Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy late Valentines!

Lets chat about the lovely tea party that my sister throws each year in February.

Each year, she does something different. One year it was chocolate themed, last year was cupcakes and this year is Greek! I took some lovely picture and am so excited to post later the chocolate fountain, watermelon salad and other tasty bites!

As you can see from last years lovely tea party we had a martini bar.

Complete with strawberry ice cube hearts!

And like 18 types of cupcakes! Both savory and sweet! My favorite was the peaches and Cream cupcake with the Vanilla Peach Buttercream Frosting. YUM!!!! Until I post the Grecian Goddess Party from this year, this should tide you over.

What You Need:
1 1/4 C flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 large eggs
1 C sugar
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 C sour cream
2 C peaches and cream blended into a mush, or 1 C peach jam (high quality jam with lots of real peach pieces)

What You Do:

1. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar for about 2 minutes, or until light and creamy.
3. Add the butter and vanilla and beat on low speed for about 1 minute, or until well blended.
4. Beat in the dry ingredients on low speed until blended.
5. Add the sour cream and beat until smooth and well blended.
6. Mix in peaches and cream or peach jam.
7. Divide batter evenly among 12 cupcake liners.
8. Bake at 350 F for about 23 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean and the tops are firm.

Vanilla Peach Buttercream Frosting

What You Need:
3 C confectioners' sugar (add more until it reaches your preferred consistency)
1 C unsalted butter, room temperature
2 t vanilla bean paste
4 T peach jam (high quality jam with lots of real peach pieces)

What You Do:
1. Mix together sugar and butter until they are blended and creamy.
2. Add vanilla bean paste and continue to beat for another minute.
3. Mix in peach jam until just combined.

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