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Weekend Cooking: So Sweet!

October 23, 2011

When I saw the cover and the subtitle (Cookies, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and More) of So Sweet!, by Sur la Table, I figured it was a cookbook for me and, boy, was I right!  This compact little cookbook offers up recipes for cookies, cupcakes, whoopie pies and doughnuts, and almost every single one of them looks good to me.  The recipes aren’t odd, but they are unique.  Some of the recipes that caught my eye are Milk Chocolate Toffee Bars, Mexican Chocolate Crackle Cookies and Maple Bacon Doughnuts.  There are quite a few pictures, but not every recipe is pictured, but that’s okay, because everyone knows what most of these items look like.  I think this cookbook is wonderful.  The directions are thorough and clear and the ingredients are easy to find.  I have a feeling this cookbook will get used a lot!  If you’re looking for some new recipes for the holiday season, you’ll want to pick this gem of a cookbook up!

After careful perusal, I decided to make the Raspberry Cupcakes with Key Lime Frosting and they were simple to make and tasted delicious!  I made mini cupcakes and we had so many we shared them with several neighbors and they got rave reviews.  The combination of sweet raspberries with tart key limes was outstanding!

Raspberry Cupcakes with Key Lime Frosting

Cake
1 cup salted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, plus 1 egg white
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk
1 cup fresh raspberries, slightly mashed

Frosting
½ cup salted butter, at room temperature
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tablespoon Key lime zest
2 tablespoons Key lime juice
5 cups powdered sugar, sifted

  1. Preheat the oven to 350º and position an oven rack in the center.  Line 2 standard-sized cupcake pans with 20 paper liners.
  2. Make the batter.  Put the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula, until light and fluffy.  With the mixer running on low speed, add the eggs (plus the additional white) one at a time until they are fully incorporated.  Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt with a whisk and set aside.  With the mixer running on low speed, add a third of the flour mixture; when combined, add half the milk, mixing until just blended.  Repeat with the second third of the flour mixture and the remaining milk, mixing until just blended, and add the final third of the flour mixture and mix until just combined.  Put the raspberries in a medium bowl and slightly mash with a fork.  Using a rubber spatula, fold the raspberries into the batter just to combine.  Do not overmix.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the lined cupcake pans and bake for 20 to 24 minutes, until light golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pans on a rack.  When cool, remove the cupcakes from the pans and set aside.
  5. Make the frosting.  Put the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until evenly combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.  Turn the speed down to low and add the lime zest and juice, mixing until combined.  While the machine is running, slowly add the powdered sugar, using a large spoon, until thoroughly combined.  Increase the speed to medium and mix until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Frost the cupcakes.  Using a small offset spatula, evenly distribute the frosting among the cupcakes, making sure the frosting covers the entire top.  These should be stored lightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  Allow to come to room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.

For mini-cupcakes, bake for 12 to 15 minutes.  Makes approximately 90 mini-cupcakes.  I used a pastry bag to frost the cupcakes

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37 Comments leave one →
  1. October 23, 2011 7:09 am

    Sounds divine!

  2. October 23, 2011 7:30 am

    These look gorgeous and it sounds like they tasted yummy too! I also like that the cookbook uses unusual ingredients to mix things up. Sounds like a great cookbook to have around now that the holidays are approaching!

  3. October 23, 2011 8:05 am

    Look at how lovely your cupcakes look! Love using a pastry bag for frosting, it makes everything look so pretty. I love citrus, I love raspberries, I’m sad I’m not one of your neighbors. LOL

  4. October 23, 2011 9:21 am

    This book looks great…I think I might put it on the list of cookbooks I might for my husband over the holidays.

  5. October 23, 2011 9:24 am

    I have so many baking cookbooks that it’s hard for me to find ones that have alot of recipes that are new to me, so I’m interested to hear you say that this one has many unique ones. I am going to be on the lookout for this one, thanks 🙂

    Your cupcakes turned out so professional looking!

  6. October 23, 2011 9:33 am

    Those look lovely, and I really like the way you made star with your frosting.

