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Ambrosia Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling

Makes

3 dozen

These unbeatable 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

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large 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
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 36 maraschino cherries with stems

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. 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.
  5. Frost cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Garnish with cherries.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 284 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 48mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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