June Martha Stewart Cupcake Calendar: Rose and Ginger Cupcakes

Still catching up on this little project.  Almost skipped this one altogether.  But I didn’t because I committed to it.  However, I think the lesson here was that the zuzu of not wanting to make this cupcake affected the outcome.  I believe the energy you put into whatever activity you do is the outcome you get out.  Lesson learned.  Thanks for the reminder, universe.

Regardless, I put some time into these and the results were underwhelming.  I do like ginger and I was hoping for a pleasant surprise with the rose water.  I did try to cut the recipe down to 1/3 of its original size.  This may have had an affect.  The crumb was a little tough, a little too chewy.  Also, the crystalized ginger may have been too sweet, it may be better to buy larger chunks of it and throw it in the food processor.  I couldn’t taste the rose water in the icing at all.

Now I have a bottle of rose water remaining.  Any suggestions?  Sweet or savory welcome!  Not to fear, I have an AMAZING dessert in store for you later this week.  Until then, my advice?  Stay away from uninspiring recipes.  You heard it here first.  Life altering advice.

Rose and Ginger Cupcakes
Makes 24
by Martha Stewart

Ingredients
For the Cupcakes:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons candied ginger, chopped

For the Rose Glaze:
1/2 cup milk
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons rose water
pink gel-paste food coloring

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.  Sift together flours, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

2. With a mixer, cream butter and granulated sugar until pale, about 4 minutes.  Beat in eggs one at a time until incorporated.  Beat in flour mixture in three bathces, alternating with milk and beginning and ending with four.  Stir in candied ginger until distributed.

3. Divide batter among liners, filling fhalfway.  Bake until golden and set, about 20 minutes. Transfer tin to rack to cool for 15 minutes.  Remove from tin; let cool.  Store in an airtight container about 2 days.

4. Make glaze a few hours before serving (if glazed cupcakes sit out too long, they will wrinkle). Whisk milk and confectioners’ sugar until smooth.  Add rose water.  Add a small drop of food coloring for pale pink, and stir.  Immediately pour glaze on cupcakes (about 1 tablespoon each) just until flush with top of liner.  Let set before decorating.

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