King Cake Cupcakes

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TAMMY WADE

By
@Tammywade

This recipe is an original of Chef John Besh. It's like the madri-gras king cake only in cupcake form. Takes some time, but OH, so worth IT! Found this recipe as a newspaper clipping in a book at a garage sale.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
10-12
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
15 Min

Ingredients

  • ·
    yellow butter cake
  • 1/4 lb
    butter
  • 3/4 c
    sugar
  • 1/8 tsp
    salt
  • 2 large
    eggs
  • 1 1/4 c
    cake flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 c
    milk
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla
  • ·
    creole cream cheese filling with root beer
  • 1 lb
    creole or regular cream cheese
  • 1/2 c
    shortening
  • 1/4 lb
    powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp
    zatarain's root beer extract
  • ·
    dried fava beans - set aside
  • ·
    root beer frosting
  • 1 lb
    powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c
    butter
  • 1/2 c
    shortening
  • 1/4 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/4 c
    water
  • 1 tsp
    zatarain's root beer extract
  • ·
    pinch of salt

How to Make King Cake Cupcakes

Step-by-Step

  1. In a mixer at medium speed, cream butter, sugar, and salt together until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time while the mixer is running, making sure each egg is totally mixed in before adding another. Beat mixture until light and fluffy, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl carefully.
  2. In a seperate mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder using a wire whisk to sift and combine them. In another separate bowl, mix the milk and vanilla. Alternate adding wet and dry ingredients to butter mixture starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Do not over mix, as batter should be thick and fluffy. Spoon into lined cupcake pans, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 350* for 12-14 minutes or until done.
  3. Creole cream cheese filling with root beer:

    Combine shortening and cream cheese in mixer at medium speed and whip until smooth. Add powdered sugar and extract until well combined.
  4. Root Beer Frosting:

    combine all ingredients in bowl of mixer. Beat together at medium speed until light and fluffy.
  5. Assemble Cupcakes:

    Use a 1/4 teaspoon to scoop out the center of completely cooled cupcakes from the top to about halfway down. With a piping bag, or plastic bag with the corner snipped off, fill the hole with filling. Insert a dried fava bean into filling of each cupcake. Note: fava bean is for decoration only and should not be eaten. Using a star tip and seperate piping bag, pipe frosting starting on the outside, working your way to the center in one continuous motion. Top with green, purple, and yellow or gold sprinkles, or decorative sugar like on a traditional King Cake.. Enjoy

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About King Cake Cupcakes

Course/Dish: Cakes
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