Monday, September 26, 2011

Recipe Share : Cupcakes!

Who doesn't love cupcakes? These yummy treats brings out a smile to every kid and makes a grown up feel like a kids again. 

Here's a frosting recipe to share to all of you from the New Gen Baker as shared too from I've tried this once and kept making it as requested by the whole family. The frosting is so addicting :) For the frosting below, I added a little red color to make pink frosting and used MAYA brownie mix for the cake. I've done it also with a lemon cake recipe and they're perfect together. Will share that lemon cake recipe in a separate post :)

Here's a recipe to share. Click here to get full details. 

3 tablespoons MAYA All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup REAL butter
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or any other flavor 

Whisk together the flour and the milk. Heat in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Whisk continuously until it starts to thicken. I think this is the critical point for any of you who have had problems with this recipe. I have a feeling people are under-cooking this part. Let it cook, while stirring, until it looks like pudding (you should be able to see the bottom of the pan when you stir it). Even though it's thick, you can still it through a mesh strainer (just whisk the mixture in the strainer to push the thick stuff through) and then let it cool completely to room temp. or chill it in the fridge. It needs to be cooled completely. If you don't let it cool completely, it will melt the butter and you'll have runny frosting.

It an electric stand mixer, beat the butter and the sugar for a minute or two until well combined and fluffy. You'll want to use the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, not the flat paddle. Then while beating, add in the thickened milk mixture and the vanilla. Beat on the highest speed you can get to without it spraying all over the place for 7 minutes. Yes, 7 whole minutes, maybe even 8 or 9. I know that seems like a long time, but that's when the magic happens!

You will be scared because it will look like a weird goopy mess at first and you'll wonder what on earth you did wrong. Keep beating and something amazing happens. It goes from that goopy mess to something thick, velvety smooth, and perfectly fluffy.
Use it to fill cupcakes or other pastries, or as a frosting on top. You can't go wrong putting this on just about anything :) 

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