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.