06 November 2010

American Cupcakes (Magdalenes americanes)

I love the colors of these cupcakes!. The truth is that is nothing to do with Catalan culture, it is an American recipe, but I don´t know why, here it is kind of trendy to prepare it. It is something new here, and a lot of people  who like to bake like me, are trying it now. Everybody is baking cupcakes!
I went to a cooking course about it a couple of weeks ago, that was organised by Gadgets&Cuina (you can find the recipe in Catalan there). As always, I have adapted it by adding some small changes.

What you need for 6 cupcakes:

For the dough:

80 gr flour
2,5 gr baking powder
pinch of salt
100 gr sugar
50 gr butter
1 egg
60 ml milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
some chopped walnuts

For the topping:

80 gr butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
200 gr icing/confectioneurs sugar
1 teaspoon of milk
food colorant(s)
decoration (like springles, or chopped nuts..)

Let´s start for the dough

1. In a bowl, mix the sugar with the melted butter (20 seconds in the microwave). Whisk it well. Add the vanilla extract and the egg. Whisk it well (Mix 1)
2. In another bowl, mix the flour, the salt, and the baking powder. (Mix 2)
3. Then add half of the mix 2 into the mix 1 and whisk it well.  Add half of the amount of milk. Mix it. Then add the rest of the mix 2 into the mix 1 and remove. Then add the rest of the milk. Mix it again with an spatula.
4. Divide the mix into 6 cupcakes. Use a paper for cupcakes like in the pic and put it inside a mold for cupcakes.
5. Put it into a tray in the oven for about 22 minutes at 180ºC

Let´s continue with the topping:

While it is in the oven we can prepare the topping.
1. In a bowl, mix the melted butter with the vanilla extract with an spatula
2. Then add the icing sugar little by little. Mix it.
3. Add the milk.
4. If you need to add more icing sugar do it here.

If you want different colors in your cupcakes, divide this cream into different portions.
Add the food colorant needed. Just an small amount is needed. 
I did the pink one with a red one, just adding a little bit of colorant.

Let´s put it together

Once the muffins are done, let them cool down completely!
Then decorate the top of them with a piping bag.
Add the extra decoration (sprinkles, nuts...).
Put it in the fridge. 
Removed them from the fridge 15 minutes before eating them.

Enjoy/Bon Profit!


  1. As one of the lucky people who tried them I can assure that a part from being cute they tasted delicious! so please, keep going (and let me try them all hahaha)



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