Saturday, May 18, 2013

Vanilla Flake Cupcakes

So ever since I made those delicious vanilla cupcakes a few weeks ago I have been on a bit of a mission to find a super moist cupcake recipe. Scrolling through Pinterest one day I stumbled across 'The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake Tested by 50 Bakers and Counting'. This was a great place to start! 

I wanted to make them for D's birthday so I decided to add some crumbled Flake bars to the mix to spice it up a bit. The cupcakes were super delicious and fairly moist, I still think I can get them more moist though. Topped off with vanilla buttercream and a mini flake they were ridiculously addictive and a huge hit.

Vanilla Flake Cupcakes

Adapted from The Cupcake Project - Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake

What you will need

1 cup caster sugar
1 3/4 cups cake flour (I used plain flour but replaced two tablespoons with corn flour)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup oil
1 tbsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1 packet mini flake bites

140g butter, room temp
170g icing sugar, may need extra
1 tsp vanilla

What you will need to do

Preheat oven to 175*C and prepare a muffin tray with cupcake wrappers. In a bowl combine flour, baking powder and soda, salt and sugar. Add butter and mix on a slow speed until the mixture resembles a fine crumb. In a separate bowl whisk eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla until smooth. Add this mixture to the flour mixture and mix on medium speed until just combined. Slowly add the milk until just combined. Reserve 24 mini flake bites and crush the rest. Add to the batter and fold in.

Fill the cupcake liners half full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. They shouldn't go brown on top so be cautious not to over cook them. When they are done put them on a cooling rack to cool.

To make the buttercream icing simply beat the butter and icing sugar on high until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and beat until well combined. You may need to adjust the amount of icing sugar depending on how soft you want it.

When the cupcakes have cooled simply pipe or spread on the icing. Place one mini flake bite on top of each cupcake. ENJOY!

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