Halloween Cupcakes!

I wanted to suprise my co-workers with a little Halloween treat this week. I chose Paula Dean’s Old Fashioned Cupcakes recipe. However, due to cost and availability, I had to substitute a few ingredients. Instead of whole milk, I used 1 cup of half n’ half. And I did not buy cake flour but sifted all purpose flour instead (I don’t recommend this).

 

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Old Fashioned Frosting, recipe follows

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.

Combine in a bowl both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until combined for about 3 minutes. Add in cubed butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

Add eggs 1 at a time until combined. Slowly add milk and vanilla to batter until completely mixed scraping down the bowl as you mix.

Scoop batter into baking cups filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.

Cool and decorate with Old Fashioned Frosting.

Old-Fashioned Frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or other flavoring

Cream softened butter and add 4 cups sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat with paddle attachment until smooth gradually add the rest of sugar to reach frosting consistency*.

*Cook’s Note: Add more sugar to get this consistency.