Happy St Patrick’s Day. Here is a simple, but delicious cupcake to help you celebrate this greenest of holidays. You can watch me bake and decorate these in my Instagram videos. You’ll also see me save a buttercream from ruin and bring it back to fluffy perfection. The art of pastry is being able to fix what goes wrong. And there is a blow torch involved, so that’s fun.
For the white cake recipe:
Here is a simple white cake that is a wonderful base for just about any occasion. It has a faint vanilla flavor and is perfect when you don’t want a lot of competition for the frosting and other flavors you are adding to your cake. Because it only uses egg whites, the color is as pure white as you are going to find in a cake. It will let the colors of your frosting or other layers shine.
1 cup oil
5 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
230g all-purpose flour
100g cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup Milk
Preheat oven to 350°F
Prepare 12 muffin cups with Cupcake Liners.
In a bowl of a mixer, combine the oil, sugar, egg whites and vanilla with a paddle attachment on medium speed until well combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add half the flour to the oil mixture and mix just until combined. Add all of the milk, stirring to combine. Add the remaining flour and mix only until all flour is combined.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes or just until a tester comes out with moist crumb.
Cool and frost with buttercream.
Zest of 2 limes
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lime
Make buttercream as directed, then add the zest and juice.