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Vanilla Cupcakes

Categories: Cakes/pies, Cooking with Kids, Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Party Snacks, Sweet
Type: Desserts and Baked Goods

Colored buttercream icing and simple decorations transform these humble cupcakes into treats fit for a celebration

Prep Time: 15M

Cooking Time: 20M

Serves: makes 16 cupcakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • vanilla buttercream frosting, colored pale pink and yellow
  • metallic or colored sprinkles or dragées, for garnish (optional)
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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and milk. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Divide among the muffin cups. Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Pipe a swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake and decorate with the sprinkles or dragées, if using.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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