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Happy day after Valentine’s Day! Let me just tell you that as the old saying goes, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach especially if he’s just home from work on Valentine’s Day, and starving!

As you may know, I work from home and, every now and again, I get sucked in to Live! With Kelly! I mean, come on – Kelly Ripa is the cutest thing since Hello Kitty and I’m mesmerized by her hotty little fit body. Yesterday, she had the owners of Georgetown Cupcakes (read: TLC’s DC Cupcakes) on the show for a fun little DIY sesh on how to make their standard vanilla cupcake for my Valentine.

Oh, thanks, ladies! All I had up my sleeve was a card at at that point, so I immediately slapped on some makeup and headed to the grocery store. Here’s what had happened next: (skip to the bottom for full recipe/directions)

First, I decided to personalize the bottoms of some of the baking cups with a little lurvely message to my hubby-to-be. I encourage you to try it, and it could even be a fun game if you’re hosting a party. Double or triple line them if you do this. I didn’t. Should’ve.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking cups or grease pans with butter if not using baking cups. (They do not specify how many slots these 2 pans should have, but mine had 6 each, and I needed three pans) Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Sift those dry ingredientsPlace the unsalted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Add the sugar; beat on medium speed until well incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.

Mix it on upCOME ON, Bridal Shower! Mama needs a brand new KitchenAid stand mixer!! Don’t judge.

Combine the vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds and milk in a large liquid measuring cup. Reduce the speed to low and basically add all the dry and wet ingredients a 1/3 at a time. THIS IS IMPORTANT: Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed.

Below, you will find some fun ingredients that I think you’re supposed to add to the frosting. I, however, accidentally added the diced strawberries to the batter. Happiest mistake ever, just FYI. Heck, just add it all to it all!

StrawbsScoop batter into baking cups.

Little Baby Batter CupsBake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Now, I accidentally got the jumbo cups and filled mine a little more than required. I, therefore, had to bake my cupcakes for a total of about 25 minutes. I said to quit judging me. They turned out perfect! Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely. mmmmM!

Cooling CupcakesWhile they cool, make the frosting and then take a shower or something to avoid wanting to eat the cakes immediately.

For the frosting, place the unsalted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Add the confectioner’s sugar; beat on medium speed until well incorporated. Now, this is where the directions end, but there are clearly more ingredients, so some of the directions are missing here. I combined the butter and confectioner’s sugar until smooth as directed, but then mixed in the salt and liquid ingredients. Problem solved. NOTE: The icing should be very thick when completely blended.

FrostingFrost those babies up and you’re essentially on your way to opening up a cupcakery! (out of your house, obv…baby steps) To frost, I did a little MacGyvering and fashioned a piping bag out of a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off. Don’t even be worryin’ ’bout it.

For the garnish, I sliced up some strawberries and attempted to cut little notches out to create hearts. That lasted about point five seconds. Voila! Freaking amazing.

DC Cupcakes Finished

Georgetown Cupcake Vanilla Cupcake Recipe,
Courtesy: Georgetown Cupcake, via Live! With Kelly!
  • 2 1/2 cups flour , sifted
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder, sifted
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 8 Tbsp. (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract + seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk , at room temperature
Georgetown Cupcake Buttercream Frosting*
  • 16 Tbsp. (8 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
**To make your cupcake unique for your Valentine add a mix-in!
  • ½ cup Chopped French Chocolate (if you want to INDULGE your sweetheart)
  • ½ cup Rose Champagne (if want to LOOSEN UP your sweetheart)
  • ½ cup Diced Strawberries (if your sweetheart is ROMANTIC)
  • ½ cup Cinnamon Heart Candies (if your sweetheart is SPICY)
  • ½ cup of Coffee Liqueur (if [your sweetheart likes] to STAY UP ALL NIGHT)
  • ½ cup of Dulce de Leche / Caramel (if your sweetheart is SEXY)
  • ½ cup of Goldfish (if your sweetheart likes something SALTY and SWEET)
  • ½ cup of shredded coconut (if you don’t have time for that EXOTIC getaway)
  • ½ cup of mashed banana (if your sweetheart is BANANAS)
DIRECTIONS:
For the cupcakes:
Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 cupcake pans with baking cups or grease pans with butter if not using baking cups. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.Place the unsalted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Add the sugar; beat on medium speed until well incorporated.Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly after each addition.Combine the vanilla extract, vanilla bean seeds and milk in a large liquid measuring cup.Reduce the speed to low. Add one-third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then gradually add one-third of the milk mixture, beating until well incorporated. Add another one-third of the flour mixture, followed by one-third of the milk mixture. Stop to scrape down the bowl as needed. Add the remaining flour mixture, followed by the remaining milk mixture, and beat just until combined.Scoop batter into baking cups and bake for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Frosting:
Place the unsalted butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer. Add the confectioner’s sugar; beat on medium speed until well incorporated.As I mention above, it looks like some of the directions are missing here. I combined the butter and confectioner’s sugar until smooth as directed, but then add the salt and liquid ingredients. Problem solved.
**If adding a special Valentine ingredient:
Add the ingredient of your choice to the batter, mix for 10 seconds, then scoop batter into cupcake pans!
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