Where the Wild Things are….

Today is one of those days where I have two children home. Like always the granddaughter and her rich octane laughter, as she runs from room to room laughter following, and usually a dog at her heels barking his joy at her antics and ability to outrun him.  She is awesome in her ability to manipulate a staircase, two heavy chairs and various toys she may have left in her pursuit of the latest and greatest idea.  I don’t think there is anything more enjoyable than being able to sit and listen to her share her latest story, the dog rapt in her tones as she shares her tale of friends and fantasy…the mind of a three year old is all encompassing, and someone she met on the local transit can be her latest friend in her adventure. This eek our focus seems to be Strawberry shortcake and Monsters.  My older daughter is home sick, so she today is subject to a barrage of questions, fantasies and antics…I get to sit and laugh as she says “Does she ever stop?”…In reality I can look her in the eye, and say “No more than you were at the age dear”…

Today among the laughter, frolicking and groans of displeasure, I decided I was going to experiment with new flavours for my cupcakes…and came up with “Where the Wild Things are…”…like the story, and my house on most days, it steps are simple but the end a pleasure.  The aroma is enticing both in the oven and as it cools…my older daughter spent two hours going “MOM…….now?!?!?!?!”.  The combination of vanilla and fresh raspberry awakens your senses, and leaves you wanting more.  For the icing, I veered off my normal path and went with a marshmallow icing for a change…you will find me experimenting this week with it more…lol!

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I apologize for the bad photo but I am new at this.  The recipe is easy and I am including it for your enjoyment.

Vanilla Cake/Cupcake Recipe

Sift together and set aside:
 
1 & 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour
1 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
 
Cream together until fluffy:
 
1 cup butter  room temperature works best
2 cups sugar
 
4 eggs
Add, one at a time, beating well after every addition;
 
Beat in:
 
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
 
Gently fold in the dry ingredients in three equal portions, alternately with
 
1 cup undiluted evaporated milk
 
When adding dry and wet ingredients alternately in any baking recipe, always begin and end with the dry ingredients. I learned this in Home Ec class years ago, and it makes  a better batter 😉
 
3 cups raspberries (you can use Frozen)
 
Pour batter evenly into 2 well greased and floured 9 inch cake pans.  In my case I line my pans up with the cupcake liners.  Bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch carefully, as you will not want to overbake this cake, as soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let it rest in the pans for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
 
 
 
Marshmallow Frosting

3 egg whites
¼ tsp cream of tarter
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
½ cup corn syrup
3 tbsp water

In a small saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer or when a teaspoonful of the mixture dropped into ice water forms a soft ball that holds its shape when cool.

Whip the egg whites, cream of tartar and vanilla extract to soft peaks in a large bowl. With the mixer on medium high speed, slowly begin to pour the sugar syrup down the side of the egg white bowl in a thin continuous stream. Continue to whip the frosting until it forms stiff peaks.

Frost your cake immediately with this frosting while it is still slightly warm as it is easier to spread smoothly than if allowed to cool completely.

 
 
 
For these cupcakes I drizzled them in a coulis made of berries, the granddaughter was thrilled at this as she herself got to help.  Nothing is cuter than her enveloped in her Princess apron telling me how to do it…lol…watch out Gordon Ramsey, sh may replace you as the boss in the kitchen.
 
Enjoy!   Share!   Sneak one just for yourself.
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