It's a festive time of year...and with this fun & jolly season comes baking, decorating, shopping & so much more.
A fun thing to do with friends or colleagues at work is a cookie exchange; so if you are taking part in one and still don't know what to make, well here is a great alternative to the cookie!
I found this recipe on the Style At Home website - this is a fantastic magazine for decorating & food ideas. You should really get a subscription...haha!
Here is the recipe:
2½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground ginger
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup unsulfured dark (robust) molasses
1 cup boiling water
½ cup dark raisins
¼ cup dark rum
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into small pieces
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 4 Pieces
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line 24 mini muffin cups with cupcake liners.
2 In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and ginger. Set aside.
3 In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and brown sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs and then the molasses until well combined. Immediately stir in the boiling water. On low speed, add the flour mixture and mix until smooth.
4 Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about two-thirds full. Bake in the center of the oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean and dry, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan(s) on a wire rack.
5 While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, prepare the frosting. In a small bowl, mix together the raisins and rum and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain, reserving liquid.
6 In a food processor, combine the cream cheese and butter and process until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and pulse until a smooth, spreadable frosting forms. Transfer to a bowl. Stir the raisin liquid into the frosting until evenly combined.
7 When the cupcakes are cool, tip them out of the pan and frost them with the frosting. Top with raisins.
Makes 24 mini cupcakes
Being stylish is more than just clothes...your food/desserts should also have flare, uniqueness, & stand out amongst the crowd. These tasty cupcakes definitely fit the bill. Purchase some holiday inspired cupcake liners to make them more festive.