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Arizona cupcakes


Arizona cupcakes
Cupcakes are small sponge cakes. In their original American version, they are usually decorated with brightly coloured icing. Here's a version inspired by the famous saguaro cactus, so common in Arizona.
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Last modified on: October 13th 2010

For 25 cupcakes, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
1 hour 14 min.35 min.1 hour 49 min.
Keeping:
Several days in a closed metal box.
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Stage 1 - 3 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #1
Cut 100 g butter into small pieces and tip into the bowl of the mixer, along with 30 g caster sugar and 10 g Vanilla sugar.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #2
Knead for a few minutes on slow speed until thoroughly mixed.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #3
Then add 100 g flour, 2 eggs, 1 pinch salt and 5 g baking powder.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #4
Knead again on medium speed just until evenly mixed.

Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F).

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #5
Divide the mixture between small moulds, preferably in paper cake cases. Do not over fill as the cakes will expand during cooking.

You can divide out the mixture with a spoon, but it's much quicker and easier to use a forcing bag.

Stage 6 - 35 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #6
Put in the oven and bake for around 35 minutes (watch for colouring).

Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Stage 7 - 15 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #7
Meanwhile, make the cacti using green marzipan.

Stage 8 - 10 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #8
Melt 150 g fondant icing in a bain-marie.

Note: if you don't have fondant icing, make up a quick glacé icing using 100g icing sugar mixed with 1 tablespoon water, or just a little more.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #9
Spread icing over the cupcakes...

Stage 10 - 1 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #10
... and place a cactus on top immediately.

Stage 11 - 20 min.
Arizona cupcakes : Photo of step #11
Decorate all the cupcakes like this.

Remarks

You can start with the basic cupcake mix and let your imagination run wild!

A quick variation: replace the marzipan decorations with pistachio paste, which gives a more realistic saguaro cactus colour.

For that real Arizona touch, the sun should make an appearance on the cupcakes, maybe as a small circle of yellow marzipan at the top to left or right of the cactus? Oh, well - for next time.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home-made, but warmly dedicated to Krissy, Kelley and Heather, three charming friends from Phoenix, of whom I cherish fond memories.

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