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Fast Tips for Frosting with Divya Gugnani, New York City

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Uploaded on Dec 2, 2010

Divya Gugnani continues to share her favorite tips and tricks for home cooks—and today's topic really is the icing on the cake. Watch as she proves that you don't have to be a pastry chef to apply frosting like a pro.

TIP: Snip off a small piece of the corner for precise piping
TRICK: Fill a Ziploc with icing if you don't have a pastry bag handy
TECHNIQUE: Bundle frosting into a corner and remove excess air

"Pure" Cupcake by Marlo Scott, Sweet Revenge

Makes 24 servings

INGREDIENTS:

Cupcakes:
2 cups sugar
5 extra-large eggs
3 cups self-rising cake flour
1 cup buttermilk
3 tbsp. Mexican vanilla
2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)

Buttercream Frosting:
2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
6 tbsp. vegetable shortening
10 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. Mexican vanilla


PREPARATION:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Fill a muffin baking tray with liners or 5 1/2-by-5 1/2-inch squares of parchment paper, with the edges sticking out of the muffin cups.

2. Beat the butter until softened with an electric mixer. Add eggs and sugar, and beat with the mixer on medium until well-mixed.

3. Change the mixer to low speed and alternate adding flour and buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour. Stir in vanilla.

4. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full with batter. Bake about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.

5. Transfer to a wire rack and let cupcakes cool completely.

6. After the cupcakes have cooled, frost the top with the buttercream frosting.

7. Fill a disposable pastry bag with the remaining buttercream and use a 3/4-inch decorating tip to pipe three waves on top of each cupcake, each slightly smaller than the one before.

Buttercream Frosting:

1. Beat together butter and shortening. Next, add sugar and beat to mix.

2. Lastly, beat in milk and vanilla. Spread frosting on top of cooled cupcake from edge to edge (to keep cake moist).

3. Pair with Pinot Noir and enjoy!

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