I was reading in a magazine about The Magnolia Bakery.  People line up outside the bakery just to try the famous cupcakes.  It is three blocks away for Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.  She and Hilary Swank are among the stars that line up for these cupcakes.

I saw Hilary this weekend in the Movie Black Dahlia, which I absolutely will not recommend.  Hilary lost so much weight, she looks like a stick.

They published the recipe.  Here it is.

Traditional Vanilla Cup Cakes

2 Sticks unsalted butter

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cup self-rising flour

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven 350

line 2 – 12 cup muffin tins with cupcake papers

Cream butter at medium speed in a large bowl.

Add sugar gradually and beat until fluffy.  Then add eggs.

Combine flours.  Add to butter mixture in four parts alternating with milk and vanilla extract.

Spoon the batter into cups so they are 3/4 full.

Bake until the tops spring back when touched about 20 minutes.

Vanilla Butter-cream Icing

2 sticks unsalted butter

8 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup milk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place butter, milk, vanilla and 4 cups of sugar in a large bowl and beat until smooth and creamy.  Gradually add the remaining sugar one cup at a time until thick.  Add a few drops of food coloring if desired and mix.

Spread icing on cupcakes.

Eat … Yum, yum …. I made this recipe for Gaytor’s birthday, and a Easy Autumn Cake, Pumpkin Spice Pecan Cake.