Old Fashioned Cupcakes + Mr. Marshmallow snowman decorations

Cupcakes: Cheryl Day, Back in the Day Bakery – Savannah, GA

Snowmen: inspired by Nads’ Bakery blog 

Makes: 24 cupcakes

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

Old-Fashioned Frosting:

  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or other flavoring

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside.

Combine in a bowl both flours, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until combined for about 3 minutes. Add in cubed butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

Add eggs 1 at a time until combined. Slowly add milk and vanilla to batter until completely mixed scraping down the bowl as you mix.

Scoop batter into baking cups filling about 2/3 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.

Cool and decorate with Old Fashioned Frosting, directions as follows.

Old-Fashioned Frosting:
Cream softened butter and add 4 cups sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat with paddle attachment until smooth gradually add the rest of sugar to reach frosting consistency.

*Chef’s note: The best vanilla cupcake I’ve ever made or bought. I used store-bought icing (gasp!) to save time and energy on the always-hectic Christmas Day, but I can assure you the recipe listed for the icing is as divine as the cupcake itself, having tasted it (twice) in the bakery. As for the decorations, play around with what you like/can find! Click the Nads’ link above for details. I used a fruit rollup for the scarf, Hersheys bells and star mints for the hats and orange sprinkles for the nose. I used a pretzel stick to keep the marshmallows together and into the cupcake; mound the icing thicker in the center to hide the pretzel. You also can use pretzel stick halves for arms (Sandra Lee did) and all sorts of creative things to add your personal touches to these cuties.

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