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Fancy Cream Cupcakes

 Fancy Cream Cupcakes
These cute, tender cupcakes are creamy and not too sweet. They look fancy but are quick to fix...and even a big platter of these timeless treats disappears in no time. I've been making desserts since I was a youngster, the oldest of several sisters.
22 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 4 to 5 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to
  • creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each
  • addition.
  • Fill paper or foil-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at
  • 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • For filling, beat cream in a chilled small bowl until it begins to

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Fancy Cream Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • thicken. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and food coloring if
  • desired until stiff peaks form. Beat in almond extract.
  • Cut a 1-in. cone shape from the center of each cupcake; set cone
  • aside. Fill indentation with filling. Cut each cone in half from top
  • to bottom; place two halves on filling for butterfly wings. If
  • desired, pipe a thin strip of filling between wings for butterfly
  • body if desired. Yield: 22 cupcakes.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 185 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.