Cricket Ball Cupcakes

24 Feb

For the birthday of a friend from New Zealand who doesn’t get much cricket here in the states.

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RED VELVET CUPCAKES
Sift together in medium bowl:

  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
Beat together in large bowl:

  • 1 1/2 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tb. red food coloring (Don’t skimp!)
  • 1 tsp. white distilled vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Combine dry and wet ingredients. Mix well. 
Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full, bake 20-22 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cool completely before frosting. (Makes 24)

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Combine:
  • 1 pound cream cheese, softened
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Add gradually:

  • 4 c. confectioners’ sugar, sifted
CRICKET BALLS
I cut donut holes in half and covered them with red-colored cream cheese frosting (saving some white aside for piping the laces).
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