Traditional Christmas vanilla cupcakes

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Although I am not a big fan of cupcakes, now and then an event comes along that calls for the famous treats. I was asked to bring some to a party and since I like cooking pretty things, I had lots of fun baking them. I got this Anna Olson’s recipe from one of her TV’s shows and it worked like a charm. It is a “indulge” occasion for sure considering the “whiteness” of its carbs and the load of sugar!
According to Anna, the secret for the perfect batter is to use butter at room temperature and the secret for the icing is using butter at room temperature but closer to cold. And it is so true; how great that we can learn so much with these amazing chefs. Get organized for the icing decorating part, which is the fun one, or your kitchen will be a sticky and colorful mess. I am adding a couple of links on tips about icing decorating below.

Christmas vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing

24 cup cakes

3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 regular sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 cups sifted pastry and cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs vanilla
1 cup milk

Pre heat the oven at 350F.
Beat the butter with the sugar until fluffy and lighter in color. Add the eggs one by one, scraping the sides of the bowl. Start adding the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk (always start with the dry and end with dry ingredients).

Scoop 2/3 of the cup cakes with an ice cream scooper for better portion control. Bake for 18 min. Let it cool completely before decorating.

Vanilla icing

3/4 cup unslated butter at room temperature
6 cups icing sugar sifted (I know it is a lot and you might not need the whole amount)
6 tbs milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Beat the butter until creamy and start adding the icing sugar, in low speed. Add the milk and play with the consistency, adding the icing sugar gradually, as needed.
You can make ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. But then bring it to room temperature before using, and beat it a bit more if necessary with an adittional 2 tbs of butter and icing sugar.

Now, you’re ready! Go ahead and start decorating!
New on decorating? Get some tips here:
Tips on using icing without making a mess

what tools should I have to decorate with icing

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

Check also:
Birthday cupcakes

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