Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July Cupcakes

Happy 4th of July!!

I hope everyone has a great holiday.  I wanted to make something for the celebration of America, but was a little lazy today.  After a hike this morning and a day at the beach, my time and energy was limited.  I decided on just a vanilla cupcake with a vanilla buttercream.  I wanted to do something fancier, but ill save that for next year.  I didn't even have any themed cupcake liners, so I had to use princess ones I have.  The cupcake recipe is the same one as the churro cupcake, just without the cinnamon and more vanilla.  I loved that cupcake so much I had to make it again.   They are so light and fluffy, I think this will be my go to vanilla recipe from now on.  The buttercream is pretty basic, but still very delicious.  I highly recommend you try this recipe!  







Vanilla Cupcakes - Adapted from my Churro Cupcakes
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Butter, unsalted and room temperature
1 Cups Sugar
2 Large Eggs, separated
1 1/3 Cup Flour
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Pinch of Salt
1/2 Cup Milk
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F and line a muffin tin with baking cups.
  2. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed. Once the butter is smooth and creamy, turn the mixer to low speed and add the sugar. Keep beating the butter and sugar mixture until light and fluffy.  
  3. Add the egg yolks one at a time, making sure to mix well after each addition.  
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. In a small bowl, stir the vanilla into the milk.  Alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk mixture to the butter-and-sugar mixture. You’ll want to start and end with the flour, and mix just until incorporated after each addition.
  6. In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. It’ll be white and foamy. Fold the egg whites into the batter.
  7. Fill your lined muffin cups about ¾ full of batter. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a cake tester stuck in the middle comes out clean. 
  8. Let cupcakes cool completely.
My Favorite Vanilla Buttercream
Ingredients:
1 Cup Butter, unsalted and room temperature
3 Cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
1-2 Teaspoons Milk

Directions:
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. 
  2. Reduce mixer speed and slowly add powdered sugar; beat until well combined. Add vanilla and mix until just blended. Add milk until you have the consistence you desire.  
  3. Add coloring if you want to get the red and blue.
  4. Frost the cupcakes, then ENJOY!!

14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! If this is what you do when you're tired I can just imagine when you're not. I like the layer look of the icing.

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  2. I think these are plenty fancy with your three colored layered frosting!!

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  3. What a cute way to decorate cupcakes.

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  4. So cute!! Thanks for linking them up to 2 Maids a Baking!! I'm sure they were a hit!!

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  5. Your recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" tomorrow and shared some of your recipes with us.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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  6. These are so festive and beautiful! Thanks so much for linking your recipe up at Muffin and Cupcake Monday! Hope to see you again soon!

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  7. these look great and i'm going to try your recipe!

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  8. Hi! I'm having a linky party called A Themed Baker's Sunday. Usually I have a theme every week, but this week I want to see what everyone is making for the 4th. I would love if you linked up your delicious and patriotic sweetness!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/07/themed-bakers-sunday-12.html
    Alyssa

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  9. Soooo cuuuuute:) Love the idea of tinting the frosting!

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  10. I just love your 4th of July Cupcakes. That Butter Cream Frosting looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and sure hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  11. these are fantastic, thanks for sharing w/ TPT..hope to see you at the next tea party! ~ Trish from Sweetology

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  12. These look wonderful, and they sound delicious too. Thank you for sharing them with Let's Do Brunch :)

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  13. Hi, I wanted to thank you for visiting Cast Party Wednesday last week. I would love it if came back tomorrow and shared more of your recipes with me.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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