Recipes from Hutchings students

Cupcake and frosting recipes Hutchings Career Center culinary arts students used in class recently

Classic Yellow CupcakesMakes 6 jumbo, 12 regular or 48 mini cupcakes

Ingredients:1-1/2 cups all purpose flour1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon fine salt2 large eggs, room temperature2/3 cup sugar3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract1/2 cup milk

Baking instructions:Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line one jumbo, one standard, or two mini muffin tins with cupcake liners. (for mini you can spread mini cupcake liners out on sheet trays.)Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl.In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and foamy, about two minutes. While beating, gradually pour in the butter and then vanilla.While mixing slowly, add half the flour, then all the milk, and finish with the rest of the flour. Take care not to over mix the batter. Divide batter evenly in the prepared muffin tins, about 1/3 cup batter per liner for regular, about two teaspoons batter per liner for mini.Bake until a tester inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes for jumbo, 23 minutes for standard or 15 minutes for mini.Cool on a rack in the pan.

Peanut Butter FrostingMakes 2 cups

Ingredients:1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature1 cup smooth peanut butter1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature4 cups confectioners¹ sugar1 tablespoon milk

Directions:Beat the butter, peanut butter, and cream cheese with a hand or standing mixer on medium speed, until light and fluffy. Slowly add the confectioner's sugar and continue to mix until the frosting is smooth, mix in the milk and continue to mix until it reaches a good spreading consistency.

Basic Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:1-1/4 cups sugar5 large egg whites1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice1/4 teaspoon cream of tartarPinch of fine salt1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into smallpieces

Directions:Bring a few inches of water to a boil in a saucepan that can hold a mixer's bowl above the water.Whisk the sugar, the egg whites, lemon juice, cream of tartar, and salt in the bowl and by hand. Set the bowl above the boiling water and continue whisking until the mixture is hot to touch and the sugar dissolves, aboutone to two minutes.Transfer the bowl to a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat the whites at medium-high speed until they almost hold a stiff peak and are cool, about 10 minutes.Beat in the butter, a little at a time, until the icing is silky smooth and spreadable.

Chocolate Ganache FrostingYield: 12 regular cupcakes

Ingredients:8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped3/4 cup heavy cream

Directions:Put chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour cream over chocolate and shake bowl gently so cream settles around the chocolate. Set mixture aside until the chocolate is soft, about five minutes.Whisk gently until smooth, taking care not to incorporate too many air bubbles. Stir in one of the flavorings, if desired.Dip the tops of the cooled cupcakes into the frosting. (Frosting can also be chilled and whipped, then piped or spread onto the cupcakes.) Set them upright and let stand a minute or two, until frosting is slightly set, thendecorate with fresh berries, candies, or chopped pistachios, if desired. Let cakes stand on rack until frosting is completely set.

Source: Chef Jeanie Newton, Hutchings Career Center culinary arts instructor