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A double-dose of vanilla extract -- in the cake and in the buttercream frosting -- gives these cupcakes from famed baker Billy Reece of Billy's Bakery in New York City great vanilla taste that's just the right amount of sweetness (and more than irresistible).

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2006
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  • MS10747184
    9 OCT, 2017
    Made it just as stated. Best cupcakes ever.
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  • cakengifts
    29 JUN, 2017
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  • amysthiaragmai
    18 OCT, 2016
    Has anyone used this recipe to make a whole cake? I have made it many times for cupcakes and highly recommend it. Just wondering what changes would be necessary if making a cake. Thanks!
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    • anl888
      21 OCT, 2016
      I just noticed that this recipe is almost identical to the 1-2-3-4 cake recipe on the back of my Swans Down cake flour box (different ratio of flours, different extracts). The Swans Down does have different mixing instructions too, but I bet it would work fine.
  • beccalex89
    19 JUN, 2014
    GREAT cupcake recipe! My new go to vanilla cupcakes. Highly recommend!
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  • JessicaSophia
    16 JAN, 2014
    These are my go-to cupcake recipe. The batter is a lot easier to make than some other cake batters, which require you to cream butter/sugar together, then alternately add dry ingredients and liquid ingredients. They are on the sweet side (I wonder if they'd be affected by reducing the sugar by half a cup?), but very moist and flavorful.
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  • MrsBiggs
    12 JAN, 2014
    BEST CUPCAKE RECIPE. MOIST AND GREAT FLAVOR. DO NOT FOLLOW RECIPE ON VIDEO THOUGH. IT'S A KEEPER.
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  • MrsBiggs
    11 JAN, 2014
    Soooo I'll be making this recipe today. I am gonna follow the recipe from MS and not the video. Looks like Billy is to paranoid to give away the exact recipe. He was hesitant when Martha mention the baking powder. So i'll see how they turn out.
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  • Floralluv
    31 OCT, 2013
    Great recipe but make sure to fill the muffin cups only halfway!!!
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  • NazaretM
    29 SEP, 2013
    Hi all from Argentina! I made these for the first time and OMG! So tasty!!! Look amazing, super moist and soft. I loved this recipe!
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  • micamouse
    16 SEP, 2013
    Martha, you failed me on this one. Or Billy perhaps. Perhaps it's you who have failed me. But Martha, why. Why would you recommend this awful nonsensical recipe. I now have somewhere around 23 cupcakes that are definitely the opposite of light, fluffy, and moist. /sadface. I joined just to let everyone know. I would also like to give an award for the world's most annoying captcha ever created for joining this site. Seriously, you have to watch an ad? WHY.
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