Happy Martin Luther King day everyone!!!
My boys are out of school, so we are heading up to Salt Lake to spend the day with my family. Can't wait to hang out, relax, play games, and maybe get a little shopping done. But before I go. . .
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. I love Valentine's Day!! I love decorating with the hearts, the pinks, the reds. Ultimate girly-ness. I also love making Valentine themed food. It is so much fun for me to come up with new ideas every year. Here is the first recipe I tweaked to make it Valentine's Day appropriate. Oh my goodness they were good. Yummy moist cupcakes with a cherry cheesecake filling, topped with cream cheese frosting. I added a juju heart to the top of each one, but you can embellish them however you like. Or just leave them plain. Either way, they are delicious!!
Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup soft butter or margarine
1 tsp almond extract (optional)
1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
8oz cream cheese, softened (I used light)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
Beat sour cream, butter, eggs, and almond extract. Add dry ingredients. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. For filling, beat cream cheese and sugar till smooth, then beat in egg yolk. Fold in cherries. Line 22 muffin cups with paper liners. In each cup, layer 1 Tbsp batter, 1 Tbsp filling, 1 Tbsp batter. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
dash of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
3 cups powdered sugar
Red food coloring if desired
Beat cream cheese and butter till smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat till spreading consistency, adding powdered sugar as needed.