Thursday, March 29, 2007

jelly bean cupcakes

A friend asked me for a jelly bean cake for their birthday. I thought that was an awesome idea, so i did a little research and this is what i found =) i ended up making one cake and an extra batch of batter to make cupcakes to go with it. There were going to be quite a few people at this party. Look at that glorious colour popping out of those cakes!

Jelly Bean Cake or Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups miniature jelly beans, (no licorice ones, yuck!)
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 250g pkg cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Confectioners' sugar

Heat oven to 325F/160C.

Generously grease and flour 1 x 12 muffin pans or one 8" / 20cm round cake pan.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup. Level off.
In small bowl toss jelly beans with 2 tablespoons of the flour. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add remaining flour, baking powder and salt. Blend well. Spoon 1 cup of batter evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Stir jelly beans into remaining batter.
Spoon remaining cake batter with jelly beans into the pan. Bake in a 325F/160C degree oven for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool upright in pan 10 minutes. Invert on serving plate. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Cooking time for cupcakes is around 30-40 minutes. Just keep an eye on them!

Original recipe found here i used larger jelly beans, which in turn sank to the bottom, but went really gooey =) the little mini jelly beans would be a lot better for regular cakes/cupcakes!

The whole cake i did in a heart shaped tin, iced it with vanilla frosting and covered it with more JELLY BEANS! =) Coloured food makes me happy!

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