January in Vancouver has seen a nice amount of snow. So naturally, snow was our focus this month.
We tried to keep these cupcakes relatively simple in both recipe and design. Sometimes I feel with cupcakes it sometimes gets a bit crazy out there and it’s nice to have something that isn’t so overwhelmingly complex (both to make and to look at).
The cupcakes we made were just plain old vanilla, something I think is often underrated or portrayed as boring. But what I love about vanilla cupcakes is the ability to dress it up with all sorts of different flavours. It can be paired with so many things. We paired the vanilla cupcakes with fluffy vanilla frosting and dropped them immediately in coconut flakes. If your cupcakes don’t cover completely, sprinkling coconut on top should do it.
We used Martha Stewart’s recipe for our vanilla cupcakes.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until incorporated and scraping down sides of bowl, beat in vanilla.
Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl to assure the batter is thoroughly mixed. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling papers about 2/3 full. Bake on the center rack of the oven until tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Here’s the recipe we used for the frosting. Thank goodness for Martha, eh?
We chose pretty blue cupcake wrappers to compliment our snow white cupcakes. There’s just something about white and blue that says wintery to me.
Which brings me to a possible twist:
To add to the white and blue theme, why not continue that into the cupcake itself? Adding some blueberries to the cupcake mix would be yum. Throw some cinnamon in there as well, it complements the blueberries nicely (experiment!)
We’ll try to get the next cupcakes of the month out a little earlier (can you guess what the theme might be?!).