Tuesday, January 01, 2008

of buttercream & fairytales

buttercream cakelets

1) first of all, happy new year!!!! this year is going to be wonderful. i haven't met one person who doesn't think 2008 is going to rock. we watched the countdown on BET and then barbara & ozja came over to welcome in the new year with us. i totally missed the lineup on mtv, except for the opening act of paramore, who kicks serious butt.

2) i need to get the recipe out of the way. it is from ina garten's first barefoot contessa cookbook.

coconut cupcakes

3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons pure almond extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk
14 ounces sweetened, shredded coconut (divided in half)

for the frosting:
1 pound cream cheese at room temperature
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 1/2 pounds confectioners' sugar, sifted

preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about five minutes. with the mixer on low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. add the vanilla and almond extracts and mix well.

in a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. in three parts, alternately add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the batter, beginning and ending with the dry. mix until just combined. fold in seven ounces of coconut.

line a muffin pan with paper liners. fill each liner to the top with batter. bake for 25 to 35 minutes, until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. remove to a baking rack and cool.

meanwhile, make the frosting. in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on low speed, cream together the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla & almond extracts. add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth. frost the cupcakes and sprinkle with the remaining coconut.
(makes about 30 cupcakes)

copyright, 1999, the barefoot contessa cookbook, all rights reserved.

3) this past week, i signed up to blog every day in 2008 at blog365. since doubledogdareyas really do work, i doubledog dare ya to sign up.

4) if you get a chance to see mark wahlberg in shooter, do it. i am already jonesing for another movie. with all of the britney this & britney thats, the real news of 2008 is that indiana jones and the kingdom of the crystal skull is coming out in may. was i the last person on earth to find out about this?

5) yesterday, the kids and i went thrifting and we didn't find one thing all week. afterwards, we went to starbucks and made our resolutions. i am going back to bed and i will write mine down tomorrow.


Cheryl said...

More Dawn this year. That makes me happy! And those cupcakes...they sound so delicious. I made one of her cakes for my Dad's birthday. Nothing like cream cheese and butter to make something taste wonderful.

Happy to you!

fiwa said...

You are so lucky I am not there - I would take a running jump and dive head first into those pupcakes. I love MarkeyMark & I think he oozes talent, among other things. And yes, you are the last person to hear about Indian Jones and the Wheelchair of Doom. And I think I know something else you don't know, coz I can't imagine you wouldn't have SAID something if you knew...

lovins & sunshine in the new year -

Amysatx said...

Happy New Year! You go gurlita!- on the blogging 365 thing-one month of blogging everyday nearly killed me. Mmmm cupcakes.....Do you even stumble across fiestaware on your thrifting expeditions?

The Artful Eye said...

You're killing me with these cupcakes! The photo of them is delicious and I'm digging this music stream. Maybe if I dance while, eating these I'll be good to go.
Happy New Year!! This is the year.

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Rawkin' GREAT in 2008...no diggity no doubt chickiepoo! Can't wait to see your blogityliciousness throughout the year...you always come correct with mindmanna AND tummytreats.
Quoting the DivineMissT....you're simply the best! The Happiest New Year ever mommasita!

Alison Gibbs said...

Happy New Year Dawn.
Those cupcakes look soo..yummy.
Look forward to lots more blogging from you.

Keely said...

More Dawn!!! Yeah!!! I was so happy when you did the 30 day challenge... 365 will be bliss!!!

Just pop one of those cupcakes in the mail to me! [grin] As always, your photo styling is impeccable.

No, my dear. As I heard about the new Indiana Jones from you, I must be the last to hear about it!!!

Happy New Year... Happy New Beginnings.

Linda said...

As you know, no thrifting find can beat starbucks and resolutions with your kids. You need to give people more time to complete their resolutions to clean. Next week will be better,
Does a commitment to blogging four times a week count? That would be a huge improvement for me. Later.

diane said...

dawn, i got shooter for allen's birthday this year*he loved it, but i haven't seen it yet. i really love ina, and watched her almost every day while at the deer lease. did i tell you we have direct tv there, yes, it is true....i watch more food network there than at home. those cupcakes make my mouth water.
btw...thanks for the cool Christmas card and note, it was way cool....

Ginni Dee said...

Having just read your comment about the new Indy movie is the first I've heard about it...but then, I'm rather media-starved.

I'd be so tempted to make those cuppy cakes, but I just got rid of the last of the Christmas crap. Time for me to move back to whole wheat, lettuce and egg whites!

A most happy new year to you, chica!

A bird in the hand said...

I love the way you think, gatita.

Sis said...

I am so on these cupcakes...TOOOOday! They should follow up lunch at the China Wok real nice.

See ya, sweetness