Friday, January 9, 2015

Recipe For Mini Vannila Cupcakes


I have made and certainly eaten my fair share of treats this holiday season. But they're all gone now, and my family and I needed something sweet to eat.

Though I am a big chocolate lover, I also like vanilla a lot. These vanilla cupcakes are packed with a delicate vanilla flavor. I made them in mini size because my grandchildren like that size, and I think they look cute.

Williams-Sonoma is my favorite cooking store that I go to when I want to buy long-lasting quality kitchenware. I feel the same way about their recipes, that they are great quality, and I can depend on them to deliver something I will like. This is a Williams-Sonoma recipe, for both the cupcakes, and the buttercream frosting.

The frosting can be tinted, and these cupcakes can be made adorable for a little girl's birthday party, baby shower, and more. And they are absolutely yummy!


Recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes and Frosting

Ingredients for cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbs. (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 whole egg plus 1 egg white, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  •  6 tablespoons sanding sugar

  • Directions:


    Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line a standard 12-cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners, or a 24 mini pan.

    In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat together the sugar and butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and add the egg and egg white one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk in 2 additions, beating until just combined; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat just until no traces of flour remain, about 30 seconds; do not overbeat.

    Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, filling each about three-fourths full. Bake until the cupcakes are lightly golden on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes for standard size, or 10 to 12 for mini size. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cupcakes to the rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
     
     
    Recipe for Buttercream Frosting

    Ingredients:

  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 1/2 Tbs. milk, plus more, if needed
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  •  
    Directions:


    Have all the ingredients at room temperature.

    In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, combine the confectioners¿ sugar, butter, the 4 1/2 Tbs. milk, the vanilla and salt and beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    Frost cupcakes with frosting and sprinkle with sanding sugar, if using.
     
    Makes 24 mini cupcakes, or 12 regular size cupcakes.
     
    Patricia
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