It all started last week when I was planning what to bake for my family’s Hanukkah dinner. I knew I wanted to make cupcakes but I really wanted to make them in a Hanukkah theme. Short of putting Star of Davids or little Maccabees on top of them, I couldn’t think of anything that screamed Hanukkah besides some blue and silver icing. No fun.
My boyfriend, Andrew suggested I make Black and White cookie-style cupcakes. Great idea? I didn’t think so!!! I believe I told him the idea was “stupid” among other things. Just because they sell black and white cookies at Jewish delis doesn’t make them Hanukkah desserts!!!
Fast forward to a few days. My friend Heather came over to help me bake. I had decided on vanilla cupcakes and would make half with vanilla icing and half with chocolate fudge icing with no intention of mixing the two together. That’s when Heather had the BRILLLIANT idea to make black and white cookie cupcakes! The vanilla icing had turned out more like a cookie icing than a cupcake icing and this sparked her creative thinking.
My first and only reaction was just to laugh. If two different people, unbeknownst to each other come up with the same conclusion to a baking dilemma…then they are probably on to something. Of course, I now have to live with the fact that I’m like all of the record labels that passed on someone who is now a big, huge star. Like, I kinda didn’t think Taylor Swift would ever make it big and now I have to see her on TV and hear her on the radio all the time and think about the millions and millions of dollars that could have been mine….or whenever someone told me that a B&W cookie cupcake was an amazing idea….
Sometimes, you just have to admit your when wrong and uncreative and do not have the foresight to see a good idea when it’s presented to you the first time.
So bake these vanilla cupcakes and think about that. I found Amy Sedaris’ while searching on Yummly for a good vanilla cupcake. I used her frosting, but definitely listen to the reviewers who said it was too runny! And the chocolate fudge frosting was from the Joy of Baking.
Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 lb confectioner’s sugar
- Half and half
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, two teaspoons vanilla, salt and baking powder. Add flour and milk in batches, starting and ending with flour. Stir until batter is smooth and satiny.
Fill paper-lined muffin tins with batter. Bake at 375° for 18- 20 minutes.
For the vanilla frosting, whip together the box of confectioners’ sugar, half-and-half, and one teaspoon vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Allow cupcakes to cook for 45 minutes before frosting.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
- 4 ounces (120 grams) unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2/3 cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/3 cups (160 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract