Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Buttercream Icing

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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Life Changing Vanilla Cupcakes

Magnolia Bakery’s Vanilla Cupcakes

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I first visited Magnolia Bakery in NYC about 3 years ago.  They were giving out samples of several cupcakes while I was waiting in line.  I tasted the Vanilla Vanilla cupcake and it changed my life!  I had never tasted anything like it.  I ate as many as I could during the visit.  Since I could only take so many with me, I had to figure out a way to hold me over until my next visit.  So I got the recipe online, tweaked it to perfection and here it is.

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I’m No Chocolate Lover, But These Chocolate Cupcakes…

Magnolia Bakery’s Chocolate Cupcakes

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After tasting Magnolia Bakery’s life-changing Vanilla cupcake, I couldn’t wait to try the chocolate.  I prefer it with Vanilla Buttercream Icing.  But if you are a chocolate lover, you can pair it with Chocolate Buttercream Icing.

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The Barbie Effect: Longing To Be Perfect

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The iconic Barbie doll will turn 54 on March 9th.  Before Disney became the merchandising machine that it is today, there was Barbie.  And she was perfect.  She had an amazing body, sun-kissed blonde hair, a dream house, a pink Corvette, an amazing career, and an outfit for every occasion.  And if that wasn’t enough, she had Ken, the perfect man to share it with. Continue reading