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Very Vanilla Cupcakes

Makes 24 cupcakes.


  • Cupcakes

  • 1/2 cup cake and pastry flour

  • 6 tbsp all purpose flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • dash fine salt

  • 3 tbsp 2% milk

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

  • 4 x large egg yolks

  • 4 x large egg whites

  • 12 tbsp sugar

  • Easy Icing

  • 4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 3 cups icing sugar, sifted

  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

  • 1-2 tbsp milk


  • Cupcakes:

  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 350 °F and line mini muffin tins with paper liners.

  • 2.

    Sift flours, baking powder and salt and set aside. Whisk milk, oil and vanilla bean paste together and set aside.

  • 3.

    Whip egg whites with 6 tbsp of sugar until they hold a soft peak when beaters are lifted. In a separate bowl, whip egg yolks with remaining 6 tbsp of sugar until doubled in volume and a pale, butter colour. Fold whipped whites into yolk mixture. Fold flour into whipped eggs in two additions. Stir a spoonful of batter into milk mixture then add all back to batter, folding quickly to incorporate. Pipe or spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, 3/4-full. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until cupcake springs back when touched. Let cool.

  • Easy Icing:

  • 1.

    Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy and smooth.

  • 2.

    On low speed, add icing sugar, 1 cup at a time, until blended. Beat in vanilla bean paste and add milk, 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency is achieved. Ice cupcakes as desired.

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Posted by Elaine105Report
Can we use all purpose flour?