Saturday, April 18, 2009

"The Guests of Pinkerbee's" Post Four
mermaid tea 059 Cupcakes Anyone? These scrumptious delights are located all over Pinkerbee's in tantalizing flavors: Cherry Vanilla(I had one already), Black Forest Cake, Lemon Lavender, White Chocolate Rose and Creamy Red Velvet. Here is a picture of my new friends Violet and Sugar, they are the sweetest, this is actually their promo photo card, located on all the tables inside the pavillion, on the back is a recipe for one of their cupcakes, which I will share with you in a bit.mermaid tea 062mermaid tea 060I just adore Violet she is filled with so much sweetness and genuine magic, you will love her too!mermaid tea 057I finally decided to stay here for an hour and have tea and treats with Violet and Sugar, we were having just so much fun, I called my other friends and informed them I'll meet them for the next course over at Seahorse Gardens!The Charlottes at Tea!Just at the end of the hour Sugar was called away for a photo shoot, I forgot to mention she was named Tea Party Queen 2 years in a row, Lauten and Puck are the photographers doing the shoot. This will land Sugar on the cover of The Mermaid Times and Seaside Tea. Enjoy this sneak peak at the shoot, held outside the Pavillion in Pageant Alley!mermaid tea 044mermaid tea 043mermaid tea 042mermaid tea 031Before I leave for Seahorse Gardens, I wanted to share the recipe on the back of the card!
Tea Party Sweets! Cupcake Wands!
Chocolate Cupcake Recipe w/Pink Buttercream Frosting!

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted (see Note)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Note: To melt the chocolate, place in a double boiler over simmering water on low heat for approximately 5–10 minutes. Stir occasionally until completely smooth and no pieces of chocolate remain. Remove from the heat and let cool to lukewarm 5–10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers. Set aside.

2.In a small bowl, sift together the flour and baking soda. Set aside.

3.In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugars and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the chocolate, mixing until well incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the buttermilk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended and the batter is smooth. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

4. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing. At the bakery we ice the cupcakes with either Vanilla Buttercream or Chocolate Buttercream.

Note: If you would like to make a layer cake instead of cupcakes, divide the batter between two 9-inch round cake pans and bake the layers for 30–40 minutes.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

-Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.)

-Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

If you are icing a 3-layer cake, use the following recipe proportions:
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
8 to 10 cups confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Note: Recipe from The Magnolia Cookbook!


SarahD said...

Lisa you are amazing....Just love those cupcakes...Im drooling LOL Sarah xx

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Boy Lisa, you totally out did yourself with this tea party by the Sea...what a fabulous job you have done. So many things to look out and BAKE..thanks for the cupcake fixings...I must make them! That pink frosting is to die for! LOL Enjoy your party..I certainly have!

Elaine A said...

Oh my - more cupcakes! Hope those seahorses stick around until the end of the party, I may need another ride home!! YUM YUM - chocolate with pink frosting.

Elaine Allen

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I am so going to make those cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

they may not looks as luscious as yours - but I bet they taste wonderful!

Bee Serendipitous said...

I can't forget before I'm off to pick up one of Viole & Sugar was sooo nice of them present us with the recipe for this mega mouth watering super fabulous sweet explosion cupcake...I must have one more...thank you sooo much - the two of you are sooo devine, I can't wait to get my fins on the Mermaid Times to see your article...oh mine, I have to hurry Phoe"Bee" Coral will be upset if I'm late for our tea date...I will make sure she stops by to see you gals...

Coastal Sisters said...

These cupcakes look amazing..yummy, I love anything pink with sprinkles!

Lisa, these posts are so enchanting and I am really enjoying visiting everyone. Thank you again SO very much for putting this all together!


Ann said...

Oh Lisa..I can't express the fun I am's magical...and,dare I say,may be a tad fattening..oh I go for more enchanting,mermaids,pixies,seahorses...OH MY!!!!!

KarenHarveyCox said...

Cupcakes and Mermaids, my kind of tea. Such lovely posts, each one delicious...especially this one. Thank you for the recipe.

pamelahuntington said...

Hi Lisa...
This is all so Fairy Magical...
and those!!

faerie enchantment said...

Sending magic and joy to all of you, thank you for stopping by the party and having fun!

Magic and Joy!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Thank you for the White Chocolate Rose cupcake! And the recipe looks yummy too!


julie Haymaker thompson said...

Can I come to the next mermaid tea party?? Oh and is that Mary Englebrite with you? Losing her mag. broke my heart Hope it comes back. hugs Julie

Deirdra Doan said...

My mother always made these for Valentines. She flavored the pink icing with Cherry flavoring. So pretty.

julie said...

I love your blog, im french, my name is Julie, im cooking lot of cupcakes, by

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