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My base recipe for cupcakes, moist, tender, very vanilla cupcakes, with the perfect crumb!
Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF and line a 12-hole cupcake tin.
Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes on medium-high speed. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, scraping sides as necessary and mix until well combined, smooth and light, around 1 minute on medium-high speed.
Add in the flour, baking powder and milk and mix until well incorporated and smooth.
Fill the cupcake liners 3/4 full. For me this is a heaping 2-tablespoon cookie scoop’s worth. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes (mine took 22) until risen, golden and an inserted skewer into the centre comes out clean.
Remove from the tin as soon as possible and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once cooled, it’s time to make the frosting! Place the icing sugar and butter into a large bowl and beat until light and really fluffy, 2-3 minutes on high speed. Add in the vanilla and beat until incorporated, then add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time, if required. I only needed 1 tablespoon of milk.
Either spoon the frosting onto the cupcakes, or half fill a piping bag and pipe a swirl on each. Finish off with some sprinkles if you want.
Cupcakes will keep in an airtight container, in the fridge, for 4 days.
These cupcakes are all about decoration. My favorites are the monster cupcakes. They are colorful, fun and so easy to achieve the cuteness. No piping skills required. I guarantee you. You can go as crazy as you want. After all they are monsters.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!