Friday, February 10, 2012

Vanilla Cupcakes

 So I have a little surprise news for you.......

We are pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right!  We are so excited to finally be able to share the news!  We are beyond blessed by the Lord!  We are expecting the little one mid-August, right after we celebrate our 3rd year anniversary!  If you would like to follow along with my pregnancy journey please add our new family blog to your reader:

Now on to cupcakes!!!  Before we even started trying I had it all planned in my head how I was going to share the news with our families in a really fun creative way.  And then it happened and honestly all my ideas went out the door!  I mean this was my family and Corey's family and how could I keep the secret from them!  Basically we just ended up telling them as soon as possible :) 

Then a few more weeks went by and we decided we were comfortable telling our close friends.  So one Friday night when my closest girlfriends and I were getting together to make dinner and watch a movie at one of our houses, I decided to bake baby pink & baby blue cupcakes and see who would catch on!   It didn't take long before everyone realized what was up (since they knew we were trying) and I was happy to share the news in at least a semi-creative way!

These cupcakes were finally the cupcakes I had been searching for.  After making a few different cupcake recipes previously and always being disappointed by the outcome, I was determined to find a perfect moist cupcake.  These cupcakes are it.  They are incredibly moist and the icing is on point!  If you are looking for a great simple vanilla cupcake, this is for you!

Vanilla Cupcakes
yields 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, stir into the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Divide among 12 lined cupcake tins.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted, comes out clean. Place on a rack to cool.

Vanilla Buttercream
via original post Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milk, if needed
2 sticks of butter, softened

Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixture until completely smooth and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar slowly. Gradually increase mixer speed and add vanilla, then beat for 2-3 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl. If frosting is too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Frost cupcakes.

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