This is Pink Princess #20 inspired from the Bubblegum Princess design in Pink Princess Cupcakes by Barbara Beery. I say "inspired from" because since starting this adventure of working my way through the book, the cupcakes I have made resemble her cupcakes less and less as I have taken them in my own direction. It's not that I don't love her designs, because I do! I am just trying to make them more "Me!"
The cupcake itself...was inspired by my lack of eggs today! So I was just keeping my fingers crossed that if I threw some basic stuff in the bowl that it would work and they would rise...and they did! I also chose to use water for the liquid and not milk or buttermilk, because the thought of milk with bubblegum flavor just grossed me out! They actually turned out pretty nice, better than expected. The cupcakes rose and had a pretty nice texture, and would be a good option for someone that needs an egg and dairy free cupcakes either because of an allergy or like me out of eggs.
Egg & Dairy Free Cupcakes
1-1/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour + 2 tablespoons cornstarch (homemade cake flour!)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup Crisco Natural Blend Oil (this was a winner on America's Test Kitchen)
1 cup of water
1/2 tsp Bubblegum Flavoring (LorAnn Oils) -or- use 1 tsp of any other extract!
Put all dry ingredients in a bowl, then add wet ingredients and mix on medium low until smooth, about a minute. (I also colored my batter pink with pink food coloring.) Fill liners 2/3 to 3/4 full and bake in preheated 350 oven for 18 minutes or until tooth pick tests clean. Makes 24 mini cupcakes.
I used Wilton White Decorator Icing colored pink on top. I have a 4.5 pound tub of it in the refrigerator and it just works out easier than making icing from scratch sometimes! I also added 1/2 tsp of the Bubblegum flavoring to the icing. The balls on top are Whoppers Milkshake Strawberry Malted Milk Balls. They aren't as pink as I had hoped, but I couldn't find anything better to use and I didn't want to use actual gumballs, just to be pulled off and thrown away!
About that Bubblegum Flavor? It makes for a very interesting cupcake! It seems odd that something that tastes just like bubblegum is actually meant to be swallowed!
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Be sure to check out the other Pink Princess Cupcakes that I have made!
*Note added 10/20/2011: The tip I used for the icing is "8FT" by Bakers Craft.
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