Cinnamon Cupcakes

AWESOME BLOG ALERT!

While casually paroozing pinterests food and drink section i just happened to come across this wonderful blog that I immediately bookmarked for future use.

http://www.mybakingaddiction.com/

Other Pinterest news. Well not news per se but for all of you who enjoy laughing at other people (ok lets face it everyone enjoys doing that) this story is for you. Those of you who aren’t already aware I am currently at Kirov academy of ballet. Its a russian school and so all the teachers are basically really intimidating and scary. Anyways yesterday after class I had an hour before my rehearsal started so naturally my friend and I went on her ipad to Pinterest and started looking at wonderful pictures of food. I was basically drooling everywhere just looking at the food. Then much to our surprise our teacher bursts through the door of the studio and finds us just sitting there drooling. So what do we do? Drop the ipad and just stare at her trying to look as innocent as possible. Now something you should all know, my teacher is maybe 5’3″, extremely petite, blond, and she has the biggest eyes. She might not sound that intimidating but believe me those eyes give a look with such intensity that you just want to curl up in a little ball.. Ok back to my story. So we were sitting there just staring at her. She didn’t know what we were doing so at this point we already look strange, but then she asked “what girls?” in her little russian accent. Of course we didn’t say anything because we were utterly shocked so she walked away and said something probably along the lines of “what strange girls.” in russian under her breath. It was awesome. That is the one word I would use to describe it……….. No wait its not. I think awkward would be better….

In other news we are having bake sales occasionally to raise money for senior trips so here is a picture of some cuppity cakes that we made. They were delicious and I encourage you all to make them because they are perfect for fall!

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This recipe is courtesy of http://www.annies-eats.com/

although I added more cinnamon because there is never enough!

For the cake:

1 cup all-purpose flour

¾ tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. salt

½ cup whole milk

4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 large eggs

¾ cup plus 2 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. grated orange zest (completely optional)

½ tsp. vanilla extract

For the frosting:

½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

2-3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line a 12-cup cupcake pan with paper liners.  Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.  Stir milk and butter in a small saucepan over low heat just until butter melts; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat eggs and sugar until thick enough for the batter to fall in a heavy ribbon when the beater is lifted, about 5 minutes.  Beat in orange peel and vanilla.  Add the flour mixture; beat just until blended.  Beat in the milk-butter mixture just until blended.  Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners.  Bake until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 16-18 minutes.  Allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

To make the frosting, cream the butter and the cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer until very smooth.  Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.  Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon and mix until incorporated.  Slowly add the powdered sugar, and keep adding until you reach the desired consistency and sweetness.  Frost cooled cupcakes.

Because I am cooking in a ghetto kitchen (not really) I piped these all using a ziplock bag with the tip cut off. It can be done! last but not least sprinkle some frosting on to make them look all nice and pretty. Enjoy!

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