Thursday, 22 November 2012

Carrot Cupcakes With Caramel Frosting

I have been in the kitchen again today.  I have made Carrot Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting, especially for Auntie Annie.  Carrot cake is a favourite and seeing how it is Thanksgiving, these were a must.  I took a bit of time perusing for the right recipe.  The one I used was in Betty Crockers 'The Big Book of Cupcakes'.  It also has pineapple and raisins in.  The batter was very runny and I had doubts when I put it in the oven.  I should have more faith.  They turned out fine.  Not as carroty as I thought they would be but delicious all the same!  The frosting is something else.  I love it!  I have never made frosting like this before, but by gum, I shall make it again.

You melt your butter in a pan, then add the brown sugar till it dissolves, then bring it to the boil, stirring all the while.  The add the milk and bring back to the boil, then take it off the heat and leave it to cool to luke warm.  Then gradually add the icing sugar, stirring with a whisk.  Gorgeous.
I have also done my sugarcraft homework.  As it is my first attempt, there is room for improvement.  I liked doing this and can see where and why I need the practice and experience.  For my first go, it aint too bad at all! On Tuesday we shall be shown how to stack the three pieces to make it 3d, and then put some sparkle on it.  It will then rest on a pastillage plaque.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Unknown said...

Never had carrot cake with caramel frosting. I've always seen it with cream cheese frosting but I think caramel sounds much tastier.

The sugarcraft homework looked like a lot of fun. Is this technique used on cakes or cookies? Or are the designs made separately and then put on top of cakes and cookies?

And dumb question but...are the sugarcraft items meant to be eaten or just decorative? I assume that they are all edible since they are based in sugar.

CarpeDyem said...

I find cream cheese frosting to be a little sickly when I have made it, although it seems to taste nice when other people make it! The caramel is one that was with the recipe. I'd like to try it with an indulgent chocolate cupcake.

With the sugarcraft flooding - it can be done either way. But directly ontop of other icing rather than the cookie or cake itself, as the cake/cookie may well absorb it. Stencilling is a similar technique to this in so far as you use a similar consistency royal icing. That is high on my list of things to try.

Sugarcraft items can be eaten. Sometimes the icing can be hard, when using pastillage for example. Wired flowers aren't really for eating, due to the wires, but I suppose can be nibbled if you feel the need! The only other thing to watch for is if the dusting is edible. In the man though, inedible dusting is used on flowers and things with wires. No it isn't a dumb question!

paula said...

I can't wait to see the 3-D Santa.

CarpeDyem said...

I've not taken a pic of it yet, I shall do tomorrow, it's not the best, but it's my first!