Thursday, March 4, 2010


Years ago, I read that Jackie Kennedy always baked the President’s favorite dessert:  yellow cupcakes with chocolate frosting.  At some point, I wondered if this is a guy’s dessert, because  I’ve never met a man who could resist a yellow cupcake with chocolate frosting. 

One of my web surfing excursions produced this recipe, made with strawberry buttercream.  I wanted to try the strawberry  buttercream, but had visions of all the cupcakes being uneaten.  My hubby is a yellow cupcake-chocolate frosting kind of guy.

First, let me say that these cupcakes were good.  They were all eaten with no regrets.  The problem is that Southern Living has trumped again with their outstanding Vanilla Cake Recipe.  When I want a really good vanilla cupcake, it’s the recipe I will go to, again and again.  SL’s cupcake is moister, sweeter, and has better flavor.  They use more butter, sugar and vanilla in relationship to flour; and they also use baking soda in addition to baking powder.  If you have sour cream you need to use up, go ahead and make these.  You’ll enjoy them.  But when you have milk or buttermilk, do yourself a favor and make Southern Living’s

Vanilla Sour Cream Cupcakes
Source:  Erin's Food Files and Perfect Cupcakes Rating:  7.5 out of 10
INGREDIENTS:  1 cup low-protein flour (cake flour or White Lily All-Purpose)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup sour cream (regular or lite)

Heat oven to 350F.  Line a 6-cup muffin pan with liners. 

In small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together.  In a medium bowl, using a hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat together the butter and sugar until light.  Beat in egg and vanilla till well blended.  Gradually beat half the dry ingredients into the butter mixture, then half the sour cream; repeat with remaining dry ingredients and sour cream. 

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.  Bake until tops spring back when lightly touched, or till toothpick inserted near center returns with just a few crumbs, about 19 minutes.  (Note that these won’t brown on top and will look undone.)  Cool in pan about 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.  Frost with Hershey's Perfectly Chocolate Frosting or Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting, or as desired.


Kim said...

Men definitely love a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. That is my husband's favorite as well! I'm glad to hear you recommend the Southern Living recipe. I'll have to give that one a try. Thanks!

Barbara Bakes said...

I always make chocolate cupcakes. I'll have to give vanilla ones a try! Both versions sound great to me!

Pam said...

Your photos are amazing! I always bake a yellow cake with chocolate frosting for my hubby's birthday so I'm sure he would love these cupcakes and I would also. I think you're right, they're hard for any man to resist! This is a keeper! Thanks!

Bridgett said...

Oh these look heavenly and the perfect combo for my family as well. My son would adore these.

Valerina said...

Judy, your pictures are so unfair! I just ate some cookies but now I want one of those muffins. What gorgeous chocolate frosting! :)

ARUNA said...

wow i'm drooling in that frosting!

Katrina said...

My husband is strange and doesn't like cake and especially frosting at all. (I just think he's a little weird. ;)
That said, I, being a chocolate freak, actually prefer the yellow cake to chocolate frosting rather than all chocolate!
Awesome to have a recommendation for a great vanilla cake recipe.

Coleen's Recipes said...

I went to look at the southern living recipe, but it doesn't give baking insructions??? or at least I don't see them....oven temperature? time baked?

Judy said...

Colleen, You probably were reading fast. The beginning of the instructions say to heat the oven to 350F. Later, it says to bake the cupcakes 18-22 minutes.

Faith said...

These cupcakes look incredible - I love that shot of the inside (they look so moist!). I'm intrigued by Southern Living's recipe though, so I'll have to check that out too! :)

Katy ~ said...

Bookmarked the SL recipe. I'm the one who loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Ole Sweetie Pi is chocolate all the way, grins.

Judy said...

Katrina and Katy, You've convinced me that there are some exceptions to the rule; i.e., there are some men who actually don't prefer yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

grace said...

i'm fairly certain i could just pile a few of those cupcakes together, rest my head on them, and be asleep in minutes. wow, they're soft!