And I’m Off…
I decided that a good place to start my baking project would be to first be able to make the perfect vanilla cupcake. I mean, who doesn’t love a classic vanilla? It’s also the perfect base for other flavors of cupcakes.
So I got my supplies out…
And I started on my vanilla cupcakes… They turned out beautifully (even with an unrealiable gas oven!)
Now, I could make basic buttercream in my sleep. I’ve been doing it for a while with all of my past cupcakes. But that is also the basic buttercream recipe with just vanilla, butter and powdered sugar. So I wanted to step it up a notch. I tried the professional-style buttercream from my big baking book, Baking by James Peterson.
You put sugar and water on a pan and simmer until you can roll it into a soft ball.
I got that part. Maybe it was my lack of stand mixer (I used a hand mixer for 20 minutes!) or experience, or maybe it was just the recipe, but the buttercream tasted like a stick of butter. And it was too runny to pipe.
And then they melted all over the c0unter.. epic fail.
I’m taking my first Wilton cake decorating class on Wednesday, so I’m sure some photos and antics will come from that as well.
To bake next time:
- Another vanilla recipe just for kicks
- Better buttercream!!
Until next time, cupcake.