Monday, August 17, 2009

Amy Sedaris Cupcakes

Do we all know who Amy Sedaris is? I think it's important that you understand Amy Sedaris in order to really appreciate these cupcakes.

If you were too lazy to click on the links, then at least check this one out:

As you can see, she wrote a book--a Bible, really--on entertaining. It's my favorite book ever.
Whether you want to put together a party for geriatrics, make a snack for your rabbit, or simply keep would-be snoopers our of your medicine cabinet (fill it with marbles, she says), this book is chock-full of the craziest, kitchiest yet most practical entertaining tips.

One of Amy's lesser known talents is her panache for baking cupcakes. In fact, she's been known to sell her cupcakes to bakeries in her neighborhood in New York. Despite owning her book for over two years now, I've actually never taken it upon myself to test out her recipe. That is, until this weekend.

I was headed to a friend's going away party on Saturday and wanted to bring these vanilla cupcakes, but because I was low on powdered sugar (hence the sparse frosting allocation) and short on time (hence the messiness of the whole thing), we have what you see here:

Oh, I also tinted the vanilla frosting yellow because it felt like the right thing to do.
Now, ordinarily, I'd have been rather disappointed in these little guys:
They're crumbly and peeling away from their liner and there's a severe lack of frosting, but I thought to myself WWASD (What Would Amy Sedaris Do?).
The answer is she would have served them and told her friends how damn lucky they are that she so graciously took the time to bring them cupcakes and furthermore how DARE they be so judgmental when they didn't bother to make any cupcakes for HER!!
She also would have recommended charging a quarter for each cupcake. Hey, a girl's gotta make a living.
I decided not to charge my friends and sucked it up and served them. And ya know what? Nobody even cared! Especially not Petey:
I think Kyle liked them, too. He liked it so much in fact, that he saved some for later--on his face:
That's actually not true. Well, I mean, he liked them, it's just that shortly after the previous picture, Petey mashed the rest of his cupcake in Kyle's face.
Again, I thought WWASD? And again, I realized she would tell me to shut up about it and keep on eating the swedish meatballs that Katelyn made!! And so I did.
So what have we learned today, class? Well, we've learned that Amy Sedaris is rather brash and offensive, but we've also learned that cupcakes don't have to look perfect to be delicious. Who knew?
Amy Sedaris' Cupcakes
1 ½ sticks of unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups of sugar
Beat well, then add:
Add 2 large eggs
2 Teaspoons of pure vanilla
½ teaspoon of salt
2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
2 ½ cups of flour
1 ¼ cups of milk

Beat well, fill cups, and bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes. You should get 24. I get 18, 'cause I'm doing something wrong.

1 stick of unsalted butter
1 box of Domino confectionary sugar
¼ cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla

Whip for a while, color if you want.


heather said...

ahh, love Amy Sedaris. She made me wish I was cool enough to have an imaginary live-in boyfriend/ghost boyfriend.

Coco Cake Land said...

melissa you are awesome!! i freaking love amy sedaris too!!!

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