Velvet. Silk. Leather. At what point do textile-inspired recipe names become weird? Oh, who cares. I have never eaten white velvet before, and I’ve been curious about it for some time.
I found an amusing white velvet recipe on cookbookmaniac that appealed to me, and I paired it the cream cheese frosting in my Betty Crocker book.
Good to know before you start: This recipe uses cake flour which is milled from soft wheat flour (as opposed to all-purpose flour which is milled from a blend of soft and hard wheats), which results in a finished product with a very tender crumb. Cake flour also has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour.
You can find regular cake flour and self-rising cake flour, which already contains salt and baking powder. I used self-rising, so I skipped the salt entirely and lowered the amount of baking powder. The original recipe calls for full cream milk and caster sugar which I don’t have, so I substituted with granulated white sugar and 2% milk.
Cream cheese frosting must be refrigerated. If you are like me, and don’t like cold cupcakes, don’t frost them ahead of time. Store the cupcakes at room temperature and frost them as needed.
Time required: 2 hours
Yields: 36 mini cupcakes
Cost per cupcake: $1.17
Total cost if you have none of the ingredients: $42.00
Kitchen implements I used:
- 3 egg whites, room temp
- ⅔ C milk
- 1½ TSP vanilla extract
- 2 C self-rising cake flour
- 1 C granulated white sugar
- 1 TSP baking powder (instead of 2½ TSP)
- NO SALT (instead of ½ TSP)
- ½ C butter, room temp
- one 8 0z block of cream cheese, room temp
- 4 TBSP butter, room temp
- 1 TBSP milk
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 TSP vanilla extract
- 4 C icing sugar
1. Pre-heat oven to 175°C / 347°F. Use rack that is third from the top.
2. Separate the egg whites into a medium bowl, and save the yolks for something else. Stir in the vanilla and three tablespoons of the milk. Whisk until just combined.
You know, I really wanted to show you a picture of me separating egg whites like a pro, but since nobody was home to be my camera man you’ll just have to use your imagination.
3. In your mixer, with a flat beater attachment, add: cake flour, white sugar, and baking powder. Beat on Low for 30 seconds.
4. Add butter and remaining milk. Beat on Low until combined, and then beat on Medium for 90 seconds.
This is the first time I’ve used the flat beater and it is AWESOME. It is so much easier to beat ingredients with, why did I use the wire whip for so long??
5. Add half the egg white mixture and continue on Medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the remaining egg whites, beat another 30 seconds.
6. Spoon into muffin tins. Bake 14 minutes. Cool in pan for 1 minute, before transferring to cooling rack for at least one hour before frosting.
7. Make your frosting by combining the cream cheese, butter, milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat well, and add the icing sugar one cup at a time. Beat until smooth.
(Edit Aug 17, 8:40am) Got up early to take one more picture.
Verdict: Delicious. White velvet cake is really good. My frosting turned out very runny though, next time will use a little less milk, and more icing sugar. These were a big hit, Boyfriend was quite impressed.
It has an unique texture and comes out of the oven so pale, an interesting change from the cupcakes I’m used to. Really enjoyed these.
No idea why I only got 36 minis instead 48, which is what I usually get from converting a cake recipe to minis.
I was discussing this recipe with Best Friend, who (poor girl) has never eaten any type of velvet cake. Can you imagine? That’s going to be remedied STAT next time I go home.
Next up: blue velvet!
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