Monday, October 22, 2012

Princess Torte Cupcakes



There's a celebration happening today! It's a virtual baby shower for my pal Kristan of Confessions of a Cookbook Queen! She's expecting Princess Lucy next month, so I've created a special cupcake for her inspired by the traditional Swedish Princesstårta.

I've always thought the Princess Torte looked extra sweet and dainty with that little pink rose on top. Don't you think they'd be perfect for a little girl's tea party?! No question.

Kristan, please invite me over when it's little girl tea party time. I'll bring the cupcakes!


The most obvious element I've taken from the original cake is the appearance, but other elements include a marzipan layer, pastry cream, and red raspberry jam. I chose to use a sour cream cake batter as the base instead of a sponge cake and I flavored it with chardonnay.  If you are serving these to kiddies, just switch out the chardonnay in the pastry cream and cake batter for sparkling white grape juice.


Be sure to check out all the other goodies we're showering on Kristan at the links below!

Cookies and Cups | Zebra Cake Cupcakes
The Hungry Housewife  | White Cupcakes  
She Wears Many Hats |  Pretty in Pink Party Marshmallows
Two Peas and Their Pod | Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cupcakes
My Baking Addiction | Sugar and Spice Cupcakes
Sweet Sugarbelle | Damask Cookies
Chocolate and Carrots | Whole Wheat Chocolate Cupcakes
Bake at 350 | Little Pumpkin Cupcakes
Living Locurto | Baby Shower Printables 


Princess Torte Cupcakes
Yield: about 15 cupcakes
Cake:                                                                                                           [click for printable version]
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chardonnay or sparkling white grape juice

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard-size muffin tin with plain cupcake papers.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.  in a medium sized bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup chardonnay and 1/2 cup sour cream (mixture will fizz and bubble a little).  Add flour and chardonnay mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.  Batter will be thick.
  3. Fill cupcake papers with 1/4 cup measures of batter.  Bake for 17-22 minutes.  Set aside.
Chardonnay Pastry Creme Filling:
1/2 cup heavy cream, divided
1/2 cup chardonnay or sparkling white grape juice
2 tbsp cornstarch 
5 tbsp granulated sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk cornstarch in 1/4 cup of heavy cream. Combine the remaining heavy cream, sugar and 1/2 cup chardonnay in a saucepan; bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  2. Beat the whole egg and egg yolks into the cornstarch/heavy cream mixture.  Pour 1/3 of boiling chardonnay mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly so the eggs do not cook.  Return the remaining chardonnay/heavy cream mixture to a boil.  Pour in the hot egg mixture in a stream, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens.  Remove from heat and beat in the butter and vanilla.  
Assembly:
10 oz. Marzipan
1/2 lb. rolled fondant tinted pale green with 1 or 2 drops of liquid food coloring
3 tbsp. rolled fondant tinted pink
1 tbsp. rolled fondant tinted leaf green
Cooled pastry cream (recipe above)
1/3 cup red raspberry jelly
White ruffled cupcake liners
Gold luster dust and artists' brush (optional)

  1. Cut a divot into the top of each cupcake and fill with 1/2 tbsp. pastry cream and 1/2 tbsp. raspberry jelly.  Trim the cut-out cake pieces flat to make a "lid" and place on top of the filled divot.
  2. Roll the marzipan out on a work surface dusted with confectioners sugar.  Cut 3-inch rounds using a round cookie cutter or pastry ring.  Re-roll marzipan scraps and cut more circles as needed.
  3. Lay a marzipan circle over the top of a cupcake and press the edges down onto the cupcake, creating a perfectly smooth top (picture).  If the marzipan doesn't want to stick, you can brush the cupcake with a little water using a pastry brush before applying the marzipan.  Repeat with remaining cupcakes.
  4. Roll out the green fondant and cut 3-inch circles as before with the marzipan.  Roll each circle out a little larger using a fondant roller.  Place circle over a marzipan'd cupcake and gently smooth over and around the cupcake top using  cupped hands. Trim off excess fondant using a small, non-serrated knife.
  5. Place fondant covered cupcakes in white ruffled papers (I double up on these for extra-ruffly effect!). Roll out pink fondant and cut into 3/4-inch strips.  Roll up strips from a short end to form a rose bud. Pinch off excess and place on top of fondant covered cupcake. If it doesn't adhere naturally, moisten the bottom of the rose bud with water, then apply to top of cupcake.  Roll out the leaf green fondant and cut out tiny leaves with a plain-edge knife (I did this without a template or cutter). Apply the leaf next to the rosebud by pressing it onto the fondant; brush with water if necessary to help it adhere. Brush rosebud with gold luster dust.
  6. Store in an air-tight container in refrigerator.  Bring to room temperature before serving.


52 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Extremely pretty and so refined looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

About me said...

well it's swedish and not swiss, isn't it?

anyway, they look perfectly excuisiste! (spelling?)

SprinkleBakes said...

You're right! Thank you!

Amber | Bluebonnets and Brownies said...

Oh my. These babies are absolutely stunning. I just love the sweet little English rosebud on top of each, and the idea of Chardonnay Pastry Creme has me more than a little excited. Wonderful idea to celebrate Kristan and Lucy!

TidyMom said...

GORGEOUS Heather! Chardonnay in the batter?! oh my word that sounds amazing!!

Happy shower day for Kristan and baby Lucy!

cookies and cups said...

