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How To Bake Like The Winners Of "Cupcake Wars"

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This weekend you have a chance to try cupcakes made by the winners of The Food Network's "Cupcake Wars." James and April Forbes won the baking competition challenge and will participate in the Third Annual Cake Tasting Tour benefiting Joseph's House. 

The Cake Tasting Tour is a sweet experience for everyone. You get to visit four different Greensboro locations and try desserts from different bakers. It's not all sweets though, there will be some savory options for you as well. Plus, music and entertainment from Avery Henderson of Aha Possibilities. 

Here are the locations on The Cake Tasting Tour where you will be driven from each location:
- The Dynacon Center (2100 E. Wendover Avenue)
- The Sweet Shop Home Made Pound Cakes by Margaret Elaine Designs (633 S. Elm Street)
-Montgomery's 623 (623 Summit Avenue)
-Chandlar's Florist & Coffee Shop (709 E. Market Street Suite 200)

You can purchase tickets online here and proceeds go to Joseph's House - a non-profit organization that provides shelter and life training skills to homeless men between 18 and 23 years old. To find out more about Joseph's House click here.  

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake, Vanilla Chantilly and Streusel
Recipe Courtesy of James & April Forbes Cupcake Wars 2012

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
8 ounces of butter melted
6 ounces of Orange Juice
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 cups of Pumpkin Puree
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ginger
1 cup of Sour Cream
In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment mix your sugar and eggs until pale yellow. Add the melted butter, vanilla, and then add the Pumpkin puree. Using a micro plan zest the nutmeg for the best robust flavor, add the nutmeg and the cinnamon to the mixing bowl. In a separate bowl combine all you dry ingredients. Alternate your dries with your  sour cream. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees F. Yield: 12 standard cupcakes

Vanilla Chantilly
3 cups heavy cream
¾  cup powdered Sugar
1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3 ounces of heavy cream for blooming your gelatin
In a mixing bowl fitted with a whip attachment whip your heavy cream until it starts to get thick. Add your powdered sugar a little at a time while it is whipping, being careful not to over mix your cream, add your vanilla. Bloom your gelatin with the heavy cream. At this point your heavy cream should be at a soft peak. When your gelatin is completely bloomed add the warm liquid streamed in to your whipped cream. DONE!

18 Ounces Flour
10 Ounces Sugar
1 ½ teaspoon Baking Powder
10 ounces Butter
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon Cinnamon
In a mixing bowl combine all of your ingredients and mix them with the paddle. Just enough until its all combined. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the crumble thinly on a sheet tray and bake it until it is golden brown. This can also be used as topping for muffins and quick breads.

To assemble
Take your pumpkin cupcake and a piping bag fitted with a round tip and put your whip cream in a bag add a dollop on top of your cupcake.  Roll the crumble on the sides of the cupcake.


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