Out of all the cupcake recipes on Sweetest Food selection, I can’t think I haven’t shared my Classic Vanilla Cupcake dish with you.
This is my best whenever I require to make cupcakes for birthday celebrations or celebrations– well, these and my much-loved Dual Delicious chocolate Cupcakes.
These cupcakes are made with butter for flavour and also a little sour lotion (or yogurt) for added wetness, which makes them light, wonderful and also tender. And the only means to make them totally tempting is to slather them with thick, buttery, lotion cheese icing.
Sometimes you simply require a cupcake. This is life, good friends. Cake, covered with icing as well as sprays is a need in my world, and also it must be in your own as well.
For those times that you’re desire a cupcake, you require a fast treat, or you’re cooking for simply a few people– this is the recipe to have at the all set. 5 cupcakes, made from scratch, all set in mins. It doesn’t obtain much better.
Vanilla cake batter as well as fresh baked cupcakes in a pan.
I have to inform you that these are a few of the best and also simplest vanilla cupcakes I have actually ever before made. They are soft, wet, and also tasty. I cover the cupcakes with a quick vanilla buttercream which is the best addition. My household freaks out for these.
And also since we do not actually require a reason to make these, I whip these up more often than I would love to confess.
- 1 cup plain / all purpose flour (cake flour OK too, Note 1)
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder (NOT baking soda, Note 2)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs (50 - 55g / 2 oz each), at room temp (Note 3)
- 3/4 cup caster / superfine sugar (granulated/regular ok too, Note 4)
- 60g / 1/4 cup unsalted butter , cut into 1.5cm / 1/2” cubes
- 1/2 cup milk , full fat (Note 5)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract , the best you can afford (Note 6)
- 1 1/2 tsp vegetable or canola oil (Note 7)
COOL & FROST:
To ensure success:
- read recipe from start to finish before starting;
- make sure your baking powder is not past its expiry (see Note 2);
- work in order of steps per recipe; and
- once you start, keep going until it's in the oven. Do not at any point leave batter sitting around - bubbles will subside!
1. Cake flour works just fine with this recipe, but butter and vanilla flavour, and crumb is ever so slightly better using plain / all purpose flour. Also, cake flour makes the cake surface more tacky the next day.
2. Baking powder - dead baking powder is a common problem with cake fails. To ensure yours is good, even if not past expiry, place 1/2 tsp in a bowl and add 1/4 cup boiling water. If it bubbles, it's good. If not, it's dead - chuck it!
Baking soda (bi-carb) won’t make the cake rise quite as well. If you have no choice, then use 3/4 teaspoons of baking soda.
3. Eggs - important to be at room temp as they fluff better when whipped which is key to the fluffy texture of these cupcakes. Quick way to warm up fridge cold eggs - place in a large bowl, cover with warm tap water (just warm, not hot), leave for 5 minutes. Wipe dry (to avoid residual water dripping into bowl), then use per recipe.
Large eggs - 50 - 55g / 2 oz per egg this is the industry standard of egg sizes sold as "large eggs" in Australia and the US. If your eggs are significantly larger or smaller in size, just weigh your eggs and use 100 - 110g / 4 oz in total (including shell) or 90 - 100 / 3.53 oz in total excluding shell (crack eggs, whisk THEN pour into a bowl to measure out what you need).
4. Caster / superfine sugar are finer grains than regular / granulated sugar so it dissolves easier when whipped with the eggs. Granulated / regular sugar sometimes doesn’t fully dissolve which doesn’t affect the rise or texture but can leave some very fine brown sugar specks on the surface / sides. Not a big deal - just visual if serving undecorated. (But who serves cupcakes naked??)
Do not reduce sugar - 3/4 cup is the minimum required for the eggs to whip into a stiff enough foam to make cupcakes rise sufficiently.
5. Milk - if you sub with lower fat milk then the texture of the crumb becomes a little less tender. Do not substitute with non-dairy milk, such as soy or almond milk.
6. Vanilla come in all sorts of qualities. I use Vanilla Extract. Better quality (more expensive) = better flavour, but I think vanilla bean paste is wasted in cakes.
7. Oil - just 1 1/2 teaspoons makes a noticeable difference to the moistness on the day it's made and most especially 4 days later.
8. Oven preheating - 30 minutes preheat is recommended to ensure no loss of heat when the oven door is opened. Never use the rapid heat function on your oven for baking, no matter how fancy your oven is!
9. Muffin tin and cupcake liners - use cupcake liners that sit about 4mm / 1/6" above the rim of standard muffin tin holes (1/3 cup holes). This is the perfect size to use 1/4 cup standard ice cream scoops to fill with batter, and makes perfect size cupcakes.
Recipe will also work for larger and mini cupcakes but you'll need to adjust the bake time.
10. Milk must be hot / very warm when mixed with batter. So heat it up just before starting the batter. Don’t do this way ahead and let the milk cool (this affects rise).
11. Frostings - see full list of ideas in post and links to recipes!
12. Sweetness note - these cupcakes are sweeter than Asian cakes, less sweet than typical Western cupcakes (usually 1 cup sugar for 12 cupcakes).
Please do not reduce sugar - 3/4 cups is minimum required to make the eggs foamy enough to rise.
13. Different measures in different countries - tablespoon and cup sizes differ slightly from country to country. In most recipes, the difference is not enough to affect the outcome of the recipe, but for baking recipes, you do need to be careful.
These cupcakes have been specifically tested using both US and Australian cups (the two countries with the greatest size variance) and they came out exactly the same. So you can have confidence that this recipe can be used no matter which country you are in - only exception is Japan (cup sizes are considerably smaller (200ml) so please use weights provided).
For absolutely certainty, opt to use the weights provided (click Metric toggle button above ingredients). Professional kitchens only use weights.
14. Storage - because cupcakes are small, they will dry out faster than cakes if left out. So be sure to put unfrosted cupcakes into an airtight container as soon as they are fully cool.
- Best way to store - airtight container in pantry, not fridge. Will stay near perfectly fresh for 4 days;
- If extremely hot where you are, they will need to be refrigerated. This does dry them out a touch, but they are still excellent. Take out 30 minutes before serving to bring to room temperate before serving;
- Frosted cupcakes must be stored according to the storage directions of the frosting - most will require refrigeration above a certain temperature or if kept for a prolonged period of time;
- Freezer - place parchment paper on surface, then wrap in cling wrap and put in an airtight container, or place in ziplock bag. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in fridge, bring to room temperature before serving.
15. Nutrition per cupcake. Cupcake only ie no frosting.