To date, I feel that my best cupcakes were Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcakes. These I did using Ener G egg replacer. I remember being very calm while making these.I was about to return to India and I had just bought 2 packets of Ener G and my first few attempts with it were not upto the mark.So I after getting Madhuram's advice and seeing the various use of Ener G in Vaishali's blog,I decided to try it once more.One of the things I tried were the cupcakes.I was almost sure that these would be a flop and add to that the nonavailability of ingredients.I was so calm but blindly trusted Madhuram advice and Vaishali's trial that I felt detached but very happy(I do not remember why?) while making it.And to my surprise they came out perfect. Unbelievable! It is said that foods reflect the moods of the person cooking then in this case it was true.
Anyway coming to todays or rather (tonight's) post,I had got a mail earlier from Tina regarding Vanilla cupcakes.She had tried the sourcream ones and had asked about the vanilla ones.Thanks Tina and here's a very late post for you.These are the ones I tried from a cookery book and I had replaced the egg with Ener G as usual and well they turned out as good as I wanted.They were perfectly moist and spongy and this time as well I felt like a professional baker despite the frosting going not that well.Also this has made me bookmark a lot of cupcake recipes and you will be finding several coming days.
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup and 2 tbsp
Baking Soda: 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Salt: a pinch (avoid if using salted butter)
Butter: softened: 4 tbsp
Sugar: 1/2 cup
Vanilla: 1 tsp
Egg: 1 or Ener G Egg: 1 (1.5 packed tbsp mixed with 2 tbsp of warm water + additional 1-2 tbsp added if needed)
Buttermilk: 8 tbsp well beaten
adapted from Joy of Baking
Vanilla: 1/2 tsp
Powdered/Icing sugar: 2 tsp (reduce to 1 tsp if the puree is too sweet)
Strawberry Puree: 1-2 tbsp
Mix in the dry items of flour,soda and baking powder in a bowl.If using unsalted butter then add a pinch of salt to it.
Beat together butter and sugar until smooth and beat in vanilla and the egg /Ener G egg. On a low speed, beat in the buttermilk.Now the mix will look curdled.
Then beat in the dry mix till well combined.Pour the batter in lined cupcake pans.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 15-20 minutes or till a tester comes clean.Keep an eye after 12 minutes.Mine were done in exactly 15 minutes.
You can frost the cupcakes with colored sugar crystals/sprinkles or whatever.
Frosting is optional,but my daughter wanted cream and gems and sprinkles and she loves pink.The original was also shown frosted.So I whipped cream until stiff,added vanilla,sugar and strawberry syrup (store bought) and made the frosting.Only the real job on doing it was difficult as I have no patience with such decorations.But I plan to work on it as well.