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Light and fluffy soft white vanilla cupcakes perfect for topping in your favorite icing or stuffing with your favorite filling.
In The Beginning
Some folks can attest I have said, ” I don’t do vanilla.”
I initially hesitated to share this recipe. Not because I wanted to keep it a secret or anything. I just felt vanilla was a little too boring and mainstream for the Cupcakeasaurus Cupcaking Community. I felt under-inspired. Then I remembered that so many cupcake recipes start with a base and then creativity can add new ingredients and flavors. To build, first, you need a foundation. Vanilla cupcakes can be your foundation.
New Year, New You
I keep hearing this “New Year, New You” mantra. I can’t get over how every new year brings this feeling of starting fresh and new. For many, this mantra is just a sales advertisement for a new weight loss program or fitness membership. Not for me. In all honesty, I love it. I love creating a lengthy list of year-long goals. I even have Captain Cupcakeasaurus and Little Cakeasaurus Rex create a list of their goals too. Maybe I just like being able to scratch them off as we accomplish them.
Around June, we look back at our list and reevaluate. Some goals we smash without hesitation. Some of them we abandon without regret. Others change as our lives and interests change. As seen in A Letter to My Past Self, so many life changes can happen in a year. Our goals need to adjust accordingly.
Perhaps, look at these vanilla cupcakes as a clean slate. You can start with something fresh and simple and then make it your own. Life may throw any number of fun ingredients at you this year.
Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes
You can rarely go wrong with vanilla cupcakes. Even the most sophisticated of tastes, can appreciate a light and fluffy white vanilla cake.
There is something to be said for being a classic.
If you are adding this recipe to your list of foundation recipes (which you should be) make sure to grab my free baking conversion cheat sheet. Hanging this baby in the cabinet has been a lifesaver when trying to convert and reduce recipes.
With the Vanilla Crisis, I wonder how long vanilla will maintain classic status. Vanilla Crisis? Some of you may be happily using imitation vanilla extract and have not noticed.
The rest of you purchasing pure vanilla extract I’m sure have noticed the dramatic hike in prices. This crisis is due to a cyclone that passed through Madagascar wiping out many of the vanilla crops. You can learn more about how this vanilla shortage has affected bakeries, businesses and you on Eater.
Changing Up Vanilla
These days, I am often doctoring my own recipes to fit a new flavor combination or decorate the cupcakes up for a particular holiday. I sometimes forget that we all have to start with the basics. Still one of the most requested flavors of cupcakes; everyone should have a “go to” vanilla cupcake recipe in their collection.
These soft white vanilla cupcakes are perfect for filling with edible blood for Vampire Bite cupcakes like I did in Halloween Spooktacular Disaster. It is also perfect for filling with cream, chocolate or preserves for a festive holiday treat. A fresh fruit filling can add pizazz to any treat or occasion.
I hope that you will find this recipe to satisfy your vanilla cupcake tastes but also inspire you to create something unique and different.
Let Me Know
Are you a fan of vanilla? Have you noticed the hike in vanilla prices? Will the hike in prices change your baking habits? What are you planning on adding to your vanilla cupcakes to make them less… vanilla? What fun flavors would you like to see me explore?