Photo: Oxmoor House
Total Time
2 Hours 30 Mins
Yield
Serves 12 (serving size: 1 cupcake)

Cupcakes of every imaginable flavor are all the rage these days, but it's hard to beat the rich simplicity of vanilla.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cupcakes, weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat oil, egg, and egg white with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Add granulated sugar; beat until thick and pale. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Step 3

Place 12 paper or foil muffin cup liners in muffin cups; coat liners with cooking spray. Spoon batter into cups. Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until tops of cupcakes spring back when pressed in center (they will not be brown.)

Step 4

Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Step 5

To prepare buttercream frosting, place butter in a bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar; beat at low speed until blended. Add half-and-half, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla, and dash of salt; beat at high speed until smooth and creamy. Top cupcakes with frosting. Sprinkle with sugar pearls, if desired.

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