Cupcakes! Simple and soft...

Vanilla Cupcakes

This is a version taken from my favorite website The cupcakes are soft and don't dry as much.

  • 2  cups cake flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2  tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, soft and cubed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk ( heat milk to nearly boiling,let it cooland add 1 tablespoon vinegar, lightly stir and use)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  1. Pre heat oven to 350 F. Line cupcake pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a bowl combine the first 7 ingredients and stir together with a paddle attachment for about a minute, enough to get it combined.
  3. With the mixer on low, add butter few cubes at a time until all butter is in and the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  4. Continue running the mixer on lo, add eggs one at a time till all eggs are in.
  5. Add milk and vanilla, turn the mixer to medium and combine the batter until it is smooth, scraping the sides as needed.
  6. Fill the cupcake lines 2/3 full and bake for 15-20 mins until the centers are firm or when inserting a toothpick it comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely to frost.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

  • 3 egg whites or 3/4 cup if using the boxed one
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, soft and cubed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Place egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl. Set over a pot of simmering water and whisk continuously until the mixture is warm and opaque, and the sugar is dissolved completely ( should not feel gritty when rubbed with your fingers) takes about 5 minutes. Take off the heat.
  2. Whisk the mixture on high speed until it forms high peaks and is cool completely.
  3. Add butter one cube at a time, whipping well after each addition ( at this time when half butter is added I change the whisk attachment to paddle attachment). The mixture will look curdled, continue to beat till it comes together then add remaining butter, one cube at a time.
  4. Mix in the vanilla till combined.