baking with miss brainy – back-to-school themed cupcakes!

hi guys! so this week’s post coincides with the video i posted on my youtube channel where i show you how i made these so check that out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-sPMDXEhSU!

i’ve never made cupcakes or icing before, but it was pretty simple and i really enjoyed it 🙂

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WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE VANILLA CUPCAKES:

  • two cups of flour
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • two teaspoons of baking powder
  • half a cup of butter (room temperature + softened)
  • three quarters of a cup of sugar
  • two eggs
  • one cup of milk
  • one teaspoon of vanilla extract (the recipe called for vanilla essence but we didn’t have any – they tasted fine!)
  • tinfoil
  • cupcake tin
  • cupcake liners

HOW TO MAKE THE VANILLA CUPCAKES:

  1. preheat your oven to 375° Fahrenheit!
  2. cream your butter and sugar together until it is light + fluffy!
  3. beat in your eggs, one at a time!
  4. mix your flour, baking powder and salt into one bowl!
  5. alternate between pouring your flour mixture and pouring milk into the bowl, beating it after each time your pour!
  6. stir in your vanilla (optional)
  7. divide your batter into cupcake liners evenly!
  8. roll up pieces of tinfoil into marble-shaped spheres and place in between liner and tin, at the top of the cupcake (this will create an indent so the cupcake looks like a heart or apple shape)
  9. bake for eighteen minutes!
  10. let the cupcakes cool for about five to ten minutes before icing!

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE APPLE CINNAMON BUTTERCREAM ICING:

  • a quarter of a cup of butter (room temperature)
  • three cups of powdered/icing sugar
  • one teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • two teaspoons of cinnamon powder
  • three tablespoons of apple juice (room temperature)
  • red food dye

HOW TO MAKE THE APPLE CINNAMON BUTTERCREAM ICING:

  1. beat all ingredients but food dye in bowl until smooth
  2. add drops of food dye until it becomes desired shade

DECORATIONS:

  • pretzel sticks
  • spearmint leave candies
  • icing

HOW TO DECORATE:

  1. ice the cupcakes
  2. insert pretzel stick into the indent
  3. insert spearmint leave next to the pretzel stick
  4. ta-da! marvel at your creations before devouring them with friends 🙂

 

hope you enjoyed this recipe and let me know in the comments if you try it out!

stay brainy and stay beautiful!

xo, miss brainy.

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