Fabulous French Vanilla Cupcake with Whipped Chocolate Frosting
Hello again! So this is going to be a super quick post but hopefully, one that you enjoy!
Recently, my husband turned “29 again” ;) and I was going to make him the same foolproof thing I do every birthday... Funfetti cupcakes. But this year, I wanted to try my hand at a more personal confection. And so, I went on the hunt for the next best thing to my hubby's favorite cupcakes- a classic vanilla cake with chocolate icing. Because let’s be honest, if you're a vanilla fan or a chocolate fan, when you blend the best of both worlds for the sake of compromise, you can never go wrong ;)
So after Pinteresting for about a half hour, I came across some delicious little cupcakes called “French vanilla cupcakes.” Now, I have never heard of such a thing, but if it looks good then I am all for trying it once! So I follow the link to lemon-sugar.com and get together my ingredients. Not to toot my own horn (because this isn’t my original recipe and I can’t really take the credit…) but these cupcakes came out the perfect density and so moist. I mean, everyone loved them! My mother-in-law told me that her cupcakes (about half a dozen) were gone over night and my husband even went so far as to tell me that I “really had something going and should do something with that.” Needless to say, I took that as a compliment:)
But that isn’t even the best part about the recipe that I found. The real icing on the cake (see what I did there ;) ), is that because these ingredients are everyday items, I already had all of the ingredients right at home! This is perfect for me because it means no running to the grocery store to get two items and end up spending thirty dollars by the time I walk outta there. Now before I go further, I will tell you that this recipe is for crème filled cupcakes with a buttercream frosting (which I love buttercream but wanted to do something different!), so I just tweaked it as I went to cater to my needs. The original recipe sounded delicious so if you want to try it, just head over to the original post from here. After I perused my cabinets and refrigerator for my flour, vanilla, eggs and the basics, I quickly searched for "easy chocolate frosting" and landed on a chocolate frosting “cheat sheet” from sheknows.com.
From chocolate ganache to glaze, to mousse to custard, this little dandy caught my eye. I can honestly say that I saved the whole thing to use as my go-to in the future! Well, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a light and fluffy icing almost more than I do the gooey, fudgey ones. I think it is because it balances out the overwhelming sweetness of the sugar in those thicker frostings. So, if you are like me and enjoy the fluffier whipped frostings, then I hope you try this out! If not, I encourage you to try out some of the others to see which one is right for you!
Well enough of my rambling, let's get to baking!
French Vanilla Cupcakes
2 Cups Sugar
2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Milk
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil
2 ¼ Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean, optional (this is the only ingredient I did NOT have lying around, but I am sure it would add an extra zap of flavor!)
Mix it up Baby!
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture thickens. About a minute or two.
Add in the rest of your ingredients and beat for another good minute.
Pour the batter into lined cupcake tins until about 2/3 of the way full.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of a cupcake.
*Allow to cool completely before topping with icing.
Whipped Chocolate Frosting
2 Cups Whipping Cream
½ Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 Tablespoons Cocoa
Now Whip it, Whip it Good!
Beat the whipping cream until it has thickened.
Add all other ingredients until the “fluffiness” you desire is achieved!
*If you keep these stored in an air-tight container, they keep for a few days (but cupcakes are typically the best the first two days).
How simple was that? Seven ingredient cupcakes with five easy steps and Four ingredient frosting with two easysteps!
Stay sweet my friends!