Sunday, October 03, 2010

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

I have never been very good at blog events. That is not to say that I don't enjoy them...I do! Let's just say that I can be less than expert when it comes to deadlines. A line that, unfortunately, am just at the wrong side of as I hurriedly type. But I just can't miss this event, even if I am a little bit tardy...

A Taste Of Yellow is a blog event started by the brave and beautiful Barbara of Winos And Foodies. It's an event she created to support LiveSTRONG Day and raise cancer awareness. Barbara has been hosting this event since 2007 and it gets such wonderful and encouraging response every year. Almost all lives today have been touch by cancer one way or the other and a Taste Of Yellow gives us a chance to lend a hand in a way that we, as food bloggers, love...through food. Yellow food to be exact. Sunny, bright, hopeful, yellow food!

This year she adds a new theme. She asks us to incorporate a heart into entry, which I think is a fantastic idea! After all, the warm comforting blanket of love can sometimes be the best medicine of all.

For this round I decided to try a recipe that had been sitting in my to-bake files for ages. The Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes. I love the sunshiney personality of vanilla cupcakes, despite being a chocolate person, and can never have enough of them.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups self raising flour
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line two 12 cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
- Cream butter at medium speed in large bowl.
- Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy. Then add eggs.
- Combine flours. Add to butter mixture in four parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla extract.
- Spoon the batter into cups so they are ¾ full.
- Bake until the tops spring back when touched, about 20 minutes.

Vanilla Buttercream Icing

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

- Place butter, milk, vanilla extract and 4 cups of sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.
- Gradually add the remaining sugar, once cup at a time until thick.
- Add a few drops of food coloring if desired and mix thoroughly.
- Spread icing on cooled cupcakes.

I have never actually been to the Magnolia Bakery so I can't compare how these measure up to the originals. That being said, they were, as I'd hoped, cheery and delicious, with a light crumb and a warming vanilla scent. The icing I found to be a little bit runny but that could just be our hot weather taking it's toll on my poor buttercream! I found the heart sprinkles in a terrific baking supplies store I had recently visited for the first time. And yes, I did pick out all the yellow ones for the first two's the least I could do for being late, don't you think?

Thank you Barbara for hosting another round of A Taste Of Yellow and for being such an inspiration and a great blogger friend to boot! I hope you like my heart as much as I admire yours :)


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love Magnolia Bakery vanilla cupcakes and yours look magnificent!



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Corner Turn said...

Looks easy to make. I might put the recipe on the to do list. Thanks.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

These are bright and sunny indeed! I love the thick icing.

Midge said...

Vanilla cupcakes - well, any kind of vanilla cake, for that matter, is a serious source of comfort. More so if, like these, they're baked for a good cause. <3

Mom-Friday said...

I've heard so much of Magnolia Bakery. I'm sure this one is as yummy! Your cupcakes look delish! i hope i can make some soon...

Anne said...

Such pretty cupcakes! I too have tried this recipe years ago and yes, I liked it too :)

canDIshhh said...

This entry is perfect with your blog theme! How cute! Looks delish too! :)
Its been a while since I baked cupcakes, this make one soon! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

Barbara said...

They look beautiful Joey. Thank you for sharing your heart for LiveSTRONG Day.

Gattina said...

they are the sweetest looking cupcake I ever seen!!! come to think of it. I haven't been any blog event for a long while, gotta kick my butt :D

Tv Food and Drink said...

Great pics as always. Nicely done.

Anh said...

Love the cake! And this is one of my favourite recipe

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa! I’ve never even tried the originals!

Hi Peachkins! They are quite good!

Hi Corner Turn! It is easy...hope you get to try it :)

Hi Brittany! Me too...such a happy feeling piling the icing on :)

Hi Midge! Truly! Just the aroma of vanilla makes me feel warm and snuggly!

Hi Mom-Friday! I have heard so much about it too but have never been...will just have to be satisfied with these for now!

Hi Anne! Thank you! I plan to try this again and maybe make mini layer cakes next time :)

Hi Candishhh! Thanks! Every time I baked cupcakes I wonder what took me so long...they are such a joy to make...and eat!

Hi Barbara! Glad you like it! Thank you for hosting this wonderful event!

Hi Gattina! Thank you! I miss my regular blog events but there is just so much happening right now!

Thanks Gary :)

Hi Anh! Really?? Glad to hear that you like the recipe too!

Kendall Marie said...

You must go and try the Magnolia Bakery!! However, I have found that the recipes for their cupcakes taste better than the cupcakes at the bakery!! The brownies there are delicious though!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Kendall! I day I will! :) Good to know the cupcakes can compare though :)

thediplomaticwife said...

Oh. My. God. ChichaJo, YOU just answered my prayers for a new cupcake recipe to try. And you're post is truly inspiring! HOW can I not try making THAT?!? It will be my attempt #2 at cupcake making! Wish me luck! I love your blog btw!!!

Carol Pimentel said...

Adorei seu blog.
Bjs Carol

ChichaJo said...

Hi DW! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment :) Good luck with the cupcakes and hope you like them!

Hi Carol! Obrigado :) (I hope that's the right answer...)

Junglefrog said...

What gorgeous yellow cupcakes! Beautiful!

Doces Cris Hipolito said...

They look yummy. I`m gonna try this recipe. I love your blog.

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

LOOOOOOOVE your cupcakes!!!!! simple but at their very best!!!!
Wish Mauritius sold pretty decorations like yours!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Junglefrog! Thank you :)

Hi Doces! Thanks! Hope you like it :)

Hi Stella! I am so happy I discovered this baking supplies store...what a wonderland!

The Phenomenal Woman said...

Thank you for sharing the Magnolia Vanilla Cupcake Recipe. I have always wanted to try it out, and now I will!

A cousin from Toronto just recently did the same recipe and her butter cream turned out to be less than perfect, too. At first, I suggested maybe she overbeat the eggs, but after reading this, the butter cream recipe might need some tweaking. :)

ChichaJo said...

Hello Phenomenal Woman! Hope it turns out well for you too :) I think there is too much liquid in the buttercream, at least for me over here. It's so hot and humid! Or maybe I just need to keep it chilled...

Me Love Food! said...

Hi! Your blog is great, I make it a point to visit and peruse through your wonderful pictures!

In terms of your buttercream icing, most people will suggest to add more powdered sugar if it's too runny or doesn't hold well- also, given the humidity of the Philippines, it is probably best to keep the frosting in the fridge (before piping and after).

ChichaJo said...

Hi Me Love Food! You are definitely right about the humidity here...chilling the frosting does work!

Cai said...

Nice looking cupcakes, will try this recipe very soon! :)