Neither do I. It’s all kind of a giant blur of roast turkey, wedding cake, and contractions.
And pomegranate juice. The lovely people over at POM Wonderful contacted me and sent a case of pomegranate juice accompanied by more facts and figures than I have fingers and toes to count. Bottom line: This stuff is insanely good for you. To say the least. (Mosey on over to their site, and I’ll let them handle all the physiological nitty-gritty.)
So, I gathered a handful of recipes, placed my juice in the fridge, and told my husband not to drink it, because, hey, I had big plans. But that night, we decided to open just one of the little bottles of juice. Just one. Just to try it out. Surely I wouldn’t need all 12 bottles for baking, right?
And that’s how it started. Every couple of days we would buckle, and another little bottle would disappear from the fridge, and I would shave down my list of pomegranate recipes. At last we were left with one bottle. One little bottle of pomegranate juice, sitting all by his lonesome.
My husband asked me several times if he could just go ahead and drink it. No. Are you sure? Yes. Please? No. Part of it? No.
That was two months ago. Two months that little bottle has been sitting in the fridge. Two months my husband has been pestering me to let him finish it off. Two months I have said no, and secretly wondered when I would get around to it.
Valentines Day. That’s when I would get around to it. Here we are, two months later.
So, Happy Valentines Day! I brought you pink cupcakes. Last Valentines Day I brought you pink cupcakes too, but they weren’t as cute, and the photography was embarrassing. And I didn’t bother including any recipes. This time around I’m doing it up right.
Golden Vanilla Cupcakes
2 cups sugar
3-1/4 cups flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1-1/4 cup milk, room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
4 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with papers.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and beat until mixture looks sandy. Combine the milk and vanilla and add to the flour mixture all at once. Add the vegetable oil, and mix at low speed just until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each egg. Scrape the sides of the bowl again and beat the mixture on low for 30 seconds.
Transfer the batter to the cupcake papers, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove the muffin tin from the oven and place the cupcakes on a rack to cool. Make sure cupcakes are cooled completely before frosting them.
POM Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from www.pomwonderful.com
1-1/2 cups Pomegranate juice
4 oz. butter, room temperature
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
14 oz. powdered sugar
In a small saucepan, reduce the pomegranate juice, over low heat, down to 3 fl. oz. Allow to cool.
Place butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl and cream together until soft and fluffy. Turn the speed down to low and slowly add the powdered sugar and pomegranate juice reduction. Mix until the sugar is fully incorporated.
Place icing into a piping bag with a round or star tip, and decorate cupcakes.