School is quickly coming to an end and it’s almost time for summer break (insert happy dance here!). Classes are winding down and this week and next week my children all have class parties. My sons class is having a potluck lunch today as a celebration for his teacher who will be having a baby in a few weeks time. So, up early to make and frost cupcakes. Pink and blue for the baby to be with cute little toppers. There are so many free printables online that can be used as toppers too. Blessings to the new mommy and baby!
These are just simple vanilla cupcakes with creamy Vanilla Meringue Buttercream. The recipe can look intimidating, but it’s not, and sooo worth the extra effort. This is very light and creamy and not super sweet. I make Nick Malgieri’s version and I wouldn’t change a thing (check out his book on my homepage).
4 large egg whites
pinch of kosher salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 sticks unsalted butter, very soft
1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
1. Fill a saucepan (large enough to fit your mixing bowl just a few inches) with a few inches of water. Bring the water to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low so water continues to simmer.
2. In your stand mixer bowl, hand whisk the egg whites, sugar and salt just until combined. Place over simmering pot and whisk for approx 4 mins until the egg whites are hot (about 140 degrees). The sugar should be dissolved by this time as well. Place bowl on stand mixer and attach the whisk attachment. Whisk on medium until whites have increased in volume and the outside of the bowl is just slightly warm to the touch.
3. Remove whisk attachment and replace with paddle attachment. Beat on low speed until mixture is completely cooled. Increase speed to medium and add butter pieces one at a time. Scrape the bowl and continue to beat until buttercream is glossy, smooth and thick. It may separate at first, but continue beating and it will emulsify. Add vanilla flavouring and beat until combined. Use immediately.
Below, just out of the oven, the sun is shining through the window as they are cooling!
These look so yummy…luckily there was one left over (couldn’t fit in the box!), so I got to eat one for breakfast…..