Dessert was the best part! Sure - I cheated - I made cupcakes from boxed white cake mix that we had in the cupboard (been trying to clean things out a bit lately - use more from the cupboards and freezers). Added just a splash of orange extract to the batter - nice subtle improvement. And then once they cooled we topped the ones we were going to eat with Crisco frosting - surprisingly good! Will definitely have to make that again. And two top of my two cupcakes...well...voila!
Well it seems Blogger's being a pain about uploading pics again. I had two pics of the cupcakes I really liked, but even after shrinking the image, reducing the file size, etc, Blogger still doesn't want me to post the close up picture. Oh well.
ANNNNYhow - did you notice the black raspberries on the cupcakes? Those are what I thought would be RED raspberries and had posted a pic of them recently, saying they were ALMOST ripe. ALMOST, yes, but not as almost as I thought. Unripe BLACK raspberries don't taste good when they're a pretty red! ;-) Here they are, freshly picked. Not much, but I don't need too many, and there are definitely more to come!
I'm not sure what the best way is to save the remaining frosting. I'm thinking since it's just Crisco, powdered sugar, water and flavorings, it can stay on the countertop overnite. I'm tempted to actually pipe on the frosting next time, using a fancy star tip. I don't have much experience with doing that, but since it's just for the two of us it could be fun.
DAMN that stuff's sweet! Here's the recipe in case anyone's interested:
CRISCO WHITE FROSTING
- 1 lb. powdered sugar (4 c.)
- 1 c. Crisco
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract
Beat Crisco until fluffy, add sugar, water and flavorings. Beat this for 5
minutes. (Enough frosting for one cake)