Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes

Total Time:
1 hr 55 min
Prep:
1 hr 15 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
24 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • Cupcakes:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Buttercream Icing, recipe follows
  • Decorations:
  • 48 large candy eyes
  • 24 gummy candy peaches, trimmed into even round circles, plus 6 for the ears
  • 12 soft black licorice sticks, trimmed into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups mixed color jelly beans
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • Buttercream Icing:
  • 4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pink food coloring, optional (for pig cupcakes)
Directions
Decorations:
  • For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

  • In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

  • In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula periodically, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the sour cream and vanilla extract; mix to combine.

  • Turn the speed down to low and add the flour mixture and milk in 3 additions, starting and ending with the flour. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks, then decorate.

  • To decorate: To make a cow, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Place 2 candy eyes in the center of the icing, then place a round gummy peach below the eyes. Use soft black licorice sticks to make ears and 2 jelly beans to make horns at the top of the head.

  • To make a pig, frost the cupcakes with pink icing. Place 2 candy eyes in the center of the icing, then place a round gummy peach below the eyes. Cut a gummy peach into triangles and use 2 pink pieces for the ears.

  • To make a sheep, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Place 2 eyes in the center of the icing. Cut a gummy peach into triangles and use 2 orange pieces for the ears. Place 1 jelly bean in the center of the cupcake below the eyes to make a nose. Place mini marshmallows all over the remainder of the icing, pressing gently to adhere.

  • To make a chicken, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Place 2 candy eyes in the center of the icing. Place a jelly bean below the eyes for the nose and a red jelly bean at the bottom of the cupcake for the "wattle." Place 3 jelly beans in a straight line at the top of the cupcake to make the "comb" on its head.

Buttercream Icing:
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the confectioners' sugar, about a cup at a time; mix until completely combined. Add the milk and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth and spreadable.

  • Place 2 cups icing in a separate bowl and add 2 to 3 drops pink food coloring if using. Stir to incorporate.

  • Yield: 3 cups icing

  • Special equipment: two 12-cup muffin tins; cupcake liners


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