Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

 On Wednesday, we celebrated my sweet friend's birthday at our Women of Grace group with the third grade girls. Normally, Christe is the one to bring cupcakes to celebrate the birthday girl. Since she was the one celebrating, I asked her what her favorite cupcakes were and I would make them. She did not hesitate... Red Velvet/Cream Cheese or Vanilla/Vanilla. I went with these Classic Vanilla Cupcakes. They were the perfect choice.
Here's what you need: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, milk, powdered sugar, food colors
Here's how you make them: Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining muffin tins with baking liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
Add eggs and vanilla, beating to combine.
Reduce speed and alternately add flour mixture and milk.
Pour into lined cups and bake for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.
For the Vanilla Frosting, beat butter until fluffy in large mixing bowl with electric mixer on high for about 4 minutes.
Gradually add the powdered sugar until combined.
Add the milk and beat until fluffy. Then beat in vanilla extract.
Finally, finish off with your food color of choice to tint the frosting. I went with a robin's egg blue color.
Frost your cupcakes as desired.
Add some fun sprinkles too!
Classic Vanilla Cupcakes
(makes 18-21)

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened (I used regular salted butter)
1 cup plus 1 Tbsp. sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk

Vanilla Frosting

10 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened (I used regular salted butter)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
food colors

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 18-21 muffin cups with baking liners. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In another large bowl, use an electric mixer to on high to beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating to combine. Reduce mixer speed to low, and alternately add flour mixture and milk. Pour batter into lined cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

Meanwhile, make Vanilla Frosting. In a large bowl, with electric mixer on high, beat butter until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar until combined. Add milk and beat until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Tint to desired color with food colors. Frost cooled cupcakes.
I was really happy with how these turned out. I saw the recipe in February's Family Circle magazine and had wanted to try them out. A sweet friend's birthday was the perfect excuse.
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30 comments:

  1. Pretty cupcakes and I bet they're so yummy too!! Save one for me, please?
    xx

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  2. These are beautiful, Nici! I love how detailed you are with your piping. Looks so neat and clean. Pictures and directions are easy to follow. I can't wait until I get my oven. It's coming in May! I am pinning your recipes to save and make then:) Thanks for sharing!
    visiting from Pint-sized Treasures

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  3. The cupcakes are so pretty and yummy looking. Wouldn't mind having one right now even though it is breakfast time. Making beautiful cupcakes from scratch for a friend was a sweet (pun intended) thing for you to do. Have a really good weekend, Nici!

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  4. Looks wonderful! You always make everything look so pretty.

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  5. Such pretty cupcakes. They look delicious too.

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  6. Yummy! I have such trouble with cupcakes :(

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  7. Yum! I suddenly have an undeniable urge to bake cupcakes.. :D Love the way you decorated them too, very pretty!

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  8. Yum! I bet they're amazing... and they're so pretty too!

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  9. Perfect! I love the size of your cupcakes too, mine always explode out of the top of the liners:@)

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  10. Oh my, this looks delicious. I am having a weekly blog link up and it just went live. I would love for you to come and share this with us!

    http://countrifiedhicks.blogspot.com/2013/03/mondays-with-countrified-hicks-7.html

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  11. My daughter would love these! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. These look great! The perfect cupcake for my picky no chocolate eater :) Thanks so much for a fun post :) Krista @ http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com

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  13. Cupcakes are my favorite food. lol Looks very tasty!

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  14. I love cupcakes. These look delish!

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  15. I am visiting you via The Dedicated House. These look delicious. It would be wonderful to see you at My Dream Canvas. I am hosting a Giveaway, so please join in if you like what you see:) Have a wonderful week ahead.

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  16. I've been on the prowl for cupcake recipes for my daughter's 1st birthday! Definitely going to try these out! Pinning!

    I would love for you to link this up to a new party I am hosting with four other bloggers, Give Me The Goods Monday! Your links will show up on five blogs! You can go here to link up: http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/03/give-me-goods-monday-1-linky-party.html

    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  17. That's so sweet of you to make them for her. I find that the one who always bakes or plans gifts for everyone is not always recognized on their birthday! Classic vanilla is a wonderful choice.

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  18. Cupcakes are the best treats! We would love for you to link them up with our Wednesday link party.

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  19. Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipes @The Weekend re-Treat!
    You’ve been featured on today’s 25 Easter Dessert Idea’s post!

    Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend!

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

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  20. Mmmm...they looks so yummy! I love the color of the frosting, such a pretty blue.
    Thanks so much for linking up at Real Family Fun.
    KC

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  21. Those look wonderful. Perfect for Easter!

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  22. actually vanilla iced cupcakes are my favorite!!

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  23. Nici,
    These are great cupcakes, and look delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  24. The blue icing caught my eye right away, so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight last week. I hope you come by today to share more of your awesome creations! Happy Easter :)

    http://angelshomestead.com/

    April

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  25. Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. YOu just can't beat a classi vanilla cupcake! Thanks for sharing at SAt. Dishes, pinned.

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  27. These look fabulous! Love the color!

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