Enjoy your Chinese Shabbat complete with the most fun cupcakes around!
For the cupcakes:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (or margarine), room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
For the frosting:
6 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup water
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
12 fortune cookies
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line a standard-sized cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
3. To create your fortunes, cut twelve ½ inch x 2 inch pieces of regular white paper, and write a fortune on each piece. Wrap each fortune in aluminum foil by folding foil over each side of the paper. Set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
5. Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
6. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each egg. Beat in the almond extract and vanilla extract until combined.
7. Add the flour mixture and almond milk alternately, starting and ending with the flour. Mix just until combined and a uniform batter forms.
8. Fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 of the way with batter. Add a fortune to the top of each cupcake, pushing the fortune down into the batter. The fortune will stick out the top of the cupcake a little bit, but it will be covered by the frosting.
9. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer cupcake tin to a wire rack and cool completely.