Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

By • January 15, 2012 • 7 Comments

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Author Notes: A go-to cupcake recipe. They can be dressed up with any flavor you can dream up, but the original is just as great.
Christina Bailey

Serves 12

Batter

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup butter, unsalted, softened
  • 3 to 4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners. Allow all ingredients to reach room temperature. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Beat on low briefly to combine. Add butter, and mix on medium speed until coarse crumbs form, less than a minute. Beat in yogurt until incorporated, batter will still be lumpy.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, and vanilla bean. Beat egg mixture into batter until smooth. It will be very thick and sticky. Divide batter evenly among cups in pan, about 1/3 cup of batter in each. Using an ice cream scoop makes this very easy. Using a small spoon or off-set spatula, smooth the top of the batter in each cup.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes for standard cupcakes (12 for mini), or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes and cool completely on a rack. While cupcakes cool, make frosting. With a hand mixer, or a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, whip butter on high speed for at least three minutes, until it is light in color and doubles in volume. In one cup increments, beat in sugar. This step can be done to taste. Beat in salt, then vanilla. Last, briefly beat in heavy cream.
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about 1 month ago julieE

Recipe says soda up top but powder down below. Which is it?

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about 1 month ago Katie Ballantine

In the list of indredients is says "baking soda". In directions of recipe it says "baking powder"...which one is it?

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about 2 years ago tamaramontreal

Hello! I just made these cupcakes for my birthday brunch this past weekend and they were a HUGE hit!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Christina, the sugar shows up but the butter doesn't, also you say sour cream but the ingredient say's greek yogurt. Sounds like a great recipe the cupcakes are beautiful

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over 2 years ago Christina Bailey

Thanks! And I think my browser was playing tricks on me - the edits I was making wouldn't show up for me (so I couldn't see the real published recipe). Everything should line up now - yikes!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

There is about a 10 to 15 minute delay in edits so bear that in mind when you make changes to a recipe it doesn't show up right away. Lovely cupcakes!!

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over 2 years ago Christina Bailey

I don't know why, but even though I enter the sugar in the ingredient list, it won't show up on the published recipe - there's 3/4 of a cup!