This classic recipe is dedicated to the one and only “Grandpa John”, my late grandfather who would be celebrating his 80th birthday today. Although I never got the chance to meet him, I’ve heard he embraced his sweet tooth on special occasions. He loved simple treats like these Simply Vanilla Cupcakes, amongst other favorites like Tapioca Pudding and Angel Food Cake. So here’s to you, Grandpa John. Celebrate big today!
Hope you all find something to celebrate!
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon (t) baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 c granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 3/4 c 1% milk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 c confectioners sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons (T) 2% milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Melt butter in microwave. Pour into medium mixing bowl. Add sugar, eggs one at a time, and vanilla.
Mix all dry ingredients together in large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour wet ingredients into well, whisking together gently until just combined.
Pour in milk gradually stirring until all mixed. Batter should be smooth.
Pour into lined muffin cups.
Baked 12-15 minutes until light golden brown and knife inserted into center comes out clean.
Yields 12 cupcakes.
Melt butter in medium sauce pan. Whisk in powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Let cool. Pour into clear ziploc, cut the corner (very small cut) and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. May decorate with colored sprinkles or colored sugar if desired.