Making your own cupcakes from scratch is very easy. You also have full control over the quality of your ingredients. This is a delicious vanilla cupcake recipe that can be easily modified to add other flavors. For example, while this vanilla cupcake recipes uses pure vanilla extract, you can try boosting the flavor by slicing open a vanilla been lengthwise and adding the seeds to the batter.
Instead of topping my vanilla cupcakes with frosting, I used whipped cream and strawberries — making strawberry shortcake cupcakes.
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 4 large eggs
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup whole milk
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit with the baking rack in the center.
In your stand mixer's bowl (or just a large bowl if you don't have a stand mixer), add in the sugar, flour, vegetable oil, baking powder, salt and vanilla extract. With the paddle attachement, mix everything together at low speed. Once the ingredients have come together, you can raise the speed to a medium-low speed, around number 3. Continue mixing for about a minute.
After a minute of mixing has passed, start adding in the eggs with the mixer still on, one by one, allowing each egg to fully incorporate before adding in the next one. After the 2nd egg, you may need to shut the mixer off and use a spatula to push down the batter. Do this as many times as you need to.
Here is a photo of the last egg as it is being mixed. You can see that the batter is getting runny. Once the final egg has been added, keep the mixer going at medium-low speed for another minute.
Next, drop the mixer speed down to its slowest setting and slowly add in the whole milk to prevent splashing.
Once all the milk has been poured in, increase the speed to medium-low and mix for 1 minute.
Place cupcake cups / liners into a cupcake baking pan.
Pour the vanilla cupcake batter into each of the cupcake cups / liners, leaving 1/4" of the liner still showing. See the photo to the left.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 to 30 minutes. Since oven temperatures differ, use a tooth pick to test when they are done. To do this, poke a toothpick in the center of a few cupcakes. If the toothpick comes out without any batter stuck to it, they are done. Remove them from the oven and allow them to rest for about 30 minutes. You can then decorate your vanilla cupcakes however you wish.
If you wish to make strawberry shortcake cupcakes like I did, just slice a vanilla cupcake in half, and add whipped cream on the top of the bottom half. Then place sliced strawberries in the whipped cream. Then place the other half of the vanilla cupcake on top, and cover with whipped cream and a strawberry.
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