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Ambrosia Cupcakes

 Ambrosia Cupcakes
These unbeatable Ambrosia Cupcakes are loaded with flavor. Pineapple, apricot, coconut...your taste buds will be dancing! The addition of butter, shortening and sour cream to the batter guarantees a moist, tender crumb. Yum! —Zan Brock, Jasper, Alabama
36 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup apricot nectar
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • FROSTING:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 36 maraschino cherries with stems

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Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each
  • addition. Beat in extract.
  • In another bowl, whisk the sour cream, apricot nectar and preserves.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to
  • creamed mixture alternately with sour cream mixture. Beat just until
  • blended. Stir in pecans. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form;
  • fold into batter.
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for
  • 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes
  • out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and
  • extracts until light and fluffy. Beat in preserves. Gradually beat
  • in confectioners' sugar until blended.
  • Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Garnish with cherries. Yield:
  • 3 dozen.