As so many of my readers know, I am working on the team that's putting together Widener Law Review's 2010 symposium, Health Law and the Elderly: Managing Risk at the End of Life, with my all time favorite professor, Thaddeus Pope (remember him--law school sympathy cupcakes). Tomorrow we have a committee meeting, and the Law Review secretary (mastermind behind this entire operation) asked me to make cupcakes.
You also probably know that I don't really like to try new recipes. I get scared and REALLY disappointed if they don't turn out. Today, though, I decided to live life on the wild side and try something new. So, I browsed through about a dozen cupcake books before coming to Martha Stewart's banana pecan cupcakes with caramel swiss meringue buttercream.
Let me tell you, this frosting was a royal pain--but it was worth it!!!! First, I made homemade caramel, which, just by itself takes forever! Then, I made meringue (hello--process!) and added whipped butter (whipped by me, of course). Then I added the caramel. After about 2 hours, this delectable buttercream was complete! Wow, it is incredible. It's much lighter than the traditional buttercream and the caramel makes it sweet (but not too sweet) and silky. I just might have to make them another time (but only for a special occasion).
I drizzled the homemade caramel and sprinkled pecans over the top. Enjoy!
I'm a young lawyer and self-proclaimed domestic goddess.
I believe in real butter and making everything from scratch.
I bake as a hobby. I find it to be an incredible way to unwind in a world of never-ending work. If you have a question, just ask! ENJOY!
Please feel free to e-mail me: LAnderson2@gmail.com