So, I have been totally hooked to playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl on Wii. And while I am not a big gamer, I do play now and again. It so happens I’m a decent player too… and the guys hate me. I beat their arses to a pulp with KIRBY! A killer marshmallow!
Kirby Cupcakes Makes 2 dozen
(Adapted from Dorie’s Perfect Party Cake recipe)
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ cups 1% milk
4 large egg whites
1 ½ cups sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 stick margarine, at room temperature
½ teaspoon pure orange extract
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Whisk together the milk and egg whites in a medium bowl.
Put the sugar and lemon zest in a mixer bowl or another large bowl and rub them together with your fingers until the sugar is moist and fragrant.
Add the butter and working with the paddle or whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer, beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the butter and sugar are very light.
Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed.
Beat in half of the milk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated.
Add the rest of the milk and eggs beating until the batter is homogeneous, then add the last of the dry ingredients.
Finally, give the batter a good 2- minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated.
Fill cupcake holders halfway with batter.
Spoon 1 teaspoon of strawberry preserves into the center of each cupcake.
Bake at 350F for 25 minutes.
Killer marshmallow Frosting- Decoration
1 stick margarine, softened
1 7oz. jar marshmallow fluff
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
red food coloring
blue food gel
red jelly beans, cut lengthwise
So, you smooth on the pink frosting then have some fun drawing faces. We had a mini party decorating them trying to see who could most make one that looked like Kirby. Then you use the cut jelly beans to be the little Kirby sneakers.
Final Review: I didn’t eat any of the cupcakes, so I have to rely solely on my gay posse to tell me what they thought. They loved the cupcakes. Like, seriously loved them. For the first time my frosting came out way firm instead of squishy. But the boys thought they were just fine. Together with the light citrusy cake, the delightful strawberry innards and the fun Kirby designs, they were way fun to finish and eat. I’ve decided this will be my Nerd entry as well. Stay tuned as the Kirby’s go out in the world. The pictures could have been better, but I was in a rush to get this out in time for the Cupcake Hero deadline.