Whether you’ve been able to personally visit the iconic bakery, Magnolia Bakery, in Manhattan or you’ve simply tried them by ordering online, you simply cannot go wrong with anything that comes out of this bakery.
From cupcakes, to cakes, to pies – this bakery is one of the most popular bakeries in the world due to their exquisite, melt in your mouth, baked candies, and confections. Ever indulgent, the star of the show is easily the Magnolia Bakery cupcakes, as this was what the bakery first started to bake in 1996 and they remain a popular staple at the bakery.
What Are Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes?
Magnolia Bakery cupcakes come in a wide variety of different flavors and different frostings and toppings. Some of the most popular cupcakes are the red velvet cupcakes with cram cheese frosting, chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting, chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting. The cupcake flavors will change in rotation, offering new, fun flavors every week, but the aforementioned cupcakes are pretty much the staples at this inviting little bakery.
Why Are Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes So Popular?
These cupcakes are so popular due to their luscious cake and decadent frosting combinations. These cupcakes became so popular that the bakery itself expanded into a chain nationwide, but the original store in Manhattan, New York ships out these cupcake combinations on a daily basis. They ship out the cupcakes frozen in order to reach their destinations fresh right out of the box.
What Other Flavors Can I Use This Recipe For?
While this recipe that you’ll follow today is for a basic vanilla Magnolia Bakery cupcake, you can easily add in some cocoa powder if you’d prefer a chocolate cupcake instead. This is also a great starter for all kinds of different cupcakes, including lemon and almond. You can incorporate many different flavors by adding in your favorite extract or even fresh fruit to the tops of the cupcakes to add some freshness to it.
Cupcake Topping Ideas
You can top your cupcakes with so many cute confections. Of course, frosting is a staple and poplar topping, but if you don’t like frosting, it’s perfectly fine to leave it out. You can swap in fresh whipped cream instead of frosting to make your cupcake a bit lighter. But whatever you frost your cupcake with, you can easily add some fun color to your cupcake by adding colors sprinkles, chocolate candies or even edible sugar flowers or other types of edible decorations.
How to Make Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes
If you simply cannot take a trip out to Manhattan, do not fret! This cupcake recipe will make your feel as if you are biting into a decadent Magnolia Bakery cupcake right at the shop. Just a few simple steps and you are on your way to cupcake heaven.
- Stand or Hand Mixer
- Large Bowl
- Medium bowl or Large Wet Measurement Cup Amazon.com: Pyrex Prep ware 2-Cup Glass
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- Rubber Spatula
- 12 count cupcake pan
- Cupcake Liners
- Pink gel or liquid food coloring
Ingredients you’ll need for Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes:
- 1 1/2 cups cake flour*
- 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup of whole milk
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 sticks of unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 egg whites
How to make the Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes:
Step 1: Preparation
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. and line your 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners. You are going to want to be sure you are using paper and not aluminum, as aluminum could make your delicate cupcake batter stick.
Step 2: Mixing
Whisk together all of your dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl. This includes your flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Meanwhile, in a 2 cup liquid measurement cup, whisk together all of your wet ingredients, such as your whole milk, sour cream and vanilla.
In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream your butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium
speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Don’t forget to stop every once in a while, to scrape down the bowl to gather up all the mix stuck to the sides.
Step 3: Finishing Up Your Mix
Add in your egg whites and mix until incorporated, scrape down the bowl.
Add half of your wet and dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated, scrape down the bowl,
specifically looking for any unincorporated flour mixture.
Add the second half of the wet and dry and mix on low until fully incorporated.
Step 4: Measuring Out
Use a ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scooper to evenly portion out your cupcakes. Make sure that your mixture rests right in the middle of your cupcake liner. Too much will overflow while too little mixture will not bake evenly.
Step 5: Baking
Bake your cupcakes for 20-22 minutes, until the tops spring back when touched. You can also try sticking a toothpick down the center and see if it comes out clean.
How to Make Buttercream Frosting
Your Magnolia Bakery cupcake recipe just won’t be complete without their famous buttercream frosting! With just a few simple ingredients and steps, you will have your complete Magnolia Bakery experience.
- 1 sticks of unsalted room temperature butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 5-3 tablespoons whole milk
- Gel food coloring (pink)
Step 1: Mixing
Add butter and powdered sugar to a bowl.
Begin to beat together, mixture will begin to turn crumbly.
Step 2: Smoothing
Start with 2 tablespoons of whole milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth. (add extra milk only if needed) Add one small drop of gel food coloring and mix throughout
Step 3: Frost
Once your frosting is at a good consistency, you can frost your completely cooled cupcakes and garnish with any sort of candy or sprinkles you’d like. Enjoy!