This recipe appears in:Bake the Book: Popcorn Chive Blossom Cupcakes
Buttery and sweet with notes of toasted corn, these Cooking with Flowers cupcakes are topped with cream cheese frosting and chive blossoms.
Reprinted with permission by Miche Bacher. Copyright © 2013. Published by Quirk Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.
- 2 cups popped popcorn
- 2 cups milk
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Petals of 4 chive blossoms, plus more for topping, if desired
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Soak popcorn in milk for about 2 hours. (If you want to leave it longer, refrigerate it, but bring it back to room temperature before you use it.)
Strain popcorn through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing the soggy popcorn to get all the good stuff out. Discard the solids.
Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 12-cup cupcake or muffin pan with liners.
Put flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and chive petals in the bowl of a mixer and mix briefly to combine. Add 11/4 cups of the strained popcorn milk and butter to flour mixture and beat for about 2 minutes on medium-low speed.
Drop egg yolks and vanilla into the remaining 3/4 cup strained popcorn milk and mix with a fork to break up yolks. Beat mixture into the batter a bit at a time, pausing occasionally to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
Fill the muffin cups two-thirds with batter and slide the pan into the oven. Bake cupcakes for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
For the frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes, or until no lumps remain. Frost each cupcake and top with chive blossom petals, if desired. Serve the same day.