Mini Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes

22 Jun

Mini cupcakes are the most dangerous food. They just pop into your mouth and, before you even realize it, you’ve eaten 54 of them. Which is why I recommend them only for the most important of occasions, say, for example, a very special girl’s fourth birthday.

It was a great (although very, very hot) day, filled with shopping and slushies and even the best birthday surprise ever if you’re four: a pedicure! She was so amazing at sitting still and getting her nails done that she even got a beautiful flower with a rhinestone center on each big toe.

Everyone had such a good day, even though we all weren’t able to have a nap on the way home. And there’s no better way to top off having your toes bejeweled than a tiny cupcake (or four) with a cute little dab of marshmallow frosting on top. But don’t get carried away!

Mini Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes

Adapted from Beth Michelle

Printable Recipe

3 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a mini muffin pan with paper wrappers. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs one at a time. In a small bowl, mix together vanilla extract and buttermilk. With the mixer running on low, add about half of the flour mixture followed by half of the buttermilk mixture. Divide batter into the prepared pans (in many batches–by my count this recipe makes at least 90 cupcakes) and bake for about 10 minutes, until just barely golden brown.

Marshmallow Frosting

1, 16 ounce jar marshmallow creme

3 sticks unsalted butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup powdered sugar

7 drops red food coloring

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and marshmallow creme together until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, food coloring and vanilla and beat until frosting reaches the right consistency for piping. Pipe as desired onto the cupcakes.

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3 Responses to “Mini Vanilla Birthday Cupcakes”

  1. sunrunnerdancer June 22, 2012 at 10:32 PM #

    They were so amazing, and that is something coming from me, as I am not a huge fan of cake!

  2. eva626 August 29, 2012 at 2:47 AM #

    lovely!!! yum

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