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Birthday Cupcakes Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

This recipes for birthday cupcakes is a delicious classic vanilla cupcake with a vanilla buttercream frosting.

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

(Makes 24 regular cupcakes)

Frosting

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
3-4 cups confectioners' sugar, SIFTED
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
Up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream

Garnish - colorful sprinkles

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Line 2 - 12 hole muffin trays with muffin lines (or else you can bake in 2 batches).

Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs one at a time.

In a medium bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt.

Into the butter mixture, alternate adding flour mixture and milk until it is all mixed.

Stir in vanilla.

Pour about 3/4 full into liners and bake for 15-18 minutes until you a can poke a fork into the center and it comes out clean.

Frosting

In a mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed.

Add 3 cups of confectioners' sugar and beat on low speed until the sugar is incorporated into the butter.

Increase mixer speed to medium and add the pure vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes.

If your frosting needs a more stiff consistency, add the remaining confectioners' sugar.

If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk 1 tablespoons at a time.

Garnish with colorful sprinkles.

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