The essential vanilla cupcake recipe

Nothing beats the classic vanilla cupcake. And with the holidays fast approaching, we are going to take a step back to basics with a perfectly fluffy, all kinds of delicious, quick, and so so foolproof vanilla cupcake!

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Posted by Man Cake on Wednesday, July 10, 2019
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There are going to be two key steps into this perfect cupcake.nBe sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.

Secondly, be sure not to overmix your batter. If there are a few specks of flour, that’s more than okay.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 & 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl and set aside
  3. In a larger mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar together for 2 minutes on a medium speed until light and creamy.
  4. Add butter and vanilla and mix on a low speed for an additional minute.
  5. Incorporate dry ingredients on that same low speed until just combined.
  6. Add sour cream and mix until smooth.
  7. Fill each cupcake well about 3/4 of the way full with cupcake batter.
  8. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.
  9. Allow cupcakes to cool before frosting and serving.

Notes

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the "next best way to prepare your pan" article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (for majority of baking pans), & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.

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