Cupcakes by Gaby // 4th of July buttermilk cupcakes

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I would like to introduce to you my wonderful cousin/friend/babysitter, Gaby, and a new series on The Holzmanns: Cupcakes by Gaby. Gaby will be guest posting throughout the summer about ......cupcakes!! I didn't think you guys would mind. First up these 4th of July beauties. 4th of july cupcakes real (4) 4th of july cupcakes real Still looking for a last minute 4th of July dessert to make? Look no further! These buttermilk cupcakes are scrumptiously delicious! My favorite part about them is the recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, which makes them extra refreshing. They are paired perfectly with a vanilla whipped buttercream that is light, but sweet. 
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2½ cups cake flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  1. Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until yellow disappears after each addition.
  3. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.
  4. Combine flour and baking soda in a small bowl; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  5. Beat at medium speed just until blended after each addition.
  6. Place paper baking cups in muffin pans.
  7. Spoon into baking cups, filling two-thirds full.
  8. Bake at 350° for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes.
  10. Remove cupcakes from pans to wire rack, and cool.
recipe adapted from: here.

  • 3 cups+4 tablespoons Unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • Large pinch of salt
  1. Place the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Beat the butter on medium speed for 7 minutes.
  3. The butter will become pale in color and light and fluffy in texture.
  4. Add 4 cups of the confectioners sugar and beat (I set my mixer on the stir setting) for 30 seconds.
  5. Add the remaining 3 cups of confectioners sugar, the milk, vanilla bean paste, and salt.
  6. Beat, gradually increasing in speed, until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  7. Continue beating on medium speed for 5 more minutes.

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To make the red, white and blue frosting just add food coloring, or gel after making it.When you go to frost the cupcakes you can either use piping bags (from JoAnn fabrics) or Ziploc bags with the tips cut off.The great thing about the red, white and blue frosting is you can pretty much put it on the cupcake how ever you want and it looks festive. Don’t be intimidated by the flag though! All you have to do is cover the top left 1/4 of the cupcake in blue frosting, and then put red and white stripes on the rest. Finally just add the stars on the flag and you’re done!
- Gaby

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Wishing you and your family a lovely and safe 4th!