September 21, 2008

Eye of the Tiger Cupcakes




Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla paste (or extract)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, at room temperature

vanilla chocolate swirl frosting
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line a 12 wells in a cupcake tin. Whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, sour cream and vanilla paste/extract and beat until fluffy. Add the flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour, mixing well with each addition. Pour out half the cupcake batter into a separate bowl and whisk in the cocoa powder. Add a tablespoon of chocolate batter to each well, carefully smoothing it to all sides, top with a tablespoon of vanilla batter again smoothing it to all sides. Repeat until all of the batter is gone. Depending on how evenly you divided the batter some may have 3 layers while others may have 4.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center cupcake comes back mostly clean.


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Cool completely on a wire rack, then ice with vanilla chocolate swirl frosting.

sneak peek

My thoughts:


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It has been years since I've participated in a Sugar High Friday event but since this one involved cupcakes and a cute flamingo logo, I couldn't resist. Tiger (cup)cakes (very similar to marble cakes but with more of a striped/layered effect than swirls because you don't run a knife though the layers) are equally hard to resist. The chocolate layer is super chocolatey and both are perfectly moist. I love how each cupcake is slightly different.

inside of cupcake

Some have 3 stripes, some have four and they are are all delicious.

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And while they look difficult and certainly are impressive to bite into, they really only take a few extra minutes to make than regular, single layer cupcakes.

19 comments:

  1. As soon as I read the title of this post/recipe the song popped into my head. Ahhhh!

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  2. That was my cousin's wedding song, and as someone with a Sylvester Stallone-inspired tattoo I must say I love the name of these cupcakes. They look delicious, too!

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  3. Love how everyone is different too! Could really amaze some little kid's class if he brought in these cupcakes. Actually, I'm sure it would amaze my co-workers... Thanks!

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  4. These look fantastic. I just posted a cupcake recipe too...

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  5. I've only seen this technique used on full cakes before, but the cupcakes are beautiful!

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  6. love the name of these cupcakes! and they're so eye-catching too :) brilliant.

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  7. How luscious those cupcakes look! Absolutely yummy and I can imagine biting into them!

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  8. Beautiful! Love the idea. The recipe looks great the the photos are really pretty!

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  9. ive never seen anything like that! that's great!

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  10. Mmmm, yum. Loving the sour cream addition. Delish!

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  11. Do you think this would work using yoghurt instead of sour cream?

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  12. I was drawn in by the name, but the recipe and photos kept me going! It looks delicious.

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  13. These look great! now I'm craving cupcakes...........

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  14. I love the title of these!!! The frosting is calling my name!

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  15. Love the swirls. I've done the same with a matcha cream and the results are quite nice.

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  16. Oh my word! I made these yesterday and simply cannot believe how fabulous they are! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!!!

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  17. those look so delicious... mmm i think cupcakes are on the menu tomorrow. Why cook dinner when I can bake dessert?!?!

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  18. I stumbled across these while looking for cupcake recipes to inspire me and I decided to make them last night and I just wanted to let you know, they're DELICIOUS!!!!

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