Until a couple of years ago I never even thought to make cupcakes from scratch. Those cake mix boxes are so convenient, tasty, and cheap that it’s hard not to reach for them when you know you have special treats to make. Not to mention the pictures on the boxes basically make you drool all over yourself right there in the isle. The moment I tried my first homemade cupcake everything changed. Once I stopped visualizing parting clouds, rays of sunshine, and angels singing there was just no way I could ever go back. It’s really very simple and once you’ve done it a few times it doesn’t take much longer than using a boxed mix. So here it is!
Vanilla Cupcake Recipe ( Makes 3 dozen)
2 Sticks of butter 1 TBS. Pure Vanilla Extract
2 C. sugar 1 TBS. Baking Powder
1 C. Milk 4 Large Eggs
3 C. All Purpose Flour
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the softened butter and sugar. Mix in eggs one at a time, blending completely after each one. Add in vanilla and milk. In a separate bowl sift together flour and baking powder. Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and blend thoroughly. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner up about 1/2 full. Bake for 13-16 minutes.
That’s all there is to it! From start to finish it takes about 30 minutes to make over 2 dozen cupcakes from scratch and I think you’ll be surprised just how much better they are then the boxed mixes. They’re great paired with my recipe for vanilla frosting too!
Vanilla Frosting Recipe
4 oz. Cream Cheese 1 TBS Pure Vanilla Extract
2 sticks of butter 6-10 TBS. Milk
2 LBS Powdered sugar
Blend together softened butter, vanilla, and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Mix in 1C. of powdered sugar. Add 6 TBS of milk and mix well. Add the remainder of powdered sugar until blended well and completely smooth. Add more milk if needed.
Once you’re cupcakes are cooled you can let your creativity take control. You can frost them, add fruit, colored sprinkles or chocolate drizzles. It’s your cupcake. Have fun with it! Filling them with a delicious and simple filling is a very easy way to bring your cupcakes over the top. Head over to Wilton for great filling recipes.