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Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes

Light and fluffy soft white vanilla cupcakes perfect for topping in your favorite icing or stuffing with your favorite filling.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

In The Beginning

Before the Kahlua Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes and long before the Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes, I made a classic and familiar favorite. That favorite is Vanilla.

Some folks can attest I have said, ” I don’t do vanilla.”

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

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.

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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.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

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.

Free Baking Conversion Cheat Sheet

Vanilla Crisis

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.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

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.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

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.

Soft White Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

 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?

Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A light and fluffy soft white vanilla cupcake perfect for topping in your favorite icing or stuffing with your favorite filling.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Soft White Vanilla Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A light and fluffy soft white vanilla cupcake perfect for topping in your favorite icing or stuffing with your favorite filling.
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat egg whites on medium speed until frothy.
  2. Add granulated sugar to the egg whites. Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Once the egg white mixture has formed stiff peaks, add in oil and mix thoroughly.
  5. Add a third of the flour mixture to the egg white mixture. Then add in half of the Greek yogrut.
  6. Alternate additions of the dry ingredients with the Greek yogurt until last third of flour mixture is added. Mix on medium speed until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  7. Fold in white vinegar and vanilla extra with a spatula. Incorporate throughout batter but do not over mix.
  8. Fill lined cupcake tins 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min. Reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake another 10 min. A toothpick inserted in the middle of the cupcake will come out clean.
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New Year Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The best way to celebrate the new year is with champagne and strawberries. These Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes make the perfect kickoff for a brand new year!

I am so excited for the new year!

More excited than I was to move to Florida. More excited than I was for Christmas.

What better way to celebrate the new year than with some bubbly champagne and delicious strawberries? That sounds like a good start to a new year to me.

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I have had such a build-up of excitement lately. This feeling I think normally hits people in fall or spring but for me it is right now. I want to shed all of the dead weight of the previous year and start this year clean, new and fresh. I have so many ideas and projects in store. I just can’t wait to share all of them with you.

Of course, I will be maintaining our special Fridays of delicious cupcake goodness (forgive this one for being a bit late (I know, I know, not a great start for a new year)). But, I also have some other great recipes to share that I know you are going to love and some projects I’ve been working on as well. My house is going to undergo some changes this year with planning and budgeting and maybe some inexpensive remodels too. I can’t wait to get underway!

But first, let’s have a cupcake!

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The natural inspiration for this cupcake was bubbly champagne. You pour a glass, you toast a friend, you kiss your love and that’s what New Years is all about. Well, for most folks anyway.

New Year Bubbly and Berry CupcakesCaptain Cupcakeasaurus was working at the station on New Year’s Eve so the kiddo and I packed a few glasses, grabbed a bottle of sparkling cranberry juice instead and toasted in the new year that way. Our family was together and that was the important part.

New Year Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes

I am not one to just “miss out” though. When the holiday calls for champagne, we are going to have champagne dang it! It is funny because I have been craving ham for months now expecting it to come around for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Well, when my grandmother announced she wouldn’t be doing ham for either of those holidays I practically purchased a ham the same day and announced we would be having it for our New Year’s dinner. They were a great price at Aldi and I ended up buying two.  The point is, I’m not missing out on my ham either!

New Year Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes

The natural pairing with champagne (outside of orange juice for a morning mimosa of course) is strawberries. This New Year Bubbly and Berry cupcake brings you both in a supremely sweet package.

The cupcake has just a hint of champagne flavor so no need to splurge on fancy bubbly for this recipe. The cheap kind works just fine. The batter will be wetter than some of our other batters but it works out in the end.

New Year Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes When they are ready to come out of the oven they actually resemble muffins in look and density.

New Year Bubbly and Berry CupcakesNew Year Bubbly and Berry CupcakesDon’t let that fool you though because topping them in a fluffy sweet Strawberry Buttercream makes for a delicious little cake. You can enjoy them on their own or go ahead and serve with bubbly good stuff.

New Year Bubbly and Berry CupcakesIt is time for the toast. Hold your glass high. Here is to a new year full of energy, fun, tasteful treats and another year of making life taste sweet!

 

 

New Year Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Light Champagne and strawberry cupcake topped with a sweet Strawberry Buttercream.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
New Year Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Light Champagne and strawberry cupcake topped with a sweet Strawberry Buttercream.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes
Strawberry Butter Cream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Bubbly and Berry Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 24 cupcake tins with liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and strawberries on medium speed. Add in champagne and vegetable oil.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients of flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients a cup at a time into the ;large mixing bowl and mix until well blended. Batter will be quite wet.
  5. Fill cupcake tins 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cupcakes will resemble muffins. A toothpick will come out clean when done.
Strawberry Buttercream
  1. In a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, beat butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Add 4 cups powdered sugar and vanilla to the butter and mix on medium high until well blended.
  3. Add pureed strawberries a little at a time while mixing into the buttercream. Powdered sugar may need to be added to maintain firm frosting consistency after pureed strawberries are added.
  4. Pipe frosting on to cooled cupcakes and enjoy.
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