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Monday, August 2, 2010

Old Fashioned Cupcakes

* 1 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
* 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes
* 4 large eggs
* 1 cup whole milk
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* Old Fashioned Frosting, recipe follows

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.

Combine in a bowl both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until combined for about 3 minutes. Add in cubed butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

Add eggs 1 at a time until combined. Slowly add milk and vanilla to batter until completely mixed scraping down the bowl as you mix.

Scoop batter into baking cups filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.

Cool and decorate with Old Fashioned Frosting.

Old-Fashioned Frosting:
* 2 sticks butter, room temperature
* 8 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1/2 cup milk
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or other flavoring

Cream softened butter and add 4 cups sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat with paddle attachment until smooth gradually add the rest of sugar to reach frosting consistency*.

*Cook's Note: Add more sugar to get this consistency.

Yields 24 cupcakes.

~~Paula's Best Dishes~~

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