I'm not sure how to begin the post. It seems my posting has become pretty infrequent lately, but I really can't help it. I haven't done much baking, so there's nothing for me to post. And I became guilty and sad and distraught and fearful and lonely and... I needed to bake!
I also have a confession. I won. I won a giveaway. Like, over a month ago? And I didn't tell you about it... Whoops. Call it lazy, because that's what it is. Susan over at Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy had a POM Wonderful giveaway and I won some fab goodies. I got the Nigella Christmas cookbook and POM Wonderful juice! YESS! I've heard so much about it and now I could finally try. And only now I've gotten around to using some.
What to make? I have 6 lovely bottles and I needed a recipe. To tell you the truth, it didn't take long to decide. I am obsessed with cupcakes and it's no secret. So pomegranate cupcakes it is.
24 regular cupcakes / 350 degree oven
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup pomegranate juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1. Beat butter on high until soft, about 30 seconds.
2. Add sugar. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
3. Add eggs one at a time, beat for 30 seconds between each.
4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
5. Measure out milk and grapefruit juice together. Add zest.
6. Add about a fourth of the flour to the butter/sugar mixture and beat to combine.
7. Add about one third the milk/juice mixture and beat until combined.
8. Repeat above, alternating flour and milk and ending with the flour mixture.
9. Mix in pomegranate seeds.
10. Scoop into cupcake papers about half to two-thirds full (depending on whether you want flat or domed cupcakes).
11. Bake for 22-25 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean.
Note: These cupcakes tend to rise quite a bit and will overflow if you put too much batter in the cupcake paper. Keep it under two-thirds full.
But what could make these over the top and fabulous? I've been away from baking for awhile and I need something with a wow-factor to prove I can still do this thannng. A filling. A pomegranate inspired filling. Mousse. Yes, mousse would be wonderful...
Pomegranate Mousse Filling:
4 cups POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
Extra fine sugar
1 pint Heavy whipping cream
2 Tbsp powdered sugar
5 Egg whites
Mix juices and fine sugar in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 1 hour or until mixture has reduced to about 1 cups of liquid. Pour into a separate bowl, cover and chill in refrigerator.
Mix cream and powdered sugar in a chilled mix bowl until soft peaks form. Set aside.
Beat egg whites until still. Fold in whipped cream and 1 cup of juice reduction into egg whites. Gently mix until fully incorporated Set aside remaining cup of juice reduction to drizzle over frosted cupcakes.
Frosting. It can't be overwhelming and detract from the pomegranate flavor. Cream cheese is out. No chocolate, but that's pretty much a given with me. Butter cream. You can never go wrong with butter cream. And add a pomegranate twist. Because like I said, we're going over the top with this one.
Pomegranate Butter cream Frosting:
3 sticks Butter, at room temperature
4 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp clear vanilla
1 Tbsp milk
Pomegranate juice. (Add by tablespoons until it's the taste you like.)
Cream butter until fluffy and smooth.
Add powdered sugar and mix on low. Add vanilla and milk. Beat on high until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth. Frost or pipe frosting on to cupcakes.
BEST EVER. I ate four in one night. But let's pretend I didn't. The cupcakes themselves were really light, but the butter cream adds a heaviness. The mousse is really light and fluffy and adds a huge burst of flavor.
I actually had a TON of extra batter. So once I reached twenty cupcakes, I made a cake with the left overs. I had plenty to fill a 8 inch round pan. This worked out well because I wasn't able to make the mousse that same night. So I could at least try some of the cake to know if it was tasty. Honestly, it was the best texture I've ever had in a cake. And I think it was better than the cupcakes. I would definitely make the recipe as a cake again. With the butter cream of course!
- ▼ 2010 (95)
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