First Flake Black Cupcake



We are officially in winter; however, beside the cold, a certain white friend is lacking. Though in the North-East of the U.S. we had a freak storm in the beginning of the fall (while there were still many many green leaves on trees) we still haven't  REALLY gotten any SNOW!

While I am not complaining, the absence of snow on the ground should never deter a white Christmas. 

Introducing the First Flake Cupcake!
(Cakes made to represent the first snowflake hitting the ground.)

First Flake Cupcake

Using almond flavored royal icing I made some snow that is super easy to clean up!  I piped some snow flakes on wax paper and allowed them to dry.
Making Snow Flakes

Next I made my Black Fruit Cupcake (a spin on the traditional West Indian Christmas Black Cake).

Materials:

1.5 cups Self- rising Flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup mixed fruits pureed ( cherries, raisens, prunes, currents, dried mixed fruit or whatever you like really... usually soaked in rum or wine for 1 year + in advance)
1/2 cup Liquid Burt Sugar/ Browning (Looks like molasses usually found in West Indian stores)
3 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
2 tsp rum flavoring (optional)
1 cup butter or oil

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar/ mix oil and sugar. Add vanilla and rum flavorings. Add eggs and egg yolks one at a time until well blended. Sift self-rising flour 3 times and add to egg mixture. Alternate the addition of flour and puréed fruit, folding each in completely before adding the other. Pour into lined baking pans and bake until a pick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Makes 18 cupcakes. Once cooled you may use a basting brush to add some rum or wine of your choice to these cakes.


Note: This recipie makes a very light moist cake, if you prefer a more pudding like texture to your Black Cake you may add up to two additionl cups of puréed fruit and an additional .5 cup of flour for each cup of fruit added and only sift the flour once.

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