You continue to amaze me! Chardonnay in the pastry cream? You must live in my brain!

Maria said...

So elegant and beautiful!

Karly said...

Oh my goodness. These are so dainty and delicate. Absolutely gorgeous!

Amy said...

Wow. These are so elegant and perfectly precious for a baby shower.

Katrina {In Katrina's Kitchen} said...

Oh my! I would pay good money for these!

Cookbook Queen said...

Are you kidding??

A tea party with you and my sweet girl would be a DREAM COME TRUE. For serious.

I absolutely love these. I am just so blessed and feeling super special this morning. Thank you for being such a great friend.

Leslie said...

THESE are absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!

Yolanda Modamio Chamarro said...

me encanta el corazón tierno!

Caroline @ chocolate & carrots said...

How perfect for a girl's first tea party! :D I can just picture Kristan making these for Lucy when she's older. I just love how dainty and precious they are!

Shaina @FoodforMyFamily said...

My daughter would go nuts for these. They turned out so nice, Heather, and the ruffle on the wrapper makes them even more perfect (as if it were possible!).

Rita CookAttitude said...

Those are just beautiful Heather! You have such a wonderful talent, and are a big inspiration to the aspiring baker in me!

Kristen said...

These are the most lovely creations!

Christina Marie said...

I'm pretty sure I've never seen anything quite as dainty and cute as these!

Come check out my DIY for an AUTUMN WREATH.
http://www.becauseofmadalene.com/2012/10/diy-autumn-wreath.html

Christina

Elizabeth said...

These are so perfect!

Glory said...

These are so amazingling beautiful and perfect!! These would be incredible at a fancy tea party!!

Sugar Town said...
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Sugar Town said...

I'm swedish, we used to have "prinsesstårta" every birthday when I was a little girl! But I think i would like it more as a cupcake :)

Teresa said...

Princess Lucy!
How sweet is that!
You are a princess too sweet Heather.
Honestly!
You are magic!
That's the truth.
These cupcakes are so dainty and sweet.
Perfect for a princess.
Hugs and LOVE sweet girl!
So excited for Kristan and Lucy!
xo

Elizabeth King said...

Aww these cupcakes are super girly and cute! Love them! ^_^

Becca said...

The princess cupcakes are the most beautiful cupcakes I have seen. They are perfect in every way. And the filling sounds absolutely amazing!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Heather!!! These are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I actually squealed a little when your page opened. These are just. precious. Wow!

Darla | Bakingdom said...

So sweet and stunning, Heather! They're just too beautiful!

Bake Me Cakes said...

As Swede I must say they look like perfect little prinsess tårtor! I made a full size one myself not long ago. This a brilliant celebration cake and a great Swedish tradition!

Camille Beckstrand said...

Heather, Your cupcakes are just so beautiful and elegant! Too gorgeous to eat! :) We would love to have you share these on our blog sixsistersstuff.com at our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! They are amazing! Love the virtual shower for baby Lucy! -The Six Sisters

Adam said...

Simply gorgeous.....sooooo classy. Kristan is going to love these!

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers said...

These are stunning.

Vicki Bensinger said...

I think these are the most adorable cupcakes ever. I love these and just printed the recipe. I hope mine will turn out 1/4 as pretty as yours.

Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings said...

These are for for a princess :)

vanillasugarblog said...

those are gorgeous!
I mean they literally are just for a princess!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts said...

These are just the perfect cupcakes for a baby shower. You can't get much more fitting for a princess!

Jamie said...

These are just gorgeous and so fit for a princess. I really can't get over how beautiful these are.

thoroughlynourishedlife.com said...

So pretty! I am catering a bridal shower in a few weeks and these would be perfect :) Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Heather said...

LOOOOOOVE those. (And I love the name Lucy!) Great name.
See you soon!
Hedda

Paula said...

So pretty. So perfect for Kristan and baby Lucy and so wonderfully photographed.

Lora said...

Awwww so sweet and elegant. These are just perfect and the flavors are great.

Manderley de GuindillayCanela said...

Ohhhh waaooo these cupcakes are beautiful!! i love them!! And yum, of course ;)

xo

Deirdre said...

So cute! I love pretty cupcakes!

Deirdre @
http://thekitschcook.blogspot.ie/

Colette Just for Foodies said...

This was my bday cake every year when I was little - we lived near a Danish bakery. Princess Torte has a special place in my heart.

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

These cupcakes look wonderful! It was so much fun doing Kristan's shower with you:-)

Catherine said...

Dear Heather, Gorgeous cupcakes...they are so pretty and delightful. Blessings my dear, Catherine

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Aww too cute! Perfect for the Cookbook Queen!

Sue said...

Such little beauties! Yep, perfect for a princess:)

Leann said...

These are sooo soo cute! I really wish I could decorate like this.

Vera Zecevic said...

These cupcakes are absolutely amazing! I'm delighted with them! I've featured this recipes on my blog! I hope you don't mind! If you don't agree with that please contact me and I will remove it. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Where do you find the cupcake liners with the dropped ruffle like that? They look much fancier than the Wilton that I've found...

Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers said...

I'm not sure if I commented before or not, but even if I did, I have to say- these are still some of the most gorgeous cupcakes I've ever seen!

Clarissa Explainsitall said...

How beautiful! This will be perfect for my daughter's 1st birthday. Thank you!

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