Best Vanilla Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Desserts
Serves: 8 cupcakes
  • Vanilla Cupcakes:
  • (1/2 + ⅓) cups All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 12 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 Tbsp yogurt(I used low fat but you can even use full fat)
  • 6 tbsp milk (I used 2% but you can even use 1% or full fat)
  • Seeds scraped from 1 whole vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Butter Cream Frosting:
  • 1 stick room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar (white powdered sugar)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp milk (start with 2 tbsp and proceed if you want a thinner frosting)
  • I used yellow food coloring (7 drops) added to 1 cup of frosting but you can also keep them plain.
  1. Vanilla Cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer or large bowl if doing by hand, add melted butter along with sugar,oil. Stir it until combined.
  4. Add eggs, yogurt, milk, vanilla seeds from vanilla bean and vanilla extract and mix it all together until smooth.
  5. To it add flour,baking powder, baking soda & salt and mix until its all evenly mixed.
  6. Now line cupcake baking tray with cupcake liners and fill them up with the batter upto ⅔ full.
  7. Bake at 350F for about 14-16 mins or until a toothpick inserted inside a cupcake comes out clean.
  8. Let them cool in baking tray for few mins and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool further.
  9. Butter Cream frosting:
  10. While cupcakes are baking, start making buttercream frosting.
  11. Clean the same bowl which we used for batter and after it is clean & dried, add butter and cream it for 5 mins.
  12. To it add sugar, vanilla extract, milk and mix until it gets soft & fluffy. Now if you are adding color add few drops of desired color and mix evenly.
  13. **If you want to achieve the 2 tone rose look I have created, divide your frosting mixture in half in 2 bowls. To one add yellow food color one drop at a time until you reach the desired color intensity you want ( I added around 5-7 drops) and keep the other one colorless.
  14. Now take a piping bag and attach a Wilton tip 2D which is a star tip. Fill the bag with yellow colored frosting making sure that it stays in half side only and the other half fill it with plain frosting. Now tighten the bag from the top and squeeze on a rough surface to make sure you are getting 2 shades. Now starting from center and moving in circle going outwards pipe your beautiful rose on cupcakes!
  15. Ami says:
  16. I am not even close to being an expert in piping techniques so if it's hard to understand how to pipe 2 tone roses, there are tons of videos on you tube which I see all the time to practice.
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