Cupcake Baking for Beginners

Cupcake Wars.  

It’s cupcake vs. cupcake in this Food Network tasty competition!  Each week on Cupcake Wars, four of the top cupcake bakers face off in three elimination challenges until only one decorator remains. These contestants do not make run of the mill chocolate cupcakes,  they are make top shelf cupcakes.

Green Tea Cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons matcha (green tea) powder
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 eggs
Green Tea Buttercream Frosting
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon matcha (green tea) powder
Directions
For the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with 24 cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until thoroughly blended.
Whisk together the milk and oil, and add to the dry ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the matcha powder, almond extract and eggs and beat again for 2 minutes on medium speed. Pour the batter into the pans, filling three-quarters of the way full. Bake until cakes test done, about 15 minutes. Allow cupcakes to cool completely.
For the buttercream: Place the butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add one-third of the sugar and blend well. Add in the remaining sugar one-third at a time, blending well between each addition. Add in the milk and matcha powder and beat until light and fluffy.

This cupcake recipe was created by a contestant during a the baking  competition so can you imagine the level of competition in this Food Network Show.    This competition is available on Netflix along with The Best Food Shows Available on Netflix.