Sunday, October 30, 2011

Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcakes

is tomorrow, and Halloween includes tons of candy. And trick-or-treating, but that is not so common here, let alone some candy corn to decorate my cupcakes with. Halloween isn't only about the candy, it's about the orange and black, the spiders and the witches, so I made orange cupcakes, with spiderwebs. Not very original, I know, but they look great, the contrasting colors, and the flavors go great together. When you use good quality chocolate, you can smell the intensity about 30 cm from the cupcakes, even if it's just a little chocolate spiderweb. This recipe comes from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook , which means I can have Magnolia cupcakes whenever I want without having to travel all the way to the U.S. Doesn't mean that they taste or look like the ones at the bakery, I accidently made mine a lot bigger but they still tasted great. Topped off with a dark chocolate spiderweb, they look fabulously like Halloween.

From the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
The 'Vanilla Vanilla' Cupcake:
  • 1&1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1&1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter,softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1&1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pre-heat your oven to 350F/180C
1. In a small bowl, sift together the flours.
2. In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time until incorporated, don't forgot to scrape down the bowl every once in a while.
4. Add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk in three additions. Then add the vanilla.
5. Spoon the mixture into two cupcake tins lined with paper liners ( I used monster pumpkin ones)
6. Bake for 20-25, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
7. Cool for 15 minutes, then top with vanilla frosting. (Recipe below)

Vanilla Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 6 cups confectioners sugar
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Cream together the butter and 4 cups of the confectioners sugar.
2. Then add the rest of the sugar,milk and vanilla.
3. If you want to tint your frosting add it now and mix thoroughly.

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