It’s autumn again and that means another year at The Hunt in Far Hills, NJ. This steeple chase race is held every October and attracts people from all over the Tri-State area to raise money for one of the most highly regarded Cancer units in the state, Somerset Medical Center. While we all have our own reasons to attend this event albeit equestrian enthusiasm, the passionate love for large hairy animals, Hunter boots, beer-pong and themed tail gating parties…We’re all in it together supporting a very important cause.
This was officially my second year attending The Hunt, and it certainly won’t be my last.
My cousin’s friend organizes the group every year and picks a theme for her lot. Last year’s theme was New Orleans Mardis Gras and so I did what I do… I baked some New Orleans inspired Cuppies. (Note the color scheme and beads pictured above.) They were “totes a hit”.
This year’s theme was “Mexican Fiesta”. As soon as we arrived (at 10:00am) the mini bar was all prepared with all of the Mexican Fiesta beverages you could dream of.
We started the morning off with some champagne and breakfast sandwiches and kept the energy flowing with some Mexican Coffees!
And more margaritas…
To truly get into the spirit of things, there was some necessary attire requirements.
It’s not exactly a Mexican pancho…A for effort?
There was also some Mexican fare to be had.
Special Guest Appearances at THE HUNT 2013 Included:
“Pepe Diablo Rojo”
“Festive Boot Lady”
“Some Survivors of The Hunt 2012”
While staying true to our theme, this year’s cuppies were a bit on the alternative side incorporating Mexican Flavors and a lot of heat. (Our crowd likes heat.) I knew an avocado-chocolate cake base with an Ancho Chili Pepper Cream cheese icing would do the trick. How this came to be? I mixed and matched a couple of recipes and was pretty happy about the outcome!
To birth these cuppies you will need the following: 3 cups whole wheat or all-purpose flour, 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 cups granulated sugar, 2 medium avocados, 3 large eggs, 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup canola, 2 tablespoons white vinegar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
So, I set my oven to 375° F. As my Dad would say, “Make sure you sift all of your dry ingredients!” A lot of sifting I did! As I set the dry ingredients aside I started on my wets beginning with my avocados. As I smashed them into my bowl I got a bit sad I wasn’t turning them into guacamole, seeing as PeanutPimpMama’s guacamole is quite legendary. I took this lovely green mush and blended in the eggs, oil, vinegar, milk and vanilla. My eyes began to confuse my brain with this activity. Into the Kitchen-aid it went in all of its green-ish fabulousness. I slowly began to crack my three large eggs into this mix while blending on med-low speed. Last but not least, my dry ingredients and my wet ingredients became one. They baked for 20 minutes and change…
1 teaspoon ground Ancho chile pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 4 cups of confectionary sugar (or more as needed), 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened), 1/2 cups butter (softened), 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and of course… SLAP YA MAMA (original cajun seasoning- as needed)
Once more, sift your dry ingredients all together in one bowl. Smush up your cream cheese and your butter until soft…Or stick it in your blender with your vanilla extract. To avoid creating a Hiroshima mushroom cloud, I would deposit the confectionary sugar bit by bit. (PPM Tip: Always double the icing ingredients. Nothing is more anxiety inducing than running out of icing. No Cuppie must be left behind!) After all of this wonderful stuff is spinning round and round I would season to taste. The measured amount was a bit too gentle for me. I wanted these cupcakes to burn tongues, or come close.
Overall I think the cuppies were a big hit.
Taste Tester Comments:
“This cupcake is boldly spicy.” ~ Bill’s Brother
“This cupcake is dense, rich, spicy, decadent… But not hot spicy, warm spicy.”~ Cousin Kristen
Pictured Above: A cupcake eating disorder. Some people can’t be trusted.
It was a day of Sophisticated Sportsmanship and Equestrian Enthusiasts for most…
Proof we actually saw some horses racing too!
Until Next Year!
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