Thursday, February 3, 2011

2nd Blogoversary! Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes

Tomorrow (feb 4th) is my blog's second blogoversary! I can't believe I've been blogging for two years already! Not to mention the hundreds of goodies I've baked these last two years. It has been such a joyeus and therapeutic thing for me to do and I'm so grateful for all of my wonderful readers. To celebrate my blog's birthday, I wanted to make something bite-sized and festive.


Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes


Lately I've been obsessed with everything almond, so the decision to make almond cupcakes was easily made. I decided to go with a cream cheese frosting instead of a buttercream kind because the almond cake and the marzipan center are incredibly sugary, I wanted to balance that with the sourness of the cream cheese, and not pass out in a sugar coma. I used a Wilton 104 tip to frost these cupcakes. Rating: 4.5 out of 5.




Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes: cake recipe adapted from "The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook"

Ingredients:
- ¾ cup self-rising flour
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- ½ cup marzipan, rolled into 1-inch balls

Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
- In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and almond. 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. 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.
- Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
- Using a sharp, small knife cut out a 1-inch center. Set aside the 'cut-out' cake piece. Fill the cupcake with a marzipan ball. Top the marzipan ball with the left-over cake piece, pressing down to flatten the cupcake. Continue with remaining cupcakes.

Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcake Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcake



Cream Cheese Frosting: adapted from The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook - Allysa Torey & Jennifer Appel

Ingredients:
- 4 ounces cream cheese (½ 8-ounce package), softened
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
- 1 ½ cups sifted confectioners' sugar

Instructions:
- In a large bowl, on medium speed of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and lemon juice and beat well. Gradually add the sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating continously until smooth and creamy. Use immediately, or cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours, but no longer.


Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes


Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes


Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes

See the marzipan center? Scrumptiousness!

28 comments:

Paula said...

happy anniversary! such muffins looks so delicious!

Alicia (The Red Deer) said...

Happy anniversary - and these cupcakes look gorgeous!

SoozNooz said...

Happy 2nd anniversary to you - how very special. You bring joy to others with everything you bake x

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

These are so gorgeously piped and would be such a unique flavour! What perfect celebration food for your 2nd blogverysary. Happy Blogging !

ABowlOfMush said...

Happy blogiversary!

These cupcakes look gorgeous! :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Oh that filling looks wonderfully rich and delicious! Also loving the way you frosted these. Happy 2nd blogiversary and I look forward to another great year!

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Happy 2nd blog anniversary! My blog just turned 2 on 1/31/11 too...

Carmen

cakeje van eigen deeg said...

super gefeliciteerd!! happy anniversary :) twee jaar alweer. ik moet zeggen, ik vind deze schatjes er heerlijk uitzien.

Chele said...

Happy 2nd blogoversary. Such a great way to celebrate too (I celebrated my 1st one with cupcakes too hehehehe)
Stunning presentation, as always!

How To Be Perfect said...

Happy anniversary! I can't believe you have only been blogging for 2 years, your blog is so well put together and thought out, (you know I love me a bit of Paris Pastry). A huge congrats to you and here's to year 3. x

Mavi said...

Congratulations and happy anniversary!
The muffins look really cute.
XO,
Mavi.
P.S: I love your blog, keep going :)

Corrine said...

Those look delightful! Happy anniversary!

Mmmm! for the love of food said...

HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!! And what a way to celebrate, these look amazing. Isn't anything almond simply the best?

Your blog is incredibly beautiful and I love reading it often! Thank you for all your great work. x

High Heeled Life said...

Happy Blog anniversary!!! Seriously, these are divine ... I'm salivating just reading the recipe and looking at the fabulous pictures you are sharing .. definitely adding this recipe to my list of "must bake" ...xo HHL

Dianne said...

Well Done!! 2 years of blogging shows your enthusiasm hasn't waned - I so enjoy your recipe's.

bubbles on my planet said...

Happy anniversary and congrats for your blog!!
the mazipan center is a great idea and these cupcakes look really great!!
xxo

Ms. Bake-it said...

Happy Second Blogiversary! The Marzipan-Filled Almond Cupcakes look absolutely delicious! I love almonds so I will definitely give these a try very soon!

~ Tracy

M.A.the2nd said...

Dear Paris ... congratulations on your 2 years! These look absolutley divine and I would love to try them! Hope you are well....
best wishes
Frances

apparentlyjessy said...

Happy blogiversary! I have been following you for such a long time, I will never tire of looking at your wonderful baked goods!
These cupcakes do look very good, and are a perfect treat to celebrate! Here's to many more years of successful blogging! x

Becca said...

Wow these look very intreguining(sp?) and delicious! :P Happy blogaversery. :)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Happy Anniversary! I am a big fan of your blog. And these cupcakes today look lovely and delicious!

Lucie said...

Happy blogoversary! I hope you have many more. Meanwhile, that last photo is positively driving me crazy--looks so good!

alexandtheweb said...

Hooray, happy anniversary! And marzipan is up there with chocolate as the most awesome stuff in the world.

Love From Eden said...

Happy blogoversary to you! May you have many blogoversaries to come, filled with buttercream frosting and sprinkles :)
These cupcakes are so adorable!
How did you get your topping so cute and perfect? I love it! x

Eliana said...

Happy (belated) blogoversary. Looking forward to another year of your wonderful and delicious blog posts.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Happy Blogoversary!!! Hope to see many more, filled with chocolate and other sinful sweets to make life that much better :)

Ali said...

Okay, that big hunk of marzipan in the middle of the cupcake has me salivating. Heaven!! Happy belated blog anniversary. I am a new follower and I am loving all of your recipes.

Karen said...

Happy Blogversary!! :) I'm sure these cupcakes were delightful! I love marzipan and almonds, so I must try some day :)