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.
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
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. 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.