Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla Cake
(Recipe found from the book 500 Cupcakes) 

2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup buttermilk

Step 1: Mix the first four ingredients until the mixture is light and fluffy.

Step 2: Whisk the next three ingredients together in a separate bowl. 

Step 3: Slowly add half of the dry ingredients into the mixture from step 1 and mix until combined. Now add in half of the buttermilk. Repeat until all of the dry ingredients and buttermilk are used. 

Step 4: Place in cupcake liners, bake at 350 for 20 minutes. 

Makes 23 cupcakes

Buttercream Frosting
(Wilton recipe)

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 stick of butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tbsp. milk
4 cups confectioners sugar

Step 1: Mix the first four ingredients together on medium speed. Slowly add in the confectioners sugar. 

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