Perfect vanilla cupcakes with Strawberry jam filling and chocolate butter cream frosting…A treat for halloween

I have been baking for past 6-7 years now yet getting a perfect Vanilla cup cake every time has always been a challenge. Sometime they won’t rise and sometimes they don’t have a uniform dome. I have been trying and trying until I got this recipe. I have tried this recipe for quite sometime now and I can happily say that it is has always worked. These are the basic cupcakes which can be filled with filling of your choice, can be frosted or can be had as such.
As Halloween is just round the corner, I decked these up with white chocolate spider webs. Here is the recipe to make perfect vanilla cupcakes.

All you need is

For the cupcake

All purpose flour – 1 and 1/4 cup
Eggs – 2
Baking powder – 1 and 1/4 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 3/4 cups
Oil – 1/2 cup
Milk – 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – 1/2 tsp

For filling

Strawberry jam – 4 tbsp
Water –  2 tsp

For chocolate butter cream

Unsalted butter – 1 cup
Confectioner’s sugar – 3 and 1/2 cups
Cocoa powder – 1/2 cup
Heavy cream – 1/2 cup
Vanilla extract – 1/2 tsp

Method of preparation

Vanilla cupcakes

Pre heat the oven to 180degrees C.
Put cup cake liners in the tray.
Add lemon juice in milk and keep aside.
Mix all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
Whisk egg in a bowl for 10 seconds.
Add sugar and whisk for a minute.
Add vanilla and oil and whisk for another minute.
Add half of the flour and whisk for 10 seconds.
Add half of the milk and whisk for 10seconds.
Repeat with the remaining flour and milk.
Pour batter into the liners till 2/3 rd full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Cool in the tray for 2-3 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Filling the cup cakes

Add  2 tsp of water in the jam and mix well.
Fill in a zip lock bag fitted with a long tip.
Insert the tip in the center of the cupcake and fill the jam.
If you don’t have a tip, just scoop a little from the center of the cupcakes and fill with the jam.

Chocolate butter cream

Cream butter and sifted sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy.
Add whipping cream, vanilla extract and cocoa powder.
Increase the mixer speed and whisk for 3-4 minutes.
If you want more stiff consistency, add more sugar.
And if you want thinner, then add a tsp of milk.

You are all set to play with your cupcakes now. As Halloween is approaching, I made white chocolate spider webs  for the top. You can decorate them as you want to.

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  1. says

    Admire your patience Gal. I would have left it after the 3rd time. I consider 3 decent enough to wash my hands off :) But this is so beautiful Neha. Love those scary spiders.

  2. Anonymous says

    you have an amzing blog..ur pictures and recipes are great…i just have one suggestion…plz try to change you font….its very hard to read….it takes away the attention from ur nice pictures…hope u take this comment positively…ur well wisher ,fellow blogger and follower..plz dont publish this comment

  3. says

    Beautiful & I am sure they are tasty too…I have the same problems when baking cup cakes.want to try your recipe…
    Thanks for sharing with Food Corner…

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