Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cupcake Recipe #1 - Vanilla Buttermilk Cupcakes with Fluffy White Icing

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am going to make my way through Martha Stewart's cookbook "Cupcakes". I hope to make one recipe a week. I stuck with a fairly easy recipe for this first try. I figured that the easiest way to feel out the cookbook would be to try the very common combination of a simple vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting.

I was not disappointed in the cupcake at all. The cake is very light and actually reminds me of a pound cake flavor. This is probably because of the acidity of the buttermilk that you typically get in a pound cake from sour cream. They are moist, but not super moist. It wouldn't hurt for them to maybe cook a minute less or have just a bit more buttermilk. I also plan to add more vanilla to the batter if I ever make them again.

The frosting is to die for. It is a simple vanilla buttercream with only 3 ingredients. it calls for unsalted butter but I used salted and I am happy that I did. I tend to like frosting that isn't pucker your lips sweet. I think that the salt helps mellow the sweetness of the frosting.

This should turn out to be fun. I plan to take the 34 cupcakes that are remaining (maybe 33 by the time the night is over hehe) to work tomorrow to share with my co-workers. I definitely don't want to leave them hanging around here. Something tells me though that I won't have a problem getting rid of them. :-)

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