Friday, October 5, 2012

Whipped Vanilla Dream Cupcakes

It is Friday! The foliage is beautiful. It hasn't snowed. What a great day! To celebrate, cupcakes are in order. Oh, Cupcakes! How wonderful they are on a Friday. Even if it was a Monday, they are still wonderful. They are easy to decorate. They are easy to share. Also, they are easy to hide.
The cupcakes are very light since you fold in whip cream. I prefer vanilla cupcakes over chocolate so these are a winner. I am really glad that I shared these cupcakes because I would have been tempted to have them for supper and breakfast.
Vanilla Dream Cupcakes
2 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk (I used skim)
2 egg white
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 stick (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  3. In a medium size bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  5. With a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.
  6. Slowly, add about 1 cup of flour mixture and then 1/2 cup of milk mixture to the creamed butter. Beat until incorporated after each addition. Continue alternate adding the flour mixture and then the milk mixture until all of it is incorporated. 
  7. In a clean, stainless mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  8. Slowly, fold the whipped cream into the cake batter.
  9. Carefully fill each cupcake liner about 2/3 full with the batter.
  10. Cook the cupcakes for about 16 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean with a few crumbs.
  11. Carefully remove the cupcake from the muffin tin and allow to cool on a wire rack. 
  12. Repeat with the second muffin tin.
Recipe adapted from Sweetapolita. Frosting found here.

Last year, I was making Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.
Did you already know...
-Foliage is at its peak in Western and Southern Maine this week.
-Maple and Oak trees foliage become red and scarlet with the cooler days. Ash, Beech, Birch, and Elm trees foliage become yellow.
-After the leaves drop, trees produce a waxy substance to protect it from the elements.

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