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Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

Vanilla Cupcakes with Fluffy Frosting

Today I thought I wouldn’t be baking anything. You see, lately I’ve been going through this mad craze where all I want to do is bake. Seriously though, I don’t want to do anything else. I wake up and the first thing I think is ‘what can I bake today?’. And I can’t stop! It’s fun for me but my family is not liking it. Well, of course they like it! They are just concerned about eating ALL of the delicious things I have been making lately. They don’t want to get fat!

So today I tried to think of other things I could do. I took the dog for a nice long walk, I cleaned my room, watched a documentary on volocanoes, watched a documentary on new technologies and developments to help reduce the carbon dioxide emissions, and then I did something I shouldn’t have done. I put on the food network. And guess what? Barefoot Contessa was on and Ina Garten was making those fricking delicious coconut cupcakes of hers. How dare she! When I am trying to cut back on my baking! I then realized I had to bake something. I had to or else I would not be happy. I thought about what to make, something my dad wouldn’t complain about (“no more chocolate! all you do is make chocolate stuff! how about some vanilla for a change!”) and so I thought of the perfect thing. Vanilla cupcakes! Because truth be told, I have never made a vanilla cupcake that didn’t come from a box :$. I guess I’ve sort of veered away from that path because everytime I attempt to make a white cake (one that’s not a sponge) it never tastes right to me. And I get disappointed and discouraged and usually don’t bake for a while.

Well today I met my challenge head on, and tried a vanilla cupcake recipe that I’d looked at many times before but never even thought of attempting. And the result? Astounding! I couldn’t believe it. They weren’t dense and heavy, nothing like a poundcake (which I very much dislike) and were instead fluffy and delicious like I think a vanilla cupcake should be.  I piped some purple/pink frosting (as you can see in the picture) on them to make them cute. I was hoping I’d have some white nonpareils but I couldn’t find any. Here are the recipes:

Vanilla Cupcakes:

1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (I added 3…what?! I like vanilla! I also added about 1/2 tsp of coconut extract)

Zest of 1 large lemon (optional)  (I didn’t use this)

1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and lightly butter or line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

For the Cupcakes: Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.

In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Fluffy Frosting (makes 3.5 cups):

1 cup of milk

2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

1 cup of butter (or margarine)

1 cup of fine white sugar

1 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Whisk the flour into the milk in a small saucepan until smooth. Heat and stir until it boils and thickens, then cool thoroughly.

Cream the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl until light and fluffy. Add thickened milk and beat until the mixture resembles whipped cream.

The delicious moist inside of the cupcakes

The frosting sort of started to melt a bit after I had taken it out into the sun for good lighting (but those pictures are not shown)

I was so proud that my first time making vanilla cupcakes didn’t turn out badly! Now I have more confidence in my cupcake division of baking 🙂

I obviously give this recipe 5 Pastry Mice out of 5!


♥Taro; who is a very happy cupcake baker!


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Thoughts, Observances and a Cool Bird

Ever have the urge to write? But you don’t quite know what you want to write? Maybe you’ve got some confusing thoughts in your head and you feel that writing them will help you sort them out, or maybe something is bothering you and making you angry but you have no way to voice these thoughts except to yourself. Maybe you’re just super happy and can’t contain the excitement and happiness you feel.

I’m not sure what I’m feeling right now, but I just feel like writing. I seem to do that a lot. Usually what I end up writing about is something that is bothering me, or why I am so happy at the moment. I think that’s kind of boring to write in a blog. Right now I am sitting on my couch, laptop in my lap. The t.v. is on, Everyday Italian with Mrs. I-Love-to-show-my-cleavage Giada de Laurentiis. The dog is laying under a table that has a huge aloe plant on it in front of the window, usually he lays on the window bench. The postman just walked by, but apparently we have no mail today. I really like sitting here and being able to see out the window, see things that are going on in the street. The windows are open so I can hear my neighbours talking, although I can’t really understand them because they have heavy Newfie accents. People seem to move a lot around here. There is always a house for sale. Some really ugly people just moved into the house across the street. They have a cute dog though, all small and white with curly fluffy hair.

I feel like baking something right now. But what? I already made cupcakes. I think making cupcakes is my favourite thing, just because you get to decorate them at the end. I find that very relaxing. No matter how bad of a day I have had, if I make and decorate some cupcakes I usually feel fine afterwards. It really gets rid of your stress somehow. I love scooping up a knife-full of that glossy, sugary mess and spreading it smooth on the cupcake. No matter how you decorate a cupcake, it will always look cute and pretty.

This was a bad post. Here is a picture of a cool bird/duck I found.

♥ Taro

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