Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Valentine's Day's right around the corner. Are you doing anything special? Me... probably not so much :) I did buy myself a cookbook. Are any of you fans of the TLC show Kids by the Dozen? If you are, you might remember the Jueb family (they had a big birthday bash celebrating all 15 of their kids birthdays on the same day so all their friends and family didn't have to come to 15 parties throughout the year). During their episode I was amazed by the wife Wendy's skill at cooking fugally. Hot diggity dog I found out she had a cookbook! I had to order it for myself. Happy Valentine's Day to me :) I'm hoping her tips will help me save TONS of money.
Are you making any sweet treats for your sweety? I made these yummy cupcakes for my daughters school party. It's another recipe off the Top 100 Recipes of 2009 on recipezarr. The original recipe is called Mognolia Bakery's Vanilla Birthday Cake and Frosting, but I didn't know what the Mognolia Bakery was. Everyone enjoyed these yummy cupcakes. The recipe says they are best in you make them the night before to ensure maximum moistness. Enjoy and have a Happy Valentine's Day :)

Cake Batter
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Buttercream Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, very soft
8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour three 9 inch round cake pans, then line the bottoms with waxed paper. 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. Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
Divide batter among the cake pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack. If you're making cupcakes, line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers. Spoon the batter into the cups about three-quarters full. Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 to 22 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on a rack before icing. When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake. To make the icing - place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency (you may very well not need all of the sugar). If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. Use and store icing at room temperature, as icing will set if chilled. Can store in an airtight container for up to three days.


Chicago Mom said...

These cupcakes are supposed to be the BEST! I got the same recipe from the Food Network, but have never tried it.
I am going to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars for my husband for Valentines Day.

Coleen's Recipes said...

PERFECT for Valentines Day!!! How pretty.

Chrissy said...

I love cupcakes, and cakes and everything sweet. These look really good. Not for sure what I am making just yet for my that bad? We will be staying home and not doing much either, just a fabulous Portillo's Italian Beef.

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Those look really good Heidi. Happy Valentines Day. I love buttercream frosting and you can never go wrong with cupcakes.

Sandy said...

These cupcakes look too cute. I love recipezaar and did not realize they had a top 100 recipes of 2009. I will defnitely have to check that out. Have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Mary said...

They look so pretty I would love to have one of those!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh Heidi these look so yummy. Thanks as always for your tips :)

Hugs, happy Valentines Day

Katy said...

I'm on a cupcake kick now and yours look lovely and delicious! Well done. Love the sprinkles. They just add a little something extra, I think, that says, "I love you special." I just love have you give it that extra Mom touch; you make me smile.

I've never made anything from the Magnolia Bakery cookbook, though I understand they are quite well loved.

teresa said...

mmm, they look so sweet and pretty! happy v-day!

Stefanie said...

I will have to give these a try. they look so yummy!

Kim said...

They look so pretty in pink:D Happy Valentine's Day!

Carrie said...

This is such a great frosting because it doesn't have milk, it can sit out on your table and you don't worry about it spoiling! Pretty cupcakes, Happy Valentine's Day Heidi!!

Tiffanee said...

MMMMM!! I love buttercream frosting. The cupcake looks so delicious!!

Ingrid said...

I haven't had cupcakes in FOREVER! I really need to change that. Yours are looking good.