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When the mercury rises, baking can be unappealing. Sometimes it's necessary, however; birthdays, for example, really require a baked, iced creation. My kids were considerately born in November and February, but I have a slew of nieces and nephews with August birthdays. When we are all at the beach together, so I am often called upon to provide a celebratory cake.
But on those steamy days, minimal oven time is what the doctor ordered--so we go with cupcakes. The casual way cupcakes are served and eaten is also more in keeping with the easy, breezy nature of summer entertaining, and they generally only require about 25 minutes in the oven.
This recipe is plain, yes, but delicious nonetheless. And no one's stopping you from adding sprinkles, colored sugars, or fresh berries...
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick butter
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBSP vanilla
1 cup buttermilk (regular milk can be substituted but buttermilk gives better flavor)
Heat oven to 350. Line 15 muffin cups with paper liners or grease thoroughly.
Mix all ingredients in large bowl with electric mixer til thoroughly blended and smooth. Ladle into prepared pans, filling each cupcake about 2/3 full. Bake 20-25 mins til lightly browned on edges, and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and ice as desired.
1 stick butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar (or more to achieve proper thickness and texture)
1 TBSP heavy cream (milk, half and half, or light cream can be used instead)
1 TBSP vanilla
Beat butter and cream cheese til smooth. Add sugar gradually til it achieves an appropriate consistency--slightly dry. Add cream and vanilla to moisten and beat again til creamy.