Monday, April 25, 2011

Magnolia Vanilla Cupcakes

Honestly if you ask me to compare the results of various cupcake recipes from the famous bakeries, Magnolia, HummingBird and Primrose. The difference between its cupcakes is marginal. Magnolia is significantly sweeter. HummingBird is softer and lighter probably due to the higher amount of milk. Only made chocolate cupcakes from Primrose before, so would be fair if I compare apples to apples.

But nevertheless I love making cupcakes! They're like the vanity princesses of bakery world. Totally pretty and screams girlie. It's convenient for distribution. No one has to fight for who gets the bigger slice and everyone is happy.

Top it with my favorite usual swiss meringue buttercream with an oddball blue color.

Choosing the piping tip was fun.

Even more fun was giving everyone in the office a blue moustache.

Magnolia Vanilla Cupcakes (adapted from Allysa Torey & Jennifer Appel's The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook)
the recipe below shows half the original recipe, makes 16 cupcakes for me

105g self raising flour
87g all purpose flour
113g unsalted butter, softened
200g sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
120ml milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Line one 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake papers.
3. In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.
4. In a large bowl, on medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, abt 3 mins.
5. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
6. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.
7. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them abt three-quarters full. Bake for 20-25mins, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
8. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15mins. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.
9. Ice the cupcake with your favorite frosting.


  1. Lovely blue cream on top of the cuppies ;)

  2. Look so nice! Must be very Yummy!


  3. lovely cuppies Jean! must be delicious!

  4. Very pretty cuppies ! I love the blue buttercream too !

  5. I hv few vanilla cupcakes recipes but haven't even tried one... yours look inviting ^_^

  6. i love the shade on blue for the frostings! and what a great way to start the day, with blue moustaches!

  7. hahaha, the blue moustaches must have been quite a funny sight! Lovely bakes as usual Jean!

  8. Jean. I've heard so much about these cupcakes but I've never tried them. You are my inspiration. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. Love the lovely blue coloured icing! It's so fresh!

  10. me too! i love this blue! it makes the cupcake looks so pretty and gives me a kind of romance too!

  11. wow thanks for the comparison between all these famous cupcakes! im not much of a cupcake maker (only made them a few times in my life before!) but ill def keep in mind to try the hummingbird version next time since i love lighter and softer ones! ur piping is so pretty too..great skills! haha yea cupcakes are def girly!!! :)

  12. wow. Your colleagues are lucky to get to try this. Love your blue icing!