Coming back to the birthday cake, the first two year's cakes were my choice - banana and chocolate and strawberry cake. This year too I was thinking of a fruity cake. Not so. The instructions were quite clear from my 3-year old. "I don't want a birthday cake. I want vanilla cupcake." Not only that, he even mentioned the color of his frosting - "green" with sprinkles on them.
So off I went to figure out vanilla cupcakes with green frosting. Instead of buttercream, I decided to do whipped cream that worked out quite well. Some of it was licked from the bowl itself. :)
For the cupcake, I took the basic recipe from William Sonoma and tweaked it by adding some whole wheat flour and brown sugar in the mix. The cupcakes came out quite well. The two batches I made - one for his school and the other for the home party - were gone in no time. I can now say "I am a vanilla cupcake expert!"
(adapted from: Williams Sonoma)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tspoon baking powder
1/4 tspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 tbspoon (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 whole egg plus 1 egg white, at room temperature
11/2 tspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used whole milk)
1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar
12-15 drops green food color
handful rainbow sprinkles
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Prepare the 12 muffin pan and line them with oiled paper cups.
Sieve together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set it aside.
In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat together the sugar and butter for 2 to 3 minutes. The mix will change color and begome light and fluffy. To this add the egg and egg white (one at a time) and mix some more.
Now add the vanilla and beat some more.
Then add the flour in 3 parts, each one accompanied with little milk, and mix it till it's smooth.
Divide the batter in the muffin cups. I used a ice-cream scoop to help keep it even. Fill each cup about 1/2 to 3/4.
Bake for 19-20 minutes till the toothpick comes out clean. Cool for an hour before frosting.
Beat the whipped cream with color, sugar and vanilla till soft peaks form. Pipe it over the cupcakes and add rainbow sprinkles. Viola, cupcakes are ready!