Polenta cupcakes

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So this weekend, we had another Mummy-Abby time where cupcakes were made (and eaten).  This time, it was based off my lemon polenta cake recipe (see here) but as I didn’t have any lemons on hand, and I did have 2 oranges that were on their last legs, I thought, why don’t we just substitute oranges for the lemons?  Well, here’s the result:

2015-08-29 Polenta cupcakesAbby had a great time measuring out all the ingredients and helping mix it all together.  Then she got to use my brand new cookie scoop to dollop the batter into the pan (just like on Cupcake Wars).  The cupcakes rose really nicely to form the dome on top.  And once cooled, we made some buttercream icing (with vegetable shortening instead of butter) and got it just about the right consistency so Abby could pipe them onto the cupcakes (just like on Cupcake Wars).  Do you see where this has been heading?

Every cake recipe I have made, Abby is thinking of turning into cupcakes … stand by for strawberry bread cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, etc.  She’s already made the banana bread recipe (see here) into cupcakes with a white chocolate frosting and they turned out well.  Amazing what a little determination can do!

We had some friends over for dinner where I made Aji de Gallina, with these polenta cupcakes for dessert, along with a banana custard pie, using the winner of the snickerdoodle challenge as the crust, and some dairy-free, gluten-free custard powder that my in-laws brought over with them from Australia on a recent visit.  Everything worked out really well, but I’d like to say the cupcakes were the highlight.  So proud of you Abby!

Thanks for reading about our adventures in the kitchen.  Until next time, enjoy cooking at home … with kids!




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