Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lime and Strawberry Frosted Cupcakes

Wegman's was fabulous as always! While I waited for my sister to be ready I snacked on some cheddar that I picked up at Giant the other day. It was really really good, super sharp! Its not the same as the goat cheddar which they definitely don't have at Giant but I will definitely be getting more of this cheese.
For lunch I loaded up on the hot food bar! I got some shrimp pad thai, spring roll, some indian lamb thing that was delicious, shrimp in a cream sauce, calamari, and a chinese donut to finish it off. It was all really delicious, as expected! The shrimp in the cream sauce is probably one of my favorite things on the Wegmans hot bar, the shrimp is fried and kind of crispy but then its in this sweet sauce that it kind of soaks up and softens it. So it has a fun texture and it really isn't in a "sauce"

After we ate we did some intense grocery shopping where I got lots of things I wanted (some ingredients for meals and cupcakes) and was disappointed when Wegman's didn't have other things I wanted (chia seeds, So Delicious coconut milk ice cream bars, organic dried pineapple without the crazy preservatives). After unloading the groceries I made myself a Green Monster to drink while cupcake making in hopes of not eating as much batter and frosting. This delicious Green Monser contained about
1/4 cup orange juice
1 container Light and Fit Strawberry Yogurt (I find the thin non greek yogurt works better for these so I use whatever kind my mom has because I usually just buy and eat greek yogurt)
1 banana
1 1/2 cups spinach
I really love the addition of the orange juice to my Green Monster's! I also have been blending them with ice sometimes so they are colder and more smoothieesque. Today I had the wonderful idea of using one of the Minute Maid Juice bars instead of ice and orange juice, which would have been delicious if there were any orange ones left in the box. There were only grape which I really don't like by themselves that much and I think would ruin my Green Monster!

Anyways the Green Monster didn't really help the finger from tasting all the different stages for the cupcakes. The cupcake inspiration came from the Food Network's Strawberry-Lime Stuffed Cupcakes. I used their cupcake recipe as a base. However I didn't really pay that much attention to the recipe which called for jumbo cupcake tins and put my normal cupcake tins in for the specified time. When I checked on them 5 min before the timer was set to go off they were a little done. They were not burned but they were definitely a little over cooked. Once they were cooled off I cut little holes in the tops and stuffed some of the fresh tiny strawberries we got in Ohio. They were the perfect size to stuff into these cupcakes because normal sized strawberries from the grocery store would have been too big, I guess that is why the recipe calls for jumbo cupcakes!
Now I would have been perfectly happy with just the lime frosting on all the cupcakes, however my mom and sister do not like lime anything. So to make them happy I made strawberry frosting for half of them. Which by the way this made exactly one dozen normal sized cupcakes so I frosted 6 with strawberry frosting and 6 with lime. Both frostings started out the same way and then I kept adding a little more of everything to get it right, so I can't give you an exact recipe but i can try!

Strawberry Buttercream
(all measurements are very generalized)
3/4 pound of powdered sugar (one box is usually a pound so 3/4 of the box)
1/4 cup of strawberry puree
3 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of shortening

Blend everything together adding more powdered sugar to make thicker or a splash of milk or strawberry puree to thin it.
Lime Buttercream
2/3 pound of powdered sugar
3 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of shortening
zest of one lime
juice of one lime
1 teaspoon of milk

Blend everything together adding more powdered sugar to thicken or more milk to thin.
Mid cupcake making I had to stop and peel up some potatoes to start cooking for dinner. We had a roast in the crockpot cooking with about half an onion and probably close to a tablespoon of minced garlic. It turned out really good and we had it along side some mashed potatoes (also with garlic of course) and cauliflower. It was delicious of course!
Then of course for dessert we had cupcakes.
We rented New In Town and just finished watching it. That movie was super cute and is definitely on my need to own movie list. Right up there with all 3 High School Musicals which I somehow do not own, probably because I always would watch them at Maggie's! (Who by the way still has my High School Musical Sing It at her house in Richmond!) The movie also made me want to move to Minnesota. I love snow and would not mind living in the cold and it just seemed like such a cute small town! Although I really don't know about Minnesota because I would probably get bored out of my mind, I would love to live in a Gilmore Girls Stars Hollow esque small town somewhere in New England. A town where everyone knows everyone and has fun things like Fall and Winter Carnivals at the town square. Someday I will live somewhere like that! I am curious to know what kind of dream location everyone else has. Do you want to live in a small town like Stars Hollow or are you more of a city kind of person. And of course you can't forget the suburbs or the country!

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