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These cupcakes are a special treat. Light and fluffy, their mild almond taste is a perfect complement to the sweet vanilla buttercream.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix butter, almond paste and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time. On low, alternately add milk and flour mixture. Stir in vanilla. Fill cups 2/3 full and then bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until done.
I know it sounds weird to use almond paste, but it really works. You need to heat it up a little to make it pliable before you use it. In the store it is normally in the highest, furthest corner of the baking aisle, near the marzipan and other such things. I really wouldn’t try and substitute almond extract for the paste—it would make it too runny. But if you want a more almond-y flavor, I am sure you could add some extract in too.
Now let those puppies cool completely before piping on this awesome butter cream (yields 2 cups).
Cream the butter, vanilla bean paste, and salt together. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk until creamy. You may need to add in some more milk or sugar until you get the consistency you want. I like a really stiff consistency just so my ridges in the icing don’t fall apart. Then pipe on the icing with a fun wavy tip. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for added flavor and prettiness.
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!