Moist and fluffy vanilla cupcakes topped with a sweet buttercream frosting.
Classic vanilla cups are always a treat. They are simple with everyday ingredients and fun. A good classic vanilla cupcake is a great base to build on other flavors. So its great to have a good one in you back pocket. Vanilla cupcakes are a great starting point for a new baker since the techniques you utilize are the stepping stone to any great baked good. It will help you create more elaborate and unique cupcakes to come. Start your baking journey with these! Check out my tips and tricks below for the best classic vanilla cupcakes. Try this recipe out and let me know what you think.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST CLASSIC VANILLA CUPCAKES + VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
butter, eggs, sugar: other than your leavener like baking powder. butter, eggs and sugar are the main thing to keep your cupcakes nice and fluffy. creaming butter and sugar along with the eggs allows for air to be incorporated resulting in lighter fluffier cupcakes
lumpy frosting? if your frosting is lumpy and you’ve added a couple drops of water or milk the issue could be the butter. butter at room temperature should have no problem whipping to form fluffy frosting. if your frosting isn’t satiny smooth then your butter may be too cold. if you’re already in the middle of whipping with the sugar incorporated no worries. pop the bowl into the microwave at 10 second intervals to soften it. but don’t melt the butter. if you go too far then return it the fridge.
water or milk: when it comes to frosting liquids you have two choices really milk or water. milk or cream adds added flavor and richness. water add shelf life stability and you can leave your cupcakes out on the counter since butter and sugar wont spoil. if you like your cupcakes cold add in the milk since they’ll be in the refrigerator anyway other wise use water for sanitation sake.
make ahead: cupcakes can be made ahead. especially since any kind of baking can be a process. make the frosting ahead of time and store it in piping bags in the fridge so that its easy to access and ready to use. make the cupcakes ahead and place them in ziploc bag naked (no icing) and pop them straight in the fridge or freezer. they’ll be ready to use ahead of your next party.
fill em up: overfilling your cupcakes can result in puffy cupcakes that will make the frosting uneven. for flatter cupcakes fill the batter up to 3/4 of the way so you have a nice flat layer to build on.
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