Vanilla Buttermilk Cupakes With Fudge-Laced Buttercream Frosting

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This might just be one of the best Vanilla Cupcake recipes out there. I know, it's a very cheeky and bold thing to say, right? ..but I really do believe that it is. :) ..it's a recipe I use often at my catering job at The Sweet Side. And these are always a big hit amongst kids and kids at heart!

The texture of this cake is moist and semi-fluffy. I say 'semi' because it isn't overly fluffy, but it is super moist and packed with Vanilla flavour. Tip:for cupcakes that hold a heavier buttercream frosting, the cake should be slightly denser, to avoid 'sinking'.

So, I made these Halloween-themed cupcakes for a last minute 4th birthday party!, ..and they came out so perfectly adorable that I just had to share how to make them.
 
 
 
 
 
Prep: 60 minutes (includes making toppers)
Cook: 18-20 minutes
Amount: 12 standard sized cupcakes

Level: Easy
 
Ingredients
Cake:
 
1/4 cup/62 grams butter 1 cup sugar
1 large egg 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I use Nielsen-Massey)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk (I use 2%)
1/2 cup buttermilk
 
 
Fudge-Laced Buttercream Frosting:
 
1 cup butter/240 grams
4 cups icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk (I use 2%)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons hot fudge topping (I use Hershey's Hot Fudge Topping)

 
Directions
Cake: 
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 1 cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Combine and stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 4 minutes. I use my kitchenaid mixer at Add egg and mix for about 1 minute. Do not over mix the egg. Add vanilla exract and mix for another minute. Combine your buttermilk and milk and stir them together.
Alternate 2x each and on low speed the buttermilk-milk mixture and flour mixture into butter mix. Use a spatula in between mixing to ensure you do not get any large lumps in your batter. Scoop batter evenly into 12 liners.
Bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove from cupcake pan and let cool on wire rack.
 
Fudge-Laced Buttercream Frosting:
 
 
Cream butter for 4 minutes at medium speed. Then add your icing sugar, and mix for 2 more minutes at low speed. Ensure your mixer is at the lowest speed when adding icing sugar to avoid sugar from flying everywhere. Add vanilla and milk and mix at medium speed for 2 minutes more. If frosting is very airy and full of bubbles, use a rubber spatula and cream it out a little before adding the fudge. Fold in fudge, using a spatula. Do not over stir the fudge as you want to see subtle swirls of fudge in the frosting.
 
 
 
 
Supplies For Toppers
 
Stick Glue
12 Toothpicks
Cardstock (2, 8.5 x 11 white cardstock to print free printable and 1, 12 x 12 coloured/patterned cardstock to make scalloped circles) - You can find cardstock at Scrapbook.com, Michael's or Wal-Mart.
2 x free printables (24 images)
2" Scallop Circle Punch (I use EK Success Paper Shapers)
1 3/8" Circle Punch (I use EK Success Paper Shapers)
Ghost Sprinkles, or other Halloween themed sprinkles.



Assemble:

Once cupcakes have cooled completely, it is time to frost and decorate them. Fun times! If you do not have a piping bag or tip, free-hand it using a spoon to frost your cupcakes, Slather a couple of tablespoons of buttercream on each cupcake and shape frosting, making pretty swirls and peaks. If you can invest in a couple of piping bags and tips, though, do it, and let your piping adventures begin..
To pipe frosting on cupcakes, I often use Ateco reusable piping/pastry bag, 'cause I just love them, For 12 to 24 cupcakes, I go with the Ateco 16" Flex Piping Bag, ..and you can get these online or at baking supply shops. Wilton piping bags seem to be more accesible, though, and you can usually find them at Wal-Mart, Michael's and online. My go to piping tip is the Ateco #828Star Pastry Decorating Tip. It gives you such a pretty finish and is very forgiving.

Once cupcakes are frosted it is time to put the toppers on them. Cut out your 2 printed white cardstocks using the 1 3/8" circle punch. Then, cut out your coloured and/or patterned cardstock using the 2 " scalloped punch. You need 24 of each to make 12 toppers.

Take your stick glue, and glue 2 scalloped circles together, and insert a toothpick in between the two glued circles. Let them set for 5 minutes.

Take your circles with the images on them and glue one on each side of your scalloped circles, so both sides have images.

Sprinkle your ghost sprinkles, ...and voila, you should have 12 ever so adorable Halloween cupcakes!

Place toppers on your cupcakes and let the oohing and ahhing begin!

Enjoy!
 

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