I never thought a cupcake could ever stand alone, not to mention a vanilla cupcake, until this recipe.
The quintessential Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe.
Who would have thought that I would flip my lid for VANILLA!??
Have I been converted??
I did not put any icing on them and I ate 3!!
And then I put icing on them and ate another 3….don’t judge me.
They are simply perfect just they way they are and even perfect-er with icing!
Chocolate Cupcakes omit ½ cup of the flour and replace with ½ cup of Cocoa Powder.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Unsalted Butter 10 Tablespoons (140g)
- Granulated Sugar 1¼ cup (250g)
- Eggs Large 3 (150g)
- Vanilla Extract 2 teaspoons (or vanilla paste)
- Buttermilk 1 cup (237ml) **SEE NOTES
- Cake Flour 2 cup (240g)
- Baking Powder 1½ teaspoons (7g)
- Salt ¼ teaspoon (1.5g)
- In the bowl of your Kitchen Aid mixer with the paddle attachment (or with a hand blender) cream the butter with the granulated sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, then add the eggs and vanilla one at a time.
- Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.
- Next you will add ⅓ of the flour mixture and mix well. Then add ½ of the buttermilk and mix until combined.
- Repeat this alternating process with the remaining flour and buttermilk.
- Portion the batter into standard muffin tins with paper cupcake liners filling ⅔ full
- Bake in a preheated 350° F oven for approximately 20 - 30 minutes or Until Done
Some people have complained that their batter is runny, this could be due to different ingredients (mainly milk products) so I am going to recommend a few tablespoons less that 1 cup buttermilk here
I chose Swiss Buttercream, Chocolate variation and Fudge!
It is alot of work to make all 3 recipes, especially for only 16 cupcakes, so you may want to halve the recipes, or make more cupcakes!
- Using the Gretchen's Bakery XL cake decorating kit, decorate as shown in the video!
- Have fun!