Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

You can also use raisins, chocolate chips, gumdrops, Red Hots, or nuts for decorations.

  • Yield: Makes 24
Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2003

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cake flour, (not self-rising), sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • 2 recipes Cream Cheese Frosting Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 pint blueberries, for decorating
  • 1/2 pint raspberries, for decorating
  • White sprinkles and nonpareils, for decorating

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 12-holed muffin pans with baking cups; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until pale, light, and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. With the mixer running, add eggs, vanilla extract, and almond extract; beat until combined.

  3. With mixer on low speed, add 1 cup reserved flour mixture; mix until combined. Add 1/2 cup buttermilk; combine. Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk, ending with flour, until all has been incorporated.

  4. Fill each baking cup with 1/4 cup batter; batter should almost reach tops of cups. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer tins to a wire rack to cool.

  5. Remove cupcakes from tins, and frost with cream-cheese frosting. If desired, use a pastry bag fitted with a plain writing tip to pipe letters or designs onto cupcakes. Decorate with berries, sprinkles, and nonpareils.

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