Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes

My mother-in-law has told me that her father's favorite cake was vanilla with chocolate frosting. So when my husband's maternal uncles came to visit from out of state, I thought these cupcakes would be the ideal dessert to serve. I am glad I made them.
This recipe is perfect if you have buttermilk you need to use. The cupcakes came out moist and delicious. I think it was a good choice for any party. The frosting is the fastest homemade frosting I have ever made.
Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes
Makes 30 cupcakes
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
3 cups cake flour
2 cups sugar
4 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk, the eggs. Add the vanilla and ¼ cup of buttermilk to the eggs. Whisk well.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and 1 cup of buttermilk to the flour mixture. Whisk together until fluffy about 2 minutes.
  4. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture. Combine well.
  5. Fill the cupcake liners about slightly over ½ full.
  6. Bake in the oven for about 18-21 minutes. Test the cupcakes with a toothpick for doneness. Let cool before frosting.
  7. Makes 30 cupcakes
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups powder sugar
3 Tbsp half and half milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate for about a minute in the microwave. Mix well and set aside to cool.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the butter and add the powder sugar.  Add the milk and vanilla. Pulse a few times.
  3. Refrigerate the cupcakes until ready to serve to set the frosting.
Recipe adapted from Sweetapolita.
Did you already know............
-Chocolate means bitter water in Aztec.
-The oldest and largest chocolate company in the U. S. is Hershey.
-Ancient Aztecs believed chocolate had magical powers like improve a person's strength.
-Fudge is a soft candy made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream.

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