Pipe Dream #18: To Get The Basics Down – Vanilla Cupcakes

Often  I try and get fancy with my cupcakes. But I’m really just a fake because I haven’t gotten my basic skills down. I have dreams of creating these six-layer cakes piped with flowers all over, but the truth is, I need to learn how to crumb coat better first.

So, I’m going to be my small little self and find a great vanilla cupcake recipe. And it will be good. It will be delicious. It will be the trunk of my proverbial dream tree.

I will mix in much vanilla after whipping the butter until fluffy and adding eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

I will stir in flour and milk alternately, ending with the flour and being careful not to overmix.

And at the end of the day, I will hopefully be ready to move on to bigger things. I don’t say ‘better things’ because we all know that a well-done vanilla cupcake is quite good.

Basically yours,


Ultimate Vanilla Cupcakes

From Organic and Chic

Makes 24

2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened

1 3/4 cup granulated sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup whole milk

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out (or um, a tablespoon of vanilla extract works too)

2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350º F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla extract and vanilla bean seeds.  Set aside.

In a stand mixer, fit with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, anywhere from 3 to 5 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure everything is well incorporated.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition.  If the batter begins to looks a bit curdled, that’s alright.

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and the vanilla milk mixture in three batches, starting and ending with the flour.  When the batter is almost combined, stop the mixer and finish mixing the batter with a spatula, making sure that any flour bits at the bottom of the bowl are well incorporated.

Divide into the lined cupcake pan and bake for 25 minutes or until golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely before frosting.

6 Responses to “Pipe Dream #18: To Get The Basics Down – Vanilla Cupcakes”

  1. 1 Bert Tisher May 6, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I looked into the Canadian Mennonite Coolbook for cupcake recipes to send to you, but lo & behold there were none.
    Lots of other desserts though. Cheesecake,Cream cheese Cake, Cream Puffs, Schneeflocken, Fruit Cocktail dessert, Gingerbread with Orange Sauce, Apple Roll, Apricot Whip, Frozen Whipped Cream dessert. Lemon rice, Kiss Pudding, rice Surprise, Chocolate Rice Pudding, Glorified Rice, Lemon Pudding, Lemon Sponge or Snow Pudding, Bread Or Cake Pudding, Perfect Food, Caramel Pudding, (I like the sound and feel of the word ‘Pudding’. Say it with different accents, almost delicious)Mannagruetze, Apple or Rhubarb Crisp, (our Rhubarb is almost ready) Cherry Delight, Raisin Delight, and sauces. Take your pick.

  2. 2 CrookedPage May 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I’m the same way in that I like to make big complicated foods when I cook, but with simple things or “plain” things, I’m hopeless. I should really work on the basics as well. :)

    *Also, Mennonite and Amish cookbooks are soooo awesome.

  3. 3 rachelshane May 11, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    These babies are in the oven right now. If they taste as half as good as the batter, my youth group is in for a treat :) I am decorating them with vanilla frosting and crushed oreos on top. Yum!

  4. 4 Jenny August 10, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I am eating one right now that is covered in purple buttercream. The others are next to yesterday’s batch of Oreo cupcakes (Oreo buttercream instead).

    You are Awe-Some-Ly awesome! xx

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