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These teeny-tiny cupcakes are light, airy and almost angelic. You can obviously use any color for the frosting that you’d like; I chose pink. But I won’t tell you what to do. We’re all consenting adults here.
For the cupcakes:
1. Combine the egg whites, water, vanilla extract and cream of tartar in a bowl and mix on low until foamy.
2. Add sugar slowly over the course of 3-4 minutes, continuing to mix on a medium setting. When it’s done, it should peak and be nice and foamy.
3. Slowly add the flour and salt and fold with a large spoon. Don’t mix this. This is the step that can make or break the cupcakes. By folding them, you keep the mixture nice and airy.
4. Place your mini cupcake liners (you’ll need about 40) in the pan and fill 2/3 full.
5. Bake at 325ºF for 18-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
6. Let cupcakes cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting:
1. Combine the milk and flour in a deep pan.
2. Whisk continually for about 7 minutes over medium heat. This could take less than 7 minutes, depending on the pan and the stove top.
3. When it get nice and thick, it’s time to turn the heat off.
4. Add vanilla, combine and let it cool completely.
5. Using a mixer, cream the butter and granulated sugar until well-combined and creamy.
6. Once the butter and sugar are creamed and the flour/milk mixture is completely cooled, combine the two and mix until combined. It should resemble whipped cream. Add any food coloring you desire and make sure it is completely cooled before frosting cupcakes.
7. Gently place edible pearls on the cupcakes over frosting.
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!