Monday, March 21, 2011

Basic Vanilla Cupcakes

♥ Beginner
Sometimes you just need a really good Vanilla Cupcake.  Nothing fancy, nothing too flavorful, just a really nice base cake that will accentuate the exciting frosting and decorations that you'll put on them.  In this case, if you won't be using a mix, you'll need a recipe so here it is. 

This yields 24 Cupcakes...

What you'll need:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream

How it's done:

1. Preheat the oven to 350* and line the cupcake pans with liners.

2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

3. In a mixing bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar until blended. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the oil and vanilla. Mix until well blended. Add the sour cream. Mix until just mixed in, not too long.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and mix until just blended.

5. Fill the cupcake liners three-quarters full with batter and bake until baked through and golden brown, about 18 to 22 minutes. Remove from the pan immediately and let them cool completely on a wire rack before topping with your favorite frosting.  Cream Cheese Frosting or Buttercream frosting?