Monday, March 5, 2012

Lucky Charm Cupcakes

Wow! It sure feels good to be back here again!  We've had viruses GALORE sweeping through our home.  It stared with the stomach virus, then the flu, and moved on to allergies/colds.  UGH!  After taking a look at the mountain of kleenex that we all blew through...ha ha, get it...we blew through.  Ok, it was bad humor, I know.  But I couldn't resist.  Anyway, we should own stock in Kleenex!

And just when we thought all was clear, my father-in-law landed himself in the hospital.  NOT COOL!  Can I just say that taking a trip to the ICU ward is NOT the proper way to spend time with your loved ones?  I can talk lightly about it now because he came home today; but I gotta say, we were really freaking out slightly scared. 

It's been a tough couple of weeks thats for sure. say the we are glad to be out of February and moving on to March is a bit of an understatement.

My dad has been after me for several weeks to make him a white cake with vanilla frosting.  

Nothing fancy mind you. 

Just a simple white cake...even the boxed kind would do.

But could I do that?  Just whip up a white cake out of a box and slap some canned frosting on it? 

Um...can I get a HELL NO!?

Since I have married into an Irish family (uh, hello, much more Irish can one get?)   Well, perhaps O'Brian is more Irish, but really, who's checking right!? 

I decided that we needed a bit of the Luck of the Irish in our household.

So I topped these deliciously moist white cupcakes (that are not from box THANK you very much) with a sprinkle of Lucky Charms!

With their pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and
green clovers....

They are Magically Delicious!


Lucky Charm Cupcakes
by Angi McCarthy
Keywords: cupcake spring
Ingredients (24 cupcakes)
    Moist White Cupcakes
    • (recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour)
    • 2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
    • 1 2/3 cups sugar; superfine sugar is best
    • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
    • 4 large eggs whites plus 1 whole large egg
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup whole milk
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
    Vanilla Buttercream frosting
    • 3 sticks unsalted butter
    • 2 tsps. clear vanilla extract (if you want bright white frosting)
    • 1 1/2 lbs powdered sugar
    • 4-6 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
    Moist White Cupcakes
    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two 8" x 2" or 9" x 2" round pans; a 9" x 13" pan; or 2 standard cupcake pans (20 to 24 cupcakes) by greasing and flouring; or lining with parchment, then greasing the parchment. Note: Make sure your 8" round pans are at least 2" deep; if they're not, use one of the other pan options.
    2. Mix all of the dry ingredients on slow speed to blend. Add the soft butter and mix until evenly crumbly, like fine damp sand. It may form a paste, depending on the temperature of the butter, how much it's mixed, and granulation of the sugar used.
    3. Add the egg whites one at a time, then the whole egg, beating well after each addition to begin building the structure of the cake. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition.
    4. In a small bowl, whisk the milks with the vanilla and almond extracts. Add this mixture, 1/3 at a time, to the batter. Beat 1 to 2 minutes after each addition, until fluffy. Be sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
    5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes for 8" or 9" rounds; 36 to 42 minutes for a 9" x 13" x 2" sheet cake; or 18 to 20 minutes for cupcakes. A toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center will come out clean when done. Remove from the oven, remove from the pan, if desired (not advisable for a 9" x 13" sheet cake), cool on a rack, and frost.
    Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
    1. In a large bowl, cream butter until fluffy.
    2. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the powdered sugar and continue beating until well blended.
    3. Add in vanilla and 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream or milk. Blend on low unitl moistened.
    4. Add an additional 1 to 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream or milk until you reach desired consistensy. Beat at high speed until frosting is smooth and fluffy.
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    1. Great cupcakes. My son is pointing at the screen and telling me please. haha. I'd love for you to come share at my St. Patty's link party. :)

      1. Julie,

        You totally need to make these for your son! He will love you for it :)

        I'm on my way to sharing at your party. Thanks for inviting me.


    2. Really cute idea. I'll have to try this recipe too since I'm a baker and am always looking for the perfect one. I do love what I have, but I'm always down for a taste test.

      1. Thank you! I am always looking for new recipes too. This one never ceases to knock my socks off!

    3. I'm so glad your FIL is okay! Our last weeks have seemed to mirror each other. Sickness, galore! Cupcakes are a sure way to cure all that. These are so pretty!

      1. Thank you :) It was definetly a tough few weeks. Cupcakes were the perfect "feel better" treat thats for sure.

        I am glad your dad is doing well too.


    4. How cute is that!???? Sounds perfectly delicious! :)

    5. Thank you for sharing this. My two year old recently discovered lucky charms and loved them. Plus, she's a cupcake fanatic. I'd love it if you shared this over at Whimsy Wednesdays at I'm following LF and GFC.

    6. Angi, these are so cute. My 3 year-old great-grandson is coming for a visit this weekend, and I would love to make these for him! I saw your post on Wow us Wednesday, and am now following your blog! Thanks for the cute idea! Patsy

    7. How Cute! I am still secretly obsessed with LUCKY Charms...I used to eat the cereal part first...and save all the lucky charms for last...HA! These look great! Would love to have you share these over at my "Homemade By You" party thats still going on! and if you like what you see become a new follower! Following you VIA LINKY FOLLOWERS

    8. Hi there!
      I'd love it if you'd stop by and link this up at Themed Baker's Sunday. The theme this week is St. Patty's Day treats!
      Hope to see you there!
      Cupcake Apothecary

    9. Congrats! You were featured on A Themed Baker's Sunday at Cupcake Apothecary! Come back, grab a I was Featured button, and join the next party! The theme this week is drinks, any and all!
      Hope to see you there!
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