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Day 291 – Vanilla Cupcakes

18 May

Ok.  Back to simple again.  Every once in a while there’s a required check-in back at “normal” cupcakes.  Simple, sweet cupcakes.  Back to basics.  Vanilla Cupcakes (recipe below from Glorious Treats).

Plain-Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Plain-Vanilla-Cupcake

The cupcakes are squishy and moist, a little oily, but not bad. They have an almost corn muffin feel to them. They have a vanilla taste that is slightly sweet, but not sugary at all.


The frosting is fluffy and creamy. It has a sweet cream cheese flavor.

Vanilla-Cupcake     Mini-Vanilla-Cupcake

Together it reminded me a little bit of a donut or a cream puff. The lightly sweetened cake really brings out how sugary sweet the frosting is. So it tastes almost like a pastry as opposed to a cupcake. A soft, fluffy vanilla pastry.


Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3.5
  • Appearance: 3.5
  • Ease of Making: 4.5
  • TOTAL: 19



Vanilla Cupcakes (recipe from Glorious Treats)

Vanilla Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable, canola or extra light olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • ½ cup (1 stick/8 Tablespoons) butter (set at room temp about 10 minutes, but should still be cool)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (directly from fridge)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered confectioners sugar
  • 1 to 4 Tablespoons heavy cream

For directions visit Glorious Treats.

*Tomorrow: Double Chocolate Cupcakes*

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