Sunday, March 3, 2013

Snow White's Dessert Bar

So my little friend Evelyn is turning five next weekend and being the proponent of Disney Princesses that she is, she choose a Snow White theme to celebrate her landmark day.  Per her (and her mother's) request, I created a selection of themed desserts for her party that are both kid friendly and interesting enough to keep the adults happy as well.

The display includes vanilla bean milk cupcakes with buttercream icing, oreo cheesecake 'apple' cake pops, wild Maine blueberry pie pops and mini raspberry rice krispie 'apple' treats.  In planning a buffet for a group with several options and taking into account that they'll be serving pizza first, I prepared 2.5 pieces of dessert per person, which should provide a satisfying sampling without an abundance of leftovers.

I used a milk cake recipe for the cupcakes because it creates a slightly denser cake which is less crumbly (an important feature in a room full of five year olds).  It also freezes well if you're looking to bake them in advance.

Vanilla Bean Milk Cupcakes (yields 15 cupcakes)

1/4 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup superfine granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, scraped
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup low fat milk

- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Line your cupcake pans with paper cups
- In a stand mixer, cream you butter and sugar together on medium speed until the consistency is light and fluffy
- Continuing to mix, add your eggs one at a time until they are well incorporated
- Add yogurt, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and bean scrapings
- Combine all dry ingredients together and gradually add to your wet ingredients
- Beat the batter on high speed until all ingredients are well incorporated and free of lumps
- Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted into the center and come out clean
- Allow to cool on a rack at room temperature before icing

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