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Vanilla Cupcakes

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This recipe from Karen Tack's "Hello, Cupcake!" should be used when making Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcakes and TV Dinner Cupcakes.

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, April Spring 2008

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 standard 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners; set aside.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Combine milk, oil, and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture, alternating with milk mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture; beat until well combined, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

  4. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full with batter. Transfer muffin tins to oven and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer cupcakes to a wire rack; let cool completely before decorating.

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  • Hertriani
    25 AUG, 2011
    @aSchoolGAL you should notice at the opening paragraph of the recipe that the words TV Dinner Cupcakes and Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcakes are actually hyperlinks to the recipes, where you can see that all the greens and oranges of peas and carrots are actually candies :) super cute!
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  • aSchoolGAL
    23 JUL, 2011
    Don't tell me those are real vegetables...YUCK! If not, what are they made of?
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  • Necot
    20 DEC, 2010
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I doubled the recipe and only after I had the product read the reviews!, bad stuff. I will try to save the cupcakes by decorating them with some amazing, tasty frosting :(
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  • Denise1967
    29 MAY, 2010
    The problem with this recipe is that it was transcribed incorrectly from the cupcake book, should be 1/2 tsp baking soda not 2 tsp,with the adjustment the cupcakes are tasty and not bitter too bad I didn't know this before because I ended up throwing out two batches of cupcakes.
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  • Denise1967
    29 MAY, 2010
    The problem with this recipe is that it was transcribed incorrectly from the cupcake book, should be 1/2 tsp baking soda not 2 tsp,with the adjustment the cupcakes are tasty and not bitter too bad I didn't know this before because I ended up throwing out two batches of cupcakes.
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  • Sweetcakesnc
    14 NOV, 2008
    I hate to be critical but I don't want anyone to waste time and money on this. This recipe was sadly disappointing. It was tasteless, extremely dry, and crumbly in texture. I expected it to be pretty good considering it came from a famous cook book. Yikes. Find something else.
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  • eileentscott
    23 JUN, 2008
    My daughter's 1st birthday is coming up and I did a test run of this recipe. I did not care for the flavor of the cupcakes because you can really taste the baking soda; not the vanilla. There is another vanilla cupcake recipe on this site that does not include baking soda. I strongly suggest trying that one.
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