Monday, June 3, 2013

mini vanilla cupcakes with lemon curd + vanilla buttercream

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Curd + Vanilla Buttercream via design. bake. run.

so far this year we've had 3 people leave us at my work place. and this most recent one will be missed a whole lot. let's just say lunches aren't quite the same without him or the overall vibe isn't quite the same without him. he's fun and has quite the personality anyone would love to have around. so as a little farewell whatever-you-call-it, i made him some mini cupcakes. i asked him what he'd like but he couldn't decide and said for me to bake whatever. and cupcakes it was.

below's the recipe for one of the cupcakes i made. i've always been a fan of amy sedaris's vanilla cupcake recipe so i took her recipe and adapted it a little bit for my little take on her vanilla cupcakes. the overall result? the mini cupcakes turned out great. very nice and moist and with the lemon curd and buttercream combo, they were scrumptious. oh, and yes, i made others as well. you'll see there are mini red velvets with cream cheese frosting and another vanilla with chocolate coffee frosting. but these mini vanilla cupcakes with lemon curd and vanilla buttercream toppings are getting the feature in this post. they really are good. i absolutely love that hit of tartness from the lemon curd as you plop that one-bite mini cupcake in your mouth. seriously, the combination of sweet and sour is just perfect.

so go ahead and make some. you can even make your own lemon curd or use store-bought ones. hey, even a favorite jam could work too. but i say the whole lemon and vanilla combo is the way to go if you're up to making the whole cupcake from scratch. give it a try and let me know what you think! enjoy and happy baking. :)

Mini Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Curd + Vanilla Buttercream Frosting via design. bake. run.
these mini vanilla cupcakes are delicious. i absolutely love amy sedaris's vanilla cupcake recipe and the lemon curd pairs perfectly with it.

Mini Red Velvets and Vanilla Cupcakes via design. bake. run.
everyone at work enjoyed these goodies. who doesn't like one-bite mini cupcakes?! :)

Mini Red Velvets and Vanilla Cupcakes via design. bake. run.
mini red velvets w/ cream cheese frosting + vanilla w/ chocolate coffee frosting + vanilla w/ lemon curd + vanilla frosting: these were some tasty cupcakes and they made the perfect mini going away gifts.

going away gifts for @sfkaos -- photo via mzrichee on instagram
yes, i instagram everything and lately it's been a lot of food photos. this was my instagram shot of the goodies i gave to my going away coworker.

mini vanilla cupcakes with lemon curd & vanilla buttercream frosting
cupcake recipe adapted from amy sedaris

cupcakes:
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk

vanilla buttercream frosting:
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • cream or milk

directions for cupcakes:
  1. preheat oven on to 375°F.
  2. in a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
  3. put butter in mixer and beat at medium speed until somewhat smooth.
  4. pour in sugar and beat well. add in the egg and mix well.
  5. then add: vanilla, the dry ingredients and buttermilk. beat until it looks like it is supposed to and pour into individual baking cups, until they are about 2/3 full.
  6. bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. let cakes cool completely before topping it off with the lemon curd and frosting.
  8. makes 20-24 mini one-bite (or two?) cupcakes. or 6-8 regular ones (i can't guarantee the exact amount though because i only made mini ones).

directions for vanilla buttercream frosting:
  1. cream butter in electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until fluffy.
  2. slowly add in the sugar, vanilla extract and beat until light and fluffy; and has reached the right consistency; about 3-4 minutes. add cream or more sugar as necessary to achieve proper consistency.

enjoy! these mini cupcakes are best enjoyed within a day or two. happy eating! :)

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