Tuesday, August 16, 2005


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On Sunday afternoon, i developed a dying need to make Cupcakes. I'd been wanting to ever since i watched an episode of sex in the city where Carrie Bradshaw bit into a scrumptious looking cupcake topped with a big tower of pink icing (it looks especially good when you see skinny women in high Manolo's and tight dresses bite into something that makes most people look like tubs of lard. But hey! its TV!)

I had been to the 'baker who cook's' site where she had made some vanilla cupcakes that looked yummy. She had taken the recipe from Food Network, so that's what I did! (Recipe posted below).

I wanted to make these and whisk them over to a friend's place where 4 of us were gathering at 4:30pm in the kitchen to prepare for a huge buffet dinner for 15 people and thought we could all chomp on it as we worked away at the chopping board.

I added some peach dye that i had bought a while back. These dye's are potent! Just a small little drop is enough to colour an entire huge bowl of icing. It would have been nice to sprinkle some multicoloured watchamacallits (you know what i mean) on top of these, but thats for another time!

I also need to figure out how to put on the icing in a more presentable manner. I have yet to figure out how to use the piping bag with the different cone attachments. As you can see in this picture, its not all that impressive, but believe me - the reception to it was great. The 'chef's' for the night (and even those who weren't! appreciatively gobbled them up).

This cupcake recipe for me is perfect. Simple butter cake that tastes great even on its own - plus the icing adds just the right degree of sweetness.
They look so cute, and there are so many variations to the toppings that they really make for eye candy. Something that's cheery enough to make even the most reluctant of us, smile.

I am telling you, I am on a new mission. As a friend has been saying to me for a while now, Cupcakes are the new muffin.

And you're gonna see a lot more postings on cupcakes soon!

Vanilla Cupcakes
Yield: 12

2 cups sifted cake-and-pastry flour
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup milk
2 x eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

1 cup butter, softened
5 cups sifted icing sugar
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla


Vanilla Cupcakes
In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using electric mixer on low speed, mix in butter, milk, eggs and vanilla; beat on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Spoon into 12 paper-lined or greased muffin cups, filling about three-quarters full. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 1 day or freeze for up to 2 weeks.) Variation: Chocolate Cupcakes - Reduce flour to 1 cup and baking powder to 1/2 tsp. Add 1/2 cup cocoa powder and 1 tsp baking soda to dry ingredients. Sift before adding butter and wet ingredients.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing
In large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Alternately beat in sugar and cream, making 2 additions of sugar. Beat in vanilla. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours; let come to room temperature, about 1 hour. Beat slightly before using.) Makes about 3 2/3 cups, enough for 12 cupcakes.


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