Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentines Day! Blushing Grapefruit Cupcakes

Happy Valentine's Day! Here is a fun, pink treat to celebrate this LOVE-ly holiday.
We have been eating alot of grapefruit around here. They were 5 for $1 at the store awhile ago and we purchased quite a few. We have been just eating them, for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner, so I thought it would be fun to have them in a different way. The cake in these cupcakes is not too sweet and it reminded me of a sponge cake. The cream cheese frosting adds just enough sweetness to make these cupcakes really delicious. And throughout the whole thing, you can taste the sweet/sour of ripe grapefruit.
I love seeing all the grapefruit and lemon zest in the cake and frosting. These little bites are perfect for a fun day. Make some and share them with everyone you care about- Trust me, everyone will be smiling!
On a fun little side note- My blog was named one of Utah's 10 Hottest Food Blogs- Go HERE to read about it on Utah Stories and check out the other great blogs mentioned. I am definitely feeling the love!

Blushing Grapefruit Cupcakes from Woman's Day
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp each baking soda and salt
1/4 cup each oil and water
3 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
1 tsp fresh grapefruit juice
2 tsp each freshly grated grapefruit and lemon peel
1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
2 tsp fresh grapefruit juice
1 tsp each freshly grated grapefruit and lemon peel
1 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 drops red food color
3 cups grapefruit segments, preferably Ruby Red
Garnish: mint leaves
Cooking Instructions
Cupcakes: Heat oven to 350°F. Line 16 regular-size (21⁄2-in. diam) muffin cups with paper or foil liners.
Stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in center; put oil, water, egg yolks, 3 Tbsp grapefruit juice and the grated peels in well. Whisk liquids to mix, then whisk with flour mixture just until blended and smooth.
Beat egg whites in a medium bowl with mixer on high speed until frothy. Add remaining 1 tsp grapefruit juice; beat just until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted. With a rubber spatula, stir 1⁄3 the beaten egg whites into the cupcake batter, then gently fold in remaining whites just until blended. Spoon 1⁄4 cup into each lined cup.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes until tops are browned and a pick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely.
Frosting: Beat ingredients (except grapefruit segments) in a medium bowl with mixer on low speed just to blend. On high speed, beat until smooth and fluffy. Finely chop 1 grapefruit segment and stir into frosting. Spread on cupcakes.
Just before serving: Drain remaining grapefruit segments well and place on cupcakes; garnish with mint.
Can be made through Step 5 up to 3 days ahead. Refrigerate airtight. Section grapefruit up to 1 day before using; refrigerate covered.

Coming on Monday- Carrot-Parmesan Risotto


Netts Nook said...

Great Cupcakes they look great. Leo said great thing about your blog congrats. We have a lot of great blogs here in Utah..

Anonymous said...

these were delicious! You are the best cook ever!

Maria said...

Congrats!! We have been eating grapefruit too! Do you go to Sunflower Market? I love that place! Their produce is always cheap and really nice! Glad you are having a great V-day!

n.o.e said...

Congrats on the well-deserved recognition! Those cupcakes look fabulous, citrus in baked goods is a match made in heaven! Perfect for Valentine's day.

~~louise~~ said...

What a wonderful treat for National Grapefruit Month which just happens to be in February. I'm going to grab this link just in case...They sound tartly irresistible...

Congrats on your award, Mary Ann. I'm off to read all about it!!!

Amanda said...

Congrats on the Utah blog honor Mare! :) The cupcakes look so lovely!

Sophie said...

I love the delicate colors of these cupcakes, this is a cupcake flavor I've gotta try! :) I hope you had a great Valentine's Day with your family.

The Blonde Duck said...

Those look fabulous, as always!

Kim said...

okay I haven't checked out the food blog for a while and all I can say is yummy yummy yummy. I also want to say super cute blog design I am lovin it.

Marie said...

I'm not surprised to find you in the top ten Mary Ann!! Your food is always so delicious! I just got back from Utah yesterday and I have to say I LOVED it there!! You are so lucky to live in such a wonderful place!

Cathy said...

These look delicious, and CONGRATS on the honor for your blog, Mary Ann! You deserve the recognition -- your blog is truly outstanding!

Anonymous said...

nice work!!!
Y dont u add some spicy stuff?
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