Monday, April 5, 2010

Tara's Homemade Vanilla Cupcakes

Home made Vanilla/or whatever flavor you make-em cupcakes
makes 24 standard cupcakes

2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt (I use sea salt)
1/2 cup milk or half-n-half
1/2 cup canola or veg. oil
1 tsp vanilla extract (omit is using different flavor, if using an essential oil 2-3 drops is more than sufficient!)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened (8 tbsp. butter, REAL BUTTER, don't use margarine please, and if all you have is reg. salted butter, use it :)
1 c. sugar
3 large eggs

1. Preheat oven 350 degree Fahrenheit. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.

3. In another bowl, mix together all dry ingredients. In liquid measuring cup mix together milk and oil.

4. Add eggs to butter and sugar one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the speed to low and add all dry ingredients alternating with the milk and oil, beginning and ending with the flour mixture just until blended. If you beat the mixture too much your cupcakes will be chewy and tough.

5. Spoon half the batter into a gallon size Ziploc bag. Snip 1/4 inch off one bottom corner of the bag and fill the liners about 2/3 full. Repeat with rest of the batter. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 12-20 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove cupcakes from baking pan immediately so they stop cooking. Place on wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Homemade Buttercream Frosting
2/3 c. butter, softened
4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla, or preferred flavoring
2-4 tbsp. milk, or half-n-half
coloring (optional)

(if you have problems with dairy this recipe also works well with Earth Balance butter and rice milk)

1. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well.

2. Beat in vanilla or flavoring, and coloring if desired, and enough milk for desired consistency. If using to decorate, leave stiff. If you add in too much milk, don't be afraid to add in more powdered sugar to thicken it up again.

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