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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Vanilla Cupcakes

These vanilla cupcakes are just perfect when you're looking for a fine-crumbed, delicate-but-not-too-delicate, delicious cake base. The batter comes together beautifully and they bake up into pale-golden beauties. You can ice/frost them however you like, this time I went with vanilla frosting so that my mom could decorate them as a thank-you gift to our realtors- the cupcakes ended up so cute! Let's get on to that recipe and those pictures, eh?

Here's the batter all mixed up

And the tins filled halfway

And the cupcakes all baked up!

Vanilla Cupcakes
-3/4 cup butter
-1 1/2 cups white sugar
-2 eggs
-2 egg whites
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1 3/4 cups flour
-2 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-3/4 cup milk
Cream the butter and sugar, then beat in the eggs, egg whites, and vanilla until uniform. Mix in the dry ingredients and the milk, alternately.
Fill greased or papered cupcake tins half full with batter.
Bake at 350 F for 18 minutes (you can test with a toothpick!)

I didn't take any pictures of the frosting, because it's a pretty ordinary confectioner's sugar frosting. Just cream together 1/2 stick butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and some confectioner's sugar, adding milk/cream and sugar until you get the right consistency.

Here are the cupcakes just frosted...

And here they are all decorated- my mom used the colors of the company and spelled out their name- super cute, no? I heard they were super excited to receive a homemade thank-you gift!

I hope you try this recipe- it's easy and delicious and you can take it in almost any direction- add things in, try different frostings, make as a cake instead of cupcakes- do whatever you like!

Savor it!
love, rue

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