For chocolate cupcakes, substitute 1/2 cup cocoa powder for 1/2 cup all-purpose flour.
- Yield: Makes 1 dozen
Photography: Jim Franco
Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2001
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup milk
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; scrape down bowl, and beat in vanilla.
Add flour mixture and milk alternately, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Divide batter evenly among liners, about three-quarters full each. Bake until golden and tops spring back to touch, about 20 minutes, rotating pan once if needed. Transfer pans to wire rack; cool completely.