Are you guys getting sick of all my food posts lately? I just can't help it, being able to eat again is AMAZING! I think I can truly say it, "Goodbye morning sickness...Hello food!!" Yeah, I've been feeling pretty good these past two weeks. I hope I am finally into my 2nd trimester "Good" phase!!!!
So, I was totally in the mood for cupcakes today. My kidlets are always in the mood for cupcakes too so it was the perfect choice for my naptime baking this afternoon. I just LOVE this recipe for vanilla cupcakes from Billy's Bakery via Martha Stewart. It makes the best homemade cupcakes, they really are soooo good! They don't take long to mix up and bake so you get to eat them quickly...this always earns recipes an extra star in my book!
I decided to frost them and turn them into a football design. Cause that is just what you do, right!?! I think every Super Bowl party needs to have one of these on the buffet table next weekend, what do you think?
Me likey, it's just cute...and every party needs some cute!
Okay, here's the recipe....and remember, they are soooo good! Make them today!
Billy's Vanilla Cupcakes
1 3/4 cup cake flour
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line your cupcake pan with liners. In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix on low until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
In another bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition. Beat until ingredients are incorporated...DO NOT OVERBEAT!
Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until toothpick comes out clean. About 17-20 minutes. (Mine took a bit longer than 20 minutes!)
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
**Nestle's Chocolate Lover's Frosting recipe is my go to chocolate frosting recipe, I think it's super yummy! You can find the recipe on the back of the cocoa powder can too so you will always have it in your pantry...if you like to have cocoa powder on hand, that is!**
Easy and Yummy...you definitely need to try these!!!
Remember, cut your butter up nice and small.
Add your butter in and mix just until all the butter pieces are coated with the flour mixture.
Then, whisk together your eggs, vanilla and milk until nice and combined. Then, add to your dry ingredients in increments until just incorporated.
Let cool on a cooling rack...oh boy, I can't wait to try one!
Oh yeah, light and cake-y...the way every cupcake should be!
But wait, I think we need some frosting on these babies.
I like to frost my cupcakes with Wilton Tip #21, it gives you that nice "frosted swirl" look. I just cut a tip from a corner of a ziploc bag, place the tip inside said corner, add frosting to bag and voila you have yourself a piping bag for cheap!
Yup, just what I thought...chocolate frosting makes everything better :)
And, lots of chocolate frosted cupcakes makes my weekend a whole lot better :)
And, turning those chocolate frosted cupcakes into a football for Super Bowl Sunday next weekend is just cute! Who said footballs can't be cute!?!