Monday, May 4, 2009

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream

This isn't creative cooking, but it sure was yummy.

I had actually never made cupcakes by scratch before, and I was anxious that I would do something really wrong.  But they turned out great!  The cake was a bit more dense than I'm used to with cakemixes-- so maybe I did something wrong?  But it was still great.  And the frosting... mmm, mmm!!!

Billy's Vanilla Cupcakes (from Martha Stewart)

1 3/4 c cake flour (not self-rising)
1 1/4 c unbleached all-purpose flour
2 c sugar
1 T baking powder
2/4 t salt
1 c unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 c whole milk
1 t pure vanilla extract


1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. 

Billy's Chocolate Buttercream (from Martha Stewart)
(the recipe says it makes enough for 30 cupcakes --- but I had some left over)

2 c of unsalted butter, room temperature
12 oz semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3 T milk
1 1/2 t pure vanilla extract
5 cups of confectioners' sugar


In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add chocolate until just combined. Add milk, vanilla, and sugar; mix on medium until well combined, being careful not to overmix.

PS Blogger drives me nuts... so I hope this post actually looks okay.  Right now it looks CRAZY and all my font is different sizes and it's all double-spaced!  My pictures are huge and I can't figure out how to make them smaller.  Grrrr!  Oh well, I'll post and hope for the best!  Sorry if it's huge...


Kristi said...

Yum! These look great!

Abby said...

They look great! My homemade cake is almost always more dense than the box kind, too. I'm thinking it must have something to do with the flours?

The frosting looks perfect.

(And blogger often drives me crazy, too. Oh how I wish I wasn't so illiterate with html!)