This past week I have been trying to figure out a way to get all elements of a pie into a cupcake. Most people use a base cake and just drop the filling on top and call it a cupcake. I decided to put the filling IN the cake and the crust on the OUTSIDE. :)
vanilla cake>cherry filling>vanilla buttercream>graham cracker 'crust'
First, bake the cakes..
Remember the chop stick trick and hollow out the centers
Now fill with a cherry pie filling
Pipe 'mounds' of buttercream on top, first filling in the centers which may have sunk in a bit
Dip tops into a graham cracker mixture
And finally, drizzle with a glaze
What I look about these is when you look at them you first think its a crumb muffin, but its soooo not
And now for the recipes:
2 3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cup sugar
4 large eggs, room temp
1 cup milk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 and line 24 cupcake tins. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually mix in each egg one at a time. In another bowl, add milk and vanilla. Alternate mixing the dry ingredients and milk mixture into the butter batter in 3 parts. Once all mixed, divide into cupcake tins, filling about 3/4 up. Bake for 20-25 minutes until done.
1 can of cherry pie filling
1/2 c powdered sugar
Mix together until smooth.
Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
5 egg whites
1 1/2 cup sugar
4 sticks butter
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
Whisk egg whites and sugar in a heat proof bowl and place on a simmering saucepan. Whisk continuously until mixture reaches 150 degrees. Remove from heat and begin whipping with a hand mixer until doubled in size and cooled, about 5 minutes. Gradually add in butter, one chunk at a time until desired consistency. Add salt and vanilla and beat until fluffy.
Graham Cracker Topping
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp sugar
Mix together and dip iced cupcakes until fully coated.
4 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 tsp honey
Mix all together until desired consistency, add more sugar if needed.