Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Easy Vanilla Cup Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I've been on a sugar fix lately. I made these Vanilla cupcakes yesterday because of said sweet tooth. They are from the Pioneer Woman's blog. You can find them here. I love trying out her recipes. I'm thinking I will be posting more of her recipes that I try out. They're too good to pass up.

For the cupcakes, I didn't have cake flour so I added two tablespoons of corn starch. I read that somewhere online, and I wouldn't suggest doing that. Your cupcakes will taste like corn bread. Next time, I will just use regular flour if I don't have cake flour. Fortunately, the delicious cream cheese frosting masked that corn bread taste. You have to try the recipe for her frosting. It's amazing! Just make sure to put in a hard workout that day. They're is four cups of powdered sugar! They're worth it though.

Here's the recipe:


  • 1 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 1-3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups Cake Flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract (or The Caviar From 1 Vanilla Bean)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Vinegar
  • Icing
  • 1 stick Butter, Softened
  • 1 package (8 Ounce) Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 4 cups Sifted Powdered Sugar (more If Needed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla Extract (or The Caviar From 1 Vanilla Bean)

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18 muffin cups with cupcake liner papers.
Cream shortening and sugar until fluffy. Set aside.
Sift together flour and salt. Set aside.
Mix eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, baking soda, and vinegar in a separate bowl.
Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the shortening mixture, mixing after each addition. Mix until totally combined.
Pour batter into cupcake liners. Bake for 17 to 20 minutes, or until just done. Remove from oven, then remove cupcakes from pan and let cool completely. Ice when cooled and decorate with sugar sprinkles, berries, candied ginger, etc.
Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl until totally combined. Ice cooled cupcakes.


1 Sweet Notes:

Fran said...

Those look super yummy!