Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring is... almost here!

I'm feeling spring here!
I realized today that I hadn't baked cupcakes for ages - so of course, I had to set that straight :)
This is what I came up with - vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. I coloured the buttercream light green and decorated the cuppies with flower sprinkles. The cupcake cases are yellow. Believe me, those are summery to look at, but eating them just feels like summer! I'm ready for spring here...

I love that you can actually see the snow outside my kitchen window there... and here I am, talking about spring... I guess you can never be too positive :)

Since the recipe I used has been my go-to recipe for cupcakes the last few years, and it tastes amazing, I really want to share it with you. I originally found it online, and I believe it comes from the famous Magnolia bakery in New York (those are the cupcakes they eat on Sex and the City!)

Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcakes

*1.5 cups self-rising flour
*1.25 cups regular flour
*1 cup (2 sticks or 250 g) unsalted butter, softened
*2 cups sugar
*4 large eggs, at room temperature
*1 cup milk
*1 tsp vanilla extract
(makes 24 cupcakes)

Heat your over to 350°F or 180°C.
Line your cupcake tins with cupcake cases.
Blend together the two flours in a bowl and set aside.
In a big bowl, cream the butter (medium speed). Add the sugar slowly, and beat until light and fluffy (usually about 3 minutes).
Now add the eggs, one by one, and beat well in between.
Add the flour mixture, the milk and the vanilla extract in three parts each, alternating flour and milk (so: flour, milk, flour, milk, flour, milk). Beat well in between, but don't overdo it.
Fill the cupcake cases about 3/4 full, and bake for about 20-25 minutes.

Magnolia's Vanilla Buttercream

*1 cup (2 sticks or 250 g) unsalted butter, softened
*8 cups powdered sugar (I only use 6, which is more than enough)
*0.5 cup milk
*2 tsp vanilla extract
*Food dye (if wanted)
(more than enough to ice 24 cupcakes)

In a big bowl, beat together the butter, 4 cups of powdered sugar, the milk and the vanilla extract for about 3-5 minutes, using medium speed.
Add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time, beating 2 minutes in between cups.
Add food dye (if wanted).

Now you can decorate your cupcakes, and believe me, the possibilities really are endless!
Hurry into your kitchens and start baking, folks ;)

Miss Diorista

I never say "Good Bye" because they seem like forever. I rather say "See you later". - Anonymous


  1. Gosh I love the look of these! Love the green icing and the entire look! Very spring like but gosh now I want to eat some! Yum!

  2. @Hebridean Sprite - Thanks! I'll send some your way ;P

  3. Those look amazing, better than anything I've seen at the bakery lately!!

  4. @MatryoshkaDoll - Aww, you´re just too sweet, cupcake ;D


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