Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes

 These gingerbread latte cupcakes are moist, not too sweet, and perfectly spiced. The cream cheese frosting is thick, fluffy, and flavored with just a kick of fresh lemon. They’re going to be the hit of your holiday party! 

  • For the Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes:
  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 cup hot coffee
  • 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature

  • For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • (1) 8 ounce block full-fat cream cheese, very soft
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, very soft
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, more if needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  1. For the Gingerbread Latte Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line a muffin tin with paper liners; set aside.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the melted butter, fresh grated ginger, and hot coffee on low speed. Add in the molasses and brown sugar and beat smooth. Add the egg and yolks and beat for 30 seconds. Add in the flour mixture slowly, beating on low speed just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared cupcake liners, filling each cup about 3/4 full (the batter rises quite a bit as they bake). Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before carefully transferring the cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy, about 4 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the confectioners' sugar. Add in the salt, lemon juice, and lemon zest and beat smooth. Once all of the ingredients have been incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high and beat for 2 minutes.
  6. If the frosting appears too thick, add a little more lemon juice; if the frosting appears too thin, add a little more confectioners' sugar. Pipe or spread frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
Recipe via Baker By Nature

Friday, 2 December 2016

SFV Holiday Picks

It's now officially December, so if you haven't started shopping for those stocking stuffers, trimming your tree or thinking of the loved ones on your Christmas list, it's time to deck the halls, baby!!!  Here is the second installment of my holiday picks from shops I love right here in town to help you out! Happy Holidays!

For the girly girl on your shopping list, trinkets from Violette Boutique.

The latest (and greatest) for men from H&M at Uptown Centre, Victoria

Everything for the home from Pigeonhole Home Store
 on Stanley Ave, Victoria

 Gorgeous raw crystal jewelry from FOLK Apparel on Fort Street

The Earls Victoria Cook Book features 110 Earls dishes. Available at Earls in 
The Bay Centre, Victoria