June 6, 2011


I baked.  I baked a lot.

I tied on my apron and went to town in my kitchen this weekend.

I did a number on my Kitchen-aid Mixer, and there is still flour in places where it shouldn't be...

BUT I did however make my stomach {and my family} very happy. Who cares about the flour everywhere...because I baked, and because I (err, my appetite) is content.

Are you ready to feed your sugar tooth?!  Here you go.  Bam.

These Vanilla Cupcakes are beyond delicious.  It is the recipe from the famous Magnolia Bakery.

Oh yum!

Magnolia's Vanilla Cupcake
(Recipe via)


1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Vanilla Buttercream, recipe follows
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 2 (1/2 cup-12 capacity) muffin tins with cupcake papers.

In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.

In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but do not over beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended. Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.

Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

Vanilla Buttercream
The vanilla buttercream we use at the bakery is technically not a buttercream but actually an old-fashioned confectioners' sugar and butter frosting. Be sure to beat the icing for the amount of time called for in the recipe to achieve the desired creamy texture.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened *(Make sure butter is at room temperature, not melted)

6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar *(I used 6)

1/2 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly. (Use and store the icing at room temperature because icing will set if chilled.) Icing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Yield: enough for 2 dozen cupcakes or 1 (9-inch) layer cake
I added a fresh Strawberry slice to each. So good.

This Hummingbird Cake is one of my favorite desserts ever.  This is the recipe from Art Smith (Oprah's personal Chef and owner of Table Fifty-Two in Chicago).

Heaven on a plate!

Art Smith's Hummingbird Cake
(Recipe via)


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped ripe bananas
1 cup drained crushed pineapple
1 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs , beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped pecans
8 ounces cream cheese , at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter , at room temperature
1 pound confectioners' sugar (about 4 1/2 cups sifted)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

To make the cake, position racks in the center and bottom third of the oven and preheat to 350°. Lightly butter two 9" round cake pans, sprinkle evenly with flour and tap out the excess. (If you wish, butter the pans, line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper, then flour the pans and tap out the excess.)

Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a bowl. In another bowl, stir or whisk the bananas, pineapple, oil, eggs and vanilla until combined. Do not use an electric mixer. Pour into the dry mixture and fold together with a large spatula just until smooth. Do not beat. Fold in the pecans. Spread evenly into the pans.

Bake until the cake springs back when pressed in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the cakes to wire racks and cool for 10 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the racks (remove the parchment paper now if using). Turn right side up and cool completely.

To make the icing: Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the sugar, then the vanilla, to make a smooth icing.

Place 1 cake layer, upside down on a serving platter. Spread with about 2/3 cup of the icing. Top with the second layer, right side up. Spread the reaming icing over the top and sides of the cake. The cake can be prepared up to 1 day ahead and stored, uncovered in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour before serving.
I love the chunks of Pineapple. Yum.


meme-and-he said...

oooh thanks for sharing these recipes! I was just looking for some good summer desserts, I'll be trying them out soon!

Kelly said...


Alexa said...

And now I for sure want cupcakes! Haha. Those look delish!

ashley.warner said...

all of those look delish!
thanks for the recipies...i wonder if they have any gluten free versions I could try? :) hehe

Val said...

Magnolia cupcakes are my all time favorite!!!

Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

Yum yum yum! That hummingbird cake sounds/looks scrumptious! Will be trying it this weekend!

Abigail's Place said...

oh my they look absolutely divine!!
thanks so much for sharing your reciepe.

Abigail x

Bad Joan said...

Yum! Everything looks so good! Love your blog - it is so versatile and interesting. Keep it up!


Brooklyn said...

Did you eat the cupcakes I sent your way? We are OBSESSED with hummingbird cake over here... and we must be twins because not only did I make Hummingbird cake on Thursday I also made Vanilla cupcakes on Sunday... Kinda creepy!