True confession: I have been scared to try making homemade vanilla cupcakes. I’ve tried one recipe but with not-so-great results. Most recipes call for cake flour. I have nothing against it, really, it’s just expensive and not something I use often.
So, I found this gem on a website: http://www.cupcakerecipes.com/vanillarecipe.htm and modified it a bit. When I baked them today, I was very surprised at the outcome! They were very easy to make (almost as easy as a box mix). They pull away from the cupcake liner for the most part. They’re very moist and spongy! They are tasty, even without icing! A winner in my book!
So, here’s my recipe…
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
Stir these together in a mixing bowl:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 stick butter or margarine
1 cup whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix with a mixer until the dry ingredients are moist. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes or until fluffy.
Fill liners 1/2 to 2/3 full of batter. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched (if it leaves an indention, bake a few more minutes).
Let cool completely on a cake rack. Frost as desired.