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Amaretto Vanilla Cupcakes!!!

Husband and I were playing Little BIG Planet this afternoon and I got the hankering to make cupcakes. Originally, I was just going to make plain ole vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting but I decided to kick it up a notch and add some amaretto to the batter and the frosting. Although I am still working on my frosting skills, the cupcakes came out delish and very easy to make! Recipe is from Taste of Home. I adapted it to add 1tsp vanilla to the batter as well as some fresh lemon zest. I also didn't have any buttermilk so I just used milk. They seem fine to me. Oh, and make sure you have a glass of amaretto on the side for drinking while baking!!! =D Recipe after the jump!


Amaretto Dream Cupcakes

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup Amaretto
1/3 cup slivered almonds

3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 to 4 tbl whipping cream
2 to 3 tbl Amaretto

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add 1/3 of the flour and all of the buttermilk, then 1/3 of the flour and all of the Amaretto, beating well after each addition. Add remaining flour; mix until smooth. Stir in almonds.

Line regular or mini muffin cups with baking papers. Fill each 2/3 full. Bake at 375ºF for 14-16 minutes or until muffins test done. Cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove and cool completely. For frosting,, beat powdered sugar and butter in a small mixing bowl. Add 3 tbl. cream and 2 tbl. Amaretto; beat until smooth. Add remaining cream and Amaretto if needed to reach spreading consistency. Spread over cooled cupcakes.