Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Horchata Cupcakes

When Elina, Kerstin and I started planning dinner a few weeks month ago, we settled on a Spanish theme and I wound up responsible for dessert.  I thought about going the traditional route, but decided to use the prominent components (almond, caramel, rice, cinnamon) in a different way.

Horchata, as it turns out, is originally from Valencia.  While the traditional version uses tigernuts, I used my creative license and used brown rice.  Remembering the cupcakes from the first Foodbuzz Festival, I based my creation off of those!

Horchata Cupcakes
slightly adapted from Mission Mini's
Yield:  10-11

1 1/4c white whole wheat flour
1/2c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
1/2t baking soda
1/2t salt
1 1/2t cinnamon
2/3c neutral-flavored oil
1/2c fresh horchata
1 lg egg, RT
1/2t white vinegar
1t vanilla extract.

Preheat oven to 325deg.

Sift together dry ingredients (flour through cinnamon) into a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining (wet) ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until smooth and thoroughly combined.  Divide batter evenly among lined cupcake tins so they are 2/3 full (I did this with a cookie scoop).

Bake in oven for 15-20min, turning the pan halfway through.  Test with a toothpick to check for doneness, it should come clean with a few crumbs attached.  Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

Once my cupcakes had cooled, I filled them with cajeta (bought in Mexico) and topped them with almond cream cheese frosting (from Sky High, which you can find here).  A sprinkle of cinnamon would've been a nice touch, but I forgot!

What's your favorite Spanish dessert?


Erica said...

Ive never tried this! But it sounds like a fabulous flavor combination. I want the icing alone!

Kristen said...

I think i might have mentioned in the last post that I'm a huge fan of horchata! Ok, so i only had it once in spain, but i'd love to drink it more often!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

These sounds so interesting! I feel like a bad blogger that I had never heard of horchata before your blog!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Thanks for teaching me a little bit more about horchata!

Ranjani said...

I don't know a whole lot about Spanish food, although I'd love to learn more. You are definitely making me want to try horchata!

vanillasugarblog said...

yes, thanks for the info on horchata. who knew? I don't know much about spanish cuisine. but am always open to new things! they look good Shan!

Elizabeth said...

I have had almost every flavor of cupcake imaginable but I have NOT had horchata cupcakes. And cajeta filling? Heavenly

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

give me.

Reeni said...

These are genius! The filling is killer! Is flan Spanish? I love it.

Joanne said...

I really am a firm believer in the idea that everything tastes better as a cupcake...especially thick creamy cinnamony drinks! These look awesome. Majorly so.

Natalie said...

so impressed by your creativity here! can you believe i've never tried horchata! must fix that!

Esi said...

Love your creativity here..homemade horchata...what?!

Delicious Dishings said...

Almond cream cheese frosting sounds like a great topping!

Anonymous said...

Love the filling of cajeta, scrumptious!

Sacha said...

Everything about this sounds delicious. What a wonderful combination of flavors!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

These were yummy :)

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