Lucy made cupcakes for Clara's Christmas present. Here are photos of the cupcakes and the cupcake maker followed by the recipe for the cupcakes and frosting. Note the terribly important (though not Christmassy) sprinkles. (ETA: Clara received one cupcake under the tree after her nap on the fifth day of Christmas. The remaining cupcakes were eaten by the rest of us.)

Yellow Cupcakes
From Cook's Illustrated no.60, page 25
makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 Tbsp butter, room temp
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg, room temp
2 large egg yolks, room temp
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350 F. Line standard muffin tin with paper or foil liners.
  • Stir together dry ingredients in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment.
  • Add butter, sour cream, egg, egg yolks, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until satiny.
  • Scrape down sides of bowl and mix by hand until smooth and no flecks of flour remain.
  • Divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes.
  • Transfer cupcakes to wire rack and cool before frosting.

Simple Frosting*
from HomeBaking, page 359
makes about 1 cup frosting

8 Tbsp butter, melted
1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
Up to 2 Tbsp milk or cream
2 drops vanilla

  • Pour the melted butter into a bowl.
  • Sift on the sugar, then stir in with a spoon.
  • Stir in a little milk or cream to thin it to a spreadable consistency.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to firm up before using.

*This recipe is not so simple if you miss the part about putting the melted butter into another bowl and then refrigerating the frosting for 30 minutes before using. I melted the butter in the microwave and then tried to mix the frosting in the warm bowl - perhaps a good idea for washing dishes, but not a good idea for mixing frosting. Even so, I found I had to add a considerable amount of additional sugar to get the frosting to look like something other than greasy yellow glop. Refrigeration helped considerably.


doris said…
CUTE! and YUMMY! I hope Clara got the one w the major sprinkle lovefest. :D
Chris and Tiana said…
That's a super cute picture of Lucy with the cupcakes. She looks so proud of herself :)

I thought you might want to know- Clara Beth had to go to the doctor today and she wore her bunny carrier. She likes to wear him on her tummy so she can rub his ears. Everybody at the doctor's office commented on how cool it was. I think I may never be able to separate her from that bunny now. I thought you'd like to know how much she LOVES her present!

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