Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like Irish inspired cards and Leprechaun green cupcakes. That is exactly what I created for Pastor John and his wife Joy for their March edition of Kelly Kard Klub. I didn't want the month to slip by and find myself behind like in December. I made cupcakes for PJ, my girlfriend Joy and for work. This time I made both the cupcakes and frosting from scratch. I have been using a box mix for the actual cupcakes but decided to try something new. Hopefully they will be hit tomorrow. I left the cards and cupcakes for PJ and Joy yesterday. I thought it would be funny to leave the cupcakes on a Christmas plate. Nothing like Christmas all year long.

Quick Frosting

3 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into large pieces
1/3 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 to 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or desired flavoring
1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted (about 4 cups)

Cream the butter, shortening and salt together in a large bowl with a hand mixer at medium-high speed, until fluffy, about 1 minute.

Combine the milk and desired flavoring together; and then add to the butter at low speed.

Add the sugar, once cup at a time, mixing well after each addition to make a smooth frosting. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix a bit more if needed.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1-1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Green food coloring

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In another bowl, beat eggs, milk, oil, green food coloring and vanilla; add to dry ingredients and mix until blended.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Yield: 1 Dozen

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