A Sweet and easy recipe for fluffy vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Fully vanilla cupcakes are perfect for a little girl at her birthday party. Why not make up a tray of cupcakes instead of a cake for those eager little party goers. These lovely treats are perfect for taking home in their goodie bag. If they just cannot eat it all, there is no need for throwing out big chunks of leftover cake. If it is very young children, make them as mini-cupcakes instead of regular sized.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cups.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter until light, slowly add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and then the vanilla and lemon zest. Beat until combined.
On low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk. Mix until just combined.
Divide the batter between the prepared liners and for 16-20 minutes. Remove to cool on a wire rack before frosting.
For the frosting: In the the bowl of an electric mixer Cream the butter until fluffy. On medium speed using the whisk attachment, add the sugar and cream until all is incorporated. Add the vanilla and turn the mixer to high. whip for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
Use a piping bag to frost the cooled cupcakes.