Tiramisu Cupcakes + Alice & Olivia

This weekend was one of those amazing few
where the days seem to last forever
and I'm not cringing at finding
that is it Sunday evening yet again.
For one, I scored some great new kicks.
You know when really cool brands collaborate with Target?
Yeah well I never get to enjoy that.
Santa Barbara hates Target (this is not a fact, just an opinion)
Anyway I was reading that Alice & Olivia had a collaboration with Payless
which I promptly forgot about until I passed Payless with the best friend
who made her way up this weekend.
They only had one pair & it was size six & a half. My exact size. It was fate!
After a great day yesterday
I went wine tasting downtown today & took the trolley home.
Perfect summer afternoon.
I finished it off by making these delicious Tiramisu cupcakes.
Tiramisu is my favorite dessert so these were heavenly.
Filled with a dollop of cream cheese frosting & coffee liqeur
It just bursts in your mouth
Make them!

Vanilla Cupcakes
Adapted from Amy Sedaris

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper liners. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a different larger bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix until combined into the batter. Then add the vanilla and mix again. Finally alternately beat in dry ingredients and milk. Fill cupcake liners until they are about 2/3 full (I like to use my large cookie scoop for this). Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely.

Coffee Soaking Syrup
1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons dark rum, amaretto, Kahlua, or brandy

Stir the coffee powder, water, and sugar together in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil. Pour the syrup into a small heatproof bowl and stir in your alcohol of choice; set aside.

Cream Cheese Filling/Frosting
6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons heavy cream, cold
1 tablespoons dark rum
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 to 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese until smooth with a mixer on low. Add in the heavy cream and continue beating until incorporated. Sift the powdered sugar then add it slowly, starting with the lowest amount and adding more as required to reach your desired sweetness and consistency. Add vanilla and increase mixer to medium. Beat 1-2 minutes. Set aside (in the fridge if you'd like the frosting to be firmer).

Cut a hole in the cupcake & fill with coffee syrup & cream frosting Re-top the hole with the cupcake crumbs. Top with frosting & spread.

Thanks 6 bittersweets for this amazing recipe!

What awesome things did everyone else do this weekend?


Katie | July 25, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Sounds like a great weekend :)

Jen | July 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Can you please stop posting such delicious recipes!! I'm trying to follow my diet sweetie! ;-)

The Simply Luxurious Life | July 26, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and those cupcakes look scrumptious - I too love tiramisu and will have to keep this recipe. Cupcakes really are the perfect portion. And wine tasting - sounds lovely.

shari @ little blue deer | July 26, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Ni-ce! Man, I really need some oxfords, badly. Also, the fact that this recipe is from Amy Sedaris makes it doubly awesome. Love ya Rachel! XO!

Ladyulia | July 27, 2010 at 1:34 AM

nice blog
I'm glad to find it

Xiaolu | July 31, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Cuuute shoes and glad you liked the recipe. Reminds me I should add these to the list of things to bake soon again. Happy weekend!

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