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Day 325 – Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

21 Jun

Some days you just need a good, old-fashioned cupcake.  A classic, ya know?  I normally default to chocolate, but I do love using vanilla bean whenever possible.  Vanilla Bean Cupcakes (recipe below from my baking addiction).

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are relatively dense and slightly moist. They feel, taste and even smell like a vanilla cake donut. Odd, in cupcake form, but definitely not a bad thing. Sweet and cakey.

Vanilla-Bean-Frosting

The frosting is soft and smooth, with really pretty flecks of vanilla bean. It has a very sweet vanilla flavor. A lot like vanilla bean ice cream, actually.

Vanilla-Bean-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Bean-Cupcake

Yup. Frosted vanilla donut with sprinkles. That’s it. Very sugary. Good, strong vanilla flavor. A sweet treat. Great for kids and adults!

Note: The original blogger used these beautiful pearlized sprinkles. Check them out. So pretty!

Vanilla-Bean-top

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 3.5
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 19

Mini-Vanilla-Bean-top

RECIPE

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes (recipe from my baking addiction)

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes:

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk, room temperature
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • seeds scraped from one vanilla bean
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Vanilla Bean Buttercream:

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • seeds scraped from one vanilla bean
  • 2 teaspoons clear vanilla extract (this helps maintain the bright white color)
  • 1 ½ pounds (24 ounces) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream or milk

For directions visit my baking addiction.

*Tomorrow: Beach Cupcakes*

Day 101 – Glazed Doughnut (Krispy Kreme) Cupcakes

9 Nov

I typically prefer my doughnuts with frosting and sprinkles…or in twist form (which is generally the same as glazed, but more fun to look at). But when I saw a recipe for cupcakes based on doughnuts, how could I resist? Glazed Doughnut (Krispy Kreme) Cupcakes (recipe below from My Baking Addiction)

Book: Paradise by Toni Morrison

Doughnut-Cupcake     Mini-Doughnut-Cupcake

The cakes are very dense and springy. They are perhaps slightly on the dry side, but not terribly.  It’s very much like a spice cake – cinnamon and nutmeg are very strong.

Glaze

The glaze is a typical powdered sugar glaze. It’s very thin and easy to dip, and then hardens quickly because of the butter.  It has a nice, sweet, simple vanilla taste.

Glazed-Doughnut-Cupcake     Mini-Glazed-Cupcake

It does, in fact, taste like a glazed doughnut. One of the cinnamon/spice cake doughnuts with glaze, to be exact. Nice taste and all kinds of fun for the kid in me.

Notes: I want more of the glaze – let’s face it, there’s never enough glaze – so I would probably do them more like lemon blossoms. Coat the entire cupcake in the glaze once or twice. I think that would give it even more of the “doughnut” feel/taste.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4.5 (The batter is all in 1 mixer and the glaze is extremely simple.)
  • TOTAL: 18.5

RECIPE

Glazed Doughnut (Krispy Kreme) Cupcakes (recipe from My Baking Addiction)

For the Batter
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 to 1 ¼ teaspoons ground nutmeg, to taste (I used ¾)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk

For the Glaze
3 tablespoons butter; melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar; sifted
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons hot water

For directions visit My Baking Addiction.

*Tomorrow: Pecan Pie Cupcakes*

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