April 12, 2015

Arnold Palmer Cupcakes

Today our weather is going to be a sunny 75 degrees.  Perfect weather.  Do you remember when Willard Scott used to be the weather man on the Today show, and he always picked the best spot for weather for that day, and it was always a sunny, 75-degree day?  Well, that's us this afternoon!  And it will be a great day to play golf.    

We are BIG golf fans.  We love to play golf, watch golf on T.V., and love attending  LPGA golf tournaments.  We would love to see a PGA tournament, and I am adding that to our list of "things to do".

In honor of the start of a new golf season in our neck of the woods, I made "Arnold Palmer Cupcakes".  For those of you unfamiliar with the Arnold Palmer drink, it was a mix of tea and lemonade.  (Just a side note, I mixed tea and lemonade before I ever heard of the "Arnold Palmer Drink".)  Who knew?

Arnold Palmer Cupcakes

1 box of white cake mix
1 cup of milk
1 family size tea bag
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
1/4 cup of oil

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Place cupcake holders into a cupcake pan.

Heat milk on top of stove and add in one family
 size tea bag and allow to steep for a couple of minutes.
Add sifted cake mix, milk steeped with tea, eggs, and 1/4 cup of oil in a stand mixer.
Using your paddle attachment, mix on low for 30 seconds to incorporate all ingredients.   Turn mixer up to high and beat for two minutes.

Using an ice-cream scoop, scoop batter into cupcake holders.  Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean.

Lemon Frosting

1 unsalted butter, softened
1 box of Confectioner's Powdered Sugar
Three or Four Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
 1 teaspoon of vanilla
A pinch of salt
Milk or cream

Unsalted butter goes into a mixing bowl on a stand mixer and using the paddle attachment, cream butter, add in confectioners sugar, a little at a time, add in fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, salt, and milk or cream to desired consistency.

After cupcakes have cooled completely, frost each cupcake.  I added paper straws and lemon rind for a cute little decoration.

Serve to family and friends!!


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