To make the perfect Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes we've included ingredients and directions for you to easily follow. This recipe is considered an intermediate level recipe. The total time to make this recipe will be 1 hr 55 min. This Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes will produce enough food for 24 servings.
Depending on your culture or family tradition there can be multiple variations for making this Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes recipe. Once you've read through and familiarize yourself with our recommended ingredients and directions, you can add your own twist to this recipe to make it your own! We've included a list of potential cookware or bakeware items below that might be necessary for this Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes recipe.
Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes Ingredients
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup milk
- Buttercream Icing, recipe follows
- 48 large candy eyes
- 24 gummy candy peaches, trimmed into even round circles, plus 6 for the ears
- 12 soft black licorice sticks, trimmed into 2-inch pieces
- 2 cups mixed color jelly beans
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- 4 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pink food coloring, optional (for pig cupcakes)
Barnyard Vanilla Cupcakes Directions
- For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk to combine the flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula periodically, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, followed by the sour cream and vanilla extract; mix to combine.
- Turn the speed down to low and add the flour mixture and milk in 3 additions, starting and ending with the flour. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks, then decorate.
- To decorate: To make a cow, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Place 2 candy eyes in the center of the icing, then place a round gummy peach below the eyes. Use soft black licorice sticks to make ears and 2 jelly beans to make horns at the top of the head.
- To make a pig, frost the cupcakes with pink icing. Place 2 candy eyes in the center of the icing, then place a round gummy peach below the eyes. Cut a gummy peach into triangles and use 2 pink pieces for the ears.
- To make a sheep, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Place 2 eyes in the center of the icing. Cut a gummy peach into triangles and use 2 orange pieces for the ears. Place 1 jelly bean in the center of the cupcake below the eyes to make a nose. Place mini marshmallows all over the remainder of the icing, pressing gently to adhere.
- To make a chicken, frost the cupcakes with white icing. Place 2 candy eyes in the center of the icing. Place a jelly bean below the eyes for the nose and a red jelly bean at the bottom of the cupcake for the “wattle.” Place 3 jelly beans in a straight line at the top of the cupcake to make the “comb” on its head.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to medium-low and add the confectioners' sugar, about a cup at a time; mix until completely combined. Add the milk and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth and spreadable.
- Place 2 cups icing in a separate bowl and add 2 to 3 drops pink food coloring if using. Stir to incorporate.
- Baking : Baking is a method of preparing food that uses dry heat, typically in an oven, but can also be done in hot ashes, or on hot stones. The most common baked item is bread but many other types of foods are baked. Heat is gradually transferred “from the surface of cakes, cookies, and breads to their center. As heat travels through, it transforms batters and doughs into baked goods and more with a firm dry crust and a softer center”. Baking can be combined with grilling to produce a hybrid barbecue variant by using both methods simultaneously, or one after the other. Baking is related to barbecuing because the concept of the masonry oven is similar to that of a smoke pit.
Because of historical social and familial roles, baking has traditionally been performed at home by women for day-to-day meals and by men in bakeries and restaurants for local consumption. When production was industrialized, baking was automated by machines in large factories. The art of baking remains a fundamental skill and is important for nutrition, as baked goods, especially breads, are a common and important food, both from an economic and cultural point of view. A person who prepares baked goods as a profession is called a baker. On a related note, a pastry chef is someone who is trained in the art of making pastries, desserts, bread and other baked goods.
- Dessert : Dessert (/dɪˈzɜːrt/) is a course that concludes a meal. The course consists of sweet foods, such as confections, and possibly a beverage such as dessert wine and liqueur. In some parts of the world, such as much of Central Africa and West Africa, and most parts of China, there is no tradition of a dessert course to conclude a meal.
The term dessert can apply to many confections, such as biscuits, cakes, cookies, custards, gelatins, ice creams, pastries, pies, puddings, macaroons, sweet soups, tarts and fruit salad. Fruit is also commonly found in dessert courses because of its naturally occurring sweetness. Some cultures sweeten foods that are more commonly savory to create desserts.
- Cupcake : A cupcake (also British English: fairy cake; Hiberno-English: bun) is a small cake designed to serve one person, which may be baked in a small thin paper or aluminum cup. As with larger cakes, frosting and other cake decorations such as fruit and candy may be applied.
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- Baking pan
- Cookie sheet
- 9×13 pan
- Muffin pan
- Round cake pan
- Loaf pan
- Tart Pan
- Pie plate
- Bundt pan
- Donut pan
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Oven mitts