Recently, I have felt strongly compelled to return to the humble beginnings of my baking dreams and reignited my love of cupcakery. In the month of April alone, I have managed to make as many cupcake posts (see also Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes and Hummingbird Cupcakes) as I did in the previous two years. While this resurgence of living a hard life of cupcaking is likely an attempt to assert my alpha maleness on my new city (bad bakers 4 life!), it has been a most welcome one amongst my friends and coworkers. This past weekend, we hosted a party for the residents in Robin's program and I knew exactly what baked goodness I needed to contribute to the festivities.
Vanilla Buttermilk Nutella Cupcakes
Modified Heavily from Martha Stewart
Servings: 36 cupcakes
Time: 45 minutes
|Crazy thin batter|
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
1 1/4 cups warm water
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tsp pure vanilla extract
Nutella (lots of it)
1 batch Nutella Cream Cheese Frosting
|As you can see, I was very scientific and precise with my Nutella spoonfuls.|
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Mix the eggs, water, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract together in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones in 2-3 increments. Mix until well incorporated.
- Fill lined muffin tins 2/3 full with batter. Top with a spoonful of Nutella in the center.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the toothpick test comes out clean.
- Make the single greatest use of sugar in all of existence, Nutella cream cheese frosting. Stick to the lower end of powdered sugar if using actual Nutella.
- Sprinkle until your inner child is satisfied and enjoy.
|The Nutella is practically teasing you with just a hint of its presence.|
|If for some reason you do not have a cupboard full of sprinkles, feel free to improvise and use fruit instead.|