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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

St. Therese Cupcakes

Well, even with a last minute pediatrician appointment and a run to the grocery for cupcake papers, I managed to bake and decorate the St. Therese cupcakes. My kitchen was warm from baking cupcakes, then bread, and then putting the scalloped potatoes in, but the roses melted only a little. The cupcakes were very yummy. The cake is a traditional white cake batter and tastes exactly the way I love wedding cake to taste. I might be making these for the bridal shower I'm planning in November.

White Cupcakes

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Line a 12-cup muffin pan and a 6-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
Finally stir in the milk and beat until batter is smooth.
Pour or spoon batter into the liners (I like to use an ice cream scoop filled about 2/3).
Bake 15-20 minutes or until they test done with a toothpick.
Cool and frost with desired frosting.

For the St. Therese cupcakes I used a traditional decorator frosting
to frost the cupcakes and then make the roses.

Makes 18 cupcakes.


Barb Szyszkiewicz said...

How pretty! :)
I forgot to check my rosebush to see if I had a few to cut and put on the table last night.
But I DID buy an angel-food cake mix so I can make dessert for tonight. Yeah, a mix. I'm a slacker. A slacker who is low on eggs at the moment, and 2 days away from the trip to the warehouse store! LOL!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Barb. And hey -- it's the thought that counts. Angel food cakes do use a lot of eggs, don't they -- and waste a lot too (yolks).

Anonymous said...

These are so beautiful!! I don't know a great deal about the feast days - are the roses associated with St. Therese? Do you have certain traditional foods associated with the feast days for the different saints?

Unknown said...

Thanks Annie.

Sometimes Feast Days present themselves with obvious choices of food, but usually it's just a matter of being creative. Therese was nicknamed the "Little Flower" because she had promised to send roses as a sign of her intercession. So the roses were an easy choice. Sometimes I choose ethnic food -- like for Thursday -- St. Francis was from Assisi, so we'll eat Italian, and St. Faustina (Friday) was Polish so we'll eat Pierogies. I just use food as another opportunity to learn about our saints.

Thanks for asking!

Dea said...

Hi Barbara - am a few weeks behind, but had to comment on these. They look stunning... really lovely! Good for you!

So is there a pierogie recipe coming up? Miss those from MI! ;-)

Unknown said...

Hi Deborah -- I'm glad to hear from you. I almost e-mailed you the other day, but didn't want to nag.

The pierogie recipe I linked to from my menu looked really good, but my fridge went out Friday morning and they never happened. Maybe I'll get them made this week. The repairman is supposed to come Monday. Luckily I have an extra fridge in the basement -- we've just had to run up and down the stairs between the kitchen and the fridge.

Mary Machado said...

They are lovely.