Vanilla Cupcakes


My oldest daughter is a vanilla girl.  Won’t touch “brown chocolate” except for the occasional  smartie.  She doesn’t even like frosting so when I make vanilla cupcakes they need to be good.  It needs to be all about the cupcake.  I have been playing around  with a  couple  of different recipes and came up with  this one.  It’s  the one.   Vanilla is a common flavor and is often not done very well, but vanilla done well can be fantastic.  I love frosting and  this cupcake is so  full of vanilla flavor that I was totally happy to just eat the cake part.   Of course  what is a  cupcake without the frosting?  So I frosted them and they were even better.

Vanilla Cupcakes

1/2 cup butter

2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups flour

3 tsp cornstarch

1/2 cup of milk

1/2  of one vanilla bean

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 salt

1. Cream together the butter and sugar.  When well mixed add the eggs one at a time and mix.  Add the vanilla and set aside.

2. Slice the vanilla bean down the center and scrape the seeds out.  put the seeds and the pod in the  milk and heat on the stove over medium.  When the milk has been  simmering  for a  few minutes remove from heat.  Take  the vanilla pod out and cool.

3.  In a  bowl mix the dry ingredients together.

4. Add half the flour mixture to the  butter/sugar/egg mix.  Stir in the milk and then add the rest of  flour mix.

5. Bake at 350 degrees  for 16 minutes,  don’t over bake them or they will be dry.

6. Cool and frost with your favorite frosting recipe.



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