Apparently in 2012, cupcakes are out and layer cakes are in. I read this little bit of information in The New York Times so it must be true.
I'm good with this bit of news even through I love cupcakes. They're cute and they're just the right size. That's except for the ones from Crumbs Bakery. Crumbs' cupcakes are huge and look more like a cake for four than a single serving little treat. But I digress. Cupcakes are good but layer cake is way better.
The truth is that a layer cake is a commitment. It's big. It's splashy. And it usually serves a lot of people. My mother wasn't into big. Or splashy. Or serving a lot of people except on the Jewish holidays and then we just had macaroons. Layer cake makes a statement.
I'm very excited that this is the year of the layer cake and I plan to makes lots of them. I also plan to start exercising so I can eat lot of them. I have my cookbooks out and I'm reading up. I'm selecting recipes and I'm planning my first my first big, beautiful, swirly cake. A layer cake is not something you just jump into. It requires planning and anticipation.
Recipe: Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes
Makes 15-16 cupcakes
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Frost with Nutella frosting (recipe below).
Recipe: Nutella Buttercream
(Adapted from 52 Kitchen Adventures)
1/2 C butter, room temperature
1 C Nutella
1 C powdered sugar, sifted
1-2 T milk
Beat butter until smooth. Add Nutella and beat together until thoroughly combined. Slowly add powdered sugar, mixing until combined. Add 1 tablespoon of milk. Add additional milk or powdered sugar as needed to reach desired consistency.