Sunday, December 20, 2009

Vanilla Cupcakes w/ Peppermint Vanilla Frosting

Vanilla cupcakes with peaks of minty-sweet peppermint vanilla frosting were the star of the show at a company holiday party I provided desserts for this past weekend. My cakes were in good company; I also made red velvet with vanilla butter cream, dark chocolate with milk chocolate frosting, lemon-raspberry sandwich cookies and homemade fudge. I was pleased to see them disappear quickly off of the table!

Vanilla and peppermint taste delicious together. Although, be sure to use peppermint flavoring or oil and not mint flavoring. Mint flavoring has a tendency to taste just like toothpaste.

What you will need:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 C granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1 ½ C cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

Peppermint Vanilla Frosting
3 C powdered sugar1 ½ sticks of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon peppermint flavoring
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 Tablespoon milk or half and half
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Holiday sprinkles for decorating

For the cake, cream butter, sugar and vanilla together with electric mixer, slowly beat in eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl, whisk together cake flour, baking powder and salt, reduce your mixer’s speed and add in dry ingredients a half of a cup at a time until well blended. Turn your mixer back up to the highest speed and mix until batter has thickened.

In a prepared cupcake pan, scoop mixture into each cup and fill to 2/3 of the cup. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees.

For the frosting, cream butter, peppermint flavoring and vanilla at medium speed. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and cream of tartar. Add milk or half and half to make the texture smooth or if the frosting is too stiff. Beat into soft peaks and place frosting in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Once the cupcakes are cooled, pull the frosting out of the freezer and fill a pastry bag. Use your favorite decorating tip and imagination to decorate! I didn’t have a pastry bag and instead used a sandwich bag, filled it and cut the tip off one of the corners. I created a repeating peak pattern on my cupcakes and sprinkled with festive sugar. Enjoy!

Y ~ squarebakery

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