Friday, February 01, 2008

Magnolia's Buttercream Cupcakes

I've kind of lost the urge to blog as much. So what have I been doing lately besides working? Mostly mountain biking and baking. Great combo,eh? Crystal and I biked from Hyatt to Suicide Cliff and back last weekend! It's about 23 miles. A huge improvement for me considering I could barely make it up the hill towards Bird Island before. I'm learning to love the hills and enjoying the ride down!

So since we train two short rides during the week and one long ride on the weekend . . . we can afford to eat some sweets! I went to Manhattan, NY with my friend, Nikki, a couple of years ago and fell in love with the cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery. Here's my favorite cupcake recipe that I made for some friends this weekend.

Magnolia's Buttercream cupcake Ingrediants:

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Vanilla Buttercream (recipe follows) or Chocolate Buttercream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
3. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
5. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing. At the bakery we ice the cupcakes with either Vanilla Buttercream or Chocolate Buttercream.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Mmmm, Enjoy!


Rosana Amanda said...

I read you text when I woke up and now I have been craving cupcakes all morning! SEND ME SOME! They look GREAT!

Sean said...

I'm so sad I couldn't eat those last night. I hope you'll make them again.

I know how it is with blogging, but I do miss your entries and I'm always thrilled when you do post.

Lewie Tenorio said...

See, and that's why I train - gotta support my eating addiction.

It was good to see you pedaling away up that steep hairpin turn, I almost didn't recognize you. Looking good!

Tamara said...

Mmmm! Those look delicious. I love cupcakes! I will have to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

Deece said...

I love your new header!

Deece said...

Mmm...I want two with a tall glass of icy cold milk. :o)

Beverly said...

Rosana: They will be opening a Sprinkle's Cup cake Bakery in Dallas this summer! You have to try it! Mine are yummy too=)

Sean: I'll be making a second batch for Valentine's Day! Only it will be Chocolate instead! I'll save you one.

Lewie: I bet you never would see the day for me to make it up that dang hair pin turn! heheh See ya on the road

Tamara: Thanks! Hope you like em! They are really sweet! If you want to omit 1 cup of sugar it will still be yummy=)

Deece: How are you!? Thanks for stopping by=)

Deece said...

Eh? I'm sick. My son is getting better, but my daughter has gotten worse. I've been kinda wading through blogland. I'll get back on my feet soon. I'm glad to see you're doing well. take care!

Beverly said...

Deece: Hope you guys feel better soon!