Thursday, August 20, 2009

Cupcakes for Co-Irkers

Usually the Cupcake itself is the star of the show. It delivers a steady and consistent performance and we know what we can expect from it. Buttercreams, fondants and ganache take their turns in supporting roles along side (or on top of) the Cupcake, but they know their place and they dare not outshine the star.

Until today.

Things got crazy at Mag's Kitchen Theatre this afternoon as Miss Dark Chocolate Dreams Icing decided to upstage the Cupcake. Pandemonium erupted as the little hussy spread herself over two dozen leading actors and single handedly destroyed their performances. One critic was reportedly overheard stating, "Cupcake? Was there a cupcake under that lovely mound of sweetness?" Blowing sugary kisses, Miss Dark Chocolate Dreams Icing dazzled under the photographer's lights and established herself as a confectionary superstar. When asked of her future plans, Miss Icing smiled sweetly and said, "I won't stop until I'm on top of everything."

This week's Treats For Co-Irkers recipe came from King Arthur. These simple golden vanilla cupcakes really are tasty in their own right, but the icing certainly did put them over the top. The inspiration for the icing came from Jen over at My Kitchen Addiction. She made this icing with Nutella and used it to frost her chocolate carrot and squash cupcakes. I didn't have any Nutella, but I did have this:

Dark Chocolate Dreams Cream Cheese Icing

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
1/4 cup shortening
6 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp cream or half & half

Combine softened cream cheese, peanut butter and shortening in bowl of stand mixer. Beat on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally until smooth. Add the powdered sugar in one cup increments, scraping down bowl and beating well with each addition. Add a tablespoon (or more) of cream after the last addition of powdered sugar, to get icing to desired consistency.


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Glad the icing turned out well for you... I have to find some of that Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter... sounds divine! As always, your treats look fantastic!

Co Irker said...

So I was going to actually wait for lunch today before scarfing down my cupcake...

Fat Chance!

It smelled so good and I was trying so hard but then another co-iker started to eat hers and and...
I caved.

I am so glad I did. These were so good - I love peanut butter and seriously, who needs the cupcake if I can have that frosting by the spoonful.

Thanks, our fabolous frosting friend!


NikiTheo said...

Wow, I am totally going to make these with Nutella!!! (Sorry, I'm not a huge dark chocolate fan, but I LVOE Nutella!!!)

Mags said...

Jen: the icing was fantastic and your recipe was great. Thank you for sharing it.

Co Irker: lol..I admire your effort to try to wait for lunch, but I agree... FAT CHANCE!

NikiTheo: You'll love this with Nutella.

June said...

Where oh where in the world does one buy "Dark Chocolate Dreams"? I'll have to settle for nutella until you fill me in on that source. Wow...these look incredible. I'll trade some for the lemonade! So who's delivering what where when?

Angela said...

WOW! Yum! Cupcakes are evil - you eat one & think they are have have about 5 more...that's my thinking anyway..

Great blog! LOVED the italian bread! looks beautiful!

& I LOVE my new KitchenAid 600! Its amazing...& so sturdy! I highly recommend it!

=) Angela

Mags said...

June: I bought it at Kroger (do you have those out there?) I've also seen it at Walmart. Meet me in Oklahoma somewhere and we'll swap. I seriously want some of that lemonade.

Angela: thanks for stopping by! And I WILL have me one of those professional Kitchen Aids one of these days.

June said...

Yes we have Fry's & they carry Kroger products. I'll be hittin' it tomorrow for a look. Mmmm Oklahoma City - 14 hours 21 minutes. Naaah! I'll get you the recipe.

HoneyB said...

oh my sounds heavenly! I will be checking the shelves for that peanut butter. I have seen other flavors from PB&C but not this one on the shelf!

Mustang Terri said...

Mags, you are a very Baaaaad influence, and I say that from the bottom of my growing bottom. I found the Dark Chocolate Dreams at Henry's here in San Diego. That stuff tastes too good on grahamn crackers. I want to try the icing on a cake for a friend. Guess I'll have to buy another jar of it, but have to lock it in the safe until time to make the icing. Wish me luck.

Mags said...

Terri: (Hee!) Sorry I'm such a bad influence, but dang, ain't that some good stuff?