Friday, June 1, 2012

Watermelon Apple Cupcakes

So I decided to make Watermelon cupcakes because they looked FANTABULOUS!!!!! (Original recipe here)

I had to alter it because i didn't order enough watermelon oil (hence the watermelon apple cupcake name)

Watermelon & Apple Flavor oil I purchased from Jubilee Sweet Arts
Black Sugar Pearls i purchased from Michaels

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened2 cups sugar3 eggs1 dram (1 teaspoon) watermelon flavoring oil3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon salt1 – 16 ounce container (about 2 cups) sour cream
Black Sugar PearlsRed Food coloring (optional)

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 dram (1 teaspoon) Apple flavoring oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
4 tablespoons milk
5 to 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
Red Food coloring (optional)
To make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line to muffin pans with cupcake liners.
Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in s small bowl; set aside.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition and scraping the bowl as needed. Stir in the watermelon flavoring. Add about a third of the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just mixed. Add half of the sour cream, beating until just mixed. Repeat this process with the remaining flour mixture and sour cream. Add color as desired. 
NOTE: I poured the sugar pearls and mixed in the mixer DO NOT do that. the sugar balls will crush and you will loose the pink coloring as I did. I would put some in and then with a spatula fold it in so you don't loose the pink color.
Place two tablespoons batter into each cup of lined muffin pans and bake at for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with one or two crumbs clinging to it.
Allow to cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting:  In a large bowl, cream together the butter and about a third of the confectioners’ sugar. Stir in the milk and mix thoroughly before beating in another third of the confectioners’ sugar. Next stir in the lemon juice and the remaining sugar, beating until well mixed and light and fluffy. Add all of the watermelon flavoring. If the frosting is too soft, add more sugar, as needed. Add coloring as desired.

This is what I got!