Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream


I’m quite embarrassed to admit this, but as it turns out, it has taken seventeen years for me to get around to making proper cupcakes. My cupcake stigma started way back in grade school. This was the age when kids brought in treats for the entire class to celebrate their birthdays. I remember biting into my first store-bought vanilla cupcake and thinking that I hated frosting.


Over the years, I’ve attempted making cupcakes, but to no avail. The problem, I figured, was that I didn’t know what a proper cupcake taste like. Last summer, I tried the cupcakes from my co-op place, and nearly died (in a good way) of a sugar rush. I endeavoured to make a cupcake as delicious as those from my co-op place. But then school happened and I didn’t have the energy to experiment. Slowly, cupcakes receded into the deep recesses of my mind. They were all but forgotten until a couple weeks ago when I purchased a cupcake recipe book from Williams-Sonoma. Cupcakes were back on the radar.


The cupcake book was overflowing with ideas. Dulce de Leche, Tiramisu Cupcakes, Rocky Road... I thumbed through all the recipes, unsure of which one to try first. I was going out for dinner with friends later that evening and had decided to make the cupcakes for dessert. So I texted one of my friends asking her about her flavour preferences. “Surprise us,” she texted back.



Finally, I decided to pair Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Buttercream, a classic combination. I packed my cupcakes up and headed out to meet my friends for dinner. Uncharacteristically, three of seven members of the dinner party bailed for various reasons. The four of us? We just snickered and ate the extra cupcakes.



24 comments:

  1. You know what? I've been looking for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe for my daughter for her birthday party next weekend. I think i just found it! Thank you!! What gorgeous photos!

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  2. Hey Kyleen, thos cupcakes JUST LOOK PERFECT!, even before adding the frosting, and very yummy!.
    Lovely.
    Love
    Marialuisa

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  3. Nothing beats good ole classic vanilla cupcakes! these look lovely Kyleen... How do you make them so perfect?

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  4. This just reminded me--a couple years ago, I had a cupcake party. Everyone brought 6-12 cupcakes. It was absolutely a sugar overload. I think at one point we counted nearly 100 cupcakes. It was insane.

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    Choc Chip Uru

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  6. I can't think of a better treat to bring to a group of friends! To be on the receiving end of those cupcakes...dreamy!

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  7. You are in better place than me - I have never made a cupcake in my life! xD It looks like this is a perfect classic recipe and I'm going to keep it for the day I try making cupcakes. Yeah hopefully happening soon! ;-)

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  8. What did you put in the icing? Slash I 100% GET YOU ABOUT THE CUPCAKE STIGMA. I absolutely hated making cupcakes until I retried this year and finally got one down. Those babies are tougher than they look.

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  9. Ah yes, we all need a near death experience with sugar rushes every once in a while. These look too good!

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  10. I love this classic combo; it's my favorite! Wish I had one right now...

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  11. I love vanilla cupcakes! I never make them enough though, thanks for the reminder!

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  12. I actually like cupcakes MORE than cake! Better frosting:cake ratio :) These classics are serious beauties!!

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  13. They look oh so cute and pretty! I have this thing for things that are mini ;)

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  14. These look absolutely delectable! Now you've got me craving cupcakes... ;)

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  15. oh gosh I felt exactly the same way about frosting until very recently! am so glad you gave it another chance too, those cuppies look to die for!

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  16. those cupcakes look perfect! nyc bakery style ;) i'm not a fan of store bought frosting either. too grainy, too sugary... bleh.

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  17. So pretty and surely extremely delicious! Homemade frosting is the best...

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  18. Vanilla vanilla is classic - your cupcakes turned out perfectly.

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  19. Totally love your friend reaction. "Surprise us" is the best way to anticipate desserts!

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  20. Cupcakes are something I still struggle with to this day! These look delicious, Kyleen! Sometimes classic desserts are the way to go!

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  21. These look so yummy! Beautiful!

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  22. Well, if you needed to wait 17 years, it seems like it was worth it. These sound tasty, and your photographs are just beautiful!

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