Butterfinger and an Organic Cava

Friends and family are now offering suggestions by the dozens and this week’s was a doozy– Butterfinger! The candy is deservedly lauded as the ultimate sugary snack– it almost disapeared from my kitchen’s pantry before I even had a chance to bake with it. To be totally fair, my dear friend Danielle suggested a Chick-O stick inspired cupcake this week. The candy name didn’t ring a bell but she described it as the filling of a Butterfinger- buttery, flaky, creamy goodness with a hint of coconut. With Samoa cupcakes fresh in my memory I felt like I’d filled my coconut quota for a while, but Butterfinger…well that’s another story.

I’ve been trying to use candies and flavors as themes as opposed to garnishes. I utilized a variety of sized Butterfinger bar bits in my vanilla cupcake, created a Butterfinger inspired frosting and used the remainder of the bars as snack on top. I need to use my never-fail vanilla cupcake recipe as a base more often. It’s so incredibly buttery and moist, but holds additional flavors in really well while rising.

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped Butterfinger

Frosting:

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Butterfinger bar cut into peices for garnish

Preheat oven to 350. Line cupcake tin. Combine cupcake ingredients and bake for 20 minutes. Combine frosting ingredients and spoon into piping bag. Pipe frosting on cupcakes and garnish with peices of Butterfinger bar. Enjoy!

butterfinger 1

butterfinger 2

butterfinger 3

butterfinger 4

Finally, as promised, a break from Proseccos. They have become one of my favorite varieties of sparkling wines, but it was time to mix it up. This week– an organic Cava. The Albero Cava is exclusive to Trader Joe’s and a huge bargain. It’s dry and tart…soaked the buttery flavors of the cupcake right up. It has dominant notes of almond and orange with lemon and straw on the finish. The nice thing about Cavas is that they tend to be a little less fruity, a little more dry than Proseccos– not always the case, but definitely true here. Fun to sip on with heavy flavored pastas or fish, if you’re not in the mood for something sweet πŸ™‚

cava 1

cava 3

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Cheers,
Jenna

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