Today I’m ready to give my piping skills yet another try. I ran to Michaels and got more bags and two new tips.
I watched the video from My Baking Addiction to make sure that I got it right this time (which may mean nothing at all!!)
I found a vanilla cupcake recipe from Brown Eyed Baker and some Cream Cheese Frosting from a Martha Stewart recipe.
First I started with the cupcakes. I followed her directions but only changed the Vanilla to Strawberry Extract. I added a bit more after tasting it with 1 1/2 tsp. Just another dab! The cupcakes appeared to turn out ok. I’ve left them to cool completely before even starting the cream cheese frosting.
For the Cupcakes:
Yield: 12 cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Bake Time: 20 to 24 minutes
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon table salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
½ cup sour cream
1 large egg , room temperature
2 large egg yolks , room temperature
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract – I used Strawberry Extract (about 2 tsp)
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add butter, sour cream, egg and egg yolks, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth and satiny, about 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix by hand until smooth and no flour pockets remain.
3. Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared tin. Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick or skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.
When making the frosting I added a bit of red food coloring to match the strawberry flavor of the cupcakes. The topped with a bit of sprinkles.
Makes about 2 cups
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula, soften cream cheese. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended. Sift in confectioners’ sugar, and continue beating until smooth. Add vanilla, and stir to combine
I’ve done a bit more baking and becoming a little less afraid of attempting new things. The true test is when the family comes home and tries them. If I get the thumbs up or the “it’s pretty good”. Then I know I can try again!
I will say I am having fun expanding my horizons in the kitchen from just breakfast, lunch, dinners. I may have some failures and I may not have my own recipes, but I am having fun!!
They taste really good. I do think that the frosting wasn’t as thick as I’d hope to have it be for piping. But it’s Craig’s favorite kind so it’s good either way!
Patricia – Two Girls Cooking