Are you a cupcake fan? What’s your favorite cupcake flavor?
The truth is, I was not a big cake fan, until I found and created my own recipes for truly humid cake that is light and fluffy and NOT dry and tasty even with out all the buttercream. Because. . . GASP . . .I am not a frosting fan. In fact I most often use ganache when making cakes. But I have also found a couple frosting recipes that are slightly less sweet and do the trick for decorating pretty! Anyhow- all that to say that this cupcake recipe will leave you pleasantly surprised no matter where you are on the cupcake love scale.
Begin by measuring your dry ingredients into your electric stand mixer. Stir until well blended with a fork or a whisk. Add your sugar and whisk again with fork until blended. Add your butter and beat with your stand mixer on low for approximately 2 minutes or until a crumbly texture has formed.
Next measure your wet ingredients: 2 eggs, vegetable oil, greek yogurt, half and half, and vanilla bean paste, into a small bowl and beat until well blended. Add you wet ingredients to your flour mixture and beat just until blended.
This batter puffs up a fair amount, so do not fill your cupcake liners too full! You want them about 1/2-2/3 full if you want a “flatter” cupcake (your cupcake to be even with the top of your cupcake liner), or about 2/3 – 3/4 full if you wanted a rounded dome on your cupcake.
Bake in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for around 12-14 minutes. Be careful not to over-bake. A toothpick should come out clean when they are done. Allow to cool before frosting.
I have three go-to recipes that I use for almost every birthday occasion. I like to try new things for fun, but when it comes to parties I love to stick to tried and true recipes. And this one never fails. It is perfectly humid and packed with vanilla flavor.
A few hints: *do not overmix, *room temperature ingredients, * use vanilla sugar (an idea that I originally saw on Sweetapolita and I have never gone back, and *do not over-bake. Happy baking!!!
*This recipe has been modified from The Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake recipe from the Cupcake Project. I have tried a lot of yellow cake recipes and vanilla cake recipes, but hers was by far my favorite. I just adapted it over time to fit our preferences, and to what yields a consistently great result.