guest blog #7 - snickerdoodle cupcakes

let's welcome back guest blogger kendall beller! get excited because it's about baking today. i challenge you all to make these and report back. happy baking!

{cupcakes sign via etsy}


three things i love are baking, cupcakes, & martha stewart.  (i wish she hadn’t committed the whole insider-trading thing – so maybe i don’t love her morals, just her cooking & wedding advice)!  so when i came across martha’s snickerdoodle cupcake recipe, i knew it was going to be a happy day.  enjoy every bite, but maybe share with a friend or two.



INGREDIENTS

1 ½ c all-purpose flour                                      1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp

1 ½ c cake flour                                                     1 ¾ c sugar

1 T baking powder                                                4 large eggs

½ tsp salt                                                                 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 T ground cinnamon                                          1 ¼ c milk

DIRECTIONS

preheat over to 350º & line standard muffin tins with cute paper liners. {i encourage you to look here or here}. sift together both flours, baking powder, salt, & cinnamon. martha says to use a whisk instead of going through the labor intensive sifting process.

with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter & sugar until fluffy. add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. beat in vanilla. reducing speed to low, as not to get flour all over your entire kitchen. add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, & beating until combined after each.

divide batter evenly among lined cups, filling each about ¾ the way full. bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester {try this one} inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. transfer tins to wire racks to cool completely before removing cupcakes.



while cooling, make this delicious frosting: martha's brown sugar + cream cheese frosting.

INGREDIENTS

½ c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temp

8 oz cream cheese, room temp

1 c packed light-brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

in an electric mixer, mix all three ingredients on medium speed until smooth. spread frosting on cooled cupcakes & sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar!