Suburban Sweets: Mini Cupcakes

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Teeny, tiny vanilla cupcakes tend to bring smiles to everyone’s faces.  They are the quintessential suburban sweets dessert: bite-sized, classic, easy to make and delicious.  It took many attempts to perfect this recipe as made-from-scratch cakes tend to be dryer than their Duncan Hines counterparts, but these little gems are both moist and airy.   I knew I got this right when my choosy 4 year old nephew had multiple helpings!   Best of all, this recipe makes exactly 24 minis, so you won’t have a plethora of extras.  Housed in a disposable container (like this one http://ow.ly/OTtZs ), they are the perfect treats to bring to play dates or pot lucks.  Just make sure your mini baking cups fit perfectly into your mini muffin tin.  I use 1.25 inch Wilton cups (see http://ow.ly/OTu7s)

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Suburban Sweets: Mini Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • INGREDIENTS FOR CUPCAKES:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • INGREDIENTS FOR VANILLA FROSTING:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. DIRECTIONS FOR CUPCAKES:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Fill a 24-cup mini cupcake pan with liners.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add vanilla and oil and mix until combined.
  4. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Mix in the buttermilk.
  5. Combine the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add to the bowl and mix just until incorporated. It’s ok to see a little flour in the batter. Stir the visible flour into the batter gently. Avoid over mixing.
  6. Carefully spoon batter into mini muffin cups and bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched.
  7. Cool 15 minutes before carefully removing cakes from pans. Cool completely before frosting.
  8. DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING:
  9. To make frosting, combine all ingredients into a bowl. With an electric mixer, beat ingredients together until smooth.
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INGREDIENTS FOR CUPCAKES:

6 tablespoons butter, melted

2/3 white sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

3 egg yolks, at room temperature

1/3 cup buttermilk

2/3 cups cake flour

½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

 

INGREDIENTS FOR VANILLA FROSTING:

6 tablespoons butter, room temperature

3 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 tablespoons milk

¾ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon salt

 

DIRECTIONS FOR CUPCAKES:

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Fill a 24-cup mini cupcake pan with liners.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar.  Add vanilla and oil and mix until combined.

Beat in the egg yolks one at a time.  Mix in the buttermilk.

Combine the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.  Add to the bowl and mix just until incorporated.  It’s ok to see a little flour in the batter.  Stir the visible flour into the batter gently.  Avoid over mixing.

Carefully spoon batter into mini muffin cups and bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched.

Cool 15 minutes before carefully removing cakes from pans.  Cool completely before frosting.

 

DIRECTIONS FOR FROSTING:

To make frosting, combine all ingredients into a bowl.  With an electric mixer, beat ingredients together until smooth.

 

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About Author

Suburban Sweets columnist Josephine D’Ippolito is a baking enthusiast whose passion began more than twenty years ago, when, on a whim, she and her college friend made a single batch of cookies from scratch. One husband, three children and thousands of cookies later, Josephine enjoys the creative and culinary process of baking more than ever. Older, wiser and slightly more health conscious, she tends to justify her habit by making her desserts on the tiny side. Quite possibly her favorite day of the year is her annual cookie exchange held each December, when she gets to revel in the talent and sweetness of her dearest family and friends.

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