Sunday, November 23, 2008

No Lovin' in the Oven


My poor oven kicked the bucket two weeks ago. The stove stop is still ticking, and the broiler is also still in the game. Its just the baking element that just wont work. (even after I climbed in and tinkered with it- it still wont breathe sweet life into any raw cookie dough I put in there)

While I was feeling quite blue and wallowing in my baking sorrows, down
trodden as I would not be able to compete in this months IRON CUPCAKE CHALLENGE, it was my mom that gave me new hope. Mom called and said "microwave". Really? The microwave for delicate sweet little cuppie cakes? Why not!

This recipe was one my mom used in the early 80's when we lived in the keys and no one ever wanted to turn on their oven. I made a few tweaks and additions and I think it turned out quite well. I made them in cupcake form and in cake cup form. Yes cake cup!

Cranberry Cupcake Surprises

1 3 oz package of cream cheese
2 Tbsp of sugar
1 egg yolk
1/8 tsp of salt
1 1/4 Tsp of orange zest
1/3 cup Craisins
1 Tbsp of flour
3 oz of semi sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 package of Duncan Hines Double Dark Chocolate Cake AND the ingredients called for on package

In small microwave safe mixing bowl- heat uncovered on low for 1 minute the cream cheese. Stir in sugar, then the egg yolk and the salt, Mix in chocolate chips and 1/4 tsp orange zest. set aside.

Prepare chocolate cake mix using package directions. Mix craisins with the flour and then fold into the cake mixture. Finally add the 1 Tsp of orange zest. Fill cupcake cups with about 1 & 1/2 tbs of cake mixture. To steady the papers I put them in the heavy duty plastic wilton baking cups.

Add 1 tsp of the cream cheese mixture to the top of each cup.



(if you make these in a coffee cup, I put in about 3 Tbsp of cake mixture and 2 tsp of the cream cheese mixture)



Cook uncovered in the microwave on HIGH for 1 1/2 minutes, if needed microwave for an additional 30 seconds. Cupcake top will not be look moist on the surface when it is done.

Let cool and top with fresh whipped cream and a couple of craisins. And Voila! No bake Cupcake! (or cake cup!!)



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1 comment:

mkwewer said...

I think you should win for the "girl scout" factor! You could have called it quits but did you? No! You put on your apron and you said, "no oven, no problem!" Can't wait to try this and you know I will be voting for you....