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Magnolia Bakery-Traditional Vanilla Cupcake wt Cream Cheese Icing

I heard many good reviews about The Magnolia Bakery cake but unfortunately I still didn't have the chance try out any of their cake yet!..I promised myself one day soon I must visit one of their bakery store in NYC .I requested hubby to buy me the cake from this famous bakery when he comes home from work since he work in NYC but he refused said he don't want to be bother and deal with the infamous heavy traffic plus no parking and no standing sign posted all over the city. I been eyeing to get the cookbook for a while when I visited B&N but would love to try out one of the recipe first before I buy the book.The cookbook is not cheap at all.I check with our local library and found out they do have Magnolia Bakery cookbook.I borrow the cookbook for almost 5 weeks now ,so before I return the book to our library I better try one of their famous recipe which is the Traditional Vanilla Cake.I decided to make cupcake instead of 3 layer whole cake.I also replaced all purpose flour to cake flour which I preferred coz it's have softer and fine texture. This cup cake is moist,delicious and spongy!!


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter,softened
2 cups sugar( I used 1 1/2 cups )
4 large eggs,at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 all purpose flour( I used cake flour)
1 cup milk ( I used 2 % milk)
1 tsp vanilla

Makes 1 three layers 9 inch cake or 24 cupcakes

I used Cream Cheese Icing instead buttercream icing as suggested.A not too sweet icing.

1 lb (2 eight oz packages) cream cheese,softened slightly,cut into small pieces
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter,softened slightly,cut into small pieces
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract ( I used clear pure vanilla extract)
5 cups sifted confectioner's sugar(sugar powder)
1 tsp meringue powder *optional*

Method for Cake:
1:Preheat oven to 350 F.Prepared 2 x twelve muffin tins with cupcakes liner.
2:In a large bowl,on a medium speed mixer,cream the butter until smooth.Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy,about 3 minutes.Add in eggs one at a time,beating well after each addition.
3:Combine the flours and add in four parts,alternating with milk and the vanilla extract,beating well after each addition.
4:Spoon the batter into the cups about three-quarters full.Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched,about 20-22 minutes..Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on wire rack before icing.

Method for Icing:

1:Beat cream cheese and the butter with mixer until smooth,about 3 minutes.Add the vanilla extract.Gradually add the sugar and beat until well incorporated..Add in meringue powder ,beat for few round ,then removed.
2:Store in fridge first before pipping,then top with your favourite sprinkle.Serve with tea .

batter in mixer ready to bake
baked and now cool down before icing

Note:I used meringue powder to stabilize the cream cheese for easy pipping..Work fast when pipping or store the remaining icing back into fridge first ,use small amount and add more later to prevent cream cheese icing from melting fast



pigpigscorner said...
September 21, 2009 at 2:49 PM

The icing looks amazing. I just want to sink my teeth in it!

Karine said...
September 22, 2009 at 4:59 AM

These cupcakes look cute and delicious! Thanks for sharing:)

petite nyonya said...
September 22, 2009 at 5:24 AM

I got this cupcake recipe from Magnolia Bakery and the same cupcake paper liner too!! I love your swirls, so sweet & pretty!!

mycookinghut said...
September 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Looks so pretty!! You are really talented in making these so tempting for me to eat through the screen!! ehhehe

Beachlover's Kitchen said...
September 23, 2009 at 2:22 AM

Thank you for your kind words again:D

tarts and pies:
Thanks for dropping by:)

Thank you:) waiting for you here:P

thank you for your kind words:)

petite nyonya:
thank you:) did you like the recipe?

thank you my dear,you make me blush..come here,still have some sitting in the fridge after giving away half of it..

ICook4Fun said...
September 23, 2009 at 8:30 AM

Man, those cupcakes look so good. Wish I can sink my teeth into them now. I hardly make any cupcakes as Carlos and Diana are not a fan of it.

Little Corner of Mine said...
September 23, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Your cupcakes look so pretty! I like simple design.

Beachlover's Kitchen said...
September 24, 2009 at 9:08 PM

Thanks! why Carlos and Diana don't like cupppie? if I make whole cake Eliot barely touch it,dia malas nak potong slices but cupcakes he sure eat it! so far I juts eat one only,I gave 12 away to Eliot's friend who came to help him to fix plumbing and few of his co-worker but still left few cuppies in the fridge..that must wait for Eliot !!

Thank you for your kind words:)

Anonymous said...
November 23, 2010 at 3:24 AM

Very nice cupcakes.I wanna make it too.
Can I use artificial sweetener (like Splenda) instead of sugar powder? Will artifical sweetener affect the texture of the icing?

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.