White Velvet Butter Cupcakes with Raspberry or Strawberry Buttercream

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Adapted from Rose Levy Beranbaum's Rose's Heavenly Cakes

Makes 14 to 16 cupcakes


Ingredients

  •     3 large egg whites, at room temperature (3.2 ounces)
  •     2/3 cup milk (5.6 ounces), divided
  •     1-1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  •     2 cups (7 ounces) cake flour, sifted into cup and leveled
  •     1 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
  •     2-1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 tsp baking powder
  •     1/2 teaspoon salt
  •     8 tablespoons (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened (65° to 75°F)
  •     1 recipe for Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

 

Instructions


Step 1: Set 15 cupcake liners in cupcakes pans.

Step 2: Twenty minutes or more before baking, set an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk the egg whites, 3 tablespoons of the milk, and the vanilla just until lightly combined.

 

Step 4: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt on low speed for 30 seconds.  Add the butter and the remaining milk and mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Raise the speed to medium and beat for 1-1/2 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Step 5: Starting on medium-low speed, gradually add the egg mixture in two parts, beating on medium speed for 30 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Use a number 30 ice cream scoop or a spoon to place the batter into the prepared cupcake liners, smoothing the surfaces evenly with a small metal spatula.  The liners will be about three-quarters full.

Step 6: Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wire cake tester inserted in the centers comes out clean and the cupcakes spring back when pressed lightly in the centers.

Step 7: Let the cupcakes cool in the pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes.  Remove them from the pans and set them on a wire rack.  Cool completely. Ice with Raspberry or Strawberry Buttercream Frosting.

White velvet butter cupcakes with raspberry buttercream

     

White velvet butter cupcakes with strawberry buttercream

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