I'm Baking… Thursdays #2 {Vanilla Cupcakes}

May 9, 2012
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It’s time for some sweetness. Who doesn’t love a cupcake. That perfect piece of cake goodness with rich frosting and some colorful sprinkles. So many possibilities, so many variations… but always a contended sigh after that first bite.

A few years ago, I started making cupcakes for the kids for their birthday parties. Each child was able to have his/her own piece, all the same size and same amount of frosting… less fighting that way. I would usually make a batch of yellow and a batch of chocolate depending on the kids preference. And they always came from a boxed mix.

I didn’t realize how easy it is to make cupcakes from scratch and how much better they taste. This recipe is very simple and straight forward but is easily adapted to other flavors.

I love the cupcake tower.


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2/3 cup milk, at room temperature

Frosting for topping


Preheat oven to 350Β° degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Beat the butter and sugar in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment on medium high, or with a hand mixer at medium high, until fluffy.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl as needed.

Beat in the vanilla.

Reduce the mixer to medium low, beat in half of the flour mixture, then all of the milk, then the remaining flour mixture until just combined.

Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes. Rotating the pan halfway through.

Remove cupcakes from pan after about 5 minutes and let cool completely. Top with frosting.


Mix together 1 egg white, some milk, powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. The amount of powdered sugar varies, depending on how thick you want the frosting.

I piped the frosting on with a pastry bag and attachment. Middle daughter added the sprinkles and also used some food coloring to color some of the frosting.

*Note: Recipe courtesy of The Food Network Magazine.

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  • paul May 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Cream puffs, now cupcakes. You’re killing me here. It’s almost beach season. I suppose I can always get a wet suit, they’re slimming right? LOL

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

      It’s always beach season here… how do you think I feel??? πŸ˜‰ For each cupcake I eat, I have to add a mile to my walking work outs!!! πŸ™‚ And thanks for linking up.

  • TBM May 10, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Cupcakes are one of my favorite types of dessert, especially when I was a kid. It was like having a whole cake to yourself and you didn’t have to share. That just sounded really selfish, but we are talking about cake so I feel justified.

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

      That’s exactly why I started making cupcake towers for my kids’ birthday parties. So much less fighting that way. πŸ™‚

  • Helen May 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Love to make cupcakes! I made them from scratch for my daughter’s Valentine’s Day party this year. I forgot to buy a mix and couldn’t run out to get one so I was “stuck” making them from scratch. I’d also forgotten just how easy it is and how much better they taste. So, we’ll be sticking to homemade from now on! Thanks for linking up again. πŸ™‚

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 9:55 am

      I was so impressed with these and definitely will make them again and again. I’m going to modify this recipe for my son’s chocolate tooth!!! πŸ™‚

  • Nicolette May 10, 2012 at 8:50 am

    These look so yummy! I love recipes where you usually have everything in your pantry already. Makes baking so much easier.

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

      That’s why I like to keep my recipes very simple. And usually the family likes it much better. Too many ingredients or too fancy and it sits there and never gets eaten!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell May 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever made cupcakes from scratch. You’re inspiring me because they look absolutely delicious!

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks for linking up!!! And these are really pretty simple but oh so delicious.

  • Jennifer May 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I am such a fan of vanilla I must try this recipe!! I have the same tower!! πŸ™‚

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      I’m a big vanilla fan myself. You’ll probably see a lot of vanilla based recipes here.

  • Missy | The Literal Mom May 10, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    I love cupcake towers too! I have yet to buy one, but I DO love them! These look great. I love making cupcakes. Too bad my rump REALLY likes it too . . .

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Yup. That’s straight where it goes… to the rump!!! πŸ™‚

  • Ally May 10, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I usually grab a box mix – I forget how easy and yummy it is to make them from scratch!

    • Susi May 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

      I was really surprised too.