BM# 100: Week 4, Day 3
Theme : Pick an alphabet
Like I mentioned earlier, I have a go to recipe for chocolate cakes. And I have another one for Vanilla cakes. I always use the Hot Milk Cake recipe from The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book be it cakes or cupcakes.Its a very tasty and sturdy cake and it freezes very well too.
I chanced upon a Craftsy (now BluPrint) DVD at the library couple of years back. Craftsy/BluPrint has a lot of online classes for various topics. I found excellent classes for Baking and cake decorating there, so I took the membership. I found their decorating videos to be more useful, its really helped me a lot.
The recipe for cupcakes here is from The Perfect Cupcake by Jennifer Shea . I never knew that there is so much more you can do with the cupcakes, there is a section on adding crusts to your cupcakes which I found very interesting. She suggests serving cupcakes on the day of baking for maximum freshness. Since cupcakes don’t take too much time to bake, I found it to be excellent advice. The recipe can be baked as a cake as well, you will need to adjust the baking time according to the size of the pan used.
This is the second recipe under the alphabet C. Read on for the recipe.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup cake flour*
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cups half and half **
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (227 gms/2 sticks) butter, softened
- 2 3/4 cups sugar
- 3 eggs
- Pre heat the oven to 350F/180C. Line two 12 cup muffin pans with cupcake liners. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, cake flour, baking powder and salt.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the mik, half and half, vanilla. Set aside.
- Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until it becomes light and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time and mix well, scraping the bowl after each addition.
- Add the dry ingredients mix in three parts, alternating it with wet ingredients in two parts, keeping the mixer at a low speed. Once everything is added, using a rubber spatula, mix everything well and let it sit aside for 15 minutes. Stir gently before using.
- Fill upto 2/3rd of the cupcake liners and bake for about 20 minutes until the tops are firm and a skewer inserted to the center of the cupcakes comes free of crumbs. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
- Frost once the cupcakes are completely cool.
*Substitute all purpose flour for cake flour.
**I use a mix of heavy cream and whole milk or whole milk alone for half and half.