And on the 5th day, she just couldn’t take it anymore! Ok, maybe it was the 4th. Who’s counting?
I’m fed up with typing about being sick (really – that’s not fun to read) but the other day I just couldn’t take it any more. There’s only so much sitting around in a NyQuil induced coma that one girl can take! Before I knew it I was cooking, cleaning, trying to vacuum the dog and volunteering to go to the Home Depot with the BF (which let me tell you is always an adventure).
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon Marsala wine
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line two muffin pans with cupcake wrappers; set aside.
Combine all of the dry cake ingredients together in a medium bowl. In a different, larger bowl, mix together the butter, eggs, vanilla, Marsala wine, and milk. Add in the ricotta cheese, orange zest, and powdered sugar to the wet ingredients and then add in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined.
Pour the batter into cupcake liners, 24 in total. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the muffin pans to a cooling rack. While the cupcakes are cooling, make the cannoli filling.
- 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon zest of one orange
- 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, chopped fine
To make the cannoli filling, stir together the ricotta cheese and confectioners’ sugar using a spoon. Fold in the orange zest and chopped chocolate.
When the cupcakes are cool, cut out the middles of each cupcake and using a pastry bag, pipe the cannoli filling into each cupcake, about 1 heaping tablespoon. After all the cupcakes have been filled, make the buttercream frosting.
Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting:
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise
- 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (10 ounces)
- Pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 cup pistachios, chopped for garnish
In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter at medium-high speed until smooth, about 20 seconds. Using a paring knife, scrape seeds from vanilla bean into butter and beat mixture at medium-high speed to combine, about 15 seconds.
Add confectioners’ sugar and salt; beat at medium-low speed until most of the sugar is moistened, about 1 minute. Scrape down the bowl and beat at medium speed until mixture is fully incorporated, about 30 seconds; scrape bowl, add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat at medium speed until incorporated, about 20 seconds, then increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes, scraping down bowl once or twice. Pipe the filling into a pastry bag and frost the filled cupcakes as desired. Garnish with chopped pistachios.
** I had to double this recipe to make enough frosting for all my cupcakes**
Finally, after several days of being sick I was allowed out. We celebrated a friends birthday at PF Changs. Apparently a martini after a few days of NyQuil and house arrest makes me a little hyper. Even the waiter made a comment. I explained I’d been on meds and sick for a week and he just laughed and said he understood.
I still don’t have my voice back but I am going to keep running at 100% – Let’s hope we all make it through the rest of this cold winter without any more incidents!