My oldest boy turns 5 today. I really am not sure where the time is flying off to! It seems like just yesterday I was a mom-to-be. Having emotional breakdowns because I didn’t know what a crib bumper was on the registry checklist, and trembling at the thought of still baking from a boxed cake mix. Ahh, where 5 years can take you!
This has been my go-to cake for birthday parties for quite some time. It really is the perfect vanilla cake. It comes together quickly, creates a gorgeous thick batter, and bakes up beautifully. With not that much more effort than a box of Betty Crocker – I promise! I think the buttermilk is key. I’ve found it adds so much moistness to baked goods. Always on my grocery list these days!
If you’ve never baked a cake from scratch, or are simply on the lookout for the perfect vanilla cake recipe – give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed. I like to top them with a simple vanilla buttercream – but they’re a great base for anything, really.
Happy 5th Birthday, Andrew! Every moment (heh, well – most of them anyways) of these 5 years have been such a blessing. We love you so much!
Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes
3 cups cake flour (or 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
16 Tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature (2 sticks)
2 cups sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two cupcake pans with paper liners. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together and set aside. Add the butter to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes, until light and creamy in color. Add in the sugar, and beat for 2 minutes more. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat for one more minute.
Mix in the eggs one at a time until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Combine the buttermilk and the vanilla extract in a liquid measuring cup. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients alternately with the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients and mixing just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for 15 seconds longer.
Divide the batter between the prepared paper liners, filling each about 2/3 of the way full (you will likely have batter left over after filling 24 wells.) Bake 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Replace paper liners and bake remaining batter if desired. Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.
Yield: approximately 30 cupcakes