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If you’ve been reading The Fulfillment Pill for a while you’ll know two things: 1. we love colorful treats and 2. we’re really lazy when it comes to recipes.
We want baking to be fun and easy for everyone. Sure you can get really fancy with specialized ingredients and techniques…but that’s a lot of work.
And if you’re not the most skilled baker, you’re just asking to mess up. I don’t know about you, but I prefer easy recipes that produce great results.
So when creating these moist vanilla cupcakes, my main goal was to create a simple (but still delicious) cupcake that requires pretty much no fancy technique so that we can all enjoy these vanilla cupcakes no matter our skill level.
Inclusivity means that we all should be able to enjoy a perfect cupcake because we all deserve a taste of the sweet life.
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Honestly, it doesn’t even matter if you’re a pro baker or not. Sometimes have a shortcut to a classic cupcake is worth it when you need something done quickly.
All you need is one microwave safe bowl and a whisk and you’re ready to bake these soft and moist vanilla cupcakes.
Tips For Perfectly Moist Vanilla Cupcakes
Chill Your Batter
I learned this from Tessa at Handle the Heat (of course she tried it with muffins but it worked fantastic with cupcakes too)!
Once you scoop your batter into your reusable cupcake liners, let them chill tf out in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
(It works best with recipes that use melted butter so these cupcakes fit the bill)!
I know what you’re thinking “what?! I was always told never to let the batter rest, let alone chill before baking” Which, girl, honestly…same. But I tried the trick. And holy biscuits! It’s amazing.
Your cupcakes will come out with a much prettier round top (which is a god send if you live at high altitudes like I do). The cupcake itself is also moister, fluffier, and less crumbly.
It’s a freaking miracle.
I’ll link Tessa’s Insta post all about it right below so you can read exactly what I read. I love Tessa’s baking tips. She’s seriously a baking wizard.
Important Notes for These Moist Vanilla Cupcakes
These vanilla cupcakes are specifically made with melted butter.
And because we’re not creaming together any butter and sugar, we aren’t adding any extra air to the batter.
So it is very important to make sure that your baking powder isn’t expired because it is the thing that’s really going to lift your cupcakes. If the powder is expired you’re going to end up with a dense, flat, and very sad cupcake.
Allow your butter to cool slightly before adding your other ingredients. If your butter is too hot when you add your eggs, the eggs can begin to cook which is….ew.
Allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before moving to the next step. Use this time to line your cupcake tin, preheat the oven, or wash some dishes. Idk, just give it a hot second to cool.
If your cupcakes seem to always come out incorrectly, I have a full post on troubleshooting your cupcake problems that’s coming eventually. (As soon as I figure out how to fix all and any possible problems haha)!
However! The main problem when it comes to a lot of cupcake issues is temperature.
The temperature of ingredients matters. Make sure your eggs are room temperature to make sure that the bind to your batter correctly.
Allow your butter to cool for about 5 minutes after you melt it. You really don’t want to mix in your eggs into hot butter unless you want to risk cooking the eggs a bit. These are delicious vanilla cupcakes not vanilla scrambled egg muffins (ew).
Oven temperature matters alot too! If your oven is too hot, not only will you burn your cupcakes but they will be dry, peaked, and overall crumbly.
An oven that’s too cold will result in lopsided, sticky, and denser than we want.
Even if you have your oven set to the right temperature, that doesn’t mean your oven is actually heated correctly. Ovens become uncalibrated all the time (or tbh sometimes they just suck, especially if you live in an apartment complex that is all about keeping things as cheap as possible like me).
Your oven can widely vary in temperature, sometimes as much as 50 degrees or more. Not good.
So get yourself an oven thermometer. It’s affordable and honestly has paid for itself over and over because it has saved my baked goods from the bin (and thus saved me lots of money).
This is the oven thermometer that I’ve used for over 2 years now and I love it!
Other Materials For Your Cupcakes
I always highly recommend these reusable cupcake liners. They’re easy to clean, eco-friendly, and super cute.
Don’t trash the planet just so you can enjoy the sweet life.
Use a whisk you already have, but if you need a new whisk, you’ve just got your first place, or need a cute gift for a baker friend, I have to suggest this one.
I mean it’s no different than other whisks, it works great, is silicone coated to protect your pans and dishes from scratching but most importantly it’s rainbow and rose gold!
It’s glamorous. And I love mine.
Moist Vanilla Cupcakes Recipe
Soft and Moist Vanilla Cupcakes
- 1½ cup flour spooned and leveled
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter melted and slightly cooled
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla
- ¾ cup milk room temperature
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line your muffin tin with reusable cupcake liners.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together your flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, melt your butter. Once melted, allow to cool for 5 minutes or so before whisking in your sugar.
- Once the sugar is well combined, whisk in the vanilla extract and one egg at a time until well incorporated.
- Alternate adding milk and your dry mix whisking until combined.
- Use an ice cream scoop to fill your cupcake liners ⅔ of the way full and bake for 20-23 minutes. (a toothpick will come out clean when done).
- Allow your cupcakes to cool before frosting.
You can’t go wrong with a classic and simple cupcake recipe! The cool thing with baking is that we can make plenty of tasty recipes that are super simple but look super fancy.
Making moist vanilla cupcakes from scratch doesn’t have to be hard, scary or difficult, as we’ve discovered with this recipe!
And of course, check out all of our other cupcake recipes as well to keep that sweet tooth satisfied!
So once you’ve made some these simple, soft, and sweet classic vanilla cupcakes, take a photo, post it on the gram, and make sure to tag me (@thefulillmentpill)! I love seeing you creations and really, if you don’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen?
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See you soon, friends!
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