Vanilla Butter Cupcakes

Vanilla Butter Cake

  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ½ tsp vanilla

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1/2 c butter flavored Crisco
  • 1/2 c salted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tbs whole milk/cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add butter, eggs, vanilla, inside of vanilla bean, and sour cream; beat  until incorporated.
  3. Bake until cupcake tops are pale gold and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 20 to 24 minutes.

Vanilla Buttercream

Beat shortening and butter until well mixed. Slowly add in vanilla. One cup at a time, add the confectioners’ sugar, being sure to scrape the sides of the bowl. Gradually add milk and beat until fluffy.

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