTS or SEEDS. And since my favorite nut is HAZELNUT, I knew I would make this wonderful recipe. I served this same cake at my wedding,(yes I made my own wedding cakes), so long ago, and everyone loved it. If you love what you see, don't forget to vote for me starting the 29th!


The trick to the taste is the infusion of Frangelico (a hazelnut liquor) into a basic vanilla cake recipe. Then I added a chocolaty ganache inside, with a hazelnut buttercream....
Yummy!

BASIC VANILLA CUPCAKE
INGREDIENTS
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon Hazelnut Flavoring (Substituted for Vanilla)
1/2 c. crushed, roasted Hazelnuts
Frangelico
Chocolate Ganache
Hazelnut Buttercream

DIRECTIONS
**Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
**Line 18 cupcake liners
**In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and hazelnut flavoring and beat for another minute, just until the batter is smooth and creamy. Don't overbeat. Fold in the roasted Hazelnuts.
**Scoop batter into the prepared liners

**Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes until they spring back when touched. Remove and allow to cool
**Brush each cupcake with Frangelico to keep the cupcake moist, allow to sit for an hour before filling.
**Fill each cupcake with a generous squirt of ganache
**Tip with a Frangelico infused basic buttercream frosting, garnish with roasted, crushed hazelnut.

You will LOVE them!
These are the Wonderful prizes.....
Our March ETSY PRIZE-PACK is from artists:
*A Bunnycake Easter Plushie by DOGBONEART,
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21636297.
*A whimsical piece by CAKEASAURUS,
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5729584.
*as well as a pair of cupcake earrings from LOTS OF SPRINKLES at
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6057281.
*a collection of all new printed cupcake liners, 200 in all from Sweet Cuppin' Cakes Cupcakery,
http://www.acupcakery.com/
*PLUS, IronCupcake:Earth can not forget our good friend, CAKESPY, http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5243382, who is now going to be doing a piece for our winner each month until further notice - sweet!
**Last and certainly not least, don’t forget our corporate prize providers:
**HEAD CHEFS by FIESTA PRODUCTS, http://www.fiestaproducts.com, **HELLO CUPCAKE by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, http://blog.hellocupcakebook.com,
** JESSIE STEELE APRONS http://www.jessiesteele.com;
**TASTE OF HOME books, http://www.tasteofhome.com;
**a t-shirt from UPWITHCUPCAKES.COM http://www.upwithcupcakes.com/. **Iron Cupcake:Earth is sponsored in part by 1-800-Flowers, http://www.1800flowers.com .

3 Others Say::

. said...

You are a gifted girl. Such delicious food.

Alfazema

maria said...

YUM, I can't wait to try these cupcakes...You also made one of my wedding cakes which is still a topic of discussion from time to time. If you give it out I would love to TRY to replicate the recipe. It was a chocolate/chocolate grooms cake:) Love the blog and the recipes. Keep up the good work!

Maria

suburbangrandma said...

OMG.....this is making me salivate as I am looking at your cupcake.....I LOVE hazelnuts. Then you add the chocolate ganache....ohhhhh....you have to be the winner of the Iron Cupcake!!!!