Eli turns 12
In the spirit of Salzman celebrations, we decided to celebrate early. Glad we did. Eli included about 10 of his friends for Go-Kart riding, dinner and cupcakes. He enjoyed his evening. Plus it was a good distraction for him of what was to come the next morning.
I wanted to make a Hostess Cupcake style cupcake, with the cream filling, etc. I found this recipe (here) on epicurious.com for devils food cupcakes. OMG. So amazingly good! I read the reviews and although they were mixed, I went for it anyway. These are pure perfection.
I searched many sites as well as many of my cookbooks for a chocolate glaze. The one I found was perfect and fool proof. I made the Lacquer Glaze (page 306) from Rose's Heavenly Cakes. I love Rose. She and I go way back. Then I made a very simple, basic buttercream (4 oz. softened butter, 4 cups sifted confection sugar, 1 Tbl. vanilla, 3 or more Tbl. milk - mix to your desired thickness) to pipe on the top. Had I had more time, I would have piped some of this yummy buttercream into the center of each cupcake. I had enough buttercream, but my morning was so full that I just didn't have the time to create the ultimate Hostess Cupcake.
Even without the buttercream center these were AMAZING. These are worthy and should be made often!
I cannot get over how delicious these are. And even after two days (in the fridge) they are still as good today as they were on Saturday.