Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

This really is the best vanilla cupcake recipe we’ve tried (and we’ve tried a lot). The cupcake has a lovely, moist crumb that tastes just as good the next day, and the vanilla buttercream recipe is really easy to make and is fluffy and packed with vanilla flavour.

Makes 24

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups plain flour, softed
250g unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method
1. Preheat oven to 175C. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers. Go and find some cute ones!

2. In a big bowl, combine the flours. Set aside. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are just incorporated but do not overbeat.

3. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full.

4. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the centre of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the tins then on a rack. When cool top with the vanilla buttercream icing.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2-3 cups icing sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is lovely and thick.

What’s your favourite cupcake recipe?

July 26, 2013

Best-Ever Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Whip up a batch of these super vanilla cupcakes for Mother’s Day or afternoon tea – the vanilla bean frosting is the best we’ve ever made!

Ingredients

100g butter, softened

185g caster sugar

2 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste

2 eggs

200g self-raising flour

125ml milk

Vanilla Frosting

100g butter, softened

450g icing sugar mixture

1 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste

60ml milk

Method

1. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add the Queen Vanilla Bean Paste and mix well. Add eggs one at a time and beat lightly. Add sifted flour and milk in two batches, stir with a wooden or metal spoon, until just combined. Spoon into 12 muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180C.

2. To make the frosting: using an electric mixer, beat butter until very light in colour. Add the Queen Vanilla Bean Paste. Add sifted icing mixture gradually, beat after each addition. Add the milk and beat to combine. Spread over cooled cupcakes and enjoy.

Vanilla? Chocolate? What’s your favourite cupcake?

May 10, 2013