December 26, 2021

Spun Sugar Vanilla Cupcakes

New Years Eve can often be a holiday of decadence, elegance, and glamor, which is why vanilla cupcakes topped with spun sugar perfectly embodies the holiday. If you're looking to make a show stopping dessert with a moist vanilla cake, thick luxurious frosting, and crispy caramelized sugar you’ve come to the right place!

Creaming- Creaming your butter and sugar is an important part of getting that fluffy and dense texture. It’s going to take longer than you might initially think, first you’re going to want your butter to be exactly room temperature to avoid grittiness or flatness. I start creaming in my kitchenaid at medium to high speed for 3-4 moments before bringing it down to a low speed for about 3-4 minutes and then alternating from then on. You want your mixture to increase in volume and go from yellow and gritty to pale and fluffy.

Wet Ingredients- Aside from the creaming mixture, the milk, yogurt, and eggs are all a part of your wet ingredients. These all help to create that softness and the egg specifically for that rich dense finish.

Dry Ingredients- Make sure to sift all your dry ingredients beforehand to get those silky smooth ribbons. The more refined the better.

Frosting- This vanilla frosting is thick, delicious, and the flavor profile is definitely simple. If you're wanting something different from the basic notes of vanilla though I recommend browning a ½ cup of butter to add extra notes of delicious caramelization. Just brown the butter till you see flecks and brown spots and then freeze till its room temperature.

Spun Sugar- Okay, I’m going to start by saying spun sugar can be tricky so i'm going to give you some specific notes to help you make the most of your caramelized sugar! Firstly, having a candy thermometer is kind of essential. There are certain degrees this mixture needs to come to both in the heating and cooling stage for it to turn out right. Next remember to grease small bowls you're planning on using to drizzle the sugar over so it can easily be removed for decoration. Bring your sugar, water, corn syrup mixture to 300 degrees before cooling your saucepan in an ice bath and bringing it down to 275 degrees! After this you need to move very quickly, try to have multiple small greased bowls flipped upside down and ready to go because this mixture starts to harden within 5 minutes.

Spun Sugar Vanilla Cupcakes

If you're looking to make a show stopping dessert with a moist vanilla cake, thick luxurious frosting, and crispy caramelized sugar look no further!


Hira Rehman











Vanilla Cupcake:

  • ¾ cup room temperature butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 2 eggs and 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Vanilla Frosting:

  • 2 cups butter room temperature
  • 6-7 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream

     Spun Sugar:

  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup water


Vanilla Cupcake

  1. Start by setting your oven to 350 degrees and getting your kitchenaid ready with the paddle attachment. Begin by creaming your butter and sugar, until pale and fluffy (see notes.)
  2. Add in each egg and yolk one at a time with your vanilla extract or paste, beating to combine in between. Next add in your milk, and yogurt. It may look curdled but don't worry just add in your sifted dry ingredients and beat until ribbony and combined.
  3. Line your pan with cupcake wrappers and spray them with cooking oil, scoop your batter and fill them more than ¾ of the way.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes depending on your oven.

Vanilla Frosting:

  1. Beat the butter, vanilla, milk, heavy cream and powdered sugar one cup at a time together until completely blended.

Spun Sugar:

  1. Place sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan and heat to 300 degrees (see notes.)
  2. Quickly remove the pan to an ice bath until the mixture comes down to 275 degrees, place a fork in the mixture and move it back and forth weaving and drizzling over your prepared greased bowls. Work quickly as this mixture begins to harden in 2-5 minutes.

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