Dessert – Rum Chata Cup Cakes

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Rum Chata Cupcakes
YIELD: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients
½ cup butter (1 stick, at room temperature)
1½ cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup RumChata
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
4 egg whites

RumChata Cream Cheese Frosting

12 ounces of cream cheese (1½ packages, at room temperature)
½ cup of butter (1 stick, at room temperature)
½ tsp of vanilla
5 tbsp of RumChata
1 package of confectioners’ sugar (2 lb. bag)

Directions

•Preheat oven to 350* •Combine sugar and butter and beat until fluffy
•Mix together flour, baking powder, salt,&cinnamon, set aside
•Mix the RumChata&vanilla together, set aside
•Alternating, add in the flour mixture and RumChata mixture in to the butter and sugar. Start and end with the flour mixture.
•In a clean mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form (this will be easiest in an electric mixer)
•Fold egg whites in to the batter – do not do this in an electric mixer, use a spatula
•Fill cupcake liners •Bake for 20 minutes

Frosting Directions:

•Combine butter and cream cheese until smooth
•Add vanilla
•Slowly add confectioners’ sugar
•Mix in RumChata (use more or less based on the thickness of the frosting. use 4 to 5 tbsp)
•Frost the cupcakes

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The total time it takes to make is about five to six (5-6) minutes and then twenty-four (24) hours to solidify. (I saw this on facebook, I have had these in the past and they work AMAZING!)
Materials & Equipment:
• Three (3) to four (4) jars, capable of holding 1/2-cup of fluid each. I used four (4) clean and recycled baby food jars, and each jar holds 1/2-cup of mixture.
• Food Coloring
• Essential Oil or Room Fragrance drops (Can be purchased at a craft store, but I found one on sale for $2 at Wal-mart.)
• Two (2) cups of water, divided into two 1-cup amounts
• Four (4) envelopes unflavored gelatin (one 1-oz box)
• One (1) tablespoon of salt
• Kitchen equipment such as a whisk, a pan to boil the water and spoons (plastic or metal) to mix the concoction

Prepare:
• Pour a few drops of food coloring of your choice into each jar.
• Next, pour one (1) teaspoon (minimum) of essential oil into each jar. You may want to add more if you desire a stronger scent emanating from the end result. I did not use more than two teaspoons and was pleased with the one teaspoon result.

Boil and Mix: • Bring one (1) cup of water to a boil.
• Add all four (4) envelopes of gelatin into the boiling water and whisk until dissolved. (I estimate it dissolved in about a minute.)
• After the gelatin dissolves, add the remaining cup of water and then the salt.
• After the salt dissolves, remove the pan from the heat and pour into the prepared jars. Try pouring the mixture into the jars within a few minutes of removing the pan off of the heat.
• NOTE: Please be careful as the mixture will be very hot! My husband held the pot with a steady hand for the photo. However the second time I did this by myself, I made a mess everywhere and spilled the gelatin mixture on the counter. You may want to use a funnel to put the gelatin mixture in the jars.
• I used a broken clothespin to stir the gelatinous combination, but suggest using plastic spoons. Use them quickly as the heat from the water could make them melt slightly.
Let the now fragrant gel mix solidify at room temperature for at least 24-hours.
Can you believe that’s it?

The scent and solid mixture will disintegrate over time. The one in my car has lasted over a month. The one in my bathroom has lasted over a month but probably will be ready to clean out in another week. I estimate that one jar would last from four to six (4-6) good weeks of scent dispersion. Make sure the lid is off the container to enjoy!