I've reserved this coming weekend to do some holiday baking. I may even attempt these great cupcakes which my son and I tried last week during a class held at Whisk, the new gourmet cooking store in Cary, N.C.
He helped make these sugar cookie cupcakes because the class was specifically for children. This delicious cupcake recipe is from Carrie Haub, the gourmet cupcake instructor for Whisk's cooking school.
Sugar Cookie Cupcakes
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla: mix well. Ad the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes.
Sugar Cookie Icing (Christmas Glaze)
1 cup powdered sugar
4 teaspoons milk
Mix with fork. To make it more of a thin glaze, add more milk. To make it a thicker icing, add more powdered sugar.
We had a fabulous time in the cupcake class, and if you have a chance I would love for you to click over to my column for Triangle Mom2Mom because you will not believe the unexpected surprise that came from this Christmas moment. I think it may become my all-time favorite holiday memory.
My little cupcake baker did a great job with his cupcakes.
And they look a lot like Carrie's beautiful cupcakes. I think the gift cupcake was the hardest one to replicate. The Christmas tree one was really easy, and the tree is an ice cream cone. It stays in place by a candy cane. I would have never thought of that.
Carrie offered some great holiday baking tips.Whisk will offer more child cooking classes in 2014, and they have a fabulous selection for adults, too. My Mother-in-law attended a soup class, and loved it. Prices for the classes vary per topic and instructor. This class was $39, and honestly, when I got to walk away without cleaning a thing, I felt the price was fair. You should have seen the mess.
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Disclosure: We were guests of Whisk for the class so we could learn more about what Whisk offered to residents in the area. This is not a paid advertisement, and opinions about the recipe, and the class are my own. This recipe is courtesy of Carrie Haub and Whisk.