Saturday, 15 December 2012

{RECIPE}: Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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Now, as promised, here are them cupcakes!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

THE RECIPE: Preheat oven to 170C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Makes 12.

For the cupcake
145g self raising flour
170g sugar
1 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
60g unsalted butter
145ml milk
1 egg
1 vanilla pod

For the buttercream
280g icing sugar
85g unsalted butter
30ml milk
1 vanilla pod


1. In a bowl, combine all your dry ingredients - the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter. Mix well and rub in the butter until you get a breadcrumb-y consistency.

2. In a seperate bowl combine the milk and eggs and mix well.

3. Scrape the seeds from the inside of the vanilla pod, add this to the bowl and mix.

4. Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry, mixing well and making sure everything is combined.

5. Fill 2/3rds of the cases by scooping a couple of tablespoons of the mixture into each one.

6. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

7. Once baked, place on a cooling rack and allow to completely cool before adding the frosting.

8. For the frosting - mix together the butter and icing sugar. The longer you mix, the fluffier it will be. Slowly add the milk until you get the consistency you want.

9. Scrape the seeds of a vanilla pod and add this to the buttercream. Continue mixing for approx. 5minutes.

10. Place the frosting in a piping bag and pipe away!

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Aiza said...

I think vanilla cupcakes can be boring but yours look awesome :)

ThisGirlBlogs said...

Aw thanks! I think they're a classic and an easy favourite that'll keep everyone happy :)

Farhat said...

your cupcakes look so yummy and professionally decorated :) Can I ask which nozzle you used to pipe the buttercream?

ThisGirlBlogs said...

Thank you!! I used a large open star tip :-)

mayceegreene said...

I love vanilla flavored food - I will have to give this a try, thanks for sharing :)
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