Honey Graham Mini Cupcakes

If you, too, find yourself wandering listlessly through a CVS as often as I do, you know that the baking inspiration within its walls is hard to come by.

Instead of giving in to the host of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream cartons that are eyeing you back as you pass through the freezer section, try this recipe instead.  Grab a box of graham crackers and a container of honey.  If you already are well stocked with the most basic baking ingredients at home, you’ll be all set.

These mini vanilla butter cupcakes are topped with honey buttercream, a dollop of honey, and a sprinkle of graham streusel.  The vanilla butter cake has a biscuit-y taste that pairs well with the uber-sweet honey frosting and sweet-n-salty streusel.  Honey is the sweetest type of sugar in existence, so it really needs that salt to balance out the flavor.

These cupcakes are so good and so simple that you’ll be amazed by your own ingenuity.  You will want to test out this same recipe with other various snackfoods after your next inevitable CVS romp!

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Yellow Butter Cake

Makes 24 mini cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl.  Gradually add mixture to the butter mixture.
  5. Mix in the whole milk until combined.
  6. Let bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Honey Buttercream

Ingredients:

  • ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and honey.
  2. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, at low speed.
  3. Mix on high until light and fluffy.

Graham Streusel

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, from 3 graham crackers
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces

Instructions:

  1. Crush the graham crackers into small crumbs.
  2. Combine crumbs with the flour, brown sugar, and salt.
  3. Work cold butter into the mixture until it has the texture of wet sand.

Mimosa Bread and Cheers to Good Health

My happy place is definitely light, fruity creations that pair well with bottomless coffee.  I found myself in the ER this week with a severe case of strep throat, and now I’m trying to inject citrus and Vitamin C into my routine more than ever.  A little orange juice probably wouldn’t have prevented my scary doctor visit, but it wouldn’t have hurt!  When you’re sick, it’s essential to surround yourself with bright, happy things, and this recipe does the trick.  Just be sure to have your friend bake it for you!

I made this mimosa bread last month, perfect for hot summer days when you just want to hide inside and crank the AC.  Who knew that it would come in handy now?  Indulge in thick slices of tangy citrus bread baked with real champagne.  Lavish with glaze, and you’re sure to be back on your feet in no time.  Even if you’re feeling better than ever, this bread makes a great addition to any gathering with your girlfriends or breakfast in bed with your SO.

In addition to this week’s health hoopla, I managed to move to Bushwick, and boy am I glad to be closer to Manhattan.  The hour plus train ride to work can really take its toll on even the hardiest of souls.  Now I’m surrounded by beautiful flashes of street art, and I can’t seem to go on a walk in the evening without stumbling onto a spirited block party.  There’s a cafe/bar next door called Sunrise/Sunset that I’m pretty sure will turn into my second home.  Time will tell if the mimosa on their brunch menu comes close to matching this bread!

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Mimosa Bread (Original recipe on Lemon Tree Dwelling)

Bread Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup champagne
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • zest of 1 orange

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon champagne
  • orange zest

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the beaten egg, champagne, sour cream, orange juice, vegetable oil, and orange zest.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the dry flour mixture until just combined.
  5. Fill a greased baking pan (8x4x2 inch) with the batter.  Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  6. Combine all glaze ingredients and mix well.  Pour on bread immediately after removal from the oven.