Because I’m really into Valentine’s Day. Because the Seahawks lost and I’ve moved on. Because I’m a fair-weather fan. And because I hadn’t posted a plain vanilla cupcake recipe yet, here they are. Da da da da! Cupcakes more gorgeous than cotton candy and frosting more delightful than almost anything else on the planet earth.
Preheat oven to 350F.
VANILLA CUPCAKES RECIPE:
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1 3/4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 cup (or one stick) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place dry ingredients into mixer. Add butter and then milk, eggs and vanilla. Scoop batter using an ice cream scoop into cupcake liners placed in a muffin baking pan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until a fork poked in comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to cool completely. Makes about 18 cupcakes.
PINK CREAM CHEESE FROSTING RECIPE:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 tablespoons butter, (1 stick), room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 dash of salt
- Smidge of pink food coloring
Whip cream cheese, butter, confectioner’s sugar and vanilla together until forms into a creamy, dreamy frosting. Starting small, add enough pink food coloring to reach desired shade of pink frosting. Using decorating bag and desired decorating tip, frost cupcakes.
The only thing better than these cupcakes might be winning prizes. So, I say we give away a prize as well. Congratulations to Winston who made me laugh right out loud to his comment from the last post. Winston won a fancy linzer cookie cutter and my respect for the best comment this year. Congrats, my friend and thank you to everyone who played along! I’ll be giving another Trophy Cupcakes gift card away soon so be on the watch for the next opportunity to win.
Winston’s response about one thing he has lost or just saying “hi”:
Go forth, my friends. Make cupcakes and be happy.