Very Vanilla Cupcakes

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves24
  • DifficultyEasy

For the cupcakes

½ cup plus 6 tbsp plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash fine salt
3 tablespoons whole milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
4 large egg yolks
4 large egg whites
12 tablespoons sugar

For the icing

4 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1-2 tbsp milk

Preheat oven to 175°C and line mini muffin tins with paper liners.

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

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.

For the icing, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy and smooth.

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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