Sunday, January 4, 2009

Lemonade Cupcakes

6 oz can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

1 pkg white cake mix

8 oz sour cream

3 eggs

Remove 2 tbsps lemonade concentrate from can. Combime remaining concentrate, cake mix, sour cream and eggs in a mixing bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until moistened. Beat at high speed 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour batter into muffin tins.

Bake at 350 for 22 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Chocolate Cupcakes

1 stick butter, room temp
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa poweder
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat over to 375, then turn it down to 350 just prior to baking.

Beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is soft, then add sugar. Beat about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time beating until they are well combined. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and whisk them to incorporate them. Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter and sugar and beat it just to combine. Add 1/2 of the liquids (milk & vanilla), scrape down bowl and beat to combine. Continue adding the dry and wet ingredients alternately making sure you END WITH THE DRY. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

Buttercream Icing

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup milk (plus a few tbsps to adjust)
1 tsp vanilla

Beat butter and cocoa until smooth, then add sugar 1 cup at a time, beating with each addition. Add milk and vanilla and beat for about 3 minutes.

Taco Bake

1 pkg mac and cheese
1 lb ground beef
1 pkg taco seasoning
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup thick and chunky salsa

PREHEAT over to 400. Prepare mac and cheese as directed on package. While that is cooking, brown meat; drain. Add taco seasoning mix and water to meat; simmer 5 mins.

STIR sour cream into prepared mac and cheese. Spoof half of the mac and cheese into 8 inch square pan; top with layers of the meat, 1 cup of the cheese and remaining mac and cheese. Cover.

BAKE 15 mins. Top with salsa and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, an addiction 5 mins or until cheese is melted.