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Perfect Moist Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes

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Perfect Moist Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes

Have you ever made a vanilla cake that was dry?  I have.  There is more than one secret for a moist & fluffy cake.  Sometimes your flour is too old or eggs not fresh enough.  Perfect Moist Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes only uses regular all-purpose flour instead of cake flour.

Cake flour is a finer flour containing less protein content (which becomes gluten) than all-purpose flour.  When baking cakes, I have noticed with all-purpose flour my cakes seem slightly higher.  Sometimes I don’t sift (Oh no!  I know it’s a no no in the baking world).

All-purpose flour is great for classic cupcake, pound cake, & chocolate cake recipes.  If you use all-purpose flour in a recipe that contains cake flour, you may end up with a very touch cake.  So if you don’t have cake flour at home or can’t find it, use this substitution:

  • 1 cup cake flour ( 3 3/4 ounce) = 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (3 3/8 ounces)
  • Plus 2 tablespoons of cornstarch (5/8 ounces)

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Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes

Perfect Moist Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe

Servings: 12-14 cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 cups (240g) all purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup salted butter (170g), room temperature
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) milk

Icing Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (115g) butter
  • 1/2 cup (95g) shortening
  • 4 cups (480g) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp (30-45ml) water or cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional: Multi-colored sprinkles

Cupcake Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
3. Add butter, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream and milk and mix on medium speed just until smooth. Do not over mix.
4. Fill cupcake liners a little more than half way.
5. Bake 18-20 minutes.
6. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
Icing Instructions
1. Combine butter and shortening and mix until smooth.
2. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
3. Add vanilla extract and 1-2 tbsp of water or cream and mix until smooth.
4. Add remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
5. Add a little more water or cream until desired consistency is reached.
6. Top cupcakes with icing.  Optional: Top with multi-colored sprinkles

Note: You may notice little bits of butter in the batter, but that’s ok. They will melt into the cupcake as they bake.

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