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Vanilla Cupcakes with Creamy Vanilla Buttercream

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 2 hrs, 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.


  • Cupcakes:
  • 4 ounces cake flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1% low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • Buttercream Frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt
  • Sugar pearls (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 278
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 4 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 2.8 g
  • carbohydrate 43.3 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 47 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 149 mg
  • calcium 48 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  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.

  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.)

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

  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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