Different from muffins, I decided to make cupcakes, which for me it is nothing more than a muffin with colorful frosting…hehe…but they are as tasty as the muffins. To begin, I decided to make traditional vanilla cupcakes with buttercream Frosting. Delicious!
Vanilla Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
1/2 and 1/4 cups self-rising flour
1/2 and 1/8 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 and 1/4 cups sugar
3 small eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/6 cup milk (45ml)
2/3 teaspoons vanilla extract
few drops of food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers. In a small 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 incorporated but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
For the icing. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 cup 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 thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.