Well as some of you know, I'm still practicing for Evan's upcoming birthday festivities so I made some vanilla cupcakes on Friday to see how they tasted and also to test my butter cream frosting recipe to make sure I have no last minute disasters!
Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
175g unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (optional)
1 tablespoon madeira (optional)
160g self raising flour
100g plain flour
Preheat oven to 180 degrees (160 degrees fan forced) and line the cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
Beat the butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and pinch of salt with electric beaters until pale and fluffy. Add the madeira (optional) and beat until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Sift flours together and using a wooden spoon, fold the flour and milk alternately into the sugar mixture.
Spoon into cupcake liners (1/2 full if you prefer flatter tops and 3/4 full if you prefer rounded tops) and bake for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If you would prefer regular sized cupcakes, then bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Mixture makes 24-36 mini cupcakes and 12 regular cupcakes.
Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting
250g pure icing sugar (confectioners sugar), sifted
80g unsalted butter, softened
25ml whole milk
a couple of drops of vanilla extract
Beat the icing sugar and butter together with an electric beater or stand mixer with paddle attachment on medium-slow speed until the mixture comes together and is well mixed.
Turn the mixer down to slow speed. Combine the milk and vanilla extract in a separate bowl and add to the butter mixture very slowly. Once the milk is incorporated into the mixture, turn the mixer up to high speed and mix for no less than 5 minutes. The longer frosting is beaten, the fluffier it becomes.
Add desired food colouring at the end or leave as is. The mixture makes enough to frost 24-36 mini cupcakes and 12 regular sized cupcakes.
Results: The cupcakes are nice, I haven't made vanilla cupcakes previously so can't compare them to anything but they are light and fluffy which is always good. The frosting is sugary and sweet - perfect combination!! If you are piping the frosting which means a thicker layer of frosting, I suggest making a double batch of frosting so you don't run out, I'd rather have more than less!
Source - Cupcake Recipe - Planet Cake by Paris Cutler, page 22
Source - Butter Cream Frosting - The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook, page 11