Sunday, August 15, 2010

Vanilla Cinnamon Cupcakes

My "in" weekend turned into a serious cupcake craving after watching an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David.  Remember that one where Larry buys 12 Sponge cakes because the bakery is going out of business and they are the best sponge cakes?  He buys them for his friend Jeff Greene and Susie his wife freaks out because Jeff doesn't need 12 sponge cakes.  In this episode Larry refers a wacky nanny to Susie and in the end the wacky nanny tries to kill Susie by pushing her off the ledge of her house.  The sponge cakes break Susie's fall and is saved by sponge cake.  The episode is a classic, in case you haven't seen it, tune into HBO on demand for a Larry David laugh.

After watching the episode, I wanted cake.  So I fished through loads of take-out menus looking for a place to delivery me gluten-free cake.  There was this great GF pizza place but they wouldn't deliver to my neck of the woods.  After a few hours of no luck, I decided to bake them myself.  But I didn't want to go the extra mile by baking from scratch.  If only I had a Betty Crocker mix it would be so easy.  Well it must have been my lucky day because I opened the cupboard to find one more mix.  Betty Crocker's Yellow Cake mix was calling my name.  I also just happened to have White Whipped Frosting and Chocolate Frosting from Betty Crocker in my cupboard.  Yum!

Here is why I love Betty Crocker mixes.  They are super easy to make and taste so good!  All you have to do is add the mix, 1 stick of butter, 3 eggs, water and extract to a bowl and mix on medium speed till smooth.  Pour the batter into the cupcake tins, bake for 18 minutes and done.

**I always add Xanthan gum to my mixes about 1/4 tsp.  This is so important!

And this time I was a bit experimental.  Instead of using 2 tsp vanilla extract I used 1 tsp Cinnamon extract and 1 tsp of Mexican Vanilla extract.  I was looking for a bit of spice.

I frosted the cupcakes with White Whipped Frosting and piped into the middle of each cupcake Fig Jam. I wanted to create a Jelly Donut style cupcakes.  They came out yummy!

It can't get better then this! Yum!!

xoxo Julie

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