Well, it is former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who celebrated his 66th birthday today with something electrifying: Fluffernutter Cupcakes! Goodness gracious!
How do you do Fluffernutter Cupcakes? Well you start with peanut-butter cake batter and bake it into cupcakes, so I looked that up. Many recipes are available, so I adapted one and here it is, below.
You might also be tempted to try frosting the cupcakes with prepared marshmallow cream such as Marshmallow Fluff from Kraft, but that won't work because the typical marshmallow cream will flow once it is applied to the cupcakes, losing its shape as frosting. It will end up on the serving plate. It is also too dense to be as attractive as real marshmallow frosting.
What you do instead is make egg-white-based frosting using the Royal Icing mix that you can get at Walmart in Tucson, where I get it, or at various other outlets such as Michael's, a store that I like very much. I live quite a distance from most of them, though.
If you want to do the marshmallow-frosting thing, you can also find a recipe online and use egg whites that you can purchase both pasteurized and boxed separately in your supermarket's dairy section, near the eggs. And if you are making these cupcakes as a birthday celebration offering, why not get some festive sprinkles and dress them up?
1-3/4 cups flour
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1/4 c. shortening
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease two muffin pans or use cupcake papers.
Into a large mixing bowl, measure all ingredients. Using an electric mixer, beat ingredients at low speed until blended, and beat on low speed for 2 more minutes to combine them completely.
Spoon the batter into the muffin pans and bake them for 18-20 minutes. The muffins are done when the tops spring back when touched lightly.
Cool before frosting.
To frost the cupcakes, wait until they are completely room-temperature cool and then prepare the Royal Icing-based frosting. You can spread or pipe the frosting on the cupcakes, after which you sprinkle them with festive sparkly thingies and serve them up.
Mr. Romney can't get anything better than this; neither can the lucky person who might be on the receiving end of these treats when you contribute them to a birthday celebration.