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November 6, 2009

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake.

Filed under: Recipe — Tags: , , — od @ 8:29 am

It’s baking tiem!!!!

I was rushing to work yesterday morning when I posted the ‘Devin cuppies’ pix, so now am gonna elaborate more on the cuppies. Am new in the cuppies world, so yea if you ask me what cupcake is, for me it’s just some mini cakes. I have always wondered what the difference is between cupcakes and muffin, I can only tell the difference from their looks. But I found this information from the cupcakeproject website, and it says:

‘A basic formula for muffins is 2 cups flour, 2-4 tablespoons sugar, 2½ teaspoons baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 egg, ¼ cup oil, shortening or butter and 1 cup milk. When the fat, sugar and egg ratio in a recipe reaches double or more than this, you have reached the cake level.’

I remember making cupcakes using some leftover of my fruit cake batter and I personally think that they tasted better than if it were to be baked as a normal cake. I don’t know why there should be any difference, probably size does matter after all.

I’ve been baking cuppies using a few recipes, but the one in the picture is courtesy of Magnolia Bakery’s recipe. I love the texture, but I have to say I am not a big fan of a complete sweetness without a slight hint of saltiness. How do you appreciate sweetness when it’s all plain sweet? You would appreciate your health better when you’re sick, you’d appreciate your wealthiness better when you’re broke. Same goes here, salt will bring out more flavour in sweet cakes and savouries.

So let’s see what we need to make these lovely cuppies..

Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcake.

Recipe’s adapted from

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (225gm)
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

And no salt.. BOO!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (180 celsius).
  2. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  3. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
  7. (for 3-layer cake skip to step 11)
  8. (Cupcakes) Spoon the batter into the cups about 3/4’s full.
  9. Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 to 22 minutes.
  10. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool COMPLETELY on a wire rack before icing with butter cream frosting.
  11. (3 layer cake) Divide batter among the cake pans.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean
  13. Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
  14. Remove from pans and cool COMPLETELY on wire rack before icing.
  15. When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake with either Vanillia OR Chocolate Butter cream frosting.
Magnolia Vanilla Cuppies.

My horrible icing skill defies the taste of these lovely cuppies.

I added a pinch of salt, but I think that wasn’t enough. The topping is just a typical chocolate ganache (heavy cream + chocolate). I brought some of these cuppies to my brother’s place and he only had one. Well actually his kid had one but he didn’t finish it up so my brother was just eating the leftover hmmpphhh!! Yea I was so fucking sad 😦 . Seriously, I kid you not 😦 .

Think am gonna blame my horrible icing skill 😐 .


  1. Oh honey! Don’t be sad about your brother not having all your cupcakes! How do you know they didn’t consume the majority of your delicious mini cakes after you left? In any case, your food and bakery delights are a treat and anyone who doesn’t love and appreciate them … I consider it their loss big time! 🙂

    So what happens if you put icing on the cake before it has cooled? Would it melt into a watery drizzle and make the cake a little soggy? If so, I might have made that mistake when I was a kid but luckily my faulty memory prevents me from making a complete recollection! 😛 My one or two cakes I ventured to make as a child were not pretty and they left the kitchen in a state that FEMA would be hard pressed to tackle but I remember people did actually eat it!

    So it was interesting to discover that a cupcake is essentially a very very sweet muffin! I knew they had to be close cousins and and this should be alarming news for those health conscious consumers who frequent Tim Hortons on a daily basis and opt for a muffin instead of a donut in the belief that it is not fattening! Oh how wrong they will be! Muffins are loaded chalk full of calories!

    I can’t wait to devour your cupcakes and bakery treats in the future! Just give me some time to slim down because I just gained 10 lbs by looking at them! 😛 If weight and diet were not an issue I could serious eat them all in on go!! I would make the cookie monster look civilized in comparison! hehehehe

    I love you my sweet baking angel! ❤

    Comment by devin — November 6, 2009 @ 8:52 am

  2. Psst. Hi Devin. Did you know that the reason why those yummy muffins at Tim’s are so lusciously large is due tot he extremely high sugar content? You’re right – almost better to have a donut.

    Comment by MrCorey — November 6, 2009 @ 11:19 am

  3. Long time no see Corey! How is everything? Yeah, I actually was thinking of you when I said this because I think you once told me this! hahahaha Hope everything is going well!!

    Comment by devin — November 6, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

  4. oh these look good,


    Comment by Michael — November 6, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  5. @Devin – Yes, the icing will melt. Icing is made of butter/shortening/whipped cream, so yea, you wouldn’t wanna spread them on some hot chicks cakes. You, baked cakes? Seriously? Whoaaaa 😯

    Oh well, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, donuts.. all of em are high in calories. I don’t really believe in low-fat cakes propaganda either. You can rarely find some awesome delicious food that is low in calorie.

    @Michael – they taste as good as they look!

    Comment by od — November 6, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

  6. And why would I want to spread icing on some hot chicks? heheheheheeheh * Devin blushes *

    I baked a couple of cakes when I was like 9 or 10 so that hardly counts as experience but they were big operations and I remember those childhood memories even from today!

    Yes, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, donuts are all on Devin’s “no no” list while he diets (why am I talking about myself in the third person…that is creepy :p) so I sadly have to wait it out on the sidelines when it comes to those scrumptious mouth watering treats. Even my cute cupcake wallpaper was making my mouth drool! 🙂

    I love you honey!!!!! Keep on baking!!!

    Comment by devin — November 6, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

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