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I do enjoy Easter. I love all the bunnies and flowers and chocolates. I can imagine in the Northern Hemisphere, it would be wonderful to tie all this in with Spring and all the new growth.  Here, we are going into Autumn but it doesn’t really make that much difference as our climate is sub tropical and we really only have a summer and a short winter. I was thinking with all the chocolate being handed over at Easter time it might be a nice change to give something else and this is how I came up with my Easter Cupcakes. You could easily make some of these and give them away too.

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I used the Vanilla Cupcake recipe from Magnolia Bakeries and here it is.

Makes 2 dozen cupcakes.

Cupcake Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flours. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  • Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla.
  • With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated but don’t over beat.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.
  • Carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about three-quarters full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
  • Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before icing.

    Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients:
  • 1 cup  unsalted butter, softened
  •  4 cups icing sugar mixture
  • 2 – 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • add a couple of drops of the food colouring you want to achieve a pastel colour.
  • Or add 2 cups of cocoa to achieve a chocolate frosting and reduce icing sugar to 2 cups

If you need help with piping the icing, best thing is to go on youtube and watch the lessons. I decorated mine with small easter eggs and other goodies that you can find in baking shops.

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