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ChristinaBryce
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Daisy Daze Cupcakes (Plus 3 fun variations!)
Ingredients: - 1 cup (2 sticks) sweet butter, softened - 1 cup granulated sugar - 2 cups cake flour - 2 tsp. baking powder - 1 tsp. salt - 4 large eggs - 1/2 cup buttermilk - 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract Decorations: - 1 batch buttercream icing (I like this recipe! http://www.vingle.net/posts/456735) - Yellow food coloring - 4 cups miniature marshmallows - 18 lemon gumdrops, lemon balls, or other small, circular lemon candies - Yellow decorating sugar Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Place 18 paper baking cups in muffin pans. 2. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth and pale, about 2 to 3 minutes. 3. Spoon the mixture into the cups. Bake for 20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. 4. Remove the pans from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Then remove the cupcakes and cool on a rack. 5. Tint the frosting yellow. 6. For each cupcake: Frost the top. Place a lemon gumdrop in the center. Snip each miniature marshmallow in half lengthwise, press cut side in yellow sugar, and arrange sugared side up around the gumdrop like petals. Fun variations: Black-eyed susan: Prepare the basic cupcake recipe. Substitute a combination of yellow and orange decorating sugars for yellow. Substitute semisweet chocolate chips for lemon candies. For each cupcake: frost the top. Place three semisweet chocolate chips in the center. Snip each miniature marshmallow in half on the diagonal, dip on cut side in yellow-orange sugar, and arrange sugared side up around the center like rows of petals. Dahlia: Prepare the basic cupcake recipe. Substitute a combination of red and orange decorating sugars for yellow. Substitute orange gumdrops for lemon candies. For each cupcake: frost the top. Place an orange gumdrop in the center. Snip each miniature marshmallow in half on the diagonal, dip cut side in a mixture of orange and red sugar, and arrange sugared side up around the gumdrop like rows of petals. Zinnia: Prepare the basic cupcake recipe. Substitute a combination of red and pink decorating sugars for yellow. Substitute yellow gumdrops for lemon candies. For each cupcake: frost the top. Place a yellow gumdrop in the center. Snip each miniature marshmallow in half on the diagonal, dip on cut side in a mixture of pink and red sanding sugars, and arrange sugared side up around the gumdrop like rows of petals.
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