Kirsten's Cupcakes

dsc04425.jpgMy friend Kirsten makes the best cupcakes in the world. An old family recipe of hers that she has shared with me. Not being much of a baker I am learning slowly and this was a great place to start... especially because cupcakes just aren't found in France. Tartes, patisseries, gateau and more, but not cupcakes. Ordering cupcake holders and a cupcake pan from America I began to bake. The next task was converting cups to grams (something I let the computer do).

This past Saturday, Zoe-Pascale decided it was time to make cupcakes for Pantoufle's 8th month birthday and we needed a party. A few friends and neighbors came over to celebrate. So here it is.  The recipe follows and just call it Kirsten's cupcakes!


3/4 cup butter
1 3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups sifted and then measured cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup milk

Beat butter, sugar, eggs, vamilla for 5 min on high speed.
 Sift together baking powder, salt and flour.
Add dry stuff in 4 separate dumps into wet stuff alternately with milk.
 Blend on low speed just until smooth.  Bake at 350.  Pour only half way into cups. Check after 10 minutes with stick to see if cooked all the way through.

Icing:  1/2 cup butter softened
8 oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
Gradually add 1 package powdered sugar.

Suzanne Saxe-Roux