Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cupcake Elves

So a few posts back I showed you how I made Cupcake Stuffed Christmas Tree Cones. Well on the same day I also made Cupcake Elves. They are similar to the Trees except instead of being stuffed with cupcakes they sit on top of cupcakes. The cupcakes eventually become the elf's face and the cone, it's hat.  These are great fun to make too and are super cute. I also am excited to share the cupcake recipe that I used. It's from cupcakeproject.com's "The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake" and it really is exactly like it's name. The batter is super light and fluffy, the cupcakes don't become miss colored (if you don't burn them) and they are simple to make. You must try this recipe, I promise you won't be disappointed. Stef is a cupcake genius! 



Begin by spraying your cones with green food color spray. Make sure to cover your work area completely as the food color will dye wood. Let cones dry. 


Start making the cupcakes. I didn't have real vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste so I just substituted them with vanilla concentrate. Start by mixing the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in your mixer. Then add your sugar (vanilla bean infused or plain). Add butter and mix on medium low till batter is crumbly. 


Whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla extract in a medium sized bowl till well combined. Slowly add wet mixture to batter in mixer. Mix on medium speed till smooth. Then gradually pour in the milk while mixer is going at medium speed. 


The batter will be super liquidy, almost like pancake batter (which was much easier to pour then most cupcake batter). Place 24 cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Pour batter about 2/3 the way full in each liner. Bake in oven for 14 minutes, checking the batter every minute after that if not done. Once done, remove liner and let cool completely. While waiting for cupcakes to cool, make your frosting. I made a simple cream cheese frosting. Part cream cheese, part confectionary sugar, part vanilla extract. Then put your frosting in a piping bag and pipe a small circle on the top of each cupcake. This will hold the cone in place. 


Then you can pipe frosting around the bottom of the cone to emulate the fluff at the bottom of an elf's hat and on the tip of the cone. I used cashews for the elf's ears since I thought they looked just like elf ears with their round shape and point at one end. Then you can use black gel to make eyes and to hold the red hot in place for the elf's nose. When your done you'll have a little village of edible christmas elves! 


Cupcake Elves
Makes: 24 cupcakes  | Prep time: 30 minutes  | Cook Time: 14 minutes
This cupcake recipe is adapted from cupcakeproject.com "The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake"
Ingredients For Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 large eggs,  room temperature
1/2 cup full-fat sour cream
1/3 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
11/2 tbs pure vanilla extract or concentrate
3/4 cup whole milk 

Ingredients for Decorating
24 Waffle Ice Cream cones
1 1/2 oz Green Edible Spray Dye
24 red hots
48 cashews
black decorating gel 
16 oz icing

1. Spray cones with edible food dye. Let dry.

2.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer, mix together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Then add the butter and mix till crumbly.

3. In a medium size bowl whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla extract until smooth. Slowly pour egg mixture into the crumbly flour mixture. 

4. Once well combined, gradually add the milk. The batter will be liquid, similar to pancake batter. Line 24 cupcake spots in a cupcake pan and fill 2/3 of the way up with batter. Bake for 14 minutes, check with a toothpick. If not done, check every minute after that. Cupcakes should not brown. 

5. When done remove liners and let cool completely. Then take your icing and place in a piping bag. Pipe a small circle on the top of the cupcake to hold the cone in place. Next pipe fluff around the bottom of the cone and a little on the tip of the cone. Adhere the cashews to the sides of the cupcake by pushing them into the frosting. Then create a face with the gel and a red hot for the nose.