Friday, April 2, 2010

Billy's Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes

This recipe comes from Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery in New York. They  are simply incredible! Truly they are one of the best cupcakes I've ever had and certainly the best I've ever made!  They make such a pretty table decoration for Easter, Spring or any day you feel like a cupcake!
I do want to say though that using the EXACT ingredients that this recipe calls for makes a huge difference. It calls for cake flour, real butter, whole milk or half and half and Pure Vanilla Extract. Don't skimp and use imitation vanilla or margarine. The cupcake's flavor and texture rely on using these ingredients.

  • As I stated above, use the exact ingredients the recipe calls for. Pure Vanilla Extract is integral to the flavor of these cupcakes. Without real butter and whole milk the cake and frosting won't set up correctly.
  • Make sure the butter  is well incorporated. It has a tendency to sink to the bottom. The cupcakes will turn out dry if it isn't properly mixed through.
  • The instructions don't say it explicity but you cook 1 pan of 12-15 cupcakes at a time and repeat with remaining batter.  This recipe should yeild 24-30 cupcakes.

Billy's Vanilla Vanilla Cupcakes

1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk or half and half
1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract
Billy's Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, recipe below
Colored Sprinkles, for decorating, optional

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

2.In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.

3.Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.

4.Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

Billy's Buttercream Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

6 to 8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk or half and half
1 teaspoon Pure vanilla extract

1.In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.  Seperate into bowls and color with food coloring if desired.


Katie said...

Wow...those sound delicious!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love finding new foodie blogs, too. Hope you have a great weekend!

Kel said...

Hi! Stopping by for Friday Follow. Have a great weekend!


EmcogNEATO! said...

Awesome! I love a good food blog. Happy Friday Follow. Hope you visit and follow me back here.

♥Yaya's Mommy ♥ said...

OH I have a bad sweet tooth. YUMMY!
Happy Friday Follow.
Hope you can follow me too.
~cindi :)

tsue said...

Great recipes. Glad I found your site. Following from Friday Follow. Please stop by when you can.

Jackie said...


You say bake one pan at a time, does the rest of the batter sit on the counter or is it refrigerated.

-K said...

I'm your newest follower from FF. Can't wait to read more, stop by my blog sometime! Happy FF!


Pumpkin Tart said...

I left it on the counter. It's a fairly short bake time and leavener (the baking powder) can sometimes be affected by cold temps.


Kelly's Lucky You said...

I swear I can smell those cupcakes!

I'm stopping by from Friday Follow, I hope you'll follow me back (and if you already are - thank you!)

Nice to meet you!


Katie said...

Okay, so I made the frosting this weekend (used a different cupcake recipe because I was feeling lazy), and WOW! That was some awesome frosting! My mom loved it. I linked to your blog and of course gave you credit. Thanks so much for helping me make some awesome Easter cupcakes.

Pumpkin Tart said...

That's awesome Katie! I thought the frosting was amazing too! Glad you had a great Easter!

Jenn said...

Wow! This recipe looks so... good! I {love} cupcakes. I've gotta give these a try!
Jenn :)

AnickH said...

this is the same cupcake recipe that i use. its definitely the best

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