Monday, June 6, 2011
Prickly Pear in downtown Mooresville. I love this little restaurant. It is perfect for a date night, a light lunch, or even a bridal or baby shower. One of my bridal showers was held at the Prickly Pear back in 2008. The food is fresh and delicious and the atmosphere is amazing. The restaurant is an old, small cathedral-style church. The staff have always been super friendly as well. Once, when Forbes and I had a bad experience, they were quick to make restitution and I received a gift card in the mail the very next day! Now that is what I call excellent customer service.
When it comes to showers, I am not a big fan of the hoakie games that are always played. So when I sent the invitation I was specific to warn the girls that we would be enjoying a classy lunch together, a few gifts and cupcakes...and that was all.
Chocolate Almond Cupcakes
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup coconut milk
½ cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Frosting, recipe below
In medium bowl whisk together coconut milk and apple cider vinegar. Let stand for 1-2 minutes. Stir in vegetable oil, almond and vanilla extracts.
In large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Mix wet ingredients into dry and stir until just combined.
Spoon batter into lined cupcake tin 2/3 full. Bake cupcakes at 350* for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. (I baked mine exactly 20 minutes.) Let cupcakes cool completely before icing. Makes 12 cupcakes.
Almond Buttercream Frosting
4 cups sifted powder sugar
1/2 cup Earth Balance Buttery Spread
1 tbsp Almond Extract
In electric stand mixer, ship together sugar and butter until light and fluffy and add in almond extract. If you plan to be outside with your cupcakes with a risk of melting, add more powdered sugar to make the frosting stiffer.
Spoon frosting into zipper sealed plastic bag and snip the corner. Pipe icing onto cooled cupcakes. I topped mine with a sugar-flower decal. You could use sprinkle, fresh fruit, or slivered almonds. Either way, the taste is going to be phenomenal!
After dinner, we had one more stop in Winston-Salem before heading home.
Foothills Brewing Company. We both really enjoyed all of their beers and I couldn't really choose a favorite.
gas station/frozen yogurt establishment!