Friday, August 17, 2007

Cupcake Classic

What better way to start a blog than with a classic? Though I've been wowed by many flavors of cakes, the simple combination of vanilla and chocolate will always be a favorite. Here's my version of this classic, relying on Martha for the vanilla cupcake recipe and doctoring your basic chocolate frosting.

Vanilla Cupcakes

1 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick butter, unsalted, room temp
1 C sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 C milk

Line muffin pan with baking cups. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Scrape down sides of bowl and add vanilla. Alternate adding flour and milk to butter mixture. Pour into cups, bake at 350 for about 20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen. Allow to cool.

Hint of Mocha Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 C cocoa powder
4 Tbs butter
2 Tbs of milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp instant espresso

Cream butter sugar and cocoa. Add milk, vanilla and espresso mix well. Add more milk or powdered sugar if consistency is to dry or wet respectively.

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