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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Iced Pistachio Cupcakes


I LOVE nuts !

Especially pistachio .

Have you tried grinding it in a food processor ?  Seriously ! hahaha Ahhhh the smell , it's just really incredible ^-^"

So when I saw this recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book , I knew I had to bake it. It's pistachio overload and I'm in pistachio heaven lol

I'm not planning to iced these but I still have some cream sitting around so I made half of the icing recipe . Sadly  , I added too much cream and the result is not drippy but still okay though . Iced or not , the cupcake itself taste FANTASTIC !

But of course , photo-wise it looks great with the icing and chopped pistachio on top hee hee

I halve the recipe but just used a generous cup of sugar , I also used salted pistachios and a pinch of salt  and made 15 cupcakes . My cupcakes sizes are not uniform . Oh , I over baked some , again ! tsk tsk


Recipe from Martha Stewart's Cupcakes

Makes 34

1 cup unsalted shelled pistachios
1 1/4 cups ( 2 1/2 sticks ) unsalted butter , at room temperature
6 ounces cream cheese , at room temp
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs , at room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon coarse salt
3/4 cup coarsely chopped salted pistachios

* Preheat oven to 325°F/160°C . Line standard muffin tin with paper liners . In a food processor , grind shelled nuts to a paste .
* With an electric mixer  on medium-high speed , beat butter , cream cheese and pistachio paste until light and fluffy , about 3 minutes . Reduce speed to med-low , gradually add sugar ; beat until smooth , scraping the sides of the bowl as needed . Add eggs , one at a time , beating until each is incorporated . Beat in vanilla . Reduce speed to low and add in flour and salt , beating until just combined . Fold in chopped nuts by hand .
* Divide batter evenly among lined cups , filling about three-quarters full . Bake for about 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted comes out clean .

Drippy icing :

1 cup plus 3 T icing sugar , sifted
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 1/2 pistachio slivers or chopped pistachios to decorate

* Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth . Use immediately .

16 comments:

  1. Anne,I love your 1st pic ... so pretty. I must get pistachios to try it. Gosh... mouth watering now ^-^

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  2. looking at the ingredients, it sounds very delicious to me..serious!!

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  3. This looks so delicious and I love the dash of colour that the pistachios add to the cupcakes. I have never used pistachio in baking yet.. well actually once. But then I used salted pistachios and that turned to be saltish. Can't wait to try pistachios again, the unsalted ones that is. :)

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    1. @ Rathai , try blanching your salted pistachios in hot water to get rid of some of the salt ;)

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  4. Very yummy looking cupcakes...

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  5. Wow! they look nutty, nice and delicious.

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  6. ooo, pistachios are one of my favorites! and i've been looking for a good green cupcake recipe for a while! i keep coming across one that calls for pudding mix, but i just hate putting boxed stuff in an otherwise from scratch recipe, you know? these look great!

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    1. @ Anna , I kinda expecting a more green color in these baked cupcake tsk ! hahaha I guess I need to add some green gel paste ;D

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  7. the best cup cakes looking just awesome..

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  8. My dad loves pistachios....I need to make these beauties for him when he visits next :) They look moist and wonderful~

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  9. Anne great cupcake....love the pistachios in them...love the colour as well...looks natural and healthy, and not the bright green of food colour...

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  10. I am a beginner when it comes to cupcakes-yours look perfect and I also love pistachio:)

    Life and travelling
    Cooking

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  11. My husband loves pistachio..I should make this for him one of these days.....

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  12. Mmmmm...gorgeous cupcakes! Ryan will definitely love them! He's so into pistachios.

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  13. Glad to see that you are not skimping on those tasty pistachios in these cupcakes-yum! The inside of them tell me that they are moist nutty and delicious. I am saving this recipe-good thing that you love pistachios or I would have never come across this!

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