Over the weekend, one of my friend's daughter, Mae Lynn, came over to learn to bake cupcakes. It was her brother's birthday and she really wanted to make some cupcakes for him. How sweet is that right? The best part of all is that she is only 8!
Since I was baking on Sunday anyway, and I have 2 mixers, I invited her to come over to bake with me.
So since these cupcakes were meant for a little boy's birthday party, we made Funfetti Cupcakes.
Which are basically cupcakes with sprinkles.
I used my favourite yellow cake recipe to make the cupcakes. I love this recipe because the cake always turns out so tender!
So, in the bowl of a mixer, I creamed together butter and sugar until the mixture became light and fluffy.
When the eggs had been incorporated into the batter, I added the flour and milk mixtures in the sequence flour-milk-flour-milk-flour.
I placed the batter into cupcake liners.
Once baked they were cooled in the pan for 10 minutes before I transferred them onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
The cupcakes were frosted with my favourite buttercream but you can use any buttercream that you prefer.
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Funfetti Cupcakes (Makes 24)
Adapted from Great Cakes by Carole Walter
3 cups (285g) sifted cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (225g) unsalted butter
2 cups (450g) caster sugar - I reduced this by 50%
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5ml) vanilla extract
1 cup (240ml) whole milk
1/2 cup sprinkles, and more to decorate
1. Position rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350°F (175°C).
2. Cut the butter into 1-inch pieces and put them in the large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with beaters or the paddle attachment. Soften on low speed. Increase the speed to medium-high and cream until smooth and light in color, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
3. Add the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, taking about 8 to 10 minutes to blend it in well. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally.
4. While the butter and sugar are beating, Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
5. Add the eggs to the butter/sugar mixture, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary. Blend in the vanilla.
6. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low. Add the dry ingredients in four batches, alternately with the milk, starting and ending with the flour. Mix just until incorporated after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix for 10 seconds longer.
7. Spoon the batter into cupcake liners. Center the pan on the rack and bake for 18 to 20 minutes (I baked mine for 18 minutes), or until the cupcakes are golden brown on top. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out dry.
8. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
9. Frost with buttercream and sprinkle more sprinkles on top.
This post is linked to the event, Little Thumbs Up organised by Bake for Happy Kids and My Little Favourite DIY, and hosted by Diana from the Domestic Goddess Wannabe.
Kit from I-Lost in Austen will be the next hostess of September 2014 and her theme is APPLE! Her Little Thumbs Up event starts on the first Tuesday of August 2014 (2nd September) until the last day of the month.