web analytics

vanilla cupcake

Need a really simple and beautiful cupcake?  Here you go.  I love to lay in bed at night and leaf through cookbooks.  It calms me.  One of my favorites is Nigella Lawson’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess.  I was intrigued by the idea of icing the cupcake with royal icing.  It kept me up that night.  I woke up the next morning and made these immediately.  And then we ate them all.  They were delicious.

When I made these cupcakes for the first time I was convinced that there would not be enough batter to fill all 12 liners.  But there was, you just need to have a little faith and you need to completely scrape the bowl.  The cupcakes only need a few tablespoons of batter because you really do not want them to bake up higher than the cupcake liners.  You need room for the icing to cover the top and leave of blanket of sweet goodness.  This icing is perfect for travel because it dries hard.  It is like the frosting that you get on a Christmas cookie.  These are a wonderful little treat.  I like to put sugared flowers on mine that you can find in a bakery supply store or even at a craft store.  But they are just as beautiful plain.

vanilla cupcakeFor the cupcakes:

1 stick plus 1 Tablespoon butter room temperature
1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar
2 eggs room temperature
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 Tablespoons milk temperature

vanilla cupcake recipeFor the Royal Icing:

2 egg whites (or powdered egg whites)
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
food coloring (optional)
sugared flowers (optional)

* adapted from Nigella Lawson *

vanilla cupcake recipePut all of the ingredients in a food processor except for the milk.

vanilla cupcake recipePour the milk through the tunnel and process until smooth.

vanilla cupcake recipePut the batter in the prepared muffin tins.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown in a 350 degree oven.  Cool completely and then ice.

vanilla cupcake recipeCombine the egg whites and confectioners sugar in a mixing bowl and whip with a mixer until opaque and shiny, about 5 minutes.

vanilla cupcake recipeWhisk in the lemon juice to thin out the icing.

vanilla cupcake recipeMix for a few more minutes until you reach the consistency for spreading on cupcakes.

vanilla cupcake recipeSpread the icing on the top of the cooled cupcakes.

vanilla cupcake recipeHow cute are these sugar flowers?

vanilla cupcake recipeTop with a sugar flower and let harden.

vanilla cupcake recipeMy new favorite cupcake.

Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick plus 1 Tablespoon butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons milk temperature
  • For the Royal Icing:
  • 2 egg whites (or powdered egg whites)
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • food coloring (optional)
  • sugared flowers (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put all of the ingredients in a food processor except for the milk.
  2. Pour the milk through the tunnel and process until smooth.
  3. Put the batter in the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until brown in a 350 degree oven. Cool completely and then ice.
  4. Combine the egg whites and confectioners sugar in a mixing bowl and whip with a mixer until opaque and shiny, about 5 minutes.
  5. Whisk in the lemon juice to thin out the icing.
  6. Mix for a few more minutes until you reach the consistency for spreading on cupcakes.
  7. Spread the icing on the top of the cooled cupcakes.
  8. How cute are these sugar flowers?
  9. Top with a sugar flower and let harden.
Schema/Recipe SEO Data Markup by ZipList Recipe Plugin
http://bakedbree.com/simple-vanilla-cupcakes

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

118 Responses to Simple Vanilla Cupcakes

  1. Kyleah says:

    I have tried countless cupcake recipes, and they have all been disappointments until today! I just baked them for my sister’s birthday and they turned out amazing. They rose really nicely in the oven. Unlike the other recipes, they came out fluffy, not dense at all. Thank you, you’re a life saver! :)

    • bakedbree says:

      this makes me so happy! This recipe is so hot or miss for people. I make it all the time and have never had an issue, I am so glad that it worked so well for you.

  2. [...] these, I first whipped up a batch of plain vanilla cupcakes (I used a recipe from The Cupcake but this one is similar and if you’re short on time, use a box [...]

  3. The Girl and Dog Bakery says:

    Hello these cupcakes look so good! I am going to bake them this afternoon just because they look so good and thanks to you I know how. Oh yes and where did you get the blue sugar ( Pretty ) flowers I wonder?

  4. [...] Vanilla Cupcakes August 25, 2010 By bakedbree 102 Comments If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for [...]

  5. Madi says:

    there was a few typos involving this recipe the temperature of the milk was unclear and the suger and flour were not the right portions for baking.. all my cupcakes did was sink.

  6. Danielle says:

    Is the milk room temp?? It just says temp!!

  7. JAG says:

    I have a lot of leftover frosting. Can I put it in the fridge to use in two weeks time, or will it not keep?

    • bakedbree says:

      I don’t think so, royal frosting can be kept in an airtight container for a few days at room temp, but not weeks.

  8. Jessica says:

    Your recipes are outstanding!! Truly superior. I have tried the chocolate cake w/ chocolate butter cream as well as some others. Thank you for your wonderful blog. I am thrilled to try out these cupcakes.

  9. jane says:

    Wow this is an awesome cupcake recipe! It was just sweet enough and the the texture was great. I didnt have a food processor so I did it by hand and it was just fine. Also at the end I added a mashed banana and some chocolate and it was very yummy. Thanks for the simple and delicious recipe!!!

  10. Eunice says:

    just wondering what kind of flour to use? all purpose? cake flour?

  11. […] Vanilla Cupcakes Simple Vanilla Cupcakes Curtis Stone’s Vanilla Cupcakes (aka healthy […]

  12. Daisy says:

    Hi :) I am 14 years old haha but I was wondering how do you start a blog for recipes? Does it cost money for a website? Sounds so fun! Thanks :P

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge