Billy’s Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Filling

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Today is my dear friend Alice’s birthday! Happy birthday Alice! You can now see R-rated movies! Hahah. Anyways I’ve known Alice sine elementary school and we started to hang out last year a lot though my friend Connie and at all the different dances. She’s a very sweet girl and very smart too. After browsing on marthastewart.com I encountered this recipe and to my surprise, there was even a little video clip on how to make Billy Reese’s of Billy’s Baker in NY vanilla cupcakes. I remember that I had some pudding mix in my pantry so I decided to make vanilla cupcakes filled with chocolate pudding and vanilla buttercream. Here is the link to the website where you can watch a video on how to make the cupcakes and frosting. Cupcake and frosting video

I also really liked the fact that this was a one bowl cake which meant less cleaning and mess. The recipe was very simple to follow, the only problem was that I didn’t have any milk or butter so I had to run to the store to get that. I follow the directions exactly except having the recipe which led to 12 cupcakes.

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Ingredients

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Dry ingredients

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Mixing in butter. Make sure the butter is softened, I normally don’t have time to leave my butter out so I usually microwave it.

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Wet ingredients

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Mixing them all together. The batter was delicious, almost like one of those cupcake mixes but not as sweet.

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Ready to bake.

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Cooling off. Look how delicious and golden they look!


Billy’s Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients (Makes about 30 cupcakes)

* 1 3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
* 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
* 2 cups sugar
* 1 tablespoon baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
* 4 large eggs
* 1 cup whole milk
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.
2. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down sides of bowl before each addition; beat until ingredients are incorporated but do not overbeat.
3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.
4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter. Once cupcakes have cooled, use a small offset spatula to frost tops of each cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Serve at room temperature.

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Mixing together ingredients for frosting. Final result. Look how thick and creamy the buttercream is! Note it is very important you let your butter soften so you get a creamy texture and use unsalted butter! I once made a buttercream that tasted just like butter. Yuck!

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I decided to get a little creative and use one of my neon food coloring.
Billy’s Vanilla Buttercream

Ingredients (Makes enough for 30 cupcakes)

* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
* 6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. With mixer on low speed, add 6 cups sugar, milk, and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. If necessary, gradually add remaining 2 cups sugar to reach desired consistency.

Filling

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I just added some chocolate milk to instant pudding and beat for a couple of minutes and voila pudding!


Assembling

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First using the cone method I cut a cone out of the cupcake. Then I cut off the top of the cone so I could make a little cover for the empty space.

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For easier filling I put the chocolate pudding in a plastic baggie and snipped off the tips.

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A glimpse of what the cupcake looks like on the inside. The pudding was perfect, creamy and thick and it held up and didn’t fall out.

Grade: A++
These cupcakes were delicious! I know it’s difficult to find a good vanilla cake recipe and with this recipe the cupcakes turned out great. I expected the frosting to be too sweet or taste like butter but it wasn’t. And the filling. Mmmmmhhh I think that what really completed the cupcakes was the pudding filling. First I only planning on eating half a cupcake just to make sure that they were ok but after taking a bite I devoured the whole cupcake. Alice seemed to really like them when she ate one at school. So Happy Birthday Alie and aren’t you glad you’re friends with moi? ;-P

P.S. Sorry for my terrible pictures! I definitely need a new camera or learn how to take better pictures. Stay tuned!

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Billy’s Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Filling

  1. Connie

    these look SO. AMAZING.

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