Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake

The Cupcake Project refers to this as the ultimate vanilla cake recipe... I don't know if I would go that far but it is a darn good vanilla cake.

As promised, it is a "moist, light cake with an unmistakeably vanilla flavor". This is not a yellow cake but a true vanilla cake.

I think this will be my standby recipe whenever I am looking for a vanilla cake.

From Cupcake Project, makes 2 dozen.


1 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 3/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2/3 cup milk


Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare two cupcake pans with paper liners.

In a small bowl, combine the sugar and seeds from the vanilla bean. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the vanilla sugar mixture and mix until well combined. Add the butter and mix on medium speed until the very fine crumb texture, about three minutes. Add the eggs, sour cream, oil and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until just combined. Slowly add the milk and mix on low speed until just combined. 

Fill prepared cupcake liners just over half full. Bake for 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Remove from the cupcake pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.


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