Messing Around

I am still just messing around with the camera and working on close ups and what not. My friend is having a birthday party tomorrow I thought I would bring some cupcakes. The lovley hostess is making a chocolate concoction so I thought I would make something vanilla in case, God forbid, someone was not a fan of chocolate(the horror). These are always my favorite to make since they are so sweet even with out the frosting.

Magnolia Vanilla Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature

1 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Vanilla Buttercream (recipe follows) or Chocolate Buttercream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in three 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. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full. Bake for 20¢â¬â€œ25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing. At the bakery we ice the cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream.

Vanilla Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

6 to 8 cups confectioners¢â¬â„¢ sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Source: More from Magnolia by Allysa Torey


  1. Now, let me see here, if they don’t like chocolate they pick the M&Ms off right! So that they have to really announce their strangeness.
    These are gorgeous.

  2. peabody says:

    I was nice and made some with no M&M’s…but for photograph reasons I wanted the cupcake with more color :)

  3. Just found your blog tonight by reading thru your post about taking good foody pics. Then I went back thru your archives to perhaps find an interesting recipe or two… I agree the Magnolia cupcake recipe is the most awesomest (yeah, not a word, huh? LOL). I’m not a fan of their icing though. Great pic of the M&M cupcakes!

    Happy Eating=)

  4. made this same recipe 2 nights ago, but as a cake, not cupcakes, its my favorite cake recipe. its very rich

  5. If I want to make the buttercream into chocolate what cocoa should i add? Mine always tastes kinda funky…

  6. Do you want a chocolate buttercream then

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