{The Girl Kyle Bakes} Birthday Cupcakes for the Boy

My honey turned 32 last week so when I came down to his office for lunch I surprised him and his coworkers with his favorite cupcake! Yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

Mr. Goddard works in a big building downtown where I have to check in at the lobby with security.  I felt quite official!


Yellow Butter Cake

{via Mangio da Sola}


  • 6 oz (3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 14 oz (1 3/4 cup) superfine or regular granulated sugar (I used regular)
  • 3 large, whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 6 oz AP flour
  • 3 oz cake flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup half-n-half
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and sugar for about 3-4 minutes. Add in the eggs one at time, making sure the batter is well-blended before adding another egg.

In a separate bowl, whisk or sieve the flours, salt, and baking powder. In a (2-cup/16oz) liquid measuring cup, mix the half-n-half and extract. Pour in a 1/3rd of the dry and a 1/3rd of the wet ingredients and continue to alternate, ending with the flour mixture. The batter should be thick (and tasty).

Pour batter into  cupcake liners, and bounce them gently on the counter to remove air bubbles and to make the batter even. Bake the batter for 18 minutes, you should end up with about 22 cupcakes.

For the frosting I usually make it up as I go along, but I start off with William Sonoma’s ‘Quick Chocolate Buttercream’.

These definitely earned me some friends in the office.




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