1.19.2011

vanilla vanilla mini mini cupcakes

i know cupcakes are like totally out and pie is supposed to be the next big thing...
but i still love cupcakes.

especially when they are mini = less guilt.ingredients for cake (makes about 30 regular sized cupcakes):
1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

directions for cake:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

ingredients for buttercream frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

directions for frosting:
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.

recipe from martha.

4 comments:

shayna said...

Fats and sugars will never go out of style.

AbbieBabble said...

Even as a devoted pie lover, cupcakes can't ever really go out of style, can they? I mean, they're just too delicious. And cute! These ones, especially.

Karina Cifuentes said...

I love the way the frosting looks. I have such a hard time making frosting look that perfect!

Angel said...

Psh, you had me at the photo of this sweet treat :)