Let this be a bit of sunshine in your day.
This is a very vintage Joy the Baker recipe I’ve brought back to life for this modern day. Cupcakes feel… I dunno… maybe a little trivial considering our current reality, but even as strange as things are, some things remain the same – our sweet teeth and need for little cakes.
This recipe is a wonder in that it uses one simple stick of butter to make and frost 12 tender little cupcakes. We’re making a lot from a little these days, in more ways than one.
I hope this moment finds you well and helps to take a refuge in the kitchen with sugar and sprinkles for a few hours.
Here’s what you’ll need for these fishes and loaves cupcakes:
• One stick of butter: 3 tablespoons for the cupcakes + 5 tablespoons for the frosting. All softened, of course.
• Flour, leavening, and salt for the cupcakes.
• Granulated and powdered sugar for the cupcakes and frosting respectively.
• An egg to bind the cakes.
• Vanilla extract though a dash of almond extract would also be nice.
• Whole milk for both the cupcakes and the frosting.
These cupcakes start rather unconventionally.
Instead of creaming just the butter and sugar we’ll whisk together all of the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Add the softened butter and, using electric hand beaters, work the butter into the dry ingredients.
You’ll come to a sandy mixture – that’s right.
This isn’t the same texture as creaming together only butter and sugar.
Sandy with a few small bits of butter that remain is absolutely spot on.
Whisk together the milk, egg, and vanilla extract until the yolk and white are well combined.
Add the wet ingredients, all at once to the buttery dry ingredients.
Beat until smooth and a little soupy.
The batter should be smooth and glossy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, we’ll need every bit of batter for 12 cupcakes.
Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers and fill each cupcake to 3/4 full with cake batter.
I’ll tell ya now, you’ll need every bit of batter to fill 12 cupcakes so scrape the bowl well.
Bake the cupcakes to puffed and golden. They really are the sweetest little cakes!
While the cakes cool whip together the powdered sugar, remaining butter, milk, and splash of vanilla.
Add a few dashes of whatever food coloring you fancy. Yellow feels appropriately sunny.
Spread each cooled cupcake with frosting. Use a butterknife or offset spatula to spread the frosting, we’re not making enough frosting to use a piping bag for these cupcakes.
Top with a few sprinkles for ya know… festivities sake.
Enjoy with milk. Live in this fine moment.
Photographs with my dear Jon Melendez.