Saturday, May 31, 2008

Not your average Vanilla cupcakes

Okay so P. was having field day at his school the other day and being the 'chef Mom' that I am I was asked to 'please make cupcakes again' so I had P. take a vote from his classmates, vanilla or chocolate and Vanilla won (and Boy was I excited because I was lucky enough to acquire 3 vanilla beans on Monday!)

I will confess, this is NOT my recipe, since I love to visit RecipeZaar I got the recipe from there, and let me tell you, I had to double this recipe and it came out perfectly Photobucket

Easy One-Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (can use 1-1/4 cup for a less sweeter taste)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening (very soft but not melted, Crisco is best)
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream (or milk)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla (or use 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract)
  • 2 large egg


Set oven to 350 degrees F.
1 In a large bowl, mix together the flour with sugar, baking powder and salt until combined.
2 Add in the shortening cream or milk, vanilla and eggs; beat on medium speed of an electric mixer scraping the bowl constantly until just blended (the batter will be thick, if desired you may add in a few more tablespoons cream or milk).
3 Pour into paper-lined regular size muffin tins filling under just three-quarters full.
4 Bake for 20-22 minutes or until the cupcakes test done (do not overbake as they will be dry).
5 Immediately remove from pans.
6 Cool completely before frosting.

I made these with a basic cream cheese frosting and the kids gobbled them up! Photobucket


Amelia said...

The tops of those cupcakes look sparkley :). Grats on getting your blog up and running!

kellypea said...

Yummy looking cupcakes. Congrats on your new blog!

Ashley said...

The cupcakes had a nice crunchy top, they were so good! I didn't want to ruin them by covering them with frosting, so I piped the frosting on so there was just enough :)

Noor said...

Oh wow this looks amazing and I can not wait to try it. I am so happy that I found your blog. I hope that you can check mine out as well.