Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cupcakes for Recovery

Last week's events have left us a lot of us shaken, confused, and afraid.  However, they have also sparked an incredible sense of hope and a drive to move forward and help one another. 

A 4th year student at my school and his wife were seriously injured at the Marathon Bombings and are still both in the hospital.  Because they are still unable to have visitors and the family has asked the world to respect their privacy, we have all been searching for a way to help from afar.  MSPP's administration created a fund to help pay for the couple's medical expenses.  MSPP's Student Coordinating Committee decided to take action to hold a bake sale to raise money for the couple's recovery.  I'm not part of the SCC, but I really wanted to help in a way that I knew I could: contributing baked goods.  This was my contribution:

Salted Caramel Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream
Recipe adapted from The Cake Merchant
Yield: 20-24 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
1 cup milk (I used almond)
1/4 cup caramel sauce
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Whisk together milk, caramel, eggs and vanilla.  Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, mix together dry ingredients until combined. 
Stir in butter until incorporated
Slowly stir in the wet ingredients until smooth.
Fill baking cups 2/3 full. 
Bake at 350°F for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes from the pans to finish cooling completely.

Frost and decorated as desired.  I used vanilla buttercream and extra caramel sauce.

These cupcakes were as beautiful as they were delicious.  They were a huge hit.  A lot of my peers also made incredible cheesecake bars, quick breads, brownies, muffins, and cookies.  I was simultaneously as inspired as I was envious of some of the amazing recipes that outshined my humble cupcakes.  In the end, we all came together and raised just over $700 for Patrick and Jessica.  If you couldn't make it to the bake sale but would still like to contribute, please consider donating to their recovery here.

Patrick and Jessica, we wish you all the best for a successful and speedy recovery.

Love and cookies,

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