I had so much fun baking and decorating these yummy vanilla cupcakes. I got the cake recipe from the blog site, ``Cupcake Project.`` They truly are the ultimate vanilla cupcake. It was my first time using vanilla beans, and I have to admit they really do make a huge difference. The vanilla flavor is multiplied by 100%. This cupcake was honestly delicious and so simple.
The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
•1 C granulated sugar
•1 vanilla bean
•1 3/4 C cake flour
•1 1/2 t baking powder
•1/2 t baking soda
•1/2 t salt
•1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
•2 large eggs, room temperature
•1/3 C full-fat sour cream
•1/4 C canola oil or vegetable oil
•1 T pure vanilla extract
•2/3 C whole milk
1.Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C).
2.In a small bowl, combine sugar and seeds from the vanilla bean.
3.Using the back of a spoon, move around the bowl and apply pressure to break up any clumps of seeds and to better infuse the vanilla flavor into the sugar. Set aside.
4.In a medium-sized mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, mix together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
5.Add the vanilla bean sugar and mix until well combined.
6.Add butter and mix on medium-low speed for three minutes.
7.In a small mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sour cream, oil, and vanilla extract until smooth.
8.Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined.
9.Slowly add milk and mix on low speed until just combined.
10.Fill cupcake liners just over 1/2 full.
11.Bake for 14 minutes and then test to see if they are done. They are done when a toothpick comes out without wet batter stuck to it.
12.When the cupcakes are done, remove them immediately from the tins and leave them on a cooling rack to cool.
You can top this cupcake off with your favorite frosting. The great thing about vanilla, is that it goes well with everything :).
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!