  7. October 23, 2011 9:51 am

    Oh this looks good Kathy! Not a big cake or cupcake fan but if you add berries to anything I am in! 🙂 Key lime frosting really doesnt hurt either….

  8. October 23, 2011 10:15 am

    What a great combination of flavors. I want one!!!

  9. October 23, 2011 10:15 am

    Your cupcakes are beautiful and I am positive they taste great…mmmmm scrumptious!! This cookbook…bakebook looks terrific & I love Sur La Table, they have wonderful things in that store!

    Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  10. October 23, 2011 10:21 am

    I agree with Mary (and you!) – the combination of raspberry and key lime sounds wonderful!

  11. October 23, 2011 10:31 am

    I love those mini cupcakes!

  12. October 23, 2011 10:46 am

    That recipe looks yum! The book looks like it has a lot of wonderful dessert recipes – have to check it out.

  13. October 23, 2011 10:49 am

    They look delicious
    Ann

  14. October 23, 2011 11:40 am

    Key lime frosting sounds so good! I would definitely be licking the spoon (and probably the bowl as well).

  15. October 23, 2011 11:43 am

    Wish I was more of a baker. Something to try for the holidays.

  16. October 23, 2011 11:45 am

    You are adding a cookbook a week to my tbr list! Those cupcakes look so good.

  17. October 23, 2011 12:22 pm

    Those look like delightful little cupcakes! This cookbook sounds like one we may need to have in this house! Raspberry and lime is an unusual combo but it sounds wonderful and refreshing!

  18. October 23, 2011 2:30 pm

    Hmmm… I’m hungry now! They look so… delicious! 😀

  19. October 23, 2011 3:17 pm

    Yum, looks delicious!

  20. October 23, 2011 3:36 pm

    Those cupcakes look adorable, and from your reactions, it sounds like they tasted great too! I am always on the lookout for cookbooks filled with sweets, as I like to bake a lot to giveaway for the holidays. It sounds like I need to pick this book up!

  21. October 23, 2011 3:36 pm

    Yum…those look amazing…are you sure you shared with neighbors? I don’t seem to remember getting any…lol…

  22. October 23, 2011 5:51 pm

    aww..they are so cute.
    but I must say I was distracted by the Whoopie Pie in the title..

  23. October 23, 2011 7:48 pm

    Yum! I love little finger sweeties many times much more than cakes, pies etc…that way you can little bites of lots of different things 😉

  24. October 23, 2011 7:49 pm

    Your neighbors must love you! The cupcakes look delicious…

  25. October 23, 2011 7:52 pm

    I wish I lived in your neighborhood! These look scrumptious — raspberry and key lime seem like a natural when you think about it, but there’s no way I would have come up with it myself. Looks like a great find!

  26. October 23, 2011 8:00 pm

    How adorable! You are so talented. Wish I lived closer!

  27. October 23, 2011 9:02 pm

    I want one of those cupcakes!

  28. October 23, 2011 9:55 pm

    Those are great looking cupcakes!

  29. October 23, 2011 10:59 pm

    Oh yeah this sounds like a cookbook that would be a big hit around my house too!

  30. October 23, 2011 11:21 pm

    I like that unusual combination of raspberries and l key limes. They’re two of my favorite flavors but I can’t say I’ve had them together.

  31. October 23, 2011 11:41 pm

    Yum! Those look so good! I love dessert cookbooks. 🙂

  32. October 24, 2011 8:57 am

    How I love Key Lime! And Dessert!

  33. October 25, 2011 12:59 am

    It’s been interesting trying to bake for Gage without using dairy, but I may have to give those cupcakes a try anyway.

  34. October 26, 2011 12:06 pm

    Your cupcakes look amazing! I’m not much of a baker but I absolutely love cookies and enjoy perusing recipes for them. This sounds like a wonderful cookbook.

  35. October 29, 2011 5:51 pm

    How can you possible go wrong with whoopie pies?

  36. October 29, 2011 7:55 pm

    I would have never thought of the raspberyy/key lime combination, but it does sound good!

  37. November 9, 2011 9:33 am

    Oh dear, another cookbook that I can’t wait to try. I love trying out new dessert recipes and the raspberry and keylime combo sounds really good. They look good too!

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