Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Great American Bake Sale

In the March 2009 issue of Parents magazine there was an advertisement for ending childhood hunger one cupcake at a time. I thought it was a great cause, especially for all bakers out there that may want to put their passion to good use.

About The Great American Bake Sale
Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is a national campaign that mobilizes Americans to end childhood hunger by having bake sales in their communities.

Hold a bake sale with your family, neighbors or co-workers and help ensure no kid in America grows up hungry. Your bake sale funds will help provide afterschool and summer meals to children at risk of hunger in your community. Since 2003 bake sale funds have helped serve more than 5.3 million nutritious meals and snacks to low-income children.

For more info or how to host your own bake sale, click here.

Included in the add was a recipe for C&H Sugar's Surpirse! Cupcakes. I made a batch today and they pretty good. The cupcake itself is very light and delicate with a mellow chocolate flavor. You need to be gentle when removing them from the pan. I would probably add more cocoa powder to the recipe or melted chocolate to boost the flavor factor but these are good as is too. I used my own frosting recipe and any cupcake covered in yummy frosting is good.
My daughter choose marshmallows and M&M's for her Surprise! cupcakes

She also wanted lots of frosting and sprinkles. Yum!

C&H Sugar's Surprise! Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 - egg, lightly beaten
whole maraschino cherries, drained OR unwrapped caramels, chocolates, mint patties OR pecan or walnut halves.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 18 medium muffin cups or line with paper baking cups. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl; mix well. Add buttermilk, butter and egg; blend just until dry ingredients are moistened. Fill muffin cups 1/3 full. Place a "surprise" in center of each, pressing down slightly. Top with remaining batter, filling cups 2/3 full. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool.

* I made mine in mini muffin pans and baked them for around 12 minutes. I let my little girl pick out what "surprises" she wanted in hers. She choose marshmallows and M&M's. :) I would recommend the marshmallows.

My Vanilla, Almond Frosting
4 oz Cream Cheese, Softened
1 stick salted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

Beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in 1 cup powdered sugar. Add extracts. Beat in remaining cup of powdered sugar until smooth.

* For the chocolate variation. I took half the frosting out after beating in the vanilla (no almond extract) and added a tablespoon and a half of cocoa powder and a dash of milk.

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