This month’s Iron Cupcake Challenge theme was Soda Pop. I had lots of different ideas for possible concoctions. In the end, though, I went with a tribute to a classic American combo- Peanuts and Coke. I know not everyone has heard of the once-popular pasttime of poking roasted, salty peanuts in a cold glass bottle of Coca-Cola. To those of you that fall in that category, I say: http://www.chow.com/general_topics_digest/1749.
The recipes I used were completely my own creations. The cake was heavily adapted from an old Fannie Farmer cookbook- with me substituting coca-cola for the milk and throwing in a handful of roasted peanuts before baking.
The frosting was also adapted from a “Quick Caramel” frosting in the aforementioned book. But I subbed peanut butter for the butter and added a good dose of coke for flavoring.
So, now to the part everyone cares about. Taste:
I’ll be honest. The frosting totally makes these cupcakes. Don’t get me wrong. The cake is very good. Fluffy without being too airy, sweet but not sickening, this cake recipe could very well turn into a go-to basic for me. But I couldn’t taste the coke so much, and the peanuts developed a chewy texture that I didn’t love. Not sure how to fix that in the future….
The frosting, however, was divine. It was a perfect marriage between peanuts and coke with neither flavor overpowering the other. And, considering that I contrived this recipe on my own, I’m very surprised at HOW successful my experiment was.
Here are the recipes if anyone is interested:
½ cup butter softened
1 ¼ cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 cup coke
½ cup roasted peanuts
1. In a large bowl, cream butter with brown sugar.
2. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until creamy.
3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth.
5. Mix coke to batter. Fold in peanuts.
6. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 15 minutes.
I got 15 cupcakes out of this.
Carmel Peanut Butter and Coke icing:
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup coke
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
In a medium pan on medium-low heat, melt peanut butter and brown sugar til liquidy. Pour in coke and stir to combine. Allow mixture to cool. Incorporate powdered sugar to desired consistency. (I had trouble getting mine to set. You could use less coke, but then that flavor would be lost. More sugar, a few tablespoons of flour or just cooling in the fridge could help.)
So there you have it, folks. My entry for Iron Cupcake Earth: Soda. Here’s the stuff I could get if you vote for me and I win. Pretty cool.
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