The other day at the cafe we had an order for vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting….easy right?
So I look up a fun vanilla cupcake recipe online, because I really have not made them before. I found a great recipe on Epicurious, it was from Amy Sedaris, and her recipe was voted second best in New York City…..SOOOOOO should be amazing right? They are, but I believe there may have been some operator errors with this recipe. If you have thoughts, please share.
My first attempt, I used cake flour, and whipped the batter like crazy. I told you I have never really made cupcakes before… okay, maybe once…
Second attempt, I used pastry flour, and was careful to not over-whip the batter.
Both attempts, the cupcakes tasted amazing, I mean seriously AMAZING!
BUT when taking them out of the pan, this is what I dealt with….grrrr……
We don’t have AP flour at the cafe, pastry flour is the next best choice for all the recipes I make there.
Here is Amy Sedaris’s Vanilla Cupcake recipe, she apparently is also known for her cupcakes…who knew?
- 1½ sticks unsalted butter
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2½ cups flour
- 1¼ cups milk
- Turn oven on to 375 degrees F.
- Put butter in mixer and beat at medium speed until somewhat smooth. Pour in sugar and beat well. Add 2 eggs. I like to crack the eggs on the side of the bowl while it is moving, which can be really stupid. I like to take chances. Yes, I have had to throw away my batter because I lost eggshells in the mix. Yes, it was a waste of food and yes, I know how expensive butter is, but what can I say? I'm a daredevil. Mix well. Add: vanilla, baking powder, salt, flour, and milk. Beat until it looks like it is supposed to and pour into individual baking cups, until they are about ⅔ full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Should produce 24 cupcakes; I get 18 because I'm doing something wrong, although my cupcakes were voted second best in the city by New York Magazine.
Well I managed to save 24 of the 58 I made….
Tell me your thoughts on making/baking cupcakes….what are your inside secrets?
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