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Monday, December 26, 2011

The Best Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting - Cupcake Experiment #1

Vanilla Cupcake with Vanilla Frosting.
I have been baking the two basic flavors of cupcakes - chocolate and vanilla - for a while.  And I have been recording the reviews I get for each different recipe.  I call this the "Cupcake Experiment."  And I have conclusively found the best recipes for chocolate and vanilla cupcakes.  Today I share with you the BEST VANILLA CUPCAKE RECIPE and also the BEST VANILLA FROSTING RECIPE.  Guess what?  The recipes are simple and easy too.  You're welcome!!!  :o)

The reason this batter recipe won is because the cakes come out moist and with a lovely crumb.  The addition of sour cream to the dough really makes a difference not only in the moisture of the cake, but the sourness plays nicely with the sweet vanilla flavor.  Ultimately, when you bite into the cake, it tastes very vanilla-y.  This cake also is not that sweet, which it why it works so well with frosting on it.

The frosting won because it tastes like pure vanilla, and it isn't too sweet (in spite of all the sugar).  I use this frosting on many other desserts I bake as well.

The Cupcake Ingredients:  

1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg, room temperature
2 egg yolks, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.  
2.  Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.  

Dry Ingredients.
3.  Add butter, egg, egg yolks, sour cream, and vanilla to the dry ingredients.  Beat at medium speed until well-blended.

Well-Blended Batter.
4.  Divide batter evenly into the muffin tin.  (About 2 heaping tablespoons per cupcake).

Ready to Bake.
5.  Put in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until cupcakes are golden in color on top and a toothpick stuck in the middle of one comes out clean.  Allow cupcakes to cool to room temperature before frosting.  This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.  Enjoy!!

Baked Cupcake.
The Frosting Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1.  Whip the butter, sugar, and vanilla together until a smooth creamy consistency is reached.  Makes enough to ice 12 cupcakes.  Enjoy!!

The finished product:

Twelve Vanilla-y Cupcakes!
Cupcake recipe and frosting recipe adapted from The Brown Eyed Baker.


  1. These cupcakes are wonderfully sweet and buttery. These are a sure winner for anyone wanting a great cupcake. The recipe is truly simple and delicious. Thanks a lot.


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