Vanilla Cupcakes

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New York Cult Recipes

New York Cult Recipes

By Marc Grossman

Published 2013

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Dry Ingredients

  • 250 g (9 oz/1⅔ cups) plain (all-purpose) flour teaspoons baking powder 1 pinch salt

Ingredients for Whisking

  • 6 eggs
  • teaspoons natural vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 250 g (9 oz/1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 225 g (8 oz) caster (superfine) sugar

Vanilla Frosting

  • 125 g ( oz/½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 250 g (9 oz/2 cups) icing (confectioners’) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ½ vanilla bean, split lengthways and seeds scraped


The Vanilla Cupcake

Preheat the oven to 160°C (315°F/Gas 2–3). Combine the dry ingredients together. Using an electric mixer, beat the eggs, vanilla and zest on a high speed until light and fluffy. Whisk the softened butter and sugar together vigorously, then alternately add the combined dry ingredients and the egg mixture. Carefully combine. Fill silicon moulds or two muffin tins with paper liners and divide the batter between them. Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool. Turn out the cupcakes and spread frosting on each one using a spatula.

The Vanilla Frosting

Beat the butter and sugar together in a food processor or with a spatula until smooth. Add the milk and the vanilla bean seeds and mix again vigorously in the processor or with the spatula for at least 5 minutes. The mixture will become creamy and is then ready to use.