Thursday, April 23, 2009

My 100th Post- A Reason to Make Cupcakes!

Ever since I saw this recipe for cupcakes with penuche frosting, on the blog Eating, Etc. last month, I've been looking for an excuse to make them. Now I have an excuse!! I've never made penuche anything before and I love the caramel flavor. I ate way too much frosting while frosting these and almost made myself sick! :D These will definitely satisfy a sweet tooth. The cupcakes and the frosting are pretty easy to make. See the original post on Eating, Etc. to find out how to make homemade self-rising flour. I think I should have waited longer for the icing to cool down; I piped mine on while it was still a little warm, so it flattened a little. But, it sets up quickly, so the flattening wasn't too bad.

Vanilla Cupcakes
24 cupcakes

1-1/2c self-rising flour
1-1/4c all-purpose flour
1c unsalted butter, softened
2c sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1c milk
1tsp vanilla extract

1) Preheat oven to 350°F.
2) Line 24 muffin tin cups with cupcake papers.
3) In a medium bowl, combine flours. Set aside.
4) In a large bowl, or bowl of electric stand mixer, cream butter until smooth.
5) Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
6) Add eggs, beating well after each addition.
7) Add dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with milk & vanilla, scraping down sides of bowl to blend well. With each addition, beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not over-beat.
8) Spoon batter into cupcake liners to about 3/4 full.
9) Bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
10)Cool cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove & cool completely on wire rack before icing.

Penuche Frosting
1/2c butter
1c brown sugar
1/4c hot milk
3-1/4c powdered sugar
1) Melt butter in large saucepan.
2) Stir in brown sugar, bring to boil, and cook for 1 minute. Cool for 15 minutes.
3) Mix in hot milk.
4) Beat in enough powdered sugar to attain spreading consistency. Add more milk, if necessary.


Sara said...

Happy 100th post! The cupcakes look beautiful. I'm really intrigued by that frosting, it sounds so unique and delicious.

Linda said...

Dishy those are beautiful! That is my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe.

HoneyB said...

I think its time to make cupcakes. Maybe next week...or even this weekend!!

LadyJayPee said...

Happy 100th! You have a great blog, Dishy! :)

What A Dish! said...

Thanks, everyone!

Sophie said...

Very tasty, I like the consistency of the frosting -- it looks so light and delicious, especially with the brown sugar (yum!).