Vanilla Cupcake Recipe - Adapted from Lick My Spoon
Yield: 30 Cupcakes
3 Cups Flour
2 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Butter, room temperature and unsalted
2 Cups sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
1 Cup Whole Milk, room temperature
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cupcake tray with liners.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Using the paddle attachment on a stand mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Add the sugar and cream with the butter for 7 minutes, scraping the bowl when needed (batter should be nearly white and fluffy).
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Turn the speed to low and alternatively, add the flour mixture and milk, starting and ending with flour until just mixed.
- Add vanilla until just mixed. Divide the batter into the cupcake liners until 2/3 full. I used a cookie scooper which was the perfect amount to fill 1 cupcake.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out just clean, about 12-15 minutes.
- Cool for 5-10 minutes on a rack. Frost with your choice of icing!
Vanilla Buttercream - Adapted from My Sweet and Saucy
Yield: About 4 Cups, just enough to frost the 30 cupcakes
1 Cup Butter, unsalted and room temperature
5 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt - only if you want to help with over sweetness
4 Teaspoons Milk
1 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice - only if you want to help with over sweetness
- In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter & salt for about 30 seconds and then add half of the powdered sugar and the milk to the butter and beat again until combined. Scrape down the bowl.
- Add the rest of the powdered sugar, the vanilla, and the lemon juice and beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl again.
- Beat on high speed for 5-6 minutes or until the frosting is fluffy. She says that she prefers to use it the same day, but that it can keep in the refrigerator for 3 days if tightly wrapped. I have also left it out at room temperature overnight (if I was going to use it in the morning) and it was just fine.
- Make sure and stir the buttercream well though before using to get the air bubbles out of the frosting.
- Frost your cake or cupcakes, then ENJOY!
For the decoration on the cupcake, you can either pipe the icing to look like grass if you have the #133 or #233 tip, or add the green coconut like I did. You can use whatever candy you want for the eggs and then I used twizzlers for the handles. This is a perfect activity for kids to help with!