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Perfect Vanilla Cupcakes with Caramel Flavored Icing

PERFECT VANILLA CUPCAKES
Course Dessert, Cupcakes
Servings 24 regular OR 48 mini cupcakes
Author Sam Merritt

Ingredients

  • CUPCAKES INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup butter softened, 2 sticks
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened, 1 package
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioner sugar
  • cup Ā¼+ 2 Tablespoons caramel sauce

Instructions

  • PERFECT VANILLA CUPCAKE INSTRUCTIONS:
  • Makes 24 regular-sized or 48 mini cupcakes
  • PreheatĀ oven to 350F and insert liners into the cups of cupcake pans.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Likewise, measure out 1/2 cup sour cream and set aside.
  • In stand-alone mixer, combine sugar, oil and milk. Blend on medium speed about 1 minute until ingredients are well combined (liquid will be a hazy, yellow-ish color).
  • Add eggs and stir for 1 minute on medium speed.
  • Add vanilla and stir again.
  • Remove the bowl from your stand-alone mixer. Gradually, stirring by hand using a spatula now, add in flour mixture and sour cream, alternating between the two. Gently stir/fold in ingredients; they should be mixed
  • just
  • enough so that the sour cream and flour are evenly incorporated through the batter, but be careful not to over-mix.
  • Spoon batter into cupcake pans, filling cups about 2/3 full. For regular-size cupcakes, bake for 18 minutes. For miniature cupcakes, bake 14-15 minutes. Cupcakes should be baked until toothpick inserted in center comes out
  • mostly
  • clean (with only a few crumbs).
  • Remove cupcakes from pan immediately and allow them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS
  • Cream together butter and cream cheese, add vanilla and stir.
  • With mixer on low speed, slowly add powdered sugar.
  • Stir in caramel sauce until combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed to make sure that all ingredients are well combined.