things i love tuesday


yellow cake cupcakes

4 cups cake flour (not
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Put cupcake liners in 2 pans.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium
bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl
with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat
in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping down the
bowl after each addition. At low speed, beat in buttermilk until combined. Add flour mixture a cup at a time, mixing until each cup is mixed.

Pour into cupcake pan (you can go a little more than ¾ full on these)

and bake for 18 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

chocolate buttercream

2 cups unsalted butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup heavy cream
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

In the bowl of an
electric mixer fitted with the paddle
attachment, beat butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With
mixer on low speed, add chocolate until just mixed. Add cream,
vanilla, and sugar; mix on medium until well combined. Frost cupcakes, sprinkle with something colorful and eat.

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