Saturday, August 15, 2009

Magnolia Cupcakes!

If you have ever been to Magnolia Bakery in NYC then you know that they have THE BEST cupcakes in the world! If you haven’t been….GO! There are three different locations; downtown on Bleeker St, Midtown at Rockefeller Center, and Uptown on Columbus Ave & 69th St. Yesterday I was in the mood to bake so I decided to try to find Magnolia’s recipe and make cupcakes. They turned out surprisingly well, especially because I don’t bake that often, and actually taste like Magnolia cupcakes!


Here’s the recipe:


Magnolia’s Vanilla Cupcakes

(Makes 2 dozen)


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


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 20–25 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 either Vanilla Buttercream or Chocolate Buttercream.


Magnolia’s Vanilla Buttercream Frosting


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

6 to 8 cups confectioners’ 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.


Next time you want to bake something, defiantly try out this recipe! It’s quick, easy and, obvs, delicious!

1 comment:

  1. I love cupcakes!!

    I saw a rosewater/cardamom recipe somewhere online - have to find it!