Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
This weeks cupcake recipe is brought to you by my relentless urge to make something with buttercream frosting. I can't resist it. It's not my birthday or a special occasion of any kind. The truth is sometimes a girl just needs a cupcake. And a pretty one at that. Don't you agree?
One night while perusing Pinterest I found this recipe for the Best Ever Vanilla Cupcakes from The Brown Eyed Baker. She wasn't kidding! If you are a vanilla girl like I am, you will be over the moon for these! The only change I made to her recipe was I added a little strawberry jam to the vanilla frosting. To me it tastes just like strawberry ice cream....
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 tbsp (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1/2 sour cream
2 egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/4 cup strawberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and vanilla with an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the sour cream, egg, yolks, and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, just a minute or two. Don't forget to stop and scrape down the sides.
Divide batter evenly among the lined cups of the muffin tin. Bake 20 - 24 minutes, until the cupcakes are a pale golden color and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set on a rack to cool.
For the frosting: Use a wire whisk attachment on your mixer and whip the butter on high speed for about 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Slowly blend in the jam. When all is incorporated, adjust the speed to high and whip an additional 2 minutes. The frosting will become pale pink, light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes as desired.
The weather has been so nice lately that I set a little place up for myself on the deck and had a little party for one! The one being me! ♥ Who says you need a special occasion for cupcakes? I'm a rule breaker all the way.
Ok, so I can't do this everyday. And after my cupcake binge I will go back to eating like a regular human being again (did I mention my party was at 10am?). It was fun while it lasted though. Downright sinful....xo