Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Birthday Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Photography by Ben Dearnley

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs
3 cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 cup milk
Assorted sweets (for decoration)

Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 pkg 250g cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups icing sugar, sifted

Preheat oven to 350°F. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, 1/4 tsp salt & vanilla until light & fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.

Add 1/2 the sifted flour & 1/2 the milk & stir until combined, then add remaining flour & milk & stir until combined.

Line two 12-hole 1/3 cup capacity muffin tins with paper baking cups. Spoon 2 Tblsps of the  mixture into each paper baking cup, then bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean. Cool cupcakes in tin.

To Make Cream Cheese Frosting:

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, cream cheese & vanilla for 3 minutes or until light & fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar, beating until incorporated. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

With a spoon or palette knife, spread frosting over tops of cooled cupcakes, then decorate as desired with assorted sweets.

Makes 24 cupcakes.
Notebook: - November 2005, Page 140
Recipe by Sophia Young