The bulk of my blog may be dedicated to healthy living, but those who know me know about my serious sweet tooth. Ice cream and cupcakes are my weaknesses. But I’m also a big fan of balance. If I fit 5-6 workouts into my week, I should be allowed to indulge in moderation, right?
Knowing my love for cupcakes, a good friend got me a gift certificate to take a cupcake baking class at Butter Lane. New York is filled with small bakeries dedicated almost entirely to cupcakes. Butter Lane is in my top three cupcakeries, so I was excited to learn their baking secrets. I headed down to the East Village last Saturday for the class.
Butter Lane is a small shop on East 7th Street between 1st and Avenue A. The entire back of the shop is dedicated to its daily baking classes. When I arrived, there were three long tables set with ingredients, and a small crowd of students waiting to begin. Each of the tables was set to make one batter (vanilla, chocolate, or banana) and one frosting (vanilla bean, chocolate, or butter cream). At the end, we would all share flavors to ice the cupcakes that we would take home. I chose the table making banana cake and butter cream frosting.
The class was led by Olivia. She expertly walked us through the recipe, explaining why Butter Lane makes certain choices along the way. Mix the batter on low. Add eggs one at a time. Scrape the sugar off the bottom of the mixing bowl. Baking is definitely a science; Olivia made sure each group perfectly executed their batter.
While the cupcakes baked, each group followed the recipe for their assigned frosting flavor. I’ve always been one to taste my recipes along the way, so I loved that Butter Lane supplied wooden “tasting sticks” for that very purpose. We also added some ingredients to the existing frostings to create cinnamon and raspberry flavors. Once the cupcakes were done baking and cooling, Olivia showed us how to ice the Butter Lane way using long spatulas. Rather than smoothing in a circle, they twist and pat the frosting with the tip of the spatula.
Since a few students didn’t show up to the class, the rest of us got to ice and take home a few extra cupcakes. I ended up with a full dozen in different flavor combinations. My favorites were banana with cinnamon frosting and vanilla with raspberry frosting. It would be rude of me to talk about how delicious they turned out without sharing. Butter Lane kindly shares their recipes online. Click here or follow the recipe cards below to bring their baking secrets into your own kitchen.