Monday, April 21, 2008

Cupcakes!

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Recipes that I post are usually adapted from other sources. If you do try them out, I'd love to hear how it turned out for you! I'll usually have extra commentary on the recipe itself regarding tricky parts or quick tips.
Since I just made cupcakes for the first time this weekend, I figured I'd share the recipe, along with a fun song I've been obsessed with lately. Let me know what you think of both!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting (makes approximately 24)

Cupcake recipe from Gourmet magazine; frosting recipe from Taste of Home magazine)

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs

- Place the oven rack in the middle position and preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin tin with liners.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, stir together the milk and vanilla.
- Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until just combined.
- Add the flour mixture and milk alternately into the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix lightly, until just combined.
- Fill the baking cups two-thirds full and bake until the tops are light golden and firm, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
  • 1 scant teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

- In a medium mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy, then beat in the sugar and vanilla. Add the milk and mix well until the desired consistency is reached.

Tips & advice:

– The buttercream will need to be at room temperature in order to spread.
– The cupcakes are best if consumed on the same day.
– In total, this took me about two and a half hours to make from mixing to frosting.

Songs:
–Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground - Hey Momma. A fun and interesting song from two members of Gatsby's American Dream. It reminds me a little bit of the Beatles, but updated.

1 comment:

kimiko said...

I thought you didn't believe in paying for music!