Monday, May 20, 2013

Twinkle Vanilla Cupcakes


  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 milk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  1. Pre-heat oven to 180º C (350º F) and line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Over a large bowl, mix sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Add butter and beat in low speed for 30 seconds, or until the mix looks like sugar
  3. Add milk and vanilla and beat in medium speed for 1 minute. Add eggs, one by one, beating after each addition. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl and mix in medium speed for 30 more seconds
  4. Fill cupcake papers 3/4 cup with batter and bake for 21-23 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and let them cool completely.

Vanilla Buttercream:

  • Ready to use blue fondant (or you can color white fondant) and star cookie cutters of different sizes
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  1. Roll out fondant using a non-stick rolling pin. Use the star cutters to cut the fondant, making stars of different sizes. Place them over a flat surface to dry while making the buttercream
  2. Beat butter for 3 minutes in medium speed. Add powdered sugar and mix until incorporated with butter. Add salt, vanilla extract and milk and beat in medium speed for 3 minutes
  3. Use a Wilton large closed star 2D tip, pipe the buttercream into the cupcakes starting in the center, piping in a circular motion toward the outside. Here's a video
  4. Place fondant stars on top of the buttercream and enjoy!


  1. Those little stars are so cute! What a fun dessert for a graduation party.

  2. I haven't used fondant to decorate yet, but those stars look great! I just might have to give it a try. =0)

  3. These have got to be the prettiest cupcakes I've ever seen! They look like little roses:) I'm sure mine won't turn out as pretty, but thank you for the recipe - I'm sure they'll turn out tasty!
    Found you via Etsy's Blog Team:)

  4. I have been looking for an excuse to try fondant icing for a while and these look so lovely and tasty! Thank you for sharing :)

  5. Stopping by from the Etsy blog team! I have experience working with fondant, but I have yet to master the art of piping buttercream! Your cupcakes are beautiful :)