Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
And on such an occasion, all things must be green. I spent the last few days looking for baked goods I could dye green, but when my friend Crystal reminded me of a cupcake in the Vanilla Garlic blog that featured an unconventional ingredient, one that just so happens to be naturally green, I knew what this year's St. Patrick's Day Marni Special would be...
The magic ingredient is a can of peas. I'm already a pea-a-holic (it's always been my vegetable of choice at family dinners), so this was an easy sell. The result, you ask? The cupcakes baked up nicely and have an interesting, sweet taste to them. The pea flavor is not subtle, so be forewarned if you're pea-peevish. I love the sour cream frosting, too. It has the perfect spreading consistency for cupcakes and is easy to whip up.
I found me pot o' gold manifested in a sweet pea cupcake!
Sweet Pea Cupcakes
Recipe from the Vanilla Garlic blog
Makes 20 cupcakes
3 eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups of peas, pureed
1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 1/2 cups of cake flour
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Whisk together the eggs and sugar until bright and well emulsified.
Add the vanilla, pea puree, oil, and lemon juice. Mix well.
Add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Beat until just mixed.
Scoop into cupcake paper liners and bake in a 375 F oven for 14-16 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
Sour Cream Frosting
1/4 cup of butter, room temperature
1/3 cup of sour cream
2 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract
pinch of salt
Beat the ingredients until light and fluffy, and slightly stiff peaks form.
Step-by-Step in Pictures
Puree a can of peas...
The puree will be thick, mostly smooth, but with some pieces of pea...
Add the puree to the cupcake batter...
Here's your batter...
Fill the paper liners about 3/4 full...
Bake at 375 degrees F...
While the cupcakes are baking, start on the frosting and whip up till perfectly smooth...
Be sure the cupcakes are competely cool before frosting the tops...
I used an offset spatula to frost the cupcakes, making it easy to create a swirl design...