The frosting is from Sweetapolita. I love her blog, it's beautiful. Her pictures are gorgeous and recipes are to die for. This frosting for American style buttercream rules. It is seriously the best frosting recipe I've tried. It's light, fluffy, and perfect for piping. I topped the cupcakes with some pearly pink nonpareils.
These cupcakes turned out exactly how I had been picturing in my mind for the last few months since I decided to do a pink party for my sweet girly.
Basic Yellow Cake
from Nick Malgieri
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temp
3/4 cup milk
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Set a rack at the middle level of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter and line the bottom of two 9x2-inch round cake pans.
Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Whisk eggs and milk together, set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract. Scrape down sides with rubber spatula.
On low speed add 1/4 of the flour mixture until it is absorbed. Increase speed to medium low and beat in 1/3 of milk mixture. Repeat this, including change of speed 2 more times. Scrape bowl and beat in remaining 1/4 of flour mixture. Scrape again, increase speed to medium and continuously beat the batter for 3 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan(s) and smooth top. Bake cake(s) about 20 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean. Cool in pan on a rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack, remove paper and let cool completely.
Sugary Birthday Buttercream Frosting
1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, softened
6 cups icing sugar (confectioners’)
120 ml whipping cream
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon water
pinch of salt
Beat the butter and icing sugar in an electric mixer on low with the paddle attachment for about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, water, whipping cream, and salt, and whip on high speed until fluffy and smooth–about 4 minutes. If consistency is too thick, add more water 1 teaspoon at a time, then whip again for 30 seconds or so.