Thursday, April 7, 2011

best of both worlds.

This frequent traveling of mine isn't the greatest for my blog posts; however, I'll be staying put for a while now so the regular posts will be continuing. Thanks for being patient. 

This past weekend/week I was back down in Arizona enjoying the hot sun, sitting by the pool & there is nothing more (that I can think of) that is a necessary poolside staple than a frozen drink.  I usually go back and forth between Pina Coladas and Strawberry Daiquiri's until this weekend, I was introduced to the Miami Vice.
It really IS the best of both worlds-a flavorful mixture of the two!

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find a Miami Vice cupcake recipe for today, so...

Today's Cupcakes are: the 2 frozen mixtures that make up the Miami Vice individually.

Pina Colada Cupcakes 
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Strawberry Daiquiri Cupcakes
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Both of these cupcakes sound de-lish!

Pina Colada Ingredients:  (makes 12)
8 tbsp. of butter, softened (1stick)
2/3 cup of Sugar
2 eggs
1 cup of flour 
1 1/2 cups of pineapple, cut into small chunks
2/3 cup of coconut milk

Heat your over to 325 degrees.
Line cupcake pan with liners.
Beat sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until it becomes pale in color. 
Beat in the eggs, flour and coconut milk.*
Stir in the pineapple chunks. 
Spoon batter into your cupcake liners.
Bake for 25-30 minutes. 
Cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

2 3/4 cups of sugar                        
2 egg whites                                    
4 tbsp. of coconut rum (Malibu)  

Whisk sugar, egg whites and rum together in a large heat-proof bowl over a bowl of hot water. 
Continue whisking until the mixture becomes warm in temperature and the sugar dissolves.   
Remover from the heat, continue whisking until the mixture becomes cold and stands in stiff peaks.
Pipe onto cupcakes and add decorations to cupcake tops.  

Decorations: (optional)
12 small drink umbrellas
12 coconut chunks
12 maraschino cherries

Strawberry Daiquiri Ingredients:
8 tbsp. of butter (1 stick)
2/3 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup fresh strawberries, blended
2 tsp. of fresh lime zest
2 tbsp. of fresh lime juice
2 tbsp. of a light rum 
pink food coloring

 Use directions from the above from Pina Colada cupcakes.
* mix in eggs, flour, rum, lime zest & juice.  

2 cups of heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
3 tbsp. of light rum (Malibu) 
pink food coloring

Whisk heavy cream, powdered sugar, rum and food coloring until soft peaks form. 
Pipe onto tops of cupcakes.
Decorate with a small drink umbrella and a cherry.

 Decorations: (optional) 
12 maraschino cherries
12 small drink umbrellas

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