July 15th, 2008

VCTOTW- Margarita Cupcake Icing

Hello all,

I made the margarita cupcakes from VCTOTW today (holy crap they were delicious), but I did have one problem-- the frosting seemed to be too runny. I followed the directions exactly and even added a bit more confectioner's sugar to see if it would thicken up but it in the end it was still too saucy for my taste. I also made sure it was refridgerated while I waited for the cupcakes to finish baking and cool but to no avail. Has any one else had this problem? I'm an experienced baker but this *is* the first recipe I've tried from the book so I only had the picture to go by, in terms of what to expect from the icing-- the cake part at least turned out wonderfully. Alternatively, if it *is* supposed to be a fairly runny icing, what would you recommend to thicken it up a bit without ruining the flavor or the smooth texture?

Thanks!

p.s. I'm throwing a bbq this friday and was thinking of baking two kinds of cupcakes, these and maybe the coconut-lime ones. Are the coconut ones as... coconutty... as they sound from the recipe? I don't want to go through the trouble of making multiple kinds if they'll wind up tasting *too* similar. Thanks again : )

Uses for Smoked Sea Salt, and your favorite herbs/spices?

I am placing an order at www.mountainroseherbs.com and one of the things I'm trying for the first time is smoked sea salt.  It sounds like something I would want to put all over everything, but I'm wondering if there are any recipes or foods it especially compliments.  Other than greens, gumbo, and split pea soup I can't think of exactly where i'd use it other than as just grinding it over any regular dish.  I'm trying to decide how much to get.  if its super potent and a little goes a long way, i'll just get the 3 oz., but if its like smoked-salt-crack, i want to get a larger amount to keep in the pantry and split with friends.

also, does anyone have any favorites from Mountain Rose Herbs, or favorite herbs and spices or oils/butters in general (for cooking or other uses) they could recommend? the selection is so huge there, i'm starting to get a bit overwhelmed as to what I should get.