Saturday, October 9, 2010

Vanilla Cupcakes

This is the easiest and most delicious cupcake/cake recipe!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 for cupcakes, 30 for a cake
Makes about 12 cupcakes

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

What to do:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.

2.In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

3.Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.
I made these for my niece's first birthday.  When I was mixing them up, I threw in some bright pink food coloring to make hot pink cupcakes!
For the frosting, I stuck with a simple buttercream frosting.
2/3 cup butter, softened
5-1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk

In a mixing bowl, cream butter. Beat in sugar and vanilla. Add milk until frosting reaches desired consistency.

Photos to come!