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Easy Vanilla Cupcakes
Author: Jackie
  • 2 sticks softened butter (I use Plugra)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Rodelle vanilla bean paste or regular vanilla
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with a splash of white vinegar)
Vanilla Bean Frosting
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter , softened (I use Plugra)
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons Rodelle vanilla bean paste
  • 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • Food coloring
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make sure all your ingredients are room temperature.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder and soda and mix.
  3. In your mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend butter, sugar and vanilla at medium speed until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping the bowl after each addition.
  5. Reduce speed to low and add a cup of flour followed by ⅓ of the buttermilk.
  6. Repeat this 3 times, until you have incorporated all the flour and buttermilk.Fill cups with cupcake batter ⅔ full and gently tap on counter to remove air bubbles.
  7. Bake cupcakes for 15-17 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Vanilla Bean Frosting
  1. Beat butter and extract for 2 minutes.
  2. Add powdered sugar and milk or cream.
  3. If the frosting still looks to wet, add more powdered sugar in ½ cup increments.
  4. Beat with whisk attachment for 3 minutes on high.
  5. Separate frosting into different bowls and add food coloring if desired
  6. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with sprinkles.