In a sweet and fluffy twist of fate, I was recently invited to join a cupcake making class. As my baking skills are a bit rusty (read: non-existent), I thought it would be a good idea to attend and score a few pointers from the pros. And anyway, who says no to cupcakes? Not me. So last Wednesday evening I headed down to the East Village and joined a group of local food bloggers to make cupcakes the Butter Lane way.
I love a good vanilla cupcake, so I parked myself at that table. We had a few minutes to get to know our table mates before settling in for a hands-on class led by our instructor Olivia. Many of the ingredients were already measured and set out, and Olivia gave us clear instructions on what to do with them each step of the way. We all pitched in to crack eggs, combine ingredients, and operate the fancy stand mixer.
Before we knew it, it was time to fill cupcake tins and pop them in the oven for 30 minutes of baking.
As the amazing smell of vanilla, chocolate, and banana cupcakes filled the air, we got to work on the frosting. Each table was tasked with creating a base flavor and then dividing it to make a second, amped up version. Vanilla frosting (made with fresh vanilla bean and extract for max flavor) became vanilla-raspberry, while cream cheese was spiced up with cinnamon, and chocolate took on a second life as peanut butter cup.
Then it was mix and match as we all frosted cupcakes to take home. Olivia taught us how to wield long metal spatulas and frost cupcakes using the “tap and turn” method, which I am attempting in the picture below. We finished each cupcake with a signature Butter Lane swirl, or as close to one as we could manage. It’s harder than it looks!
By the end of class I was covered in frosting (true story, I found some on my back when I got home), but very proud of my newly acquired cupcake skills. Mr. Yummy Brooklyn was happy too, because I brought home eight tasty cupcakes. I’ll have to try attempting a batch on my own soon. He’ll be happy about that too.
Thanks to Course Horse and Butter Lane for this delicious experience! I definitely recommend it to anyone interested in mastering the art of cupcakery, or just looking for something fun to do with friends. And while I took the class in the East Village, Butter Lane has a second location in Park Slope and the class is also offered there! So you can make your cupcake and eat it too, all without leaving yummy Brooklyn.