A few days ago I had a pretty great opportunity to help out a friend that I’ve known since jr. high. We had lost touch after high school, but through the power of Facebook recently reconnected. Little did I know that a video that I watched last summer as it was in full viral swing on YouTube was actually HER. You may have seen this funny clip where the husband upon coming out of surgery is baffled by his wife’s beauty. Such a cute video. I learned that it was Candace after seeing on Facebook an article titled “Viral Video Spurs Utah Couple’s Hope To Adopt.”
In light of recent events that have happened in my own life I understand now more than ever the power of kindness. You’d be amazed at just how many people can touch your life during the hardest and lowest times and what an impact the smallest gesture can mean. When I saw that Candace and her husband were holding a fundraiser for their adoption expenses I knew I wanted to help in some way. As soon as I saw the words ‘bake sale’ I found my calling. I offered to make several dozen cupcakes and several dozen Cutler’s Famous Sugar Cookies for her to sell.
THE Best Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
This is my go-to Vanilla Cupcakes recipe! It's simple, reliable, and delicious!
- 1 3/4 c. cake flour
- 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
- 1 3/4 c. sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 c. butter room temperature, cut into 1/2 in. cubes
- 4 eggs
- 1 c. milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
In the bowl of your stand mixer add the dry ingredients and mix together using the paddle attachment for about a minute.
With mixer on low, drop in butter, a few cubes at a time continuing until all butter has been incorporated (it should resembles coarse sand). Add eggs one at a time on low speed.
With mixer still on low slowly pour in milk and vanilla. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes until batter is smooth, light and fluffy, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
Fill liners 2/3 full (approx. 1/4 c.) and bake for 15-20 minutes until center is set and toothpick comes out clean. Be sure to cool completely before frosting.
You can't improve on perfection! These cupcakes needed no adapting whatsoever. They are absolutely perfect! It's important not to overfill the cupcakes. They will spill over the liners if you add too much batter.
I have been wanting a fabulous vanilla cake mix from scratch for a while now. I’ve pinned lots and lots of recipes but for whatever reason this one drew me in. So I decided to give it a go. Um. So. Yeah. This is pretty much THE best vanilla cupcake recipe that I’ve ever tasted! Seriously. I’m not just saying that. It really is. Top it off with some vanilla buttercream frosting and you’ve got a match made in heaven. I thought I would prefer the cookies over the cupcakes (personally) but after tasting these I flipped. The cupcakes are definitely the star. Not to undermine the cookies, because they are fabulous as well.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
This Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is an easy to make & easy to love WINNER!
- 1 c. butter softened
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 7 tsp. heavy whipping cream
- With the whisk attachment, in the bowl of your stand mixer, combine butter and sugar on low speed until smooth. Increase speed to medium and whip for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add vanilla and continue mixing until smooth. Add heavy cream 1 tsp. at a time until desired spreading consistency is reached.
Adapted from Love, Pomegranate House
So basically I couldn’t stop taking pictures of these beauties. I apologize for the zillion photos that you have to sift through for the recipes. No. I take that back. I’m not sorry. Are these not the prettiest cupcakes? I have said over and over again – I love pretty food. I have a hard time narrowing down pictures of pretty food. So yes. There are a lot of photos. But in my defense, I did narrow them down from 148 photos. See – I told you!