Saturday, April 4, 2009

Easter Cupcakes

Today it's my mothers birthday, she's turning 50 years young. Happy Birthday Mom :P! Besides baking her favorite buttermilk birthday cake with praline icing, I also baked 20 yellow cupcakes with buttercream frosting for her co-workers. I made them Easter themed, using white, yellow and pink as the main colors. It's Martha Stewart's 'Yellow Cupcakes' recipe with the usual buttercream frosting. The cupcakes were quite good. It's really difficult to find a regular vanilla cupcake recipe that tastes good and is easy to work with when decorating (that doesn't form peaks once baked). These yellow cupcakes meet these requirements so I give them 4 out of 5.

Yellow Cupcakes recipe: Martha Stewart - Everyday Food

Ingredients:
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs

Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
- Line the cups of a standard (12-cup) muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- In a liquid-measuring cup, mix milk and vanilla; set aside.
- In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk-vanilla mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
- Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups (a 2-ounce or ¼-cup ice-cream scoop is good for this).
- Place tin on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in tin, then remove and cool completely on a rack before frosting.

White Frosting recipe: my own

Ingredients:
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3 tablespoons shortening (not butter-flavored)
- 4 tablespoons light corn syrup
- pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions:
- Sift the confectioners' sugar into a medium bowl.
- Add shortening, milk and salt and mix until combined.
- Add the light corn syrup and mix until well blended.

Buttercream Icing recipe: my own

Ingredients:
- 1 cup confectionars' sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 tablespoons milk
- 3 drop green food coloring

Instructions:
- Sift the confectionars's sugar into a medium bowl.
- Add the softened butter, milk, vanilla and food coloring.
- Mix until the frosting has a slight dropping consistency.


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And after 2 hours of decorating:


Voila!



I bought this cute cupcake-carrier box, "Somebunny needs a treat!" awww!


I have to clean this up?!


My moms favorite cake: buttermilk bundt cake with praline icing.
For this recipe click here.


To learn to make the bunny-cupcakes click here.
&
To learn to make the chick-cupcakes click here.


Update #1: The wondeful CraftGossip.com, your go-to site for crafts, jewelry making, scrapbooking and much more has posted these Easter cupcakes on their 'Edible Crafts' section!! "Such a happy Easter display." they write about these Easter-themed cupcakes. These cute cuppies definitely brighten my day :D.


Update #2: Woohoo! Number 1 at AllRecipes.com!

9 comments:

Eliana said...

These cupcakes look adorable!!! Your mom's friends must have been thrilled with them.

thereddeer said...

They look great - good job! I want to get more into the decoration side of baking - and you have definitely inspired me :)

Chic Cookies said...

Great array!! I found you through flickr. I posted a link to your cute cupcakes on my edible crafts column at craftgossip.com. Hope to bring you even more clicks! Thanks so much for sharing!! (your post is at ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com)
thanks!!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

Aww the cupackes are cute cute CUTE! My favorite vanilla cuppies are Amy Sedaris' recipe. Have you tried them? It's somewhere on my blog...

apparentlyjessy said...

I think your Easter cupcakes look lovely! They deserve all the attention! I really like the pink and yellow together, but the bunny ones are my fav...with the pink marshmallow ears!! Happy Easter, and thank you for visiting my blog, I enjoyed my visit to yours and will surely be back!

Laura Marsh said...

I love these cakes, I'll be trying them out for the party we're having this weekend. Thank you for the recipe, Laura

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Anonymous said...

what did you make the bunnies ears out of? btw these are super cute!

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@Anonymous: Marshmallows, cut in